TNA and Dixie Carter: Grow Up!
This article is really a mixture of news and opinion. It all comes from an interview Vince McMahon participated in recently, where he gave his opinion on TNA's product. For those who missed it, here is what Vince said:
"We're in different businesses. We're in the entertainment business and they're in the ‘pro wrasslin' business. It's different markets. When they moved to Monday nights they threw the kitchen sink at us and only did a fraction of our audience. It doesn't speak well for the type of product they're trying to present with the tawdry, blood-soaked action. I don't think that's what the culture wants these days."
Within what seemed like a few hours Dixie Cater responded with this:
"To be called tawdry from the King of Tawdry, that is some compliment!"
and also old WWE announcer Tazz (with two z's) chipped in with:
"Mae Young stuff is all high road, or when JR was sick Dr Hynee bit (classy)! Pot, meet Kettle. Nice to see VKM is a TNA viewer!"
What on earth is up with TNA? The way I see it, McMahon gave a completely objective view of TNA's product. Let's face it, they do get a fraction of WWE's ratings, and surely that is indicative that fans aren't big on the product. TNA a few months back (before Hogan) was averaging 1.2-1.3 week in week out. It wasn't great, but it was consistent, and it didn't feature blood flowing like wine week in week out on the show. Since Hogan and Bischoff arrived TNA has become a blood bath. Guess what though? TNA's ratings have dropped down below the 1 mark. Now I am no media analyst but 0.8<1<1.3. What does that tell you? How can you possibly argue with what McMahon said?
I wouldn't mind if Vince had said something offensive about the comapny but he didn't. He merely commented on the data and gave a logical explanation. So how does TNA respond? With a reasoned statistic to counter Vince's, a reason perhaps? But no. All we get is the usual hot-headed nonsense. At the end of the day Dixie and TNA as a company need to grow up. Its like Dixie is throwing a temper tantrum because her show is not doing as well as expected. Well Dixie, instead of coming back with sarcy, nonsensical comments, why not prove Vince wrong by making your product better? Instead of just rambling on with your subjective, un-needed and irrelevant comments.
Tazz is just as bad. Maybe he should think about the guy that gave him a job for a decade, and let him develop the skills he needed to be a colour commentator. Being shouted at down head-phones may not be nice, but it obviously worked, but then again I never heard of McMahon shouting at Tazz anyway.
These people need to look at things in perspective. They are obviously disapointed with the ratings at the moment, and when you get a fair comment from the leader of the largest wrestling company in the world, maybe instead of throwing your toys out the pram, you should listen to some sense. It's all right people on this site going on about how WWE PG sucks, but when TNA offers these people what they want, they lose half their viewership. What does that tell you? Pretty much what McMahon said, right? Moving to Mondays was a bad move for TNA which didn't help either, they are on a learning curve, and if they don't start acting like grown-up people running a business then sooner than later they will be out of business.
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