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Huge Dixie Carter Interview: Talks Boot Camp, Pay Per Views, Expansion And More

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#1 Darren Grett

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

TNA President Dixie Carter was interviewed by Josh Modaberi of The American on a number of topics. Below are some quick highlights.

On British Boot Camp:

"British Boot Camp was a tremendous success, I’m so proud of what’s happened there. I think the UK has been so great in supporting us and the British fans. I want to help build back British wrestling; there are so many great, talented people over here and we’ve got some exciting ideas."


The possibility of a UK PPV:

"People always ask me about having a PPV in the UK and here is the only reason why I haven’t done a PPV: not as many people watch the PPVs as the television show, and I want millions and millions of people to see it worldwide. I think it would be great because you would see longer matches and there won’t be any commercial interruptions and things such as that. I wanted to showcase the British fans, I wanted them to be seen worldwide by everybody so people know how fantastic they are. Yes, eventually we will hold a UK PPV."


TNA's new Pay Per View changes:

"To cut down the PPVs was a difficult decision because you’re giving away millions of dollars to both your top line as well as the profit line on the balance sheet. We do have success in that. It’s always been the traditional way of doing wrestling but I feel we’re in a place right now where we have to shake things up and we need to look at things differently. It is a big financial risk on our part to do without it but I feel like it will make the PPVs we do much more special and I really feel it will make television mean more. We’ll have an opportunity to let programmes breathe, give away more PPV-quality matches on television, and then when we do have a PPV I know everyone of my guys are going to be fighting to be on that card and it will just be interesting to see how that plays out."


On how the One Night Only Pay Per Views will differ:

"It is so hard to build up a paid PPV-quality card in just four weeks, so here is a chance with this One Night Only series to come up with a dream concept and to put dream players in there. There doesn’t have to be back stories: you can create dream match-ups or see a certain gimmick. We are going to be having a lot of fun with these and I think we’ll come up with some really great programming."


Taking Impact Wrestling on the road:

"That is the goal starting this year. We’re close to making a big announcement, another one besides the PPVs, which I think will have a great impact on the show, pun intended. Taking the show on the road is the natural next step for us. It’s expensive touring and it’s not that I haven’t wanted to be on the road but it’s a business decision just like losing the PPVs. I’m not going to put this company in any financial trouble, so everything we have done has been very conscious, people were saying we weren’t going to stay in business for ten weeks and here we are going into our 11th year and having more success than ever and that’s because we make good business decisions."


On the future for TNA:

"Expanding outside of wrestling I think is important in order to grow the core product globally. Coming up with more licensing and sponsors, more programming - in the United States we just have one show and our competitor has ten hours of television a week so it is hard to compete. We have more television in the UK and that shows you how competitive we can be when we have more exposure, so that would be our goal in the United States. Again it’s not because I haven’t wanted to, it’s just contractually I haven’t been able to due to our contract agreement with Spike TV. But that is changing as well. I think all of these things combined will make for a very interesting 2013."



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:48 AM

I hope that a new TNA video game is in the works.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

This is a very exciting interview! 2013 is going to be a huge year of growth for Tna.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

this interview got me excited! looks like Tna's taking impact on the road

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:48 PM

The Impact on the road answer confused me. On one hand, it seems like she revealed that is the next natural step but then she referenced how expensive it is and how TNA has stayed in business making good financial decisions. I'll believe it when i see it.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

The Impact on the road answer confused me. On one hand, it seems like she revealed that is the next natural step but then she referenced how expensive it is and how TNA has stayed in business making good financial decisions. I'll believe it when i see it.


I think she was trying to get at the fact that there is a risk involved taking the show on the road. But since TNA has been conscious in making financial decisions like this they will probably play it safe and take it one step at a time. Kind of like when they were experimenting with these road shows back in 2011. Instead of taking the show on the road 24/7 they simply decided to do one road show every month for a few months. I'm expecting a simliar annoucment with a continuation of that "experiment".

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