Dixie Carter-Salinas

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Dixie Carter-Salinas
BornDixie Carter
(1965-10-06) October 6, 1965 (age 47)
Dallas, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi
OccupationPresident of TNA Wrestling
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Serg Salinas
Children2
ParentsRobert W. Carter
Janice Carter
 
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Dixie Carter-Salinas
BornDixie Carter
(1965-10-06) October 6, 1965 (age 47)
Dallas, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi
OccupationPresident of TNA Wrestling
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Serg Salinas
Children2
ParentsRobert W. Carter
Janice Carter

Dixie Carter-Salinas[1] (born October 6, 1965),[2] more commonly known as Dixie Carter, is an American professional wrestling promoter and businesswoman, who is the president of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[3]

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Career

Carter was born in Dallas, Texas[4] to parents Robert W. and Janice Carter.[5] She graduated from The Hockaday School in 1982 and subsequently attended the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. While a student, Carter was active on the Student Programming Board, and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity. In addition, Carter worked as an intern with Levenson and Hill, a marketing and advertisement firm in the Las Colinas suburb of Dallas, Texas. Upon graduating, Carter became a full-time employee of Levenson and Hill, receiving a promotion to the position of vice president at the age of 27. In 1993, she started her own business in Nashville, focusing primarily on sport and music representation.[4][6][7][8]

In 2002, the president of Monterey Peninsula Talent (a booking agency) contacted Carter and informed her that Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion, required a marketing and publicity outlet. Carter began working with TNA, but, two months later, was informed by Jeff Jarrett (a part-owner of TNA) that a key financial backer (HealthSouth Corporation, which was having financial problems due to its being investigated for accounting irregularities) had withdrawn support from TNA, and that the company was in dire straits as a result.[6]

Dixie Carter addressing British fans in 2010

Carter, claiming to "[See] the potential in a marketplace that had one company WWE with a $900 million USD market cap and no competitor", contacted her parents, the owners of Panda Energy International, a Dallas-based energy company. In October 2002, Panda Energy purchased 71% of TNA from the HealthSouth Corporation for $250,000 USD. On October 31, 2002, TNA (which originally traded as "J Sports and Entertainment") was renamed "TNA Entertainment".[6][7][9] Carter was appointed president of TNA Entertainment in spring 2003.[1]

In December 2007, Carter voluntarily appeared before United States Congress to be interviewed regarding professional wrestling in the wake of the Chris Benoit double murder and suicide.[1]

After making only occasional appearances on pay-per-views, Carter made her first appearance on TNA Impact! on August 27, 2009, interviewing new signee Bobby Lashley.[10] In early 2010, after the debuts of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, Carter became a regular authority figure on Impact!, before losing her on-screen power to the two of them, on the October 14, 2010, edition of Impact!.[11][12] However, Carter would make another appearance on the November 25, 2010 edition of Reaction when, in storyline, she informed Hogan and Bischoff that a judge filed an injunction against the two on behalf of Carter over not having signatory authority.[13] On the March 3, 2011, edition of Impact!, the result of the court battle between Carter and Hogan was revealed, with Hogan declaring himself as the new head of TNA Wrestling.[14] Carter returned to TNA on October 16 at Bound for Glory, when Sting defeated Hogan to bring her back to power.[15]

Carter made an appearance on the December 8th edition of Impact Wrestling, along with Sting to confront TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Roode. The segment ended with Roode spitting in Carter's face.

In the Summer of 2012, Carter was also the focal point in an intense storyline where superstars Kazarian and Christopher Daniels accused her of having an affair with company TNA mainstay A.J. Styles. The duo provided compromising footage of Carter and Styles entering a hotel together as well as photographs of them embracing. Carter's real-life husband Serg Salinas made a televised appearance to punch Styles in a furious rage. However, it was later revealed that Carter and Styles were merely helping a mutual friend, Claire Lynch, work through drug addiction issues.

Personal life

Carter is married to Serg Salinas, a music producer for TNA with whom she has two children.[16]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (December 6, 2007). "Interview of: Dixie Carter". United States House of Representatives. http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/images/stories/documents/20081231140812.pdf. Retrieved April 26, 2008.
  2. ^ Texas Births
  3. ^ Hood, Johnathan (December 8, 2006). "TNA Wrestling - Innovative, Indelible, Insanity". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/chicago/radio/story?page=ringpost060502. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  4. ^ a b Myers, K. (Spring 2006). "Wrestling With Success". OleMissBusiness.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070410102348/http://www.olemissbusiness.com/BizFirst/Spring2006/issue2page1.html. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  5. ^ "Park Cities Quail 2010 Dinner & Auction - Celebrating Robert W. Carter". Park Cities Quail. May 3, 2010. p. 8. http://www.parkcitiesquail.org/PCQ-2010-program.pdf. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Hall, C. (September 27, 2005). "Ex-Hockaday girl wrangles wrestlers". The Dallas Morning News. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/columnists/all/stories/092805dnbusHall.113f6aee.html. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Robinson, B. (April 5, 2007). "From Rebel to wrestling". The DM Online. Archived from the original on June 16, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070616191431/http://media.www.thedmonline.com/media/storage/paper876/news/2007/04/05/ArtsEntertainment/From-Rebel.To.Wrestling-2825452.shtml. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  8. ^ Oliver, G. (June 13, 2007). "Dixie Carter reflects on five years of TNA". Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2007/06/13/4257346.html. Retrieved June 15, 2007.
  9. ^ "An Exclusive Interview With TNA President Dixie Carter". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. August 26, 2005. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930022257/http://www.tnawrestling.com/fullnews.php?home=186. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  10. ^ Keller, Wade (2009-08-28). "Keller's TNA Impact report 8/27: Results, star ratings, thoughts, observations, nitpicks, quotebook". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://www.pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/font_color_770000_KELLER_S_TAKE_font_11/article_34845.shtml. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  11. ^ Keller, Wade (2009-01-04). "Keller's TNA Impact live report 1/4: Jeff Hardy, NWO reunion, Hulk Hogan, TNA Knockout Title match, more surprises - ongoing coverage". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_37861.shtml. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  12. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2010-10-14). "Wilkenfeld's TNA Impact report 10/14: Complete "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV's live broadcast". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/tnaimpact/article_44521.shtml. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  13. ^ Boutwell, Josh (2010-11-26). "TNA Impact Results - 11-25-10". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/viewnews.php?id=1290751829. Retrieved 2010-11-26.
  14. ^ Caldwell, James (2011-03-03). "Caldwell's TNA Impact report 3/3: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of Impact on Spike TV - Hogan, wedding, 3/3/11 reveal, Tag Title match, retirement match, celebrities". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/tnaimpact/article_48210.shtml. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  15. ^ Caldwell, James (2011-10-16). "Caldwell's TNA Bound for Glory PPV results 10/16: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live PPV - Angle-Roode, Hogan-Sting". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/tnappvs/article_54312.shtml. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  16. ^ Forman, Ross (October 4, 2006). "Part Two Of The Interview With TNA President Dixie Carter". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. http://www.tnawrestling.com/news/fullnews2.php?all=881. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  17. ^ "Dixie Carter - The Man In Me". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. http://shoptna.com/dixie-carter---the-man-in-me.aspx. Retrieved 2010-07-27.

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