- Vince Russo was recently interviewed by Inside The Ropes and discussed his departure from TNA.
Why couldn’t Russo, Bischoff and Hogan work things out in TNA?
It’s simple, you can’t have these three strong personalities in opinions working together, you can’t. I worked very peacefully with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. In working together like that, everyone really trying hard to get along and wanting to get along, what each person is doing, is compromising your ideas and beliefs so everyone gets along. In my opinion its not a good was to business. There needs to be one boss, laying out the direction. If it’s working great, if it’s not, get rid of him and bring the next guy in. I’m a firm believer in that. In my opinion all these cooks in the kitchen, trying to get along, you end up with a product that’s very vanilla.
It was kinda like, OK it was, me, Eric and Hulk, that’s cool. Then you’re gonna bring in Bruce Pritchard. It gets to a point where it’s too much. It gets to a point where I feel like I’m wasting your time and I’m wasting my time because I can’t be the real Vince Russo. You’re not getting what you paid for. Once another chef was added to that kitchen, I just took a step back, and for the good of the company somebody had to bow out and I decided it would be me.
What Russo wanted to do in TNA?
To be me. Not compromise myself. The only time in my career that I was successful was in the WWF. Vince McMahon gave me the ball and he let me run with it. There were no committees. There was no 6 other peoples opinions. He trusted me, he gave me the ball. That was the only time in my career that I was allowed to work that way. I know what kind of environment I need to be put in to be successful. Committees in the wrestling business, do not work. Someone need to show me a committee in the last 15 years that worked. You need to have a head writer, let him bring in his crew, if they run with it and it’s a pass great, if they fail, get rid of them. Anything else is going to be vanilla and is going to be a so-so product which is what you’re seeing now in the wrestling business and not just in TNA.
Why TNA struggles to create new stars?
Because I think there’s a lack of patience. Ratings don’t happen overnight. Ratings happen when you commit to something and you stay the course. That’s why the attitude era worked. Vince stuck with it, we didn’t let the rating affect us on a weekly basis, we rode it out. Unfortunately, that was never the mindset at TNA. There was a lot of emphasis on the rating week to week, then creative is being directed to jump all over the place. It might take a year, but if you stay with it and believe in it, it’s going to work. It’s not going to work if every 6 weeks or 2 months you’re changing course and going in a different direction. I feel TNA have been guilty of that for a very long time.
- Both Roddy Piper and CM Punk have disputed WWE.com’s Top Talker list on Twitter. Steve Austin topped the list, followed by Roddy Piper, The Rock, Ric Flair and Chris Jericho.
Hot Rod wrote:
“Look who’s on list. Even the boys say it’s Bulls–t! Best mic men? WWE must think the fans are stupid. No respect for the fan that buys tickets! I can make it simple. Look at the list of @WWE’s best Mic men. 90% have there promo’s written for them. Then there’s the real deal!”
CM Punk chimed in saying:
“…that list is a joke because Piper isn’t number one. Typical WWE revisionist history/political favoritism.”
Jim Ross also discussed the list in his latest JRSBARBQ.com blog:
Obviously, any ‘list’ is partially designed to create controversy and this one certainly has.
“Steve Austin was ranked #1 and Captain Lou Albano was ranked #25 and in between there were many surprises.
“Many fans including @CMPunk felt that Roddy Piper should have been #1..Hot Rod was #2. Somewhat surprised to see the Miz and Santino Marella make the list at this stage of their respective careers. Albano was a mild surprise too.
“No Jerry Lawler in the top 25 raised an eyebrow or two.
“Dusty Rhodes ranked 8th miffed some of Dream’s fans. Jesse Ventura makes the list at #20 but still no King??
“Mr. McMahon helped carry the Attitude Era, with Stone Cold, to amazing heights but McMahon was ranked 16th. I’m not kissing McMahon’s rich backside, I’ve done that and am a memvber of the ‘Club’ but Austin having McMahon to play off of back in the day was big money.
“The era that appealed most to those providing feedback on the Top 25 Masters of the Mic, influenced as one would think the feedback.
“Again, lists are made to stimulate discussion not unlike the NFL Network’s list of the top 100 players of all time, of which I had many issues. that was compiled a year or so ago.
“I’m happy to say that I had absolutely nothing to do with compiling this list but I’ve enjoyed the feedback that I’ve read including the Pet Coon Goofy variety.”
The full list can be viewed Here.
- Heat between former WWE Divas Stacy “The Kat” Carter and Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, has been playing out online recently.
In a recent interview with RingbellesOnline.com Ivory said she thought The Kat used Jerry Lawler to get her push during the Attitude Era:
“She was a poison. She used her Jerry Lawler card just to get on board and Jerry Lawler was an announcer, so he’s got a lot of push on who he can say great things about and interject about during his two hours on TV and then he’s also privileged to be in on the writers’ meetings. So here you’ve got a person who comes on board that has somebody rooting for them. She snuck her way into an angle with Chyna as the Mini-Me girl; look at all the stuff she got on board with that was already existing without her help – Right To Censor… she [even] got in on the Women’s Title and what did she do with it? Nothing.”
In an interview with VOCNation.com The Kat had this to say about their heat:
“I was in the locker room eating a Kit Kat. Ivory came up to me and said look at you; I have to work out everyday to look like this, and you can eat Kit Kats, not work out, and look like you do. She wasn’t very happy that she had to lose the belt to me.”