TNA President Dixie Carter recently did an interview with MondayNightMayhem.com. Below are exerts from the interview:
*Dixie congratulated The Mayhem on their 5th anniversary and reminded the listening audience that both TNA & Monday Night Mayhem’s anniversaries are just a few months apart from one another respectfully.
*She says that the upcoming Destination X PPV will feature the first-ever Elevation X Match, and that it is unlike anything the company has ever done. Personally, she is very excited about “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. “The War Machine” Rhino.
*Tickets are going great for the April Lockdown in St. Louis, and that they are looking forward to the biggest audience that they have ever performed in front of.
*She said that TNA will be taking Slammiversary & Bound For Glory on the road, and they hope to do more road shows in the future. They are also going to be continuing the house show tour in the months ahead.
*Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe will be a “showstopper” at Destination X for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
*Dixie did wish to clear the air on something discussed in depth amongst the wrestling fans throughout the world: their relationship with ROH (w/Samoa Joe leaving & the rumors of “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels finishing up soon): TNA has a “working relationship with Ring Of Honor.” Many of their guys have started there, continue to work there, and she hopes to keep seeing it for a while.
*TNA Impact vs. WWE RAW head-to-head for the first time a few weeks ago: Dixie hopes the company can do better. TNA did better in the ratings vs. World Wrestling Entertainment than the UFC did.
*She feels that the WWE bringing in Donald Trump to the WWE is “brilliant.” That was a big night for World Wrestling Entertainment, so more people watched in the long run.
*Destination X is going to be a “showcase of their X-Division talent.”
*Lockdown is going to be the second most important show of the year for the company, so they are heading into a very important month for TNA. They are still encouraged now more so than ever to get the “TNA” name out there to new fans.
*Kurt Angle’s growth in TNA: Dixie believes that Kurt is “a great person (personally & professionally), a great family man, & also the hardest worker.” She says that he is “passionate about the product, the entire locker room, & making TNA a bigger promotion.”
*Hulk Hogan possibly coming into TNA in the months ahead: He is a tremendous talent and knows how to work with the business better than anyone around. “The fans should just stay tuned.”
*Current WWE superstar, Rob Van Dam & the rumors of him not re-upping his WWE deal, & also coming into Total Nonstop Action Wrestling: Dixie said that Rob is a very good in-ring talent, and that he would be a good asset to any roster. Their challenge, however, is to get everyone currently on the roster onto a one- hour show. They need to get two hours, use the talent they have, & go from there. *The buzz about Vince Russo being frustrated with the company: “He is in a good position, is an amazing creative talent, and he should not take the heat he does.” Dixie added that most of the “heat” that is being bantered about is for things that he has nothing to do with.
*TNA Mission Statement Into The Rest Of 2007: She closed the interview by saying that TNA this year will have some of the best matches & shows ever seen, and that they have some very good angles in store as the weeks & months progress onward.
Log onto www.TNAWrestling.com for all of the latest on tonight’s edition of iMPACT, the upcoming Destination X Pay-Per-View, as well as how you can purchase your tickets to the April Lockdown spectacular, & the TNA InterAction Fanfest. The entire interview w/Dixie, along with the rest of the February 28th show (which also features the first public aired public comments from “Judge” Jeff Jones, on the passing of former ECW World Heavyweight Champion, Mike Awesome), is now available for download.
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