Zbyszko Says TNA Stars Are on Food Stamps, Talks Vince and More

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– Wrestling legend Larry Zbyszko recently spoke with Steve and Scum of WGD Weekly. Here are some highlights from the interview:

The financial state of TNA: “…They just made wrong decisions…from what I hear, Bob Carter…he had a hard time saying no to his daughter, Dixie…Finally, they blew so much money with no real results after ten years that Bob resigned and I think the mother took over and she is controlling the purse…From what I hear…this guy is now fired, this guy is now fired and if you wanna stay there you get a pay cut. Half the guys wrestling there are on food stamps. I was shocked when I heard that one…”

Where TNA has gone wrong creatively: “…If you look at TNA today, I mean like ten years ago they had some great matches, AJ Styles vs. Chris Daniels, now ten years later, like six or seven months ago, I’m flicking through the TV and I stumble across TNA…and what’s the main event? AJ Styles vs. Chris Daniels, they’ve been wrestling each other for ten years. I couldn’t believe it…don’t these people understand…”

Eric Bischoff in TNA: “….Eric, who listened to a couple guys, pulled something off, then took credit for it, but everything he’s been involved in since sinks because he doesn’t know and won’t listen…”

Sting being “lucky”: “…Sting who was one of the luckiest men who ever lived, Sting couldn’t do a good interview, he couldn’t work good. We had to drop him from the ceiling for a year and dress him like the crow and not let him say a word to get one big match out of him…”

His relationship with and thoughts on Vince McMahon since once again working on occasion with WWE: “ …I haven’t bumped into Vince…I’ve been doing some things, like at ‘Mania, but I was running around doing Axxess, and signings, and filming DVD’s…when they tape the NXT shows they film that right down the street here…but, I haven’t bumped into Vince yet. I haven’t seen him since 1981. I can’t wait to see him, it will be very nostalgic…He looks great, between you and me, he’s one of the best characters he’s got…Vince is a classic, he would die for his creation and his fans, you can’t take that away from him…”

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    • I don’t think it’s a knock on them being on food stamps, but more of a knock on TNA not paying their talent well enough, to the point where they need to live on food stamps.

  1. How come when I say this stuff no one listens?Don’t answer that lol. He’s born on the fifth and I’m on the fourth of December. We both notice that TNA is showing the same people in the same matches over and over and Eric doesn’t fit. Wow it’s worse than I thought but Eric has the habit of spending too much money on something that isn’t suited and now Dixie has fallen into that trap. The food stamps part is sad if true. I hope it’s an exaggeration and if not, that someone steps in quickly and rectifies the situation.

  2. Wow, yeah, Larry outted that last point i’d been told but I didn’t want to say it exactly. Those who aren’t fired, yes, it’s true, but then again, so many are let go…
    Sadly, somehow, they keep trying to keep Hogan… Just Wrestle
    They need to go back to the old ring and the old ways and start like before Hogan came in. The problem is all the guys they would have attracted from ROH are now in WWE (Claudio and Ohno, BDaniels, etc).

  3. OMG, I’m gonna explain this for those of you who are still in denial. You can get emotional or realistic but at the end of the day it is business.
    Every company that falls in any business, falls because of bad money management. When a company makes horrible decisions for a long time, it starts to hit them financially, and if they don’t turn their business around at a certain point the company will have no choice to close down because of lack of funds.
    With TNA, it is exactly the same thing, they have past that marked already, after making terrible decisions they are now at a place where they are cutting back to the point that it is hurting their company product, they have no choice but to do this to try to stop the bleeding, but sadly to say TNA is at a place of no return.
    WHY? because ratings are extremely low and has remained low for many years, attendance is truly embarr***ingly low, sales are low and on top of that they are doing major cuts that are still not taken full effect, that is recipe for a shut down sooner or later. It really doesn’t look good for TNA and I think as time goes by it will get worse…

  4. OMG, I’m gonna explain this for those of you who are still in denial. You can view it very emotionally or see it very realistic but at the end of the day it is business.
    In any business, any company that falls, falls because of bad money management. When a company makes horrible decisions for a long time, it starts to hit them financially, and if they don’t turn their business around at a certain point the company will have no choice but to close down because of lack of funds.
    With TNA, it is exactly the same thing, they have p***ed that mark already, after making terrible decisions they are now at a place where they are cutting back to the point that it is hurting their product, they have no choice but to do this to try to stop the bleeding, but sadly to say TNA is at a place of no return.
    WHY? because ratings are extremely low and has remained low for many years, attendance is truly embarr***ingly low, sales are low and on top of that they are doing major cuts that are still not taken full effect, that is recipe for a shut down sooner or later. It really doesn’t look good for TNA and I think as time goes by it will get worse…

  5. If they’re smart, the extension Hogan just got was simply that, to have a short term transitional role for him to just to tide things over, while they make some moves to turnaround the place over the next year. The company badly, badly needs new blood to survive.

    WWE will likely not be coming in to buy TNA the way they did WCW (as the latter was a bitter competitor Vince wanted to close out his rivalry with), and WWE has not expressed interest in acquiring their roster. But it would be interesting (and daring) if a SHANE McMahon, Goldberg, or Freddie Prinze, Jr. was brought in to TNA to take over creative in an onscreen way for a while. This would provide the new blood and the celebrity pull.

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