“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner made his debut in TNA at the 2006 Destination X PPV. Fans of his will most often remember his run in TNA for his math promo and joining The Main Event Mafia. His first departure from the company occurred in 2009 after he lost to Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing match. Now, it appears his departure was due to something he said to Dixie Carter.
In the latest episode of his “My World” podcast, former TNA Champion Jeff Jarret discussed Steiner’s TNA career and revealed his conversation with Carter about Hulk Hogan. Apparently, Steiner didn’t think adding Hogan to the roster was a good idea.
I was on the outs. Dixie sent me home. He (Scott Steiner) went and had the conversation with Dixie, looked her in the face, and said, ‘Do you think you made the right decision sending Jeff home?’ It was straight up, no string attached, no frills, no political b.s. He said, ‘Dixie, we’re running a business here. Do you think you made the right decision?’
Obviously, I wasn’t there, but Scott said she couldn’t get away from him quick enough. It got uncomfortable and Scott didn’t want to be uncomfortable. He looked Dixie in the eye and said, ‘Hulk Hogan will run you out of business. He will put you out of business.’
Hogan made his second return to TNA in 2009. He ended up staying with the company for three years and was even involved in a storyline with Dixie Carter over who would take control of the company. Steiner seemingly didn’t mince words when he expressed his opinion of The Immoral One.
I had been sent home. The Main Event Mafia was disbanded. Hulk had come in, promised her the moon, got rid of the six-sided ring, and this and that. So it was clearly Dixie and Hulk leading the charge.
Scott Steiner went up to her and said, ‘Do you think you made the right decision? We’re making money and the ratings are good.’ He understood how fragile the dynamic could be. He didn’t want to come off screaming or hollering. He said it low key.
Steiner would eventually return to the company a couple of years later on an episode of Impact! In 2020, it was reported that Steiner collapsed backstage during a taping in Atlanta. Steiner was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with his brother Rick.
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