Saturday, 28 September 2013 12:41
I am the 1%. The 1% who like Dixie Carter's monologues on TNA Impact.
I understand why it's not good from a booking standpoint: the masses want personal issues settled with an exciting match climax. Pro wrestling is an easy formula that's too easy to complicate and drag down.
Wrestling is a dirty business. A carny trade filled with those rewarded by lying and fooling the marks. And Dixie Carter has had start by dealing with the best of the best when it comes to off camera workers: Angle, Jarrett, Hogan, Nash, Bischoff, the list goes on. Many worked her rather than working with her.
By all accounts Dixie is nice and naive. While not perfect, I bet she went into this venture full of hope and inspiration, hoping to help an industry and her friends. What she got were the usual workers not thinking long term and looking for the next payoff. Her closest partner Jeff Jarrett even tried to hide his relationship with then Karen Angle. What a lack of respect.
She has her faults. She's been loyal to many who didn't deserve it. She stuck with Vince Russo, but her family has also lost millions to keep wrestling alive. And while the booking has more often been atrocious, who else has propped wrestling up more than the Carter's? They have taken more than their share of criticism for every mistake, with very little praise or appreciation for not pulling out. Jerry Lawler was famous for being asked who would he hire if he had $10-million dollars to start a wrestling company. His answer, "I have $10-million dollars, why would I start a wrestling company?"
So while TNA hasn't been the greatest, I am enjoying Dixie venting her frustration. She has a valid point. She has worked hard and put in a lot of money for a lot of people who would be working at Target right now with out her.
At Mid Atlantic Fan Fest Jim Cornette made an important point: if the Carters pull out, it's likely nobody will fill the void and, if they do, they won't spend as much.
So while we have groaned at inflatable dolls in the ring and criticized most every move, I don't think fans as a collective have shown enough appreciation for Dixie Carter and how she has propped up wrestling with a lot of time, effort, and money.