|Dixie Carter Salinas|
|Ring Names||Dixie Carter|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||129 lbs (59 kg)|
|Born||October 6 1964|
Dixie Lee Carter (October 6, 1964) is an American businesswoman, currently serving as president of the limited liability company TNA Entertainment. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, TNA Entertainment produces Professional wrestling television programs, live events, pay-per-views and associated merchandise such as video games.
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Carter was born in Dallas, Texas. 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 & Hill, a marketing and advertisement firm in the Las Colinas suburb of Dallas, Texas. Upon graduating, Carter became a full-time employee of Levenson & 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.
In 2002, the president of Monterey Peninsula Talent (a booking agency) contacted Carter and informed her that Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, a fledgling 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which was having its own financial problems due to its being investigated for accounting irregularities) had withdrawn support from TNA, and that the company was in dire straits as a result.
Carter, claiming to "[See] the potential in a marketplace that had one company 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", and Carter was appointed president.
Carter was instrumental in securing a television deal with Fox Sports Net in 2004, and in July 2005 she announced that she and several other TNA employees, including vice-president Jeff Jarrett, had negotiated a more lucrative television deal with Spike TV. Carter brought a bottle of champagne to the meeting in order to celebrate. Her creative influence on TNA storylines has been less publicized, although she is known to be a fan of Jonny Fairplay, a reality television contestant who has worked for TNA in the past as a manager. She has also expressed admiration for the work of Vince Russo, a controversial booker. In September 2006, Carter personally negotiated a contract with wrestler Kurt Angle.
Carter has ruled out any possibility of becoming an on-screen character, as is the case with World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon, and previously with former World Championship Wrestling president Eric Bischoff, and former Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman. All three individuals eventually became prominent on-screen characters, albeit Heyman was already one before ECW was formed.
On-screen roles (2009-present)
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. 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!. 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. 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. Carter returned to TNA on October 16 at Bound for Glory, when Sting defeated Hogan to bring her back to power.
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 a storyline where 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 on Impact Wrestling where he knocked Styles to the ground with a punch. It was ultimately revealed that Carter and Styles were merely helping a mutual friend, Claire Lynch, work through drug addiction issues.
Carter appeared at the ending segment of Impact Wrestling on September 19, 2013 to confront AJ Styles over the remarks he has made about the way she is the running the company. Carter responded by saying that Styles is not of a great wrestler and that she is the one who created the Phenomenal One persona to get marketing for the company. She added that Styles would be still be living in poverty if her father didn't pay him and she was the one who created this house (TNA). She was about to leave when Styles was going to respond, she decided to end the show by cutting off the microphones and turning off the lights, thus turning into a villainess. On the September 26 episode of Impact, Carter ripped up AJ Styles' new contract as awarded by Hulk Hogan, then gave the latter an ultimatum to join forces with her by next week. The following week, Hulk quit instead of siding with Carter. On the October 17 edition of Impact Wrestling, Carter placed a $50,000 bounty on Styles; with the added promise that whoever took him out would replace him as Bully Ray's opponent at Bound For Glory. The bounty went unclaimed, and the contract signing later that evening ended with Styles tossing the money toward the direction of Carter and her security guards. To get back at Styles, Carter made his main event match against Bully Ray a No Disqualification Match. At Bound For Glory, Carter interfered in the main event and ordered referee Earl Hebner not to count Styles' pin, however Styles would ultimately defeat Bully Ray to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Carter is married to Serg, with whom she has two children, a daughter born in 2005 and a son born in 2006.