Dixie Carter Discusses Recent TNA Releases, Aces & Eights & More

Posted by Steve Carrier on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013


Dixie Carter recently spoke with The Ministry of Slam. Here are some highlights from the interview.

On signing MMA Fighters such as Quinton Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz: “I’ve gotten criticism for bringing these guys in but when you’re looking for talent and there’s only two teams, where do you go to get your star players from? You’re going to mostly look to each other and then every once in a while, you’ve got to build your own talent which takes a lot of time.

So here are two guys that are major superstars. Both come from wrestling backgrounds, and both are training their butts off right now to be in the ring. I think it’s a great way of trying to find some superstar talent and not having to take so many years to try to grow somebody’s stardom. Both of these guys are so well-known and they love professional wrestling. They’re committed and they’re training, and I’m excited for people to see their potential. I think it’s a great way of looking for new talent, and talent that have never been seen before in our world.”

On the recent wave of releases from the company: “Well, I think the fact that you let talent go is not any indication whatsoever of any problems. I think part of our problem is that we didn’t turn the roster often enough. We only have one show so if we don’t have people on the show all the time. we are not in the position to have them sitting at home and being paid and not working. I think we have to get some more programming.

We have to be able to do that to where we can shift and make talent appear fresh, but going to another show versus sitting people at home. I think it’s been a long time coming. I know that our competitor lets people go constantly. We had not done it in a long time, and I think because we had not done it in a long time, that it raised some eyebrows.

It’s time for us to bring in some new faces, and we’ve got some exciting faces that will be appearing in the next several months. It’ll freshen things up somewhat. It’ll freshen up the people who are still on the roster and it’ll give the fans new and unique matches that they’ve never seen before. Like always, I’m sure some of the people that are no longer with us will return at some point – I’m hopeful for that. I think it’s a good healthy state of where we’re going and how we need to grow.”

On the Maximum Impact 2014 Tour: “I’m so excited. You know the Hydro had some excitement with the fire and everything. I’m thrilled to be able to say we are on schedule and we are going to have this show. The ticket sales are going great. This will be by far one of our largest UK shows, and by far our biggest Glasgow show. I know there are people coming in from all over Europe and even some from the United States to see this show. It’s going to be a very exciting night.”

On Bully Ray and Aces & Eights: “Bully Ray in my opinion has really stepped up and become a formidable singles champion. He’s done outstanding work. A lot of the young guys have come along under the Aces & Eights banner very quickly. I love the reformation of the Main Event Mafia; I love the younger members in there stepping up to represent our company. I think there’s going to be some interesting TV in the coming weeks.”

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  • Mike Arienti

    There’s far more than 2 teams. Dixie’s tunnel vision is aimed at WWE when it should be aimed at getting talent off the indy scene and paying people who can actually wrestle.

    • Charles Evanoff


    • Rene Ramirez


  • Charles Evanoff

    When jarrett was running shit, he brought cm punk from roh, now look where he is lol

  • Louisa Baton

    They aren’t trying to compete with people like ROH because they can’t. When Vince McMahon took over for his father he had an advantage. He was young and had a broad outlook on life. He understood both A, the need for all types of people from all walks of life and B. how to manufacture or create people from ideas. Hunter doesn’t know part B and isn’t really doing so hot with part A. (He’s better with A than B.) Hunter is fighting a battle because now there is a C. People aren’t in the 1970′s or 80′s where you can define heritage or if you like race. (Race I reserve for all people in the human category) ROH let’s people be themselves and doesn’t focus on their looks-difference but on their talent likeness. That’s why they are better and more fun to watch. That’s just me.

    • Rene Ramirez


  • raul cruz

    What a stupid remark about “building your own talent takes time”.

    Gee they have had eleven years to build up guys like Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Austin Ares, Bobby Roode and James Storm. And what did they do once the fans responded to them? THEY BURIED THEM!!!

    At this point TNA is just an infomercial for Spike TV’s MMA programming.

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