Source: Taso the Greek & www.IYHWrestling.com
Jack E. Jones asked Shane Douglas on IYHWrestling about the TNA PPV tribute to ECW, and Shane buried TNA as a huge money-loser that has spent millions on old wrestlers, which he thought was preposterous in 2011, and that Dixie Carter was a rich spoiled brat that had no clue about the business. The pay the ECW originals were getting, at $250, was also ludicrous and Shane wanted no part of that PPV endeavor. He thought ECW originals should protect the legacy of the company. His thoughts on Dixie Carter, she is smart, corporate-like, attractive, articulate, but he feels her ideas and style didn’t fit in with pro wrestling. TNA has great talent, Heyman could do something with them, they have the a great network, so they should be doing great. Bob Carter should get her out because she is “easily worked”. About her on-air character, Jack says a woman in power feels wrong, and Shane feels it’s not in her chemistry and that she’s not good in her role, and that she at one time said she wouldn’t go on air, but she eventually did and he doesn’t know why. Jack mentions Ultimate X and Shane says TNA has missed the boat, period, so it doesn’t matter what they do. He questions their booking of Samoa Joe and uses it as an example of why TNA is a failure. He puts Bobby Roode over, compares him to Curt Hennig, says he could have been a top guy during his first singles run, and then buries the Roode vs. Eric Young program that he felt made no sense. He also puts over Tracy Brooks, but again, TNA’s booking of her as Roode’s manager was awful.
Brainz called in with a “what if Heyman was the booker?” Shane says he hasn’t talked to Heyman since 2004. If Heyman was the guy he was in 1993, TNA would be successful.
Writers opinion. I find Shane Douglas personally somewhere between hilarious and sad. I get a kick out of guys who have never drawn and money in pro wrestling criticizing TNA Wrestling and calling it a failure. How is it that a guy who has wrestled for 27 years and never made any significant coin believes he knows how to make any money?
TNA in less than a decade has acquired a major cable network slot, worldwide distribution of programming, dvds, ppvs, licensing deals, and sponsorships. Shane meanwhile in his 27 years has been a mid card wrestler in WCW, WWE, and headlined a company that went bankrupt. Not exactly the best expert on what is and isn’t making money in pro wrestling.