Dixie Carter Addresses Recent TNA Releases In Open Letter To Fans

TNA President Dixie Carter issued a statement on Thursday, giving an explanation behind the timeframe for the #AskDixie Twitter Q&A and addressing the company’s recent releases. You can read the letter in its entirety below:

Hi everyone,

In the 11+ years that I have been with TNA, I am still amazed by the passion of pro wrestling fans. That passion – both positive and negative – is remarkable and something that all of us at TNA values.

With that said, I asked for questions from you like I have done many times in the past, but I didn’t provide a timeframe by which I would answer you. I know I have frustrated you all, and I apologize. Beginning next week, each Thursday, I will answer legitimate questions from you on a weekly basis. I will not, however, address outrageous or hurtful questions/posts.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to provide perspective from inside TNA – where we stand and where, with support from our current and future fans around the globe, we are going. What is being shared with you now is what was shared with the IMPACT roster before our phenomenal Destination X show from Louisville, KY last week.

This has been a big year for TNA. We took IMPACT LIVE on the road, exactly where it needs to be – where you’ve asked us to be – in your backyard. We also changed our Pay-Per-View schedule, shifting from 12 to four live Pay-Per-View events each year, in order to increase the value of these events for you. To grow TNA, these are moves that needed to be made. And, part of changes like this, includes structural changes within TNA to align with this new business model.

Many of your comments and questions reference our recent roster changes. The relationship that fans have with wrestlers is unique and one of the many great aspects of the wrestling business. And, for this reason, releasing talent is never easy – not for you and not for us. But, bringing in fresh faces and the best wrestling talent in the world is what you expect, and what TNA will always strive to deliver. Recently, we have brought back some talent favorites (Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams and Homicide), and you will continue to see this and new talent that we are excited to introduce you to in the coming months.

TNA has always been, and will continue to be, a place where you can interact with the superstars, whether in person at a live show or via social channels, like Twitter and Facebook. We are constantly exploring new and interesting ways to take this interaction to another level, and you will see this unfold in the coming months. I appreciate each of you taking the time to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas. Your input and feedback helps us create a better product. I hope you will join us when IMPACT LIVE comes to your area.

Yours,

Dixie

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

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  • Big L

    I’m not a huge fan of TNA and what they’ve been doing with the product as a whole, but you can tell, regardless of strange booking, they are trying to get better. That Dixie Carter is even taking and answering fan feedback says much. I’ve always been a huge WWE fan and Vince just doesn’t do that.

    • Scott

      Because Vince doesn’t need to do that. He did it only once, to introduce the Attitude Era. Which was a sign business wasnt going well so you can pretty much guess why Dixie needs to interract so much.

  • T-Zone

    While I don’t exactly like that they released up and coming talent, at least she’s trying to improve the company. After 11 years, at least TNA has been able to keep themselves afloat on National TV where others after WCW & ECW couldn’t get to.

    I’m still disappointed that they released Joey Ryan, DOC and Matt Morgan. I thought the later two had a shot of furthering their careers there. I couldn’t see how Joey could under his sleazy gimmick actions. But it worked.

    Gut Check was a waste, considering they released the main host and pretty much all the contestants.

    I wish the best for TNA, but they should really not do anything more foolish like that.

    • jdl

      They didn’t “release” Morgan, he wanted out.

      • Jesse Sherwood

        They granted his request to be released. TNA could have forced him to fulfill his remaining dates, as they were under no obligation to let him walk.

        • T-Zone

          Thanks for filling in Jesse.

          I didn’t mean it the in case of being fired, JDL. Sorry for the minor confusion.

  • steve pritchard

    What a load of crap! This company is done. The mere fact she did all of this proves it . This is damage control and nothing more. You don’t here Vince doing stuff like this, or try to busy up with the competition like she did a few months ago. Whether she’s trying or not , she still has no clue what so ever on how to run this company . The hiring of bischoff and hogan more than proves this point. Tna is finished . I give another year , maybe 2.

  • Stevie

    The fact that Dixie even addresses questions from fans proves that the company’s intention is to do things to improve the product. I happen to like the overall product. With the exception of some weird kinks in some story lines, the product is good. The talent is some of the best in the industry and the fan interaction is very strong. I don’t have all the answers on why TNA has not grown larger, but I certainly don’t think they are going down any time soon. Viewership for the industry as a whole is not nearly as strong as it was several years ago and certainly no where near the level of the Monday Night Wars, but it at least is remaining steady.

  • Matt

    The thing is, it’s been 11 years. They’ve had great talent come and go. So with them two facts in mind, along with hefty financial backing ABD worldwide TV spots why is getting a 1.5 or whatever rating considered “phenomenal”? god, if RAW did that numberit’d get cancelled!