The name Vince Russo is a name that will be remembered for decades in the professional wrestling discussions. While he hasn’t worked for a major promotion for many years, Vince Russo’s name is still mentioned daily by his very loyal fan base he calls :The Brand” and those people who look at him as the anti-christ of professional wrestling. Vince joined “Rad” Rob Francois on The Rad Turtles Wrestling Podcast to discuss the current state of professional wrestling, Vince McMahon, All Elite Wrestling, Dixie Carter, Impact Wrestling, Eric Bischoff, and much more. Below are some highlights from the interview and links to this enlightening interview with Vince Russo.
Why he is looked at as such a polarizing person to wrestling fans?
Q : Why do you think you are so polarizing?
A : Bro, people can’t handle truth. I mean especially in a business that is full of lies. I’m telling you, bro, they can’t handle the truth. They can’t take the truth. And I’m not going to change my stripes and I’m not going to change my culture. I expect people to tell me the truth, bro.
Vince’s Thoughts On The Current Wrestling Product
Q : Why do you think there are so many disenfranchised people when it comes to wrestling nowadays?
A : The bottom line is Bro, to really simplify this… 20 years ago, 25 years ago, the entire world was watching professional wrestling. They have turned that into a niche market. There is a very small audience watching wrestling today. It’s very simple, and the product they’ve turned into is, you know, I’m one of the millions and millions and millions that are not interested in that product.
So, you know, it’s real simple, bro. It’s not the same product. They’ve changed the game. If you like it, bro, that’s cool. Watch it. But you know that there are a lot of people that used to like pro wrestling and do not watch it anymore.
Working With Vince McMahon
Q : What was it like to work for Vince McMahon?
A : So I got to tell you, bro, I would go to work at the crack of Dawn and I would go home from work when the day was long over. And bro, every time I drove into that garage at Titan, every morning, Vince’s car was there before mine. No matter what time I got there every night, his car was still there when I left and the end, bro. That’s the thing, when you’re working for a boss that like sets that example. You can’t help but to say “God, I gotta give my all to this guy.”
Working With Eric Bischoff
Q : What was it like to work with Eric Bischoff?
A : Here’s why Eric and I will never get along. Okay, bro. Vince Russo is a “in the freaking trenches guy”. I’m going to get my hands dirty, bro. I’m going to stink. I’m going to be sweaty. I’m going to be the first one there. I’m going to make you stay after the show and do pre-tapes till we get it right. You know that I am going, I don’t even want to say lead by example because it wasn’t about that.
It was about doing whatever it took to put on the best show. That’s what it was about. Eric, on the other hand, doesn’t like to get his hands dirty. Eric likes to be the boss. Eric likes to be in charge. Eric likes to do as little work, physical work as possible. Eric likes to have people fear him.
Which I have a huge issue with. Because bro, we’re all equal, so don’t, don’t play that card with me. You’re freaking better than anybody else, because you’re not.You freaking are not. And, and you know, the experience and the time I spent with Eric, that was always the way he carried himself. Bro, here’s a perfect example.
You heard the rumors. About why he was let go from WWE that they couldn’t find them. He was in the break room. I mean, we, we heard all that, bro. I could tell you firsthand when, when, when I was at freaking TNA, bro, we would have a production meeting at about 12 o’clock to one o’clock and then we’d go to work, show starts at six o’clock bro.
We’re working nonstop for those five hours nonstop and Eric and Hulk would disappear back to their hotel room. I don’t know what they were doing, bro. They would literally come back 30 minutes before the show. So that’s why when I heard those stories about the WWE, I’m like, yeah, bro, that’s, that’s freaking Eric. He’s not in the freaking trenches with everybody. And bro, maybe there was a time when he was may, maybe during the early days of MWO he was.
But I know the Eric, I worked with him at WCW and TNA. He was not in the trenches. He was a Monday morning quarterback. You know, he would, he would critique the show after it aired when he was a part of the process and it just that, you know, the old saying, that didn’t work for me, brother. Either you’re going to jump in this with all of us, or like, bro, just, just go do your own freaking thing.
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