We can bash TNA programming for several things. It is a tradition unlike nearly any other. To be fair to the company, things have been trending in the right direction as of late. Ethan Carter III is a more than admirable face of the federation, DJ Z has developed into a world class cruiserweight, and several other aspects of TNA programming isn’t as nearly as abominable as it has been in the past.
It isn’t perfect, however. Things can still be tightened up.
One of the biggest issues the company currently faces during its weekly run on television is the fact that Dixie Carter remains a prevalent fixture during broadcasts.
To be clear about this, Carter’s TV presence isn’t the worst thing anyone will witness during a wrestling show. She merely adds very little to the progression of angles and comes off in a way that often feels removed from what is actually happening in her own company.
More importantly than that, many wrestling fans correlate TNA’s failures with Carter. Fair or not, at least in the land of perception, when people think – and joke – about TNA’s shortcomings, Carter’s face is connected with it. If “TNA stinks” was a phrase in the dictionary, it would be a picture of her right next to it to help explain what people are discussing.
Carter also has a habit – in character and not – of over promising.
TNA is headed to a new day of the week? She claims it will change the game. TNA has its roster thinned out due to the inability to regularly pay its talent? It is the start of a new era.
Forever the blind, if not purposely, optimist, Carter’s credibility in wrestling – again, character or otherwise – is less than that of The Big Show, who has turned heel-face-heel approximately eleventy-billion times over.
It doesn’t help matters that Carter is no Stephanie or Vince or Shane McMahon. Hell, her on-screen work is less than Linda McMahon’s. While one could argue that a little less McMahon on WWE programming would be a welcome change, at least each them bring something unique to the table; not to mention that each does a good-to-great job playing their characters.
Carter does not do that. Instead, especially whenever video packages air of her in what appears to be an office the size of a broom closet, it all comes off as incredibly unnatural acting. In a way, mind you, that makes it feel like she is more forcing herself on TNA programming in a way to fulfill some narcissistic need to be a star than it is to advance her own company’s growth.
Just because Carter owns and operates TNA it doesn’t mean she needs to be a part of it on programming. Why she feels the need to be on it is actually somewhat mind-boggling and it does nobody – including herself – any favors.
With TNA moving to Thursdays this past week and the rest of its programming sincerely moving in a better direction, it might be time for Carter to realize she needs to stop forcing herself onto TV. Too many correlate her with all of the company’s shortcomings, she isn’t very good when she is on a TNA broadcast, and it all comes off as a combination of wanting to be the WWE-lite and a move solely being done to quench the thirst of stardom.
If Carter and the rest of the program truly want TNA to succeed, to continue to move forward to the next level, it is probably best to not only fire Dixie Carter the on-air personality, but to remove any idea that Carter has her hands all over the company as is. Because, even though we all know they will be, if we don’t see it regularly on TV, maybe some will begin to stop correlating failure with Carter.
Then that could help beget the parlaying of her failures with TNA and TNA’s with wrestling.