During an interview with MMAfighting.com, Paul Heyman revealed what his plans for TNA were going to be had he signed with the company after talks in the last few months.
“It came real close with TNA.
To me, it was more of a deal with Spike TV and then a stock and ownership deal involving TNA. I had a five-year plan. I was going to spend 18 months building the roster and the next 18 months exploiting that built roster. That’s three years in, go public in three, stay for two more running it and get out at 50.
That was my plan, I had an exit plan. I had a five-year plan and I clued everyone into it. I told TNA what my plan was and I told Spike TV what my plan was and how we would capitalise on it. I also explained how we would make this thing move and an acknowledgement that wrestling is a diminishing market and it’s not perceived as cool.
So I told them how you, if not change course, at least present it differently so that at least you have a chance in today’s marketplace to compete. When that didn’t happen, that was it. I didn’t have any other interest in doing it. It was closed. I would have done it for that particular deal and that’s it. That time passed. Now I’m looking at taking my abilities elsewhere and the logical step for me is this entry point right now both into MMA and into also just the branding world.”