D'Lo Brown recently spoke with Steve Gerweck of Gerweck.net about his TNA release, the company's status and more. Check out the highlights:
On his release: "I guess it was just time for a change. We had talked earlier in the week about doing a new deal. The circumstances changed that following Monday and got a call that following day saying we are going to part company. I was shocked you know and it came from left field but you just have to move on. You deal with what live gives you and if you dwell on the past you are going to stay there. I thanked them for my time there. Told them T had 4 great years. Maybe we can work together again in the future but for right now we are just going to part ways."
On if he feels TNA is a sinking ship: "I wouldn't say it's a sinking ship. I'd rather say they are going through growing pains. The large extent of taking impact on the road, that load is probably [inaudible] the company right now. It's kind of like prunning a tree. You trim a tree down to it's core and hopefully it will survive, grow and bloom. Hopefully a year later it will be bigger, stronger than ever. So to me it just seems like they are going through some growing pains. The restructuring is just a way of shoring up the ship."
On releasing low-level talent instead of higher priced talent: "That's the million dollar question. I wasn't in the office on the talent side. That's a good question to put out there. I'm not sure the answer. I don't think anyone outside of the company on that side would be privy to that. There are times when you look at it and the decisions don't make sense. They are going to do what they need to do to strengthen the company. A lot of people will scratch their head and a lot of people will wonder and shake their head, question and build their own hypothesis and try to figure whats going on. At the end of the day, nobody in that company knows what's really going to happen except those in charge of the finances."
On the power structure in TNA: "Dixie is very hands on. There are execs that make some decisions but Dixie is the one that has the final say on the product. Dixie is very hands on I'll give her that. She is right there in the trenches with every body else. Every time I was in the office, I would sit in her office or walked by her office and she is always on the phone handling business. She is right there working hard with every body else."
On comparisons between Dixie Carter and Vince McMahon: "They both have their positives and negatives. They are both alike in many ways. They are both driven, they both want their companies to succeed, they are willing to do it at any cost. If anything I believe TNA promotes a more family friendly atmosphere for the talent. It's not uncommon to have the boys backstage with their families at the house show or on TV. That kind of wasn't allowed with Vince."