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#AskDixie is a hashtag event that started on July 22nd on Twitter where wrestling fans, after years of frustration, wrote very humorous questions to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling President, Dixie Carter.
For several weeks, TNA Wrestling has been releasing talent on their roster to cut costs. They even released a performer by the name of Jesse Sorensen, who was promised a lifelong employment by TNA Wrestling after injuring his neck in the ring. This was met with very a very negative reception since it was a bad move on TNA’s part. After being released, Sorensen stated on a fundraiser page: “My name is Jessy Sorensen(Jesse Sorensen) I am a former professional wrestler for TNA Impact Wrestling seen every thursday night on SpikeTV. On Feb.12th 2012 during a live match on pay per view vs Zema Ion I suffered a sever neck injury sustaining a broke C-1 vertebrae & herniated C-5 & C-6. After a long recovery process & being promised by the President of TNA Impact Wrestling TNA Dixie Carter I would always have a job with her company, I recently was released from my current contract & shown that those promises were false. During my time away from the ring I decided to pursue bodybuilding & have been prepping for the Hurricane Bay bodybuilding show in Tampa, FL on Oct.5th,2013 but now due to my recent released I will have to drop out of my show. A friend of mine told me about this site and if anyone would like to help and contribute I would be so grateful and appreciate any donations. Thanks and hopefully I can find something I love just as much as I did Wrestling.” As well as the budget cuts, TNA Wrestling promoted a house show in Cape Girardeau, MO on July 20th, 2013. And at the start of the show, road agent Pat Kenney came out and announced that many of the wrestlers would not be able to compete because an issue occurred with their wrestling licenses. The company was offering either refunds or a free meet and greet with the wrestlers. Around 500 fans were in attendance for the 90 minute show. The card featured just 5 matches and 3 of those 5 featured the same four wrestlers. Then after having a meeting with the talent, Dixie Carter posted the following on Twitter on July 22nd: “Going to be taking your questions over the next several days & posting responses online. Include #AskDixie with your questions!” After this was stated, fans took the opportunity to ask her many humorous as well as legit questions on Twitter.
For a brief period on the night of July 23rd, #AskDixie was trending worldwide on Twitter. And as stated, many questions were negative about the programing of their flagship show, Impact Wrestling, the running of TNA, comparisons to a defunct and major wrestling promotion, World Championship Wrestling, on how there are budget cuts on the lower guys but not cutting the company’s veterans such as Hulk Hogan and Eric Bishcoff, (who were both in WCW and both are blamed for WCW going out of buisness) as well as sexual jokes directed at Dixie.
Dixie Carter stated the following about all the questions she received:
In the 11+ years that I have been with TNA, I am still amazed by the passion of pro wrestling fans. That passion – both positive and negative – is remarkable and something that all of us at TNA values.
With that said, I asked for questions from you like I have done many times in the past, but I didn’t provide a timeframe by which I would answer you. I know I have frustrated you all, and I apologize. Beginning next week, each Thursday, I will answer legitimate questions from you on a weekly basis. I will not, however, address outrageous or hurtful questions/posts.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to provide perspective from inside TNA – where we stand and where, with support from our current and future fans around the globe, we are going. What is being shared with you now is what was shared with the IMPACT roster before our phenomenal Destination X show from Louisville, KY last week.
This has been a big year for TNA. We took IMPACT LIVE on the road, exactly where it needs to be – where you’ve asked us to be – in your backyard. We also changed our Pay-Per-View schedule, shifting from 12 to four live Pay-Per-View events each year, in order to increase the value of these events for you. To grow TNA, these are moves that needed to be made. And, part of changes like this, includes structural changes within TNA to align with this new business model.
Many of your comments and questions reference our recent roster changes. The relationship that fans have with wrestlers is unique and one of the many great aspects of the wrestling business. And, for this reason, releasing talent is never easy – not for you and not for us. But, bringing in fresh faces and the best wrestling talent in the world is what you expect, and what TNA will always strive to deliver. Recently, we have brought back some talent favorites (Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams and Homicide), and you will continue to see this and new talent that we are excited to introduce you to in the coming months.
TNA has always been, and will continue to be, a place where you can interact with the superstars, whether in person at a live show or via social channels, like Twitter and Facebook. We are constantly exploring new and interesting ways to take this interaction to another level, and you will see this unfold in the coming months. I appreciate each of you taking the time to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas. Your input and feedback helps us create a better product. I hope you will join us when IMPACT LIVE comes to your area.