TNA President Dixie Carter

Renjith Ravindran of The Fan Garage is featuring an interview with TNA President Dixie Carter discussing the company’s current financial situation, online reports speculating things aren’t going well and TNA’s current television relationship with Pop TV.

On TNA’s current financial situation and online reports speculating issues:

“You can’t react to the rumors about the financial situation. That’s the difficulty about being in my position. There’s so much incorrect information out there about the financial situation of TNA. We are putting out some of the best television our company has ever put out and if you watch it you can tell, great things are happening to our company. Seven or eight years ago, there wasn’t a social media platform for people to come on and just be negative about your product. But that is the best thing about wrestling. People are so passionate for and against it; they just love talking about it.”

TNA’s current relationship with Pop TV:

“They’ve been fantastic partners. Brian Schwartz has been a fantastic leader of the network. He has been great to us. It’s a young network but they have some great distribution. With 85 Million people being able to see it in the United States, we are growing every week and our DV-R and playback numbers are growing by around 20-30-40 percent every week and I’m looking forward to a long and solid relationship with them as they’ve been a lot of fun to work with.”

15 COMMENTS

  1. Dixie Carter is a pathological liar, so it makes it really difficult to believe anything she says.

  2. True, but the fact that the show is still rolling and they do keep announcing new partnerships kind of backs up what she is saying here in the full interview. Note, she is not saying they aren’t having financial challenges, just saying there is a lot of incorrect information out there. I think they are probably having financial crunches BUT they haven’t had Panda’s help in years (and that is according to multiple sources) and seemingly had some profitably years a few years back (which is what allowed Panda to pull away from supporting them) so it just seems like they are doing things now without the extra layer which of course leaves them more at risk and probably means more financial challenges BUT also means if they can turn a decent profit, it doesn’t have to go right back to paying others off.

    The lights haven’t been turned off yet and they have more partnerships, a tv deal, etc. and so I think things are just tighter than when they had more profit and/or Panda support but perhaps not as dire as Meltzer would have us believe. Just my take.

  3. She’s just whistling Dixie again. So there’s no financial issues when Samoa Joe, Styles, Aries, Roode, EY, and countless others would rather go to WWE’s third tier show than take an obvious huge pay cut to stay with TNA?

  4. “Seven or eight years ago, there wasn’t a social media platform for people to come on and just be negative about your product.”

    Watcha talking about Dickie?
    Social media “buzz” started roughly 12 years ago and before that there was wrestling forums like the 1 of wrestleview not many uses anymore.

    Facebook: 12 years old
    Twitter: 10 years old
    Youtube: 11 years old
    myspace (now pretty much defunct): 12 years old

  5. I agree with you, although I do wish the company had been sold to ROH like the rumors were about a month ago, ROH clearly is better managed (nobody complains about not being paid) they promote their events way better (crowds full of paying people) So I was hoping ROH would buy up control of TNA then possibly merge the companies. That could have been huge and would have really shook up the wrestling world.

  6. It’s not just about finance though, is it. TNA wasn’t making any money ten years ago either yet was widely considered to be producing the most exciting televised wrestling in the US. They weren’t travelling much or making money at the gate but they were repeatedly filling the Impact Zone with passionate fans that gave their all to the shows, shows which had a steady viewership on a known channel. They had a great mix of established stars from better-known companies, hot new talents rising through the ranks, and experienced indy guys looking to finally catch a break on TV.

    Now they have almost none of that going for them, and each problem feeds into the others. The shows are marginally less shitty than they were two years ago but they’re still not ‘good’ in the same way as in their prime, not to mention fewer live shows means results are spoiled far in advance (and stupidly filming world title changes for a free TV show days before a live pay-per-view that’s airing a few days in-between the taping and the airing of the title change – as happened with Slammiversary – doesn’t help matters), with audiences a fraction of what was already a modest number and no stability on TV. They have almost none of the veterans still willing to go there, most of them preferring the independents or Japan and Mexico. Those new and exciting prospects from before are now going straight to NXT, as are the established indy guys.

    NXT has become what Impact should have become, and TNA has nobody to blame but itself. For Dixie to try and anachronistically blame the rise of social media for this is just delusional.

  7. i am surprised she didnt say her usual ” we have something planned that will revolutionise tna for the 20th time in last 5 years”

  8. Wouldn’t that make TNA’s financial issues go down, because of not paying that muck to………OHHHHH.

  9. “Seven or eight years ago, there wasn’t a social media platform” – uh what?
    Facebook went big (open to all) in 2006. And let’s not act like Facebook was the first ever social network, it was technically a game changing latecomer! There were most certainly social media platforms long before eight years ago!

  10. TNA is changing its roster little by little. I actually like that they established their own new characters. Some are still in development but are progessing . I would like if TNA made X-Division Tag Belts. Exciting Ultimate X matches for the Tag Belts…Start Drooling TNA in the early era X Division was beast

  11. She is wrong in saying there wasn’t a platform 7-8 years ago but right in terms of that was when the negativity began to really focus on them. Even before the Hogan / Bischoff era of TNA you were hard pressed to find many on here saying positive things.

    I recall people saying if they would just focus on new talent and just one or two established max. that would be the answer -,that is even what Heyman said he would do if he had the reigns.

    That is what they are finally trying to get back to now and the hate continues.

    I don’t think TNA could have done anything to gain the love of the IWC majority.

    People sing ROH’s praises but you rarely see comments or stories about ROH and their viewership is likewise minimal – it’s simply something to consider and not meant to insult or single out!

  12. Well they had a TV title & Knockouts tag belts they literally did absolutely nothing with even back when they did have the roster for them so I don’t know if adding more tag belts would boost their profile at all.

  13. Well there’s a saying in wrestling that when things are going bad you can’t do anything right which is what TNA is going through right now and much of it is Dixie’s fault. Remember this when Dixie was verbally chastising the main roster:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn13PwaRQ6s
    This is back when there was a lot of backstage grumbling over Dixie’s decision to bring in Hogan & Bischoff. Dixie wanted it; the main roster & fans did not. Many of the wrestling sites, magazines, & numerous industry insiders even warned her against it. Looking back who was right? Now pretty much all their top stars are gone and their ratings are as low as ever because they’re still suffering from Dixie’s Hulkamania blindness and the news just gets worse for them so you can’t blame the fans for continuing to have a negative view of TNA.
    As far as I remember though, TNA actually did have a very favorable view from the IWC pre-Hogan/Bischoff because they really were a good alternative to WWE’s Cena-centric direction. When they starting ignorantly repeating all WCW’s mistakes with a much lower operating budget was when fans began to really turn on them.

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