Dixie Carter Talks King Mo, Kurt Angle, TNA's Latest Developments & More
On the signing on MMA star King Mo: "[We weren't looking to sign] King Mo in particular. No, quite honestly. But for the last couple of years, I felt that if we had the right talent and we worked with an MMA organization, we cross-promoted and kept it real and made it big, then it could be huge.
"I know that we can break a star, I know that we can show that person's personality and help a fighter break in that way. There's so any MMA guys that wrestling is there thing. I had talked with other MMA guys in the past and, quite honestly, they just didn't get it. They didn't want to go there. That's fine. But once Kevin Kay, the president of SpikeTV, introduced me to Bjorn [Rebney] at Bellator the first time -- he loved it.
"He totally got it. He's an outside-the-box thinker. Then, it was just a matter of who do we get. Originally, I thought of taking someone from the wrestling world -- there's several of our guys that really want to fight. But, the more we talked about it, we felt like to make it as legit as possible, let's get a killer MMA guy. Someone who has a record that's undisputed but who also has a serious wrestling background. And if he could have a love for professional wrestling, that would be so much better.
"When we heard that King Mo might be available -- God. It was the perfect combination. It was that lethal combination of background, experience, personality, character and that great, great MMA record."
On how King Mo will be able to balance MMA and wrestling: "I think we both have to be respectful of what's going on. His fights are a big priority. We'll look at when those will be and [Bjorn] will look at what we've got going on. We'll just sit down with a calendar with Mo and we'll look at the times he really needs to focus train.
"His thought is that when he's working with us, he'll become in the best shape he's ever been. What are guys do is so grueling. 52 original programs of our show a year , 12 pay-per-view and we're on the road doing live events. They're training in between that.
"So, it's non-stop. So, it'll be a matter of putting him on the right shows, the right pay-per-views, house shows, etc. Just sitting down with a calendar and working it out between the three of us."
On whether or not Kurt Angle was one of the wrestlers she thought could make the move to MMA: "Absolutely, he was. Kurt's one of those unbelievable athletes that rises to the top of whatever field. Let's say it's amateur wrestler. Then what's the next big thing he's going to concur? Then he becomes the greatest wrestler in professional wrestling history. Then, it's like, 'OK. I've done that. Now, what else am I going to do?'
"He really wanted to fight. He started training for it. But, I said, 'Look, if we can't get the right deal with the right organization to do it with, it's just not worth doing.' If we can't do it at the very top level. So, that's why he decided to make a run at the Olympics at his age. And I've got to tell you, if it hadn't been for that last minute injury -- I think he was just pushing himself so hard, working for me and training. I really feel like he had a good shot of making that team."