Russo was good at the time because he had a lot of entertaining ideas, but there were people who kept him in check. He never was a good booker. Once he was given unlimited creative freedom in WCW we saw him living up to his potential. Judy Bagwell on a Forklift match was his magnum opus.
The thing is I love those kind of stupid matches. I love the forklift , I love the green card on a pole match and I even love the Al Snow and Bossman dog murder angle. To me the more silly it is, the better. I can see why people don't like that sort of thing though. People still talk about those matches decades later though , so he did something right!