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Dixie Carter Talks About CM Punk Possibly Wrestling for TNA, Vince Russo, TNA’s Roster

– The Independent has published another interview with TNA President Dixie Carter. Below are some highlights:

TNA’s roster carrying the brand:
“We have a tremendous roster that has come on so strongly, it takes a lot of time to build a new character on television, and I think we have broken more new talent on television over the past 14 months than we have in five or six years maybe. We’ve got some exciting storylines planned, and we have our eye on a handful of talent that I think might compliment that.”

Vince Russo:
“I’m a big Vince Russo fan, I think he’s very talented, I think he gets a bad rap, but I feel like the way everything played itself out, when I’m negotiating a business deal and it’s private, you have to keep certain things confidential whether it’s a new signing, or how your creative is going. All things are critical to the right element, and things were getting out concerning his involvement, and it was becoming a distraction. I think he’s incredibly talented, I really do, but it’s like when you have a football player on your team, and that player is getting a certain amount of attention and distraction, he may be a very good player but you’ve got to ask yourself if it’s the right thing for where you’re at right now, and if you’re trying to create a certain kind of locker room of peace, we were right in the middle of very important stuff, and we didn’t need that. “I’m a fan but it wasn’t the time to take it to another level. Vince has worked with us three different times, and the one thing I’ve learnt in wrestling is that you never say never and I’ll never say never on Vince [coming back to TNA].”

TNA possibly signing CM Punk:
“CM Punk’s in a place right now where he’s happy and I wouldn’t attempt to try to get him to come wrestle for us until he’s in a place where he wants to wrestle. I respect what he’s done so much, he was in my opinion at the top of his game, and it’s hard walking away from a big paycheck, but he did it. You wouldn’t want to ask him to walk to a new paycheck until his head is in the right place.”


  • Jorge Ruvalcaba

    Punk was tired of carrying the work load of the top guy and not getting paid like the top guy but that is not the point HE WASN’T HAPPY SO HE CHANGED IT

  • Mickey Ray Sinatra MoThugs

    I think it was more about not being paid RIGHT than it being about not enough

  • Matt Trovato

    Wasn’t one of Punk’s complaints not getting paid enough?