Views From The Turnbuckle: Dixie Carter And The Improper Management Of TNA
Over the last 20 years, the management of professional wrestling organizations has become a hot-button topic for wrestling fans. While the promoters were once faceless operators, since the Monday Night Wars, wrestling promoters have suddenly become much more noticeable. Ted Turner, Eric Bischoff, Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman not only managed pro wrestling companies, they were recognized in doing so, which was something that was unheard of back in the territory days.
Vince McMahon is considered the dictator of professional wrestling. Unlike any other time in history, one wrestling promotion dominates the globe, therefore making the owner of that company immensely powerful. No matter what your opinion is of McMahon, there is no denying that he is a fantastic business man and that he has a great feel for the wrestling business.
If another promotion could possibly rival the WWE's, it would most certainly be Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. TNA has a weekly television show on a channel available in most American homes, and a good deal with all the major pay-per-view providers. However, TNA, after over a decade of working at it, has not really put a dent in the wrestling industry.
Dixie Carter is the president of TNA Wrestling, and she is almost the polar opposite of Vince McMahon. Dixie was not brought up in the wrestling business like McMahon, and her career in business is substantially less than Vince's. While McMahon is described as being blunt, boisterous and demanding, Dixie is described as being much more compassionate, collected and understanding.
Unfortunately for TNA, it appears that Dixie just may not be the right person to run the company. TNA's accomplishments since its inception have been mixed, but the bad news is that TNA is almost certainly still in the red. While there are many factors that are possibly preventing TNA from really hitting its stride, at the end of the day, poor management is what is at fault.
Dixie's rise to power in TNA is actually quite unusual. After being involved with several businesses in Nashville, Carter was hired as a publicist by the Jarrett family for their fledgling wrestling company. The company was originally backed by HealthSouth, one of the largest medical companies in the country. HealthSouth, however, pulled out before the company's first show.
Caught dead in the water, and on the verge of going under before their very first show, TNA was desperate for a solution. Fortunately, Dixie Carter was still very interested in the product, seeing getting into the wrestling industry as a fantastic business opportunity. Dixie also just so happened to be the daughter of Panda Energy Founder and CEO Robert Carter. Dixie convinced her father to back TNA, and all of a sudden TNA's financial problems were solved. Since Panda Energy was a family run company, with relatives of Robert Carter holding key positions in the company, it made perfect sense to make Dixie the new president of TNA Entertainment.
And that is how Dixie Carter went from publicist to president.
Since taking over TNA, Dixie has surrounded herself with a revolving door of wrestling people to help manage TNA, from Jeff Jarrett, to Vince Russo, to Bruce Pritchard to Eric Bischoff. Despite rolling out an impressive who's who of wrestling management, TNA has never really broken through the glass ceiling.
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