Former TNA Employee D-Lo Brown recently spoke with Gerweck.net. Here are some highlights from the interview.
On his release from TNA: I guess it was just time for a change. We had talked earlier in the week about doing a new deal. The circumstances changed that following monday and got a call that following day saying we are going to part company. I was shocked you know and it came from left field but you just have to move on.
You deal with what live gives you and if you dwell on the past you are going to stay there. I thanked them for my time there. Told them i had 4 great years. Maybe we can work together again in the future but for right now we are just going to part ways.
Whether TNA is a “sinking ship”: I wouldn’t say it’s a sinking ship. I’d rather say they are going through growing pains. The large extent of taking impact on the road, that load is probably [inaudible] the company right now. It’s kind of like prunning a tree. You trim a tree down to it’s core and hopefully it will survive, grow and bloom. Hopefully a year later it will be bigger, stronger than ever. So to me it just seems like they are going through some growing pains. The restructuring is just a way of shoring up the ship.
On releasing lower tier talent instead of higher tier, higher priced talent: That’s the million dollar question. I wasn’t in the office on the talent side. That’s a good question to put out there. I’m not sure the answer. I don’t think anyone outside of the company on that side would be privy to that. There are times when you look at it and the decisions don’t make sense.
They are going to do what they need to do to strengthen the company. A lot of people will scratch their head and a lot of people will wonder and shake their head, question and build their own hypothesis and try to figure whats going on. At the end of the day, nobody in that company knows what’s really going to happen except those in charge of the finances.
On the power structure in TNA: Dixie is very hands on. There are execs that make some decisions but Dixie is the one that has the final say on the product. Dixie is very hands on I’ll give her that. She is right there in the trenches with every body else. Every time i was in the office, I would sit in her office or walked by her office and she is always on the phone handling business. She is right there working hard with every body else.
Comparing Dixie Carter to Vince McMahon: They both have their positives and negatives. They are both alike in many ways. They are both driven, they both want their companies to succeed, they are willing to do it at any cost. If anything i believe TNA promotes a more family friendly atmosphere for the talent. It’s not uncommon to have the boys backstage with their families at the house show or on tv. That kind of wasn’t allowed with Vince.
Impact on the road: As a whole we were very excited. The Impact Zone served us well but we had out-grown in terms of taking that next step to becoming a national company. Being in the impact zone in Orlando the shows were, I don’t know, almost stale compared to when we took it out in the road. That live energy, live crowd, bigger venue. It gave the show a different look, different feel. The talent enjoy it and i still think they do. I think it will ultimately be the right decision for the company. It’s the next evolution of where we have to go.
I still think it was a good decision for the company, It has been and will continue to be. Yes, it’s a big financial investment. You have to invest in yourself if you want that payoff in the end and i think that’s what they are trying to do.
On the licensing issues in the state of Missouri: That’s a tough one. Generally that’s handled internally. Maybe it slipped because of all shuffling of people. I didn’t handle that when i was there. I think it was just one of those times when somebody thought someone else did it or somebody that was supposed to do it left the company and didn’t do it. I know that must be really embarassing for the company and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
On TNA GutCheck: I believe it is a successful concept. I believe it gives opportunity for some guys to show themselves on a national level or even some aging vets who are looking for that one last shot. There is no other program like that in the country. It’s basically American Idol for wrestling.
I think the concept is sound. I guess there are still some kinks to work out. I like the product and I like what it does.