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Dixie Carter took part in an interview/Q&A session for the YouShoot Live!!! series of DVDs. Here are some of the inane responses from the interview (taken from Powerslam Magazine)...

 

 

How badly do you want TNA to be the #1 wrestling company in America?

I'm competitive, so, of course, I want to be #. At the same time, I'm smart, and I know one competitor has a 20-plus-year head start on me, and respect that they're ingrained into every market around the world. In television ratings, however, we're actually winning.

 

Why is there no TNA Magazine?

Magazines are obsolete and not a good business decision.

 

How much would Vince have to offer for you to sell TNA?

I dunno. What do you think he'd take for WWE? I think we're just as capable of raising funds and buying WWE as they are trying to do the same to us.

 

Do you think TNA should start charging fans for tickets in Orlando, Florida?

You want to pay? No. I think if a fan is going to travel to see us, they should get in for free to see the show.

 

Do you think it would make more sense to have first-time opponents have their matches on pay-per-view instead of free TV?

Again, you want to pay for this stuff? The PPV business is another model that's is on its decline. It's important to us when we're trying to build a brand to show stuff on television and not just on PPV.

 

Why do you employ Vince Russo? Why have you entrusted the creative direction of your company to Vince Russo for so long? Why does Vince Russo have a job in the professional wrestling industry? Answer the question as if your company depends on it - because it does. - submitted by Jim Cornette

Thank you, Jim: so good to see you. What makes someone successful in pro-wrestling is that you either love them or you hate them, and I think that Vince Russo is that kind of character - and that's really what you want from your best talent. He is honestly incredibly talented when it comes to writing creative.

 

You stated that pay-per-view is not as important to your company's survival as some might think. When contractual obligations expire, do you plan on moving to a TV-only model?

It's a dying model, but one I happened to make millions of dollars on. Until I can replace that income, I'll continue to do it. It's not where I'd put my sole focus on.

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Guest Dave7g

Really? I've seen it, and it's not great, but she's pleasant enough around some of these wrestling geeks who even asked about such nonsense as the "hard camera placement".

 

The first answer quoted there is unsurprisingly completley out of context and obviously phrased to make her look bad. She was talking about other markets outside of the US, most specifically the U.K, where impact was actually doing better ratings than Raw.

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Really? I've seen it, and it's not great, but she's pleasant enough around some of these wrestling geeks who even asked about such nonsense as the "hard camera placement".

 

The first answer quoted there is unsurprisingly completley out of context and obviously phrased to make her look bad. She was talking about other markets outside of the US, most specifically the U.K, where impact was actually doing better ratings than Raw.

 

The better ratings from Raw though is a bit of a fallacy.

 

It wins every now and then but 8 times out of 10 Raw wins. So she's still talking b*llocks.

 

But some of her answers are scary. They could buy WWE? She makes millions of dollars with TNA?

 

I'd love to sit in on those financial meetings. Clearly they just go "we're making millions, everything is wonderful, WWE is quaking in their boots" and she just goes "brilliant". No need to see any papers or figures, that would just be a waste of time.

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Guest Kyle Hyde

being pleasant doesn't mean she's not an incompetent moron, dave. come on, her answers are just beyond stupid.

 

"What do you think he'd take for WWE"? why would you even ask that, dixie? you really think some stupid wannabe know it all fan would know the answer to that?

 

"I think we're just as capable of raising funds and buying WWE as they are trying to do the same to us". umm ... does anyone on here know if dixie was involved in an accident where she suffered a loss of nearly all of her braincells? inherently thick, methinks. oh, and, dixie, the wwe doesn't need to raise 'funds' to buy out your company - they could do so, MANY times over, right now.

 

"Magazines are obsolete"? do i have to type a response to that? you'd know about good business decisions, eh, dixie?

 

"You want to pay? No. I think if a fan is going to travel to see us, they should get in for free to see the show". just ...

 

lol at jim cornette - the way he phrased his question, i mean. such a top bloke he is. so, dixie, you think talent should be hired, just because it'll give off a bit of controversy, that'll soon fade? not to mention, EVERYBODY knows this "best talent" of yours is just as, if not more so incompetent than you are.

