I spoke with a source in TNA this morning who told me that there was a genuinely horrific backstage reaction to Dixie Carter’s latest Tweet concerning Impact and Shawn Michaels.
For those who did not read the Tweet, Carter posted the following this past Tuesday: "Thank goodness he can only retire once…hopefully. Shawn, congrats on an amazing career!"
Carter was reacting to the very low 0.56 cable rating that Impact drew this past Monday night and her Tweet seemed to blame the low rating on the fact that WWE booked Shawn Michaels’ retirement speech for Raw that night, which took away from TNA’s ratings. However, when you look at the quarter hour break down of Impact, the entire show performed poorly which in no way can be blamed on the HBK segment on Raw, which aired in the show’s main event time slot.
According to the TNA source I spoke with, many people backstage in the company were shocked that Dixie actually blamed the rating on the HBK segment, and feel that her Tweet further proved that she has a lot to learn. Additionally, many people felt that her Tweet was disrespectful, as it was more of an excuse for the poor Impact rating as opposed to a respectful farewell to HBK, which it seemed like she was going for.