In a show-closing segment of this week's TNA IMPACT on Spike TV, TNA President Dixie Carter went to face-to-face with one of the company's franchise wrestlers, AJ Styles and proverbially turned heel on the TNA fans and locker room.
Carter whose been known both on and off of TV to be a sincerely good person, turned on Styles in the showdown after he berated her managerial skills. Styles opened the segment, challenging Carter for recruiting big name wrestlers from outside TNA's ranks who did nothing for it's growth, while releasing his "band of brothers" like fellow X-Division wrestlers Jerry Lynn, Petey Williams, and Jay Lethal.
Carter hit the ring to a chorus of uncharacteristic boos, in a near weeping tone apologized to Styles before going off on him and calling him a "marginal" talent. Carter went even further to say TNA was the house she built, and not the house that AJ built. The segment ended abruptly with Carter refusing to let Styles have the final word, and grabbing a camera man's headset to tell the production team to cut off Style's microphone and end the show.
Pro Wrestling Examiner's Perspective: This was a harsh turn for Dixie Carter after she's been considered a soft character on IMPACT for years. It is also an odd move for Styles to get a new opposition as he's already locked into a war with Aces & Eight's leader and TNA World Champion Bully Ray heading into Bound for Glory on October 20th. Styles now has to overcome not only Ray's biker gang, Bull Ray himself,but also the corporate authority of a newly villainous Dixie Carter. TNA is certainly stacking the deck against Styles. Could this be too much for one guy to beat?
This segment also showed a tremendous amount of influence from an infamous promo segment that was performed by CM Punk on a 2011 episode of 'WWE RAW' dropped his infamous 'pipe-bomb' on WWE management and the company's golden boy John Cena. If you disagree, post a comment below.