It isn't like things can get much worse for TNA right now, so let's just pile on and on and on and on. The latest issue involving the company centers around a former talent who was recently let go thanks to the financial problems the company is facing, Taeler Hendrix, accusing the promotion's President, Dixie Carter, of saying she's "too heavy" to be on TV.
Here's what Hendrix said in an interview with The Greg DeMarco Show, which airs Sunday nights at 10 PM on Wrestling Smash Radio and on delay Monday's and Tuesday's via the Real Fans Sports Network (TuneIn.com channel RFSN):
"It was kind of a whirlwind ... a long time in the making ... I was super-duper unhappy ... the All-American Dream ... BAM! Hit in the face! It's not happening girl, wake up! I got papers in the mail to re-sign for another year in developmental at OVW for TNA ... Before I could tell them that I wouldn't re-sign, I got the call the day before my contract expired to tell me I was released. ... Maybe they can use that spot for someone they actually know what they want to do with. ... I'm not offended-I'm a lot happier.
I do have my qualms it. Don't tell me on my birthday that I'm "heavy" to be on TV. ... I'm a size 3, that's not fat at all! ... I'm a role model for young girls, there's nothing plastic about me. ... (On her size a year prior) I was too skinny! ... I got really skinny just to get on television. ... Someone said I looked like a skeleton, and then I started looking at my pictures and I was like "Oh my God, I really do!"... I'm taller than [most female wrestlers] but I'm not bigger than them."
I don't think anyone will be shocked that a promoter told a female talent she was too heavy to be on television but that doesn't make it any less ridiculous.
That is assuming it's true, of course.
Either way, this is more bad P.R. for a company just hoping to weather the storm until some sort of turnaround takes place. The question is whether or not a turnaround can even happen at this point
UPDATE: The Greg DeMarco Show later clarified the comments on Hendrix saying Dixie called her fat: "@Taeler_Hendrix's "heavy for TV" comment was not direct from Dixie Carter. It's placement after the Dixie question caused confusion."