Anyone who has been a fan of wrestling since the 80’s and 90’s knows who Vince Russo is.
Vince Russo, for everyone else, is the writer behind the WWE’s acclaimed “Attitude Era.” He is also one of the most controversial figures in all of sports entertainment.
Russo introduced the concept of in-ring shoot promos, sexual content during said promos, and all around edgier content that made WWE almost unrecognisable from the PG rated show that it is today. Russo would eventually leave WWE when Smackdown was started stating that WWE refused to allow him time with his family and would land on the doorsteps of WCW.
In WCW, Russo attempted to do the same thing he did with WWE, but it didn’t work. So, after a few failed years, Russo left WCW and became a part of TNA, and so on and so forth.
Since leaving the sport, Russo has started his own podcast (much like other former wrestling talent such as Steve Austin and Taz) and began voicing his own opinions, trying to make himself relevant in wrestling again.
Stuck in the past
While Russo is a writing genius in wrestling and was brought in as a consultant on WWE and TNA, and while he changed his life for the better and started his own “evangelical” wrestling promotion and moved on with his life, his opinions are still stuck in the 90’s.
This is very much the case with a recent verbal assault on this past Monday’s Raw. In his debut column for CSRWrestling.com, Russo exploded on Raw, most notably on NXT Superstar Sami Zayn.
He states that Raw’s ratings were the lowest they have been all year and WWE’s excuse for that were the second round of the NBA playoffs. Here is what was said in that blog:
“Last night RAW experienced its lowest rating of the year, and of course out came the excuses that it was up against the second round of the NBA playoffs. Now, while that is indeed a fact, it had nothing to do with the rating bottoming out."
"The numbers sunk to new 2015 lows because the casual television fans for that night chose the NBA over RAW because the NBA was indeed the better show of the evening. However, had it been another time, another era, say Austin vs. Rock circa 1997 - it wouldn’t have mattered if LeBron James was matching up with Julius freaking’ Erving - the television viewer was watching wrestling that night."
Russo went on to lay much of the blame at the foot or Zayn:
"However, everybody is running to the defense of the WWE, claiming that RAW was a great show on Monday night. WHY was it great in their opinion? Simply because an NXT wrestler that they all mark out for, Sami Zayn, made his surprise appearance on the WWE’s premiere show. I can only imagine when Sami got introduced by Bret Hart and came out as a surprise through the RAW entrance—to the Internet Wrestling Community is was the equivalent of Jesus himself showing up unannounced at the Sea of Galilee. But to the casual wrestling fan—nobody cared—to them this was a jobber and nothing more–so they indeed turned back to hoops.
RAW is a television show and Sami Zayn is NOT a television star—nor—will he be anytime soon. Sami is an exceptional wrestler on a wrestling show, and the only people who care about him are those die hard wrestling fans who are looking for 5-star matches that the massive don’t give a !@#$% about.”
These are Vince Russo’s words. It is safe to say that if you are a true fan of the sport of wrestling, you do not agree with Russo.But the reality is this; Vince Russo was the architect of the greatest era in professional wrestling.
Now, that was in the mid-90’s, and WWE has done some amazing things between then and now. The emerging NXT talents that are coming on the scenes and will be arriving soon is the future of WWE and in many ways are superior to the talent there now. But, again it needs to be stressed that these are the words of Vince Russo.
WWE fans: What are your thoughts?
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