The American in the UK is featuring an interview with TNA President Dixie Carter where he addresses a variety of topics including drastically altering the PPV schedule in 2013, taking Impact Wrestling on the road and big moments for the company in the last 11 years.
On moving to only four live Pay Per View events in 2013:
“To cut down the PPVs was a difficult decision because you’re giving away millions of dollars to both your top line as well as the profit line on the balance sheet. We do have success in that. It’s always been the traditional way of doing wrestling but I feel we’re in a place right now where we have to shake things up and we need to look at things differently. It is a big financial risk on our part to do without it but I feel like it will make the PPVs we do much more special and I really feel it will make television mean more. We’ll have an opportunity to let programmes breathe, give away more PPV-quality matches on television, and then when we do have a PPV I know everyone of my guys are going to be fighting to be on that card and it will just be interesting to see how that plays out.”
On taking Impact Wrestling on the road more often:
“That is the goal starting this year. We’re close to making a big announcement, another one besides the PPVs, which I think will have a great impact on the show, pun intended. Taking the show on the road is the natural next step for us. It’s expensive touring and it’s not that I haven’t wanted to be on the road but it’s a business decision just like losing the PPVs. I’m not going to put this company in any financial trouble, so everything we have done has been very conscious, people were saying we weren’t going to stay in business for ten weeks and here we are going into our 11th year and having more success than ever and that’s because we make good business decisions.”
Big moments for TNA in the last 11 years:
“The key moments I think have been when we went to prime-time in the United States, I think the television tapings at Wembley last year, and the UK tour in general have always been a highlight every single year for us. When Kurt Angle first came over from the WWE, that was such a big announcement and we were able to keep it so quiet, and it was such a huge shock for everybody. The Hulk Hogan announcement at Madison Square Garden we kept very quiet. I’ve learned in wrestling if you don’t want somebody to know about something, you can’t tell anybody. There have been lots of highlights and there are just too many great moments that have happened in the ring to even talk about or I’ll be here forever.”