After TNA Lockdown 2014, Seiya Sanada is sticking around and working a couple of episodes of Impact Wrestling. The belief is that Dixie Carter and company will be giving him a nice push, as management wants to maintain a good business relationship with the Great Muta and Wrestle-1. They also want to entice other Japanese stars to come tour with them.
One of the reasons why Brutus Magnus was made the TNA champion was public relations, and it looks like the move is already paying off. Members of Parliament invited Dixie Carter and Magnus to take a private tour while they were in Europe doing some live events and Impact Wrestling.
In a move to add a little more prestige to their championship belts, Dixie Carter has agreed to put every single TNA title on the line when her performers head off to Japan in March to work with the legendary Great Muta and his Wrestle-1 promotion.
Earlier today, Bully Ray caught the attention of some fans by posting on Twitter about wanting CM Punk to join him in TNA. Dixie Carter has decided to add even more fuel to the fire by retweeting the message on her own social media account. That has led to some speculations that the company will pursue Punk if he breaks free from WWE.
How would you describe your two bosses Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter? You can't compare Vince to anybody, if it wasn't for Vince McMahon I wouldn't be here talking to you. He knows how to make money and make stars, I wouldn't be working for Dixie Carter right now if it wasn't for Vince McMahon doing what he did for me. Dixie is a woman and she has that caring aspect about her, sometimes she lets personal [issues] get involved with business because she can't help it. She cares about the wrestlers and their wellbeing and their welfare. Other than that I think Dixie has done a great job, we are talking about a woman that has been involved in the entertainment business but not the wrestling business. It is different when you are involved in music and go over to wrestling, there is so much difference, I think the last 12 years she has had to learn on the job and I think she has done a good job. I can't say anything bad about her, one thing I'll say is that I'm not sure she would have made it without the help of Jeff Jarrett because she did need someone to help transition here and there and Jeff has a great mind for the business. She has learnt a lot during her time at TNA but at the same time she has to make business decisions that she doesn't necessarily like. Lately she has made some very rash business decisions when you are talking about Hulk Hogan and AJ Styles but she has to do what is best for the company, if she thinks that is what is best for the company she has to do it. Would other people agree, no, but she is doing what is best for her company and you can't blame her for that."
- Kurt Angle on comparisions between Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter
Word is now filtering out that CM Punk had expressed his frustrations with WWE while speaking with people at the Wizard World convention in Portland this past Friday. Those in attendance stated that he seemed disinterested and disengaged from his job.
There are still talks that MVP could be making his debut for TNA during the upcoming episode of Impact Wrestling, which is being filmed in Scotland. He continues to deny the rumors on Twitter by stating that he has not even had discussions with Dixie Carter, but many believe he is just trying to protect the surprise.
There are talks that Vince Russo will be making his return to TNA soon. Some within in the company already feel that it is a surefire thing, as communications between he and Dixie Carter are said to have taken place already. As expected, the company is not confirming anything.
While it looked like scheduling conflict was going to force Impact Wrestling to find a new home, it appears that Dixie Carter has worked out some things with Universal Studios, as a few upcoming TNA events have been announced for the venue, including a pay per view in April.
There are talks that Dixie Carter has had her production crew start working on a reality television show revolving around her, so that the TNA president can shop it around to the various networks in Hollywood. The hope is that it can bring more attention to Impact Wrestling.
While details have yet to emerge from backstage, it does appear that the story line between Dixie Carter and the new baby face investory will be a focal point on Impact Wrestling for much of 2014. Some are even saying that it will stretch to Bound For Glory, which is taking place in October.
With his recent DUI arrest and a fractured neck suffered during practice, it appears that Tito Ortiz could be done with Bellator. If that is the case, then it looks like the former UFC champion could be done with TNA as well, as Dixie Carter and her promotion would no longer be contractually obligated to utilize him.
"You know they are changing their website, you haven't heard about this? You haven't heard about TNA changing their website? Instead of TNAWrestling.com it is going to be TNAWrestling.org because it's a non-profit organization. Actually they have come up with a new strategy for 2014, Dixie Carter keeps teasing these big, major ideas. She finally hit on a genius idea that I think is going to turn TNA around in 2014. Starting on the first, they are going to let all of the fans in the shows for free and charge them to get out."
- Jim Cornette
Within the industry, Jeff Jarrett is viewed as someone that has a great sense of business and is quite versatile, so when he opted to leave TNA, Dixie Carter decided to replace him with someone similiar. Tommy Dreamer is now filling the role once held by Jarrett.
There are rumors floating around that Jeff Jarrett could be revealed as the mystery investor that Dixie Carter was talking about during the Genesis edition of Impact Wrestling last night. Many are still under the belief that his departure from the company is a work.
Dixie Carter placed a clue on Twitter about the new arrivals by writing the initials "DR" and "EE", which prompted Jeremy Borash to guess that it was Dusty Rhodes and Eric Embry. The widespread speculation is that it is Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.