Finn Balor made his highly-anticipated and overdue debut on Monday Night Raw earlier this week, and while the majority of fans loved the fact that he shocked the world and heads to the SummerSlam main event to face Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship, one former employee despises the idea.
The outspoken Vince Russo made his feelings crystal clear once Raw went off the air. In a column for Fightful.com, Russo stated that Balor winning – along with many other booking decisions – was the final nail in the coffin.
He ranted about how Balor should never be booked to defeat the likes of Roman Reigns and Rusev in one night, and the decision to do that was the WWE catering to the smallest audience, with the loudest voice – the IWC.
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Fans will make their own minds up regarding the direction the company is going in. However, it looks like the old school Russo is refusing to budge from the notion that this is what the future of the business looks like.
He also blasted the likes of the New Day, calling their segment ‘brutal’, but still managed to praise some of the stars, believe it or not.
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CATERING TO THE IWC?
He wrote: “New Day ‘sketch’ was B-R-U-T-A-L. There was nothing funny about it. At least the Club put us out of our misery by getting some heat.
“Girls stole the show. Worked their !@#$% off! I would have kept the belt on Charlotte and really built her as the heel that nobody could beat, but the IWC wins once again, as their darling Sasha Banks is now the new Champ.
“Actually, I’m a fan of Sasha; she’s believable. Like the ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ interview after the match. Some real emotion there.
"Balor beat Reigns in an unbelievable match that would have never happened if the fight were a shoot. Reigns would be flossing his teeth with Balor.
"But, we had to cater to the IWC, while making Reigns pay his penance. Here's an idea. Rather than give Reigns that lame promo at the end when he put Balor over, why not just castrate the guy in front of a live audience? Even better."
Enzo and Big Cass drew a lot of praise from Russo, but Balor was the one forced to feel the brunt of his rant, even posting this Tweet following the outcome of the match with Reigns.
Are the internet fans really to blame? Or is the audience now too big for the WWE to ignore? It seems like this particular set of fans is the problem for Russo as he remained adamant that the booking decisions were the issue and why it put the fork in the wrestling we once knew.
Regardless of Russo’s opinions on Balor and the product, this will only enrage the IWC as they look to defend a talented star in Balor.
Let's wait and see what he has to say when Shinsuke Nakamura eventually makes an impact on the main roster.
Does Vince Russo have a point? Or is he talking complete nonsense? Have your say in the comments section below.
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