Impact Wrestling was the brainchild of Jeff Jarrett, but then Dixie Carter took control of the company. Under her watch, the promotion produced some of the best and worst moments in the company’s history. AJ Styles certainly has nothing good to say about her.
On his Twitch channel, Styles defended Vince Russo, whom many fans blame for the demise of the company. He revealed that they did argue, but it was due to Carter getting involved. Styles believes Dixie is the biggest reason why Impact Wrestling was ruined. She wanted to turn the promotion into something fans had no interest in.
“Vince (Russo), as a person, I love the guy, and we butted heads as far as him writing, even in TNA, but I realized when we butted heads, it was because he was getting things from Dixie the whole time. It must have been very difficult to work with this woman who has no idea how wrestling works and wanted everything to be done to it and it didn’t make any sense. We butted heads with him as a writer, but due to Dixie Carter getting involved a lot with creative.”
“Do I believe Dixie ruined IMPACT? Well, it was TNA back then, and 100%. IMPACT, there was a time when it was really gaining ground. The problem was, Dixie wanted to be WWE-lite and that’s not what people wanted. They wanted to see something else. All she had to do was let us do what we do, it was really that simple. Had she left it to the writers, I think TNA would still be around and be bigger than what they are, but not knowing what’s best for business, she hurt TNA.”
Currently, Impact Wrestling has been doing better than in the past. Their Slammiversary numbers were promising. So we will have to see how the company continues to fare.
h/t to Fightful for the transcription.