Dixie Carter is doing the media rounds to promote Impact Wrestling’s move to Destination America. Dixie talked about why she won’t pursue CM Punk right now. She wrote:
“CM Punk’s in a place right now where he’s happy and I wouldn’t attempt to try to get him to come wrestle for us until he’s in a place where he wants to wrestle. I respect what he’s done so much, he was in my opinion at the top of his game, and it’s hard walking away from a big paycheck, but he did it. You wouldn’t want to ask him to walk to a new paycheck until his head is in the right place.”
For the record, there was a report on the Wrestling Observer website several weeks ago from a source close to Punk saying that TNA did try to see if he was interested but Punk said he had no interest in doing professional wrestling.
She also left the door open for Vince Russo to return to TNA at one point:
“I’m a big Vince Russo fan, I think he’s very talented, I think he gets a bad rap, but I feel like the way everything played itself out, when I’m negotiating a business deal and it’s private, you have to keep certain things confidential whether it’s a new signing, or how your creative is going. All things are critical to the right element, and things were getting out concerning his involvement, and it was becoming a distraction.
I think he’s incredibly talented, I really do, but it’s like when you have a football player on your team, and that player is getting a certain amount of attention and distraction, he may be a very good player but you’ve got to ask yourself if it’s the right thing for where you’re at right now, and if you’re trying to create a certain kind of locker room of peace, we were right in the middle of very important stuff, and we didn’t need that.”
I’m a fan but it wasn’t the time to take it to another level. Vince has worked with us three different times, and the one thing I’ve learnt in wrestling is that you never say never and I’ll never say never on Vince [coming back to TNA].”
She also addressed concerns from fans that say that TNA copies things from WWE. Dixie said that they will make an effort to distinguish themselves even more in 2015.
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