Dixie Carter Talks About Taking Impact On The Road, What She Knew About Wrestling Before Buying TNA

TNA President Dixie Carter spoke with the UK’s The American about a number of topics. Here are some highlights:

Her Knowledge of Wrestling Prior to Buying TNA: “I watched wrestling when I was younger. I lived in Dallas, Texas so the Von Erichs were a very big deal, and my brother and I used to watch Saturday morning wrestling, but before I got involved with TNA I had not watched the kind of modern day wrestling. At that time it was only WWE that was television.

TNA’s Success in the UK: “The British market has been essential to our success – absolutely essential – because I think it’s our first market where we’ve not only been competitive with our main competitor, but have actually had more success in television ratings and things like that. The UK was our first real break-through market and it has given us so much and helped build a great foundation on which we’ve been able to build worldwide.”

Taking TNA Impact On The Road Each Week: “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.”

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Brad Davis

Brad Davis is the editor of SEScoops.com and MMANews.com. He's been hooked on pro wrestling since 1989 and has attended 8 WrestleManias

  • MayhemRUs

    Honestly, Dixie if your company has been around for nearly 11 years, then you are doing something right, NO MATTER what the Naysayers/haters say. With Impact reaching nearly 450 episodes, a superb difference of 159 episodes (currently) against former WCW: Monday Nitro, yeah I’d say that’s a huge Impact, pun intended. Well done. Stay Alive, TNA!

    • CultpersonnaCM

      I can’t help but to feel that you got your numbers wrong…somewhere.

      According to the Wiki: WCW MN had exactly 286 episodes

      TNA Impact has currently (as of Jan 17) 445…wait, you’re right.

      Hey disliker/s, Screw you! Evidence don’t lie.

      TNA Surpassed WCW, suck on that.

      • kquickstillsucks

        TNA has surpassed WCW….SURE… why not say they are #1 and going to put Vince out of business…..TNA hasn’t even surpassed ECW in terms of success. When Bob Carter and Panda Energy pull the plug on Dixie’s toy there will be no reunion shows nobody will be chanting “TNA” 12 years later after it goes out of business. ECW fans were a rabid cult, TNA can’t even get 1,000 people for a house show HELL they can’t even get 5,000 ppv buys on the regular BUT SURE they surpassed WCW. WCW that if I remember correctly nearly put Vince out of business. WCW at it’s heights got ratings in the 5’s and 6’s where as TNA has never gotten even a 2.0 which was WCW’s low pretty much. But ya sure TNA surpassed WCW….

        • CultpersonnaCM

          You again? Well at least you got one thing right.
          TNA did surpass WCW. In the end, WCW screwed WCW outta business.

          Take this with you to the next topic…ECW is Next.

        • Nick

          Yeah you forgot how big wrestling was then compared to today wwe isn’t even doing a 5.0 there barly doing a 2 and 3

          • kquickstillsucks

            Why was wrestling big? Because it had 2 companies at their best. WWE tries basically 3 months a year and TNA tries and well Ace’s and 8’s and Claire Lynch happen. Comparing TNA to WCW still doesn’t work….SMH.

      • http://twitter.com/nickdoubleD Nicolai

        Comparing WCW to TNA!? Do people at the track cheer you on when you race your Honda against ferraris!?

  • fireworks Ts

    Dixies knowledge of wrestling > Vinces
    TNAs success > WWEs
    Impact going on the road = going to murder WWE. The fangirls of WWE will deny this but its all true and they will prove it. #ripwwe

    • kquickstillsucks

      I get it now you are just a troll, nobody can be as stupid as you…..

      • CultpersonnaCM

        Hey KQuick, What ya still suck’n on?
        Wait, I’d think most of us rather not know…

        • kquickstillsucks

          At least you aren’t stupid enough to say TNA is going to over take WWE but you’re still very stupid.

          • CultpersonnaCM

            It’s Take Over WWE, stupid. :D

          • kquickstillsucks

            Argh….I said “over take” as in become #1 wrestling company

            “Take over”….Here I will use it in a sentence so MAYBE you understand. Dixie Carter and the mom and pop shop know as TNA will never “Take over” WWE and buy them out.

          • Clash_Styles

            Dude, seriously…who gives a fuck what you fuckers think? I don’t. Wrestling is dead in the next decade or so. DAMN RIGHT!

          • CultpersonnaCM

            Whoa! Things just got a little spicy for the pepper. I know when I’m beat. I’m outta this.

            Later suckers.

          • Stijnosb


    • MayhemRUs

      I would love to see TNA succeed over WWE in the long run; but it ain’t gonna happen. Just as long as they continue to fight the good fight, I’ll be satisfied with them just staying alive, forever how long they last…period.

  • kquickstillsucks

    “I think it’s our first market where we’ve not only been competitive with our main competitor, but have actually had more success in television ratings and things like that.”

    Someone from UK correct me if I am wrong… Isn’t TNA on basic cable while WWE airs on what is essentially a pay channel? Id hope TNA ratings are higher lol.

    • FOLEY_is_GOD

      Is TNA perfect? Hell no! In fact, it really isn’t good at all. But they’re taking steps in the right direction by only have 4 PPVs and touring. Despite how much you love WWE, you have to hope that TNA pulls it together and steps up their game because when they pose a threat to WWE, WWE will do something about it. And that’s a win-win for wrestling fans everywhere.

      • kquickstillsucks

        Dude they are never posing a threat to WWE ITS NEVER going to happen. Their best shot was the beginning of 2010 and they have spun their wheels since then.I mean really 3 plus years dozens of heel/face turns, pointless storylines, TERRIBLE storylines, POOR booking decisions, millions spent on Hogan and Bischoff and anyone that WWE didn’t want/ didn’t want to work clean later and where are they? What has TNA accomplished? I used to have hope for TNA I did but as you can see that’s no longer the case. Ideally id agree with you if TNA were to put it together and force wwe to even care besides mania season but I can’t see it ever happening.

        • FOLEY_is_GOD

          I agree completely, but there are people that prefer TNA to WWE. The Impact Zone was horrible for them and really put them behind. Did you see the arena they used this passed Thursday in the UK? It wasn’t very large, but it was much bigger than the Impact Zone and it looked like it was sold out. Touring is going to help TNA a lot, at least I hope.

  • Really?91

    “What Dixie Carter knew about wrestling before buying TNA.” Not a damn thing.

    • RKOViper2600

      What Dixie Carter doesn’t know about wrestling, can’t hurt her.
      She’s blinded by her so called, “Success”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KennyLCobbJr Kenny L. Cobb Jr.

    TNA is a complete failure. It will fold within 2 years. The quicksand of Orlando is way too strong.

    • FOLEY_is_GOD

      TNA isn’t going anywhere