Dixie Carter

August 31, 2010

I can see everyone getting excited already; after years of ripping on TNA, I have moved on to the owner herself Dixie Carter. Actually I’m not going to rant on Dixie Carter, at least not much. I’m just going to talk a bit about the “You Shoot” shoot interview she did with Kayfabe Commentaries. I was recently sent a link where I could watch the interview online so I thought I would check it out. I wasn’t sure I’d get through it, which honestly I haven’t (I’m only about an hour and a half in) but there is one thing I just absolutely have to comment on.

When I first heard Dixie was going to do the interview I wasn’t sure if I should respect her for having the balls (sorry I don’t know a female equivalent of that expression) to do it, or laugh at her for being naive enough to do it. After watching the first part of the interview I’m left thinking it’s a little bit of both. I give her credit for her bravery but think she’d have been far better off to just pass on the project when first approached.

On the whole she comes off as a very nice person and on a few occasions even comes off a bit witty, but lowering herself to interacting with the video question portion of this DVD made her look so incredibly bad in my opinion. The first video question she answered was asked by a fat, shirtless, masked man, sitting on a toilet. This guys question was asked in the stereotypical wrestling fan promo style that everyone who hates pro wrestling and thinks its stupid pictures when they think of pro-wrestling. Lowering herself to this level really made her look small time, in my opinion.

If lowering herself to seriously addressing questions from fans that clearly were just screwing around and making fun of her isn’t bad enough, this woman dodged questions and talked around issues with misinformation like no bodies business, and for the most part never actually says anything. I’m curious if these are answers she came up with on her own or whether she is just repeating the bullshit answers offered to her when she questions others about what is go on in TNA.

Okay, all of that aside, there is one specific question asked of Dixie Carter that I want to discuss here. The question was asked by one James E. Cornette and it was, not too surprisingly, “Why do you employ Vince Russo?” I think this is a very important question as the biggest complain about TNA is of course the creative direction of the product and more specifically the writing of the Impact Show. Dixie has stood by Vince Russo despite almost every other person in the industry burying the product Russo puts out.

Her answer was, “What makes somebody successful in wrestling is that you either love them or you hate them, and I think he’s that kind of polarizing character… and that’s really what you want from your best talent too, you want people to love them or you want them hate them, and he is honestly incredibly talented when it comes to writing creative, he knows what he does not do. The funny thing about Vince is that, you guy I’m sure have heard some of those “Fire Russo” chants that we’ve had in arenas through out the years, and I can tell you in every single instance he had nothing to do with what was going on in the ring...”

That’s the best she could come up with? And please don’t use the excuse this question was sprung on her and she had no time to prepare, this is the most commonly asked question in the industry. If she didn’t know this question was coming she’s even more naïve and uninformed than her answer to this question indicates.

Let’s look at her answer:

“What makes somebody successful in wrestling is that you either love them or you hate them.”

Okay that is true if you are a performer on the show, but not if you work behind the scenes in the office. Vince Russo is not a character on the show that we are supposed to love or hate, he is the guy writing this show, and people hating him for doing a shitty job of writing this show is not a job qualification or a sign of success.

“He is honestly incredibly talented when it comes to writing creative; he knows what he does not do.”

I don’t even know what this means. He is good at writing creative, WHAT? He sure as hell isn’t incredibly talented at writing wrestling, creative or otherwise. If he was, the majority of the industry wouldn’t be hoping for him to be fired. Now as far as “he knows what he does not do” well that’s a plus, unfortunately what he does not do, is understand pro-wrestling or write a compelling wrestling program.

“The funny thing about Vince is that, you guy I’m sure have heard some of those “Fire Russo” chants that we’ve had in arenas through out the years, and I can tell you in every single instance he had nothing to do with what was going on in the ring...”

Does anyone believe this? I don’t even believe Dixie Carter remembers every single instance where these chants occurred or who came up with those segments in the first place, let alone that their head writer had nothing to do with any of them. Even if we give her the benefit of the doubt on this one and say Vince Russo didn’t have anything to do with those specific segments, is not writing the very worst segments on your show a job qualification? Is saying we have far shittier writers than Vince Russo working for us, a reason to employ the man?

Let’s recap, Dixie Carter said she employs Vince Russo because, he is a polarizing character that people hate, and he didn’t write those really bad segments that fans chanted “Fire Russo” at. I omitted the middle statement because I really don’t know what it means and she provided no evidence to back it up anyway. So if those are the reasons behind her continued employment of Vince Russo, perhaps the new signing to TNA she is teasing on Twitter is OJ Simpson or Rush Limbaugh. They are both polarizing characters that a lot of people hate, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t write those really shitty “Fire Russo” segments either.

That’s my 2 Cents,
Lance Storm