 

"He is honestly incredibly talented when it comes to writing creative". i think rvd has lured her into drugs or something. no way could a sane 'clean' person say that with meaning.

 

i'm done.

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Guest Dave7g
"What do you think he'd take for WWE"? why would you even ask that, dixie? you really think some stupid wannabe know it all fan would know the answer to that?

 

It was a joke response from her, quite quick actually. She was asked about how much it would cost Vince to buy TNA.

 

"I think we're just as capable of raising funds and buying WWE as they are trying to do the same to us". umm ... does anyone on here know if dixie was involved in an accident where she suffered a loss of nearly all of her braincells? inherently thick, methinks. oh, and, dixie, the wwe doesn't need to raise 'funds' to buy out your company - they could do so, MANY times over, right now.

 

In all fairness, the questions were completley hypothetical, so hypothetically, since she's married to a rather wealthy dude, who would have wealthy friends etc., she could raise a lot of money, but that's just a load of what if's.

 

You should watch it first, it's all out of context.

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Guest The Beltster
Alot of that is out of context and to be fair, Bob Carter is worth more than Vince McMahon, so could raise more than enough funds to buy WWE if they were for sale.
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Guest Dave7g
How has...

 

"You want to pay? No. I think if a fan is going to travel to see us, they should get in for free to see the show."

 

... been taken out of context?

 

Asked about charging fans into the tapings at Orlando, since the fans have paid for a ticket for the park, they can't actually charge for it, since it's part of the parks admission price.

 

"You want to pay?", well legally, you cant.

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Asked about charging fans into the tapings at Orlando, since the fans have paid for a ticket for the park, they can't actually charge for it, since it's part of the parks admission price.

 

But there's already things in Universal Studios that you have to pay extra to go see, like the Blue Man Group, or the Rising Star Kareoke Bar, or any of the nightclubs there, so they wouldn't be the only ones charging extra if they did.

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I dont think they have a choice. I'm sure if they were allowed to charge extra, they would, because they could easily shift 1300 tickets for TV taping full of stars when they sell more than that for house shows without alot of the name guys.

 

I know that WCW werent allowed to charge for tickets to Saturday Night and that was taped on the same soundstage, part of their deal to get the use of the soundstage for free was they werent allowed to make money off of it either.

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Asked about charging fans into the tapings at Orlando, since the fans have paid for a ticket for the park, they can't actually charge for it, since it's part of the parks admission price.

 

"You want to pay?", well legally, you cant.

Still doesn't justify...

 

"No. I think if a fan is going to travel to see us, they should get in for free to see the show."

 

There's no context issue there. She's simply stating that if a fan travels to see them, they should get in for free.

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Guest The Beltster

If she really believed that, she wouldnt charge for house shows or events they hold outside of the Impact Zone either, because people have to travel to them also.

 

She is saying it so she can take credit for being so fan friendly, she wont even charge people to come and see her product when really, if she could, she undoubtably would.

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But there's already things in Universal Studios that you have to pay extra to go see, like the Blue Man Group, or the Rising Star Kareoke Bar, or any of the nightclubs there, so they wouldn't be the only ones charging extra if they did.

 

That's totally true. Any theme park you go too, whether it be Six Flags, Cedar Point, Disney World or heaven forbid Dollywood, they're always attractions that charge you to enter over and above the admission price. Most of these parks have season passes and they make their money on food, games, merchandise sales and these other attractions.

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It's part of their deal, they can't charge for it, simple as that.

 

I'm sure it can be changed. If they're bringing in 1,300 people a week, why not?

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Guest The Beltster
Because they are bringing in 1300 people regardless of whether they charge or not and part of WCW's deal of them having free use of the sound stage was they werent allowed to profit from it. I fully expect if TNA decided to charge for tickets, Universal would start charging them for use of the sound stage and TNA probably wouldnt make up enough money to pay rent for the small amount of tickets they'd be selling and it wouldnt be worth it.
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Guest Rikidozan
Most already knew, but this interview proves Carter has no idea what she's doing in the wrestling industry. Appearently pay-per-view as a notion is dead...I guess the clueless buffoon doesn't follow UFC numbers. Anyone that hires, continues to back, and then defends Russo is an empty-headed mark. Geez do people like Carter irk me. Thank God for people like Cornette.
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