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Dixie Carter Sounds Off About Vince McMahon Saying TNA Is Not Competition For WWE

In an interview with he Huffington Post’s Royal Ramblings Blog, TNA President Dixie Carter spoke about TNA moving to Destination America next month and various other topics, including Vince McMahon’s recent comments saying TNA is not competition. Below are the highlights:

What We Can Expect From The New Impact Wrestling on Destination America:

“I needed to find somebody who wanted not just to license a two hour show from us but to be a true partner on every level. Anyone who wants to, can get Destination America and add it to their cable line up – they’re part of theDiscovery Communications Group which is massive and the number one pay TV programmer in the world and this deal is also a global deal. So I’m just excited about all the different unique opportunities that we’re going to have to help grow our brand. We’re looking at it as a completelyfresh start and the timing is perfect. I just can’t wait for everybody to feel what I’m feeling.”

Rumors That TNA Talent Was In The Dark During TV Negotiations:

“I don’t think it’s true. The talent were the first to hear everything that I could possibly say and they knew that. I had very blunt discussions with them during the process. I told them that I needed them to trust me and that there was more I wanted to share but for the sake of our livelihoods, that it wouldn’t be good business or prudent to do so. I told them I was going to workvery hard and that we had interest from several places. However, as I said earlier, I was looking for somebody that wanted to make not just a financial but a time and effort investment into us and into our talent. I wasn’t going to stop until I found that. So the talent were part of the process the entire way, I told them as much as I possibly could and they were the first to hear the news when I could tell them.”

Vince McMahon Saying TNA Is Not Competition:

“Well, I think it’s ridiculous to say that we’re not competition. If we weren’t competition they wouldn’t try to stop our growth at every turn. We’re both wrestling companies and so competing for the same networks internationally and the same ticket sales globally and therefore you are competitors but all we can do is focus on what we do best. My big focus for 2015 is to further distinguish our product from anybody else’s out there. What can we do better and what have we been doing great that we can take to another level. We’re going to be announcing in the coming weeks some realty exciting changes to our show and that’s a big part – trying to make our brand much more distinctive than not just WWE but other wrestling companies around the world.”

The Best Rib That’s Been Played On Her:

“I don’t think the talent have really ever done anything to me. I had somebody call me once and leave a message to call back Shane McMahon. So I returned his call but he had never called me. We had a conversation and he’s a lovely guy. But don’t give the roster any ideas! “

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    NXT is being like what TNA use to be like at it on Thursday night taking a lot of there viewers away and they are only on the WWE Network. I don’t even know that is Destination America.

  • Shawn Bronald

    TNA will never compete no matter what. WWE is a multi-BILLION dollar company that turns a huge profit. TNA nearly went out of business when Destination America swooped in at the final hour to sign them pennies on the dollar. TNA had a relatively small contract with Spike. Destination America signed them at a fraction of that deal. It’s like a high school football team thinking they’re in competition with the NFL champion.

  • Shawn Bronald

    TNA is not competition. The same way ROH, Lucha Underground and Global Force are not competition. They’re all competing for 2nd place and WWE stands alone at the top. Honestly, that 2nd group is probably a better wrestling product, so TNA should be happen to be there instead of competing with WWE’s Monday night variety show.

  • CC

    Poor Dixie, cant understand that Vince is right. TNA are never going to be competition for WWE unless someone who understands wrestling is put in charge and actually does something useful with the company.
    She can say Vince has stopped them doing stuff, but Vince isnt to blame for them stagnating with viewing figures now is he.