Friday, 6 September 2013

Dixie Carter makes me dizzy with all the spin

 Recently Dixie Carter was interviewed about the state of TNA and it's decision to hire MMA fighters, firing multiple employee's both front and backstage and for some reason the Aces and eights.  Beware the spin though as it may make you nauseous.  Below each question I have posted my own little view of each answer and how much bollocks it all is.

Signing MMA Fighters such as Quinton Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz:
“I’ve gotten criticism for bringing these guys in but when you’re looking for talent and there’s only two teams, where do you go to get your star players from? You’re going to mostly look to each other and then every once in a while, you’ve got to build your own talent which takes a lot of time.

So here are two guys that are major superstars. Both come from wrestling backgrounds, and both are training their butts off right now to be in the ring. I think it’s a great way of trying to find some superstar talent and not having to take so many years to try to grow somebody’s stardom. Both of these guys are so well-known and they love professional wrestling. They’re committed and they’re training, and I’m excited for people to see their potential. I think it’s a great way of looking for new talent, and talent that have never been seen before in our world.”

Of course Dixie must have hit upon the golden element that professional wrestling has been missing for years, MMA fighters.  Wow Vince will be so pissed when he finally figures out Dixie has him beaten on that one.  Seriously though this is some total BS right here.  Ortiz and Jackson both work for Bellator MMA a company that has a deal with TNA much like WWE has with the UFC.  Bellator basically loan some of their fighters to TNA to drum up sales for their pay per view and keep them in the public eye months ahead of their fight.  Ortiz and Jackson will never actually wrestle a match because if they got injured it would cancel their cage fight in November.  As such TNA are just using them to try and get MMA fans to watch TNA, but here's the thing, MMA fans don't want to watch fake wrestling when they enjoy watching real wrestling, at least a cage version of it anyway.

Dixie's comment about getting star players is also hilarious.  Professional wrestling has always been a wonderful business for just creating stars on the spot.  Stone Cold Steve Austin became a star by simply winning a match at King of the Ring and running his famous 3:16 speech.  People immediately took notice and from then on Austin was massively over with fans, WWF couldn't go wrong when it came to booking him.  Dixie however seems to think the only way to get top talent is to look to your competition and buy them off them.  I mean they should be building talent all the time not 'once in a while' like she puts it, no wonder they are struggling to build anyone new.

Her entire spiel here about it taking too long to build stars is a great indicator of her complete lack of understanding of the wrestling business.  Unlike real sports which require players to really work hard and train to be noticed, pro-wrestling companies can gauge fan responses to wrestlers to see if they have a star or not.  Cena is an exception to the rule here as he generates just as much hate as he does cheer, but the likes of Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler are just a small sample of those who built their own reputation in the industry and fans really enjoy watching their matches.  At this stage the company should be pushing these people to the moon to get the most money out of them as WWE are currently doing with Bryan.  Joe and AJ on the other hand are being marginalised in favour of pushing Sting, Bully Ray and Hulk Hogan.  These three are popular sure but they have had their careers and should be stepping aside for the new guys to keep the company going.  I'm not saying fire them, but use them sparingly as ring personalities, managers or semi-regular competitors.  Triple H is basically the same as this as he only wrestles sparingly and WWE make money every time they have him step into the ring.

Recent releases from the company:
“Well, I think the fact that you let talent go is not any indication whatsoever of any problems. I think part of our problem is that we didn’t turn the roster often enough. We only have one show so if we don’t have people on the show all the time. we are not in the position to have them sitting at home and being paid and not working. I think we have to get some more programming.

We have to be able to do that to where we can shift and make talent appear fresh, but going to another show versus sitting people at home. I think it’s been a long time coming. I know that our competitor lets people go constantly. We had not done it in a long time, and I think because we had not done it in a long time, that it raised some eyebrows.
It’s time for us to bring in some new faces, and we’ve got some exciting faces that will be appearing in the next several months. It’ll freshen things up somewhat. It’ll freshen up the people who are still on the roster and it’ll give the fans new and unique matches that they’ve never seen before. Like always, I’m sure some of the people that are no longer with us will return at some point – I’m hopeful for that. I think it’s a good healthy state of where we’re going and how we need to grow.”

Because firing people en masse isn't a sign of poor financial health in fact it's a sign that a company is on the up and up, for fuck sake this woman is so stupid it hurts.  Turning the roster over enough sounds is a phrase I don't like the sound of.  Is she suggesting that the roster needs to be basically spring cleaned and then hire more people on a more regular basis?  She makes comment about only having one show to use talent on so uses that as a justification to fire people who are sitting at home collecting pay every week. 

The problem is that the other alternative is just using the same ten or so people week in week out until the product becomes completely stale and difficult to watch.....oh right.  TNA have plenty of time in a two hour show to have more talent, but they waste that with pointless backstage stuff, music videos or adverts for shows they aren't going to get high numbers for in the first place.  More wrestling would be a damn good way to earn more money, because more wrestling fans would watch to see something different from WWE.  Believe it or not Dixie but we don't all want drama in our wrestling, sometimes we just want to see two bad asses kick the shit out of each other until a winner is determined.

The worse part is at the end of this answer where she then tells us that great new talent is on it's way to freshen up the product, except you could have done that anyway by not firing most of your gut check winners and building them instead, thus saving money.  Instead they are going to bring in more new people to be completely overshadowed by Bully Ray, Sting and Hogan.  Shit they have trouble building their own returning talent.  Look at how they handled AJ Styles when he came back as the loner character who was willing to do what it took to win.  He got beaten in his first return match by Kurt Angle for god's sake.  Then Chris Sabin comes back, they dump the strap on him in less than a month and no one cared so they took it off him again and haven't used him since.  Talk about epic fail, why didn't they bring Sabin back to you know get over first before slamming him in the main event?  I assume TNA forgot that he had been out of action for so long that most people had forgotten about the Motor City Machine Guns and assumed he would still be over.

On Bully Ray and Aces & 8s:
“Bully Ray in my opinion has really stepped up and become a formidable singles champion. He’s done outstanding work. A lot of the young guys have come along under the Aces & Eights banner very quickly. I love the reformation of the Main Event Mafia; I love the younger members in there stepping up to represent our company. I think there’s going to be some interesting TV in the coming weeks."

And there you go the part she is really proud of is the boring Aces and eights versus Main event mafia plot which is about as much fun as removing your toe nails with a hammer.  Sting versus Bully Ray again but with more disposable fodder to act as a smokescreen for their feud.  Bully I don't mind so much but does he really need to be the main heel?  The guy was primarily a tag wrestler and his work as a singles competitor is OK at best.  He hasn't had any truly memorable singles bouts since going solo and he never will.  Sting is just laughing his ass off to the bank as he collects pay checks every fucking week while he drowns the younger talent with his shit Joker gimmicks and mid-nineties character.

And let's look at those younger guys who have stepped up.  On the mafia we have Magnus and Joe, both of whom have been in TNA for several years already, Joe being a TNA Alumni with more than a decade with the company.  Wouldn't really call them young guys really, not old but not exactly the hot up and comers of the wrestling industry.  The Aces have Garret, Wes, Knux and Anderson.  Knux has been around for a good while now.  Anderson again has been on the circuit for some time which just leaves Wes and Garret both of whom suck total ass when it comes to wrestling.  Seriously Wes is terrible both in and out of the ring, while Garret is regularly booed for being Eric's little boy, and being a shit wrestler.

Basically Dixie your answers are bullshit, your company is going downhill big time and you have no means of fixing it now.  Go watch some more College football games while the company sinks, I'm sure everything will be alright.


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