Originally Posted by ForgotPassword
Producers and higher ups keeping writers in check is nothing new though. Like I said, ignore WCW, judge him on his WWF work. If you have 10 ideas a week and 4 are good enough for primetime TV I'd say that's a good success rate. He must've had more good ideas than bad ideas for McMahon to have paid him a salary for 3 years as head writer.
Even in his last several months to a year in WWF, there was still a TON of crap, mainly in the undercard:
Chaz breakup storyline with Marianna, which had him continuously getting arrested for domestic violence and being distanced by the roster, at the exact same time Jarrett was putting the figure four on women (consistency!)
Meat simultaneously breaking up with Terri at the exact same time as the above storyline and becoming "Shawn The Man Stasiak", which was a VERY unsuccessful way to get him over by associating him with his dad, and the name didn't even rhyme
Mideon as the European Champion, as a result of Shane giving him the title
Mark Henry turning heel for a month at Summerslam before turning face again by declaring himself a sex addict
Vince winning the WWF title from HHH three weeks after HHH won it, only for Vince to vacate the belt and HHH winning it back at Unforgiven
Rock feuding with Billy Gunn at the 2nd biggest PPV of the year
Pepper On A Pole match
Kennel From Hell
Taker/Bossman in the cell
Chyna turning face and heel again in less than 24 hours... at WRESTLEMANIA
Big Show's debut where he inadvertently cost Vince the match against Austin, making him look REALLY stupid
Vince as the higher power, which was really convoluted, since he helped Austin retain at Backlash, yet formed the Corporate Ministry to hold down Austin at the same time
And that's not counting stuff that didn't go through like an Austin/Jarrett feud (Jarrett is not main event material on a bigger stage, and his WCW run shortly after this period proved it). I rewatched a LOT of those 1999 Raws and the first few Smackdowns this past summer, and noticed the signs of burnout as there wasn't as much Russo crap before WM, and noticed that the shows flowed much better and had stronger continuity when Kreski became head writer in October (the change was very noticeable around the time DX reformed), and when Angle and the Radicalz came, the wrestling also became much better (before Russo went to WCW, Nitro still probably had the better in-ring action, and that changed as soon as he showed up). Raw was still easily beating Nitro at this time because the storylines and main event scene were way more interesting (WCW had only guys from the 80s and early 90s in the main event scene and did a LOT of storylines involving celebrities, music, and boxing at this time, which is similar to how WWE has been having storylines involving MMA in recent years, like Rousey's push, Baszler's push, and Brock/Cain) and they ran with Austin as their top guy rather than Hogan, who they sacrificed Sting and Goldberg for at consecutive Starrcades. Russo did have his strengths, such as never making a show feel boring and using everyone in a storyline in some way, which is why he always had a ton of stables, but was showing signs of his WCW self the last several months of his WWF tenure, and his WCW runs, where he basically WAS the final say, were both a disaster because of the absurdity of the storylines and gimmicks, lack of wrestling, and the hotshot booking, especially in regards to title changes (in his second WCW run, the world title changed hands around 12 times or something... IN A MONTH! David Arquette, an actor, was one of those reigns in that month!). Russo doesn't have such a bad reputation for no reason.