UPDATEDx2: Rumored TNA Buyer May Be Someone Fans Would Know
Posted by Larry Csonka on 11.01.2013
Court Bauer lists some potential buyers...
UPDATE 2: Court Bauer recently discussed the rumors of TNA being potentially sold and listed some people that he says he knows are interested. Check out the highlights:
Jeff Jarrett: "Jeff has gotten together a few individuals who could possibly fund the buying of TNA. He's been good with getting investors in the past, see Ring Ka King and he's one of the few guys who can find the finance for projects. We don't know what the company is earning right now, so Jeff is trying to assess the weaknesses, how to run the business and has been on the sidelines looking in. Back when Jeff ran the company before, we hardly heard of any issues with money or payouts. Jeff is the better solution right now."
Dixie Carter: "Dixie has no real involvement in this sale. She might at this point only be a on-air talent right now, as i've not heard of anything involving her backstage."
Eric Bischoff: "Eric Bischoff is another interested party. Eric and 'his people' would probably be in the mix to finance a move"
Mystery Celebrity: ""The third, is someone I can't mention by name, but this is the kind of person who does have money. It could be a step down for them, and its probably not a great company for them to marry up to. Their "Wrestling IQ" is that of someone who knows enough to be 'dangerous'. I use the word 'celebrity' lightly here."
Spike TV: "Would Spike be interested in this? That would be my choice. But you have to look at Bellator and that wasn't a great investment. I don't know what TNA would be worth, but lets look at what WCW went for. Speaking of which, what about Vince & WWE? It would be counter productive. What does it do for the industry? Vince isn't in the same place, where he was with WCW. He has to be careful with what he does in Wrestling. Would he be tempted? Doubtful. None of these suitors really have the funds to go after WWE. What would they do TNA anyway? Its probably better for them to push NXT instead. Would they put it on the WWE Network Exclusively? Maybe TNA want more then WWE rate the company is worth. WWE Could be a suitor, buts its unlikely."
Panda Energy: "They might just keep hold of the company too for now too. They might just keep trucking along for another few years. This might happen tomorrow, or next year or never. Its all to be determined."
UPDATED:PWInsider reports that Panda Energy executive Janice Carter has issued a memo to TNA employees teling them that any rumors that they were trying to sell their ownership stake in TNA are untrue. Carter (who is Dixie Carter's mother) noted that Panda Energy remains committed to the company.
ORIGINAL: Here is the latest report on the potential sale of TNA. Word is that there is a very interested party, and that they are someone fans would know. The potential buyer is also said to have money behind them, but may come off as a surprise buyer to some.
There are also reports that an unnamed celebrity has shown interest, but the name was not given.
While the Carters may not be rushing to sell the company, they are definitely listening to offers.