One of the biggest pieces of news in the wrestling industry to close 2014 was the TNA’s move from Spike TV to its new home on Destination America, and company president Dixie Carter took time to speak with Ring Rust Radio about the transition and so much more.
Carter has played a role in the success of TNA for well over a decade, and she is once again overseeing the company’s growth as it goes through one of the most important changes in the history of Impact Wrestling.
TNA’s flagship show, Impact Wrestling, will make its debut on Destination America on Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. ET and will switch to every Friday night starting on January 16 at 9 p.m. ET.
Before the launch, Carter sat down with the boys of Ring Rust Radio (quotes courtesy of the News of Delaware County’s Joe Arcidiacono) and talked about TNA’s move to Destination America, Kurt Angle re-signing with the company, the plans for future pay-per-views, Bully Ray and so much more.
TNA Impact Wrestling’s Jump to Destination America
When TNA signed with SpikeTV in 2005, the company made the jump into the upper echelon of wrestling brands in the United States. Now with the move to Destination America, Impact Wrestling has the chance to become legitimate competition to WWE once again.
Carter was at the center of TNA’s transition to SpikeTV and will once again lead her company into a new age. The process will face its issues at times, but as long as Carter and the Impact Wrestling officials keep the ship heading in the right direction, this move will be best for the long-term success of the brand.
When asked about the importance of TNA getting support from the channel, Carter spoke openly regarding the backing Destination America has already given Impact Wrestling and the long-term relationship between the companies:
Well I think it is critical for the company. We were in a position where in negotiations I went to every network saying, ‘Look, we are not interested in just licensing our two hour show Impact for your network. I am interested in a partner, someone who will help build our brand, give us more exposure, provide new programming for us’, and that’s exactly what we have gotten and more with the support of Discovery and Destination America. We are very, very excited about all that they are giving us across all ten Discovery networks; support, print advertising, PR, radio, digital. It is everything we had hoped it would be.
While SpikeTV was a great partner as TNA was growing, Impact Wrestling’s move to Destination America is what the company needed if the brand is looking to expand into a wider fan base and be a major contender in the American market.
Not only will TNA be given plenty of time on Destination America with several different programs each week, but Impact Wrestling will also be given the advertising support that SpikeTV never provided the company.
The hope from hardcore wrestling fans is that Impact Wrestling thrives in the new situation and the company continues to grow. As Carter has proved in the past, her shrewd business sense should lead TNA to a bright future.
Re-Signing Kurt Angle and What the Future Holds for TNA
One of the biggest stories of the last several months was TNA re-signing Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. The former WWE and TNA world champion is regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time and has been a cornerstone of the company for years.
During a crucial time in the company’s history, re-signing Angle and using him as one of the faces of TNA will help bring mainstream notoriety as Impact Wrestling makes the move to a new channel.
When asked about what the re-signing of Angle means to TNA, Carter spoke regarding his ability as a leader and as a popular wrestler in the industry:
Well I think Kurt was a game changer for us when we first signed him. I think it is important at such a new beginning for us to still have him as a corner stone for our company. Kurt looks at all the positive changes that are happening. Our signing with Destination America out in Los Angeles, the new network deal, the commitment from them, he sees the big picture and he gets it. He is a joy to work with and a real leader for us. We are thrilled to have him.
Bringing Angle back was a huge step in the right direction for the company, but there will also be fundamental changes behind the scenes with the structure of the pay-per-views.
Carter was asked about how TNA would handle PPVs in 2015 and revealed the company’s game plan moving forward with Destination America:
We will still have several live ones a year, but when we have them they will mean something and be worth people’s hard earned money. I think that the creative team really wanted to start the year off with a bang and something special on the network. So we decided to take the Lockdown theme live and free on Destination America. I was supportive of that and we will have a couple of live pay-per-views a year and then we will still do some of the One Night Only specials that have been really successful for us.
During her time at the helm of TNA, Carter has brought in some of the biggest names in the sport and changed the way Impact Wrestling is viewed among wrestling fans. As the company moves into a new age, Carter will be leading the brand once again toward a successful run.
With Angle just the latest of many marquee wrestlers re-signing with the company and possible hints that the company will be bringing in new and fresh talent, there is no doubt that TNA is moving in the right direction.
Wrestling fans won’t want to miss Impact Wrestling’s debut on Destination America.
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