Dixie Carter on UK tour, TNA in 2008, Christian Cage

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.