J.J Dillon: I'm Surprised TNA Are Still In Business
Working for everyone from the AWA to WCW, J.J Dillon is routinely brought up as one of the most respected managers and agents in the pro wrestling industry. Also serving companies such as WWE and TNA during his four decades involved in the business, Dillon was a crucial member of the best-known lineup of The Four Horsemen stable, along with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
Speaking during a recent interview with the Ministry Of Slam wrestling radio show, Dillon shared his thoughts on TNA, a promotion he briefly worked for in 2003, and stated he felt they couldn't be competitive with Vince McMahon's WWE.
"I was very disappointed when WCW went out of business, because there was no competition left - and competition is always healthy for the industry. All of a sudden, here was a new company (TNA) who had something different to offer fans than what WWE were handing out. I was hoping TNA would be that product to fill the void left by WCW. There were some great minds instrumental in starting it, such as Jerry and Jeff Jarrett, but I've always said that you have one opportunity to make a good first impression. It was a chance for them to establish their own identity right away, but there seemed to be a pattern right from the beginning for guys to talk about how they had been held back in WWE", Dillon told the Ministry Of Slam wrestling radio show.
"If you continue to talk about your main competitor, then I feel the average fan will see that competitor as the major leagues. That happened time and time again, and it turned that chance at a first impression for TNA into a group of WWE cast-offs who had come together and were all sour grapes. After all these years, I'm surprised that TNA are still in business, because they have tried everything. I don't think they'll ever be at the stage where they'll be competitive with WWE."
The full interview is available via podcast over at www.MinistryOfSlam.com. The Ministry Of Slam wrestling radio show is live each Monday from 9pm GMT/4pm EST on the website, as well as on several talk radio stations across the United States and worldwide. Follow on Twitter @MOSRadio. Please also use the hashtag #FSM.