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Major TNA article written with quotes from Dixie Carter, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, Vince Russo, and most of the major players over the year

Thomas Golianopoulos of ESPN’s has a long article with tons of quotes from most of TNA’s major players. The article goes into TNA’s history and the recent rumors about the future of the company.

Here are some excerpts:

Dixie Carter on TNA layoffs:

“We were overstaffed in certain cases,” Carter says. “Certain times you have to take a step back to take a massive step forward.”

On TMZ’s report that Spike TV would not renew TNA Impact:

“TMZ asked me, ‘Hey, is this story real, should we run with it? I was watching a movie and didn’t see it until some little wrestling site ran it. Then I gave TMZ a quote, which said we’re still negotiating. That never made it to print.”

Bobby Roode on criticism of TNA:

“I’ve [worked] 95 percent of the shows this company has run, and from day one the Internet, the public, has tried to bash TNA. We’ve been here for 12 years and after all the negativity and all the bullshit — ‘They’re going down, they’re going under, they’re done’ — we’re still here.”

Vince Russo on why he thinks Dixie kept his hiring a secret:

“It’s because Dixie was afraid of what the Internet was going to say. She puts heavy stock into the Internet wrestling community and all of the dirt sheets from day one. She’s obsessed with reading them, reading what they say about the show and what they say about her. She didn’t want the backlash of hiring Vince Russo, who the Internet hates.”

Dixie Carter on Vince Russo:

“He’s a lightning rod. People hate him, but sometimes people love what he does but they don’t realize he does it. He’s a really talented guy.”

Dixie Carter on Jeff Jarrett:

“I will always give props to Jeff. Out of the thousands of wrestlers out there he’s the only one who decided to create something with his own money. I have mad respect for that, always have and always will. I love Jeff as a person. I wish him and his precious family nothing but success.”

Jeff Jarrett on Dixie Carter:

“To this day we are fine. It’s professional. I’m a strong-willed, wrestling-minded person.”

Dixie was asked if she was preoccupied with Jeff Jarrett’s GFW:

“Not at all. Not even a bit. Don’t know what it is, don’t understand it, and don’t need to.”

AJ Styles on Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff:

“I don’t think Eric and Hogan knew the roster at all. In fact, I don’t even know if they watched the show before they came in, and if they did it had to be very little,” says AJ Styles. “No one knew who I was. No one knew who [Samoa] Joe was. We added Rob Van Dam because everyone knows him.”

Bischoff declined comment:

“I can’t comment on TNA — no comments at all.”

Former TNA star Joey Ryan:

“I never really knew who my boss was. I wasn’t sure if I should listen to Eric Bischoff or Bruce Prichard or Dixie Carter. They were all giving me advice and telling me different things. Then the agents at the matches are telling me different things.”

Dixie Carter on losing AJ Styles:

“I hate that we lost AJ. Are you listening. I hate it. I felt like we gave him a great offer. I really did. I felt like we gave him a great offer and I think he made a mistake.”

Styles comments:

“For a guy who’d been a staple of that company for 11 years, who busted his tail, never got in trouble, never did anything to embarrass your company, and what [Carter] offered me was enough for me to go, ‘I’m not working here.’ I loved that company. I did. I put everything I had into it.”

It’s an excellent article. You can read the entire article by clicking here.

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