India is a land of diverse talents and has a lot to offer even for professional wrestling. Being the home for some amazing wrestlers like Yogeshwar Dutt and some others like Khali and Mahabali Shera, who are taking hold on the entertainment wrestling front, TNA president Dixie Carter came looking for more.
During her time in India, she spoke with Sportskseeda about her plans for Indian wrestlers, revolutionising TNA, and more
Q: How do you regard India as wrestling lovers?
Dixie Carter: India has a huge wrestling fan base and obviously a huge love of wrestling, both- amateur wrestling and professional wrestling. I know that India has several medallists on the Olympic, on the amateur front and they obviously love professional wrestling. So, I believe whether it’s amateur or professional, wrestling is incredibly popular in India and it’s something we are working towards. We’re really trying to grow.
Q: How did you feel when some former wrestlers returned to the company?
Dixie Carter: We’re in an exciting time as it relates to talent. We’ve had long conversations internally and believe it was time to freshen up the talent roster a bit as well as, expose people who have been on our roster in the past, who have not had the kind of push that they deserve and so, we’re going to be doing that. We’ve bought in several new talents in the last couple of months. As well as, we’re looking at some bigger names that are available out there right now. I think over the next two months, you’re going to see some more changes in the roster and some more long-term signings which we’re very excited about. I think it’s going to be a very good phase and a very good time for TNA.
Q: Are you looking at any ex- WWE guys for this?
Dixie Carter: Yes, there are some great talent on the market right now, and there hasn’t been for a while. So, I think that there are some big opportunities for us to see if a couple of names that are available fit with what we’re trying to do right now. You know, great in-ring product, great personality and ability to show, to have big characters and we’re very excited about that.
Q: Do you plan on bringing TNA to India?
Dixie Carter: Yes, we absolutely are going to be bringing TNA to India and hopefully we will be announcing something here in the coming months.
Q: What are your plans for Indian wrestlers?
Dixie Carter: We are actually looking for more Indian wrestlers. Currently, we were looking at some amateur Indian wrestlers that are out there, we’re looking at some independent, professional Indian wrestlers that are already in professional wrestling. And, we may just start and try to develop some fantastic talent. But, we’re actively looking for some additional Indian wrestlers for our roster.
She agreed on the fact that Indian is like an open market of talent and went on to mention Mahabali Shera saying, “I feel Mahabali Shera has really started to set up and he’s grown into so much of a talent. He works so hard and his work ethic is second to none. It’s really starting to pay-off and we have some exciting plans for him.”
Sony SIX is the official broadcaster of TNA in IndiaPublished 31 May 2016, 13:59 IST