Having reached a settlement in his legal battles with TNA & Anthem Entertainment, former Impact Ventures President Billy Corgan gave several recent interviews which served as a post-mortem on his dealings with TNA.
In one of those interviews, with PWInsider, Corgan discussed where things stand - he’s happy with the settlement and thinks Anthem is well-positioned to take over TNA, but has not waived his rights to pursue further legal action against “certain people” within the company who he believes “willfully and purposely misled” him.
Speculation on that front naturally has focused on Dixie Carter. And Billy reiterating the story that she & John Gaburick told him they were not talking to WWE before admitting while addressing the roster a short time later that they had been negotiating with one of Vince McMahon’s right-hand men in Kevin Dunn makes Dixie a logical guess as to whom he’s referring.
But while he’s not the head of Carter’s fan club, don’t count him among the people who thinks she’s not intelligent, a bad business woman or a “money mark”. But don’t expect him to offer a flattering portrayal of her, either:
She survived Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo, Dutch Mantel, Bruce Prichard, and Jeff Jarrett, and now, by extension, Billy Corgan. Okay, so if add up those list of people that she, quote-unquote... survived, then you say, “what makes a person want to do that?”
And I think the simplest answer is the truest answer. You have somebody so desperate to be in that spot that they will literally do anything, say anything, be anything, and rub anybody out of the way, to maintain that spot.
There is a common belief out there that Dixie is dumb and easily worked. I would like to posit to the world a completely different theory and it's the exact opposite. She's the ultimate worker because she worked all those people, including me. She gets you to believe something about her that's not true, and maybe gets you to underestimate her intelligence, her ruthlessness, that she can still somehow come out on top. And the fact that she's willing to be so publicly humiliated, repeatedly, I think shows you how deeply she's invested in the public personality or the public opportunity that she wants to have. Don't ask me the deeper psychology because I am not a psychologist, but I've never seen anything like it and I've been in the entertainment business for 30 years.
To quote the great Ron Simmons, “DAMN”.