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Old 04-18-2016, 06:50 PM
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Country music star Toby Keith has been linked to TNA in the past as a potential owner/investor as the company.

However, Jim Ross revealed that Keith is essentially out of the mix after dealing with control/creative issues that certain members of TNA management wanted to retain.

Ross added in a new blog at jrsbarbq.com that he would have been part of a re-branded/re-named “TNA” package if Keith bought an interest in the company.

“My Oklahoma friend Toby Keith had a legit interest in buying TNA in the past and he and I discussed my potential involvement, of which I was interested working with Toby,” Ross revealed. “He was ready to write a check, but he had to have full control with no restrictions regarding creative, etc. and that was not on the table.”
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Oh. My. God.

This is upsetting on so many levels. Not only would this have completely saved the company, but it'd have seen it rebranded top-to-bottom (whatever built-in equity it used to have is gone), and probably would have meant the return to broadcasting in the U.S. for Ross.

I'm not happy.
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This sounds like:

"If you want TNA, you have to keep me DARLIN!"

If you look around at other stories, that's the big sticking point: Dixie Carter has to stay around, despite almost no one wanting her in the picture anymore. If TNA wants to have a chance to survive long term, they need to drop everything associated with their old style. Dixie and her whole generation need to leave for that to be the case and if the new boss has to deal with not having full power, there's no reason for him to stick around. This limited creative control is a bad sign for TNA and even more of a reason that they need to change everything they have going on for their own survival.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:20 PM
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And there's good reason for not wanting her around. Nice a lady as she is, she's the face of failure. She's the face attached to a product that went from two million viewers to one struggling to break 300,000. It's on her watch. For better or for worse. Her fault or not.

I agree — whoever is coming in should want utter control, and if I were a buyer, my first step is publicly exorcizing her (and her upper management) through the media as a reach-out attempt to old TNA viewers who've largely quit because of her decisions. The same as you see happen when a pro sports team loses for too long. The front office gets wiped out. The new owner steps in and hires all his or her guys and gals. Top to bottom.

Step two would be rebranding. Step three bringing in a solid long-term booker to write a solid years' worth of angles and stories to run the new philosophy.
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Dixie does not deserve to be bought out. I'm sure she's pumped more money into that company than she ever made back in profits. Whether she's the right person to run it or not, that lady will not quit and I have grown to respect that about her. Potential investors should respect her enough to at least make fair offers. Jim Ross is not the instant fix we all like to imagine it is. Neither is her losing a controlling share of the company she has owned since 2003

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Meh, Toby Keith made his money by playing into American's fears after 9-11. Look at his career before and after - he was successful but not really important before it but after he because successful with songs like Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue and American Soldier and his feuding with the Dixie Chicks. He took the easy route and played off of the anger the States felt after the attacks. I have to reason to believe he would have been able to make TNA successful because of that.
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Dixie just needs to go. She is the reason for the brands decline while she won't ever admit that. Toby Keith buying it would be good. TNA could get on CMT which has to be a world wide channel. But no. Dumb Ditsy Carter steps in the way again because she needs to be on TV? Bye Felicia. Get to going Dixie Carter. No. One. Cares. About. You.


Yes i know this is harsh but now i am turning truly pessimistic towards TNA. Not the show but the monekys ruining the business. Hopefully things will change but I am starting to doubt that.
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Dixie does not deserve to be bought out. I'm sure she's pumped more money into that company than she ever made back in profits. Whether she's the right person to run it or not, that lady will not quit and I have grown to respect that about her. Potential investors should respect her enough to at least make fair offers.
Dixie is the face of TNA's failure. This is on her watch. Going from two million viewers to just under 300,000 is on her.

This is also a business. Nice a person as she may be, and as much money as she may lost entitles her to exactly nothing.
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Only a fool would turn down the star power of Toby Keith, perhaps modern Country's most recognized male singer. Only a complete nut would not accept wrestling's most beloved commentator JR to their business. Dixie has killed the brand's popularity. A country star on perhaps a country network would have garnered mass appeal unlike anything it saw previously. Stupid.
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A Keith/JR combo would have rivaled the popularity of Hogan/Bischoff coming into the company in '09, except in this case, it'd almost certainly be a good thing.
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I don't think Toby Keith would have the money it would require to successfully rebrand TNA longterm.

TNA has a lot it can do to help with the rebrand that would cost them virtually nothing...new name, 4 sided ring, new graphics, new entrance way, etc. A visual refresh, if you will. They could also have better writing, music, etc. these things can be done on a limited budget.

What it doesn't currently have is a good TV home that everyone is able to get with basic cable and/or a subscription platform (i.e. Netflix, Hulu). Beyond that though, they need top level talent, commentators certainly, but also some big name indy guys, some more recent ex WWE guys, they need to get back to where they were 10 years ago, and pick up from there, but this time do it right. The problem is talent comes at a premium.

Also, here's a big one...live spontaneity, you simply can't film 3 or 4 months of TV at a time in front of the same audience. It doesn't work, the performers are burnt out, the crowd is burnt out, spoilers are everywhere. They need to have that energy back, go live at least once a month.
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