The Daily Star in the UK has an interview up with TNA President Dixie Carter. Here are some highlights.
On the upcoming UK tour this week:
“I think this is a special and important market for us. It??’s where the fans have embraced our product on an equal level with the competition ??? and much quicker. On a weekly basis to be above or on par in the ratings is a huge victory for us. It??’s an incredible response, and to come back and be greeted by this number of fans is a wonderful accomplishment for us. We are very grateful.”
On how business for TNA did in 2008:
“We had a great year ??? we quadrupled our revenues. To do that in a year when world economies are crashing, well, it??’s a testament to our product and our fans. How do you grow it from here? Interaction… allowing the fans that sense of touching the product, touching the talent, being a part of the TNA experience. We have to get out to these countries that have put us on a par with others and show our gratitude.”
On how TNA is today compared to many years ago:
“When I look up on that stage and see Booker, Angle, Steiner, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, I sit and go wow! Two or three years ago I couldn???t have dreamed of it. Combine that with how much we have grown TNA??’s own stars and when I go to a show in the UK and Styles gets the biggest ovation of the night. It??’s the best feeling.”
On the departure of Christian Cage to WWE:
“I???m very disappointed. I like him as a person as well as a talent. It??’s interesting, he was the first big name to jump ship to us and he??’s been the first to jump back. I wish him all the best.”
To read the full interview, click here.