Amidst rumors that Destination America is planning to cancel Impact, Dixie Carter spoke with Sports Illustrated and addressed the Destination America situation, Jeff Jarret’s departure and return and attempts to bring in Paul Heyman.
On TNA and Impact:
“The biggest challenge for us is building a brand in the U.S.. That’s where we need to grow. We’re contracted to Destination America through the end of the year, and we are in discussions going on for 2016.”
On Jeff Jarrett:
“Everything is real. Jeff did leave. We stayed and continued to fight this fight, and it’s a fight every day. You read headlines about our demise for 13 years, and we chose–along with the talent that have stayed–to stay and fight. There wasn’t one thing that wasn’t real. Jeff did think I brought in regime after regime to do things differently. We had a lot of success during those creative regimes, and there was a need for me to do that because I could not have Jeff in that position.”
On bringing in Paul Heyman in 2010:
“I’m a big Paul Heyman fan. We met that one time, and I would have loved to have found a way to bring him in. But what Paul did for ECW could not be created for us today. In this litigious world we live in, that stuff could never be recreated. You can’t go back and recreate things. I’ve had the biggest names work for us, and it’s just shown me that there’s no magic bullet. So we’re learning from our mistakes from the past and how can we be different and move forward.”
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