Brandon Baxter interviewed TNA President Dixie Carter on Tuesday to promote this week’s Impact Wrestling tapings in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Below are the highlights:
- Dixie Carter said taking Impact on the road was a business decision. She said you have to be financially able to go on the road and it’s a very expensive proposition. Dixie said there were a lot of different signals that indicated now was the right time to make the decision.
- She touted how fun it will be for fans to attend Impact live and how it is her desire for the live experience to be like a party.
- Dixie put over TNA’s talent roster, their storylines and production quality as the aspects that set them apart from competing organizations.
- She said they’ve made a huge decision that their women are the best wrestlers in the world. Dixie put over the fact the Knockouts are talented and sexy and as long as the company handles them with class and respect, they are doing something no one else on this entire planet is doing. As a female head of a wrestling company, this is something Dixie takes extra pride in but extra caution in as well.
- Dixie is not intimated by the males in the business, even when she’s the only female in the room.
- She is excited about the new guys who most people didn’t know who they were when TNA started ten years ago. Dixie talked about how they are just starting to come into their primes and will be the talent that will carry the company. AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, James Storm, Matt Morgan and Hernandez were all mentioned and she said “every single one of them” has peaked at the right time.
- Carter said that there are younger/newer guys behind them “nipping at their heels.” Magnus, Robbie E and Robbie T were mentioned by name. She put over their roster depth before calling Sting and Hulk Hogan the two greatest wrestling icons you could ever want on your roster.
- Dixie said all of the original TNA talents have come in and given people like Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam a “run for their money.”
- Dixie revealed she first met Jeff Jarrett when she first graduated college in Las Colinas, Texas. She said they actually lived in apartments on the same floor, along the same wall. It was then Jeff told her he was a professional wrestler. She didn’t get into the pro wrestling business until several years later, obviously reuniting with the man she met years prior.
You can listen to the interview in its entirety in the video embedded below: