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http://insidetheropes.podbean.com/2012/05/25/inside-the-ropes-vince-russo-full-interview

Inside The Ropes Radio with Vince Russo
Show airs Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m.
Available at Facebook.com/theinsidenetwork.

How he got his start in WWF: 'I was doing a wrestling radio show in Long Island, New York which I was Funding with my own money. I started running out of money. I wrote a letter to Linda McMahon, knowing if I wrote to Vince he probably wouldn’t answer it. I wrote a letter to Linda McMahon introducing myself, telling her what I was doing and saying I’d love an opportunity in the World Wrestling Federation at that time."

WWF being stuck in same rut as 1995: "Here we are, twenty years later almost and in my opinion the wrestling business is at the same exact spot. In my opinion at that time WWE was about ten years behind with what was going on in society at that time. I feel here we are in 2012, and I feel that the wrestling industry is at the same exact place, I think time has passed them by. They’ve become irrelevant. There’s nobody willing to make the changes that need to be made to bring the product up to speed."

What led to Vince going with the Attitude idea and pushing the envelope: "I remember it was a Raw where it was being simulcasted they were shooting in the States and overseas. The rating came in the next day and it was rock bottom, it was maybe a 2.1, I mean it was really really bad. I went into work the next day and literally as soon as I sat down at my desk, Vince’s assistant called me that he wanted to see me. I went up to Vince’s office, he had all his key people in the room. He had the Raw magazine in his hand. I was worried, I was ready to be fired. He took that Raw magazine and slammed it down on the desk and said “this is what the show need to be” I was absolutely shocked. I thought it was going the other way. I had no dream that it was going to go that way."

Was the original plan for WrestleMania XV to be triple threat Austin/Rock/Foley: "Absolutely. That’s the way it was booked but someone who wasn’t involved had a very different opinion about it and they kinda got in Vince’s ear and Austin’s ear and next thing I know Mick was out the picture, I wasn’t happy about it, I thought Mick deserved it, but you do what the boss tells you so we made the change.

Just to clarify, was it Shawn Michaels that was in Austin and Vince’s ear: "Could have been..."

Did Ferrara’s Oklahoma gimmick go too far? Absolutely. There’s no question about it. But that’s where it was at the time. I look at that now and I think ‘how could you do that?’ Thankfully I’ve had probably 3 or 4 conversations with JR since, I was able to apologize and get it all off my chest. Being 51, looking back at that now, yeah it was wrong."

Seeing title belts as props: "The first time I saw wrestling, it was clear to me it was entertainment. I knew it wasn’t real. The characters were great, over the top. The storylines were straight out of soap opera digest. To me, it was entertainment and that’s why it always was. You have this title belt, it’s not real, these matches aren’t real, nobody is winning this belt. We’re writing it that way. So you use that belt as part of the entertainment. I feel that way to this day. When I saw Capt. Lou Albano and the Valiants, I got it, I understood what it was. That was always my philosophy."

Why have TNA struggles to create their own brand name 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 six weeks or two months you’re changing course and going in a different direction. I feel TNA have been guilty of that for a very long time."

Russo, Bischoff and Hogan in TNA together – Why didn’t it work? "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."

Was it the “too many cooks in the kitchen” that led you to leave TNA? "Yeah, it was. It was kinda like, OK it was, me, Eric and Hulk, that’s cool. Then you’re gonna bring in Bruce Prichard. 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."

Anything he wanted to do in TNA that he couldn’t? "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."

Is the bad relationship with Jim Cornette due to different philosophies? "It definitely is. The relationship isn’t bad on both parts. I don’t have a problem in the world with him. I don’t bad mouth him, I never have. It lies with him, not with me. All it is, is different philosophies. I think for some reason Jim has taken it to the extreme. That’s his deal, that’s not mine."

Quick Fire Thoughts
Hulk Hogan – Legend. He is the guy.
Ric Flair – I think of wrestling
Sting – Out of those, I had the closest relationship with him, I think of gentleman.
Dixie Carter – Confused
Jim Cornette – Great wrestling mind
Vince McMahon – The creator
 

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Russo's 100% right in what he says here about the need for one sole person in charge of the booking. Two many cooks in the kitchen as he said leads to disjointed writing because it's not on the same wavelength. Hopefully we see Vince back in the business before too long. I'm definitely looking forward to his upcoming YouShoot interview.
 

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Gotta agree with Russo on what he said, and I almost never agree with anything Russo says. I also like how Russo says Dixie is confused, perfect word to describe her.Never know what that bitch is gonna do lol.
 

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I agree with some things such as WWE being in the same spot it was in 1995. Its stale.

I disagree though on title belts as props. Part of the fantasy world of wrestling, and the suspension of disbelief for entertainment requires that the belts and matches be treated as serious in story lines or else why bother. Just cut nothing but promos if that is your attitude.

I still can't forgive Russo for his hand in destroying WCW from the terrible writing he did, and am glad he is no longer in TNA which I'll add is improving visibly since Russo left.
 

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The most shocking thing in this interview is that he compliments Jim Cornette lol.
 

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Whenever i hear Russo speak, he is usually 100% correct in what he says.

Of course, the IWC sheep will continue to hate on him no matter what for no good reasons, but I would love him back in WWE.

At least he woud make the shows entertaining again.

Though personally, I prefer TNA right now over most of Russos reign.
 

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russo sums up dixie carter perfectly...CONFUSED...this woman should not be running a lemonade stand, let alone a national wrestling company
 

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russo sums up dixie carter perfectly...CONFUSED...this woman should not be running a lemonade stand, let alone a national wrestling company
Based upon what?

Again, the criticism of Dixie is mostly sexism from the IWC in my opinion.

Now I'm no wishy washy liberal do-gooder, but If she were male, many of the comments about her would not be getting said.
 

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I don't care what Devil says, the product is miles and miles better and more logical after he left.
 

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I'm pretty sure I read that Russo needs his ideas filtered by somebody, and that when he was actually given free reign in WCW that's when things went to hell.
 

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I find myself agreeing with a lot of what Russo says and his general thoughts on wrestling in general. I just dont think he can write good wrestling these days, and that his quick fire off the hip booking just wouldnt cut it these days.

Its weird, most of his interviews come off quite well and he usually seems to have the right ideas, however based on the product that he's produced the past nearly 15 years would suggest otherwise.
 

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I find myself agreeing with a lot of what Russo says and his general thoughts on wrestling in general. I just dont think he can write good wrestling these days, and that his quick fire off the hip booking just wouldnt cut it these days.

Its weird, most of his interviews come off quite well and he usually seems to have the right ideas, however based on the product that he's produced the past nearly 15 years would suggest otherwise.
He's a great politician. He sweet talk Linda Mcmahon, Vince Mcmahon,WCW executives, Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter. Jerry Jarrett is the only one who seen through his bs but sadly his son didn't.

The fact he think the titles are a prop is just terrible. Without titles, there would be no reason to do wrestling matches.
 

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Seeing title belts as props: "The first time I saw wrestling, it was clear to me it was entertainment. I knew it wasn’t real. The characters were great, over the top. The storylines were straight out of soap opera digest. To me, it was entertainment and that’s why it always was. You have this title belt, it’s not real, these matches aren’t real, nobody is winning this belt. We’re writing it that way. So you use that belt as part of the entertainment. I feel that way to this day. When I saw Capt. Lou Albano and the Valiants, I got it, I understood what it was. That was always my philosophy."
How'd that work out for the industry, huh? What a fuckin' dickhole. What revisionist history. So every company having 10+ titles was a good thing? Handing the belts out like party favors to spike quarter hours for 15+ years was good for the industry? David Arquette and 15 minute title reigns were good for the industry? Shit, the WWE champ has only main evented two PPVs in 8 months. He's never the first or last thing on a RAW or Smackdown. Way to allow people to get 10+ titles so the 11th will mean nothing and create this completely fucking ass backwards dynamic where wrestlers are BEYOND A PROMOTION'S TOP TITLE AND ABOVE A REIGNING CHAMPION. Thank you so very fucking much, Vinny Ru.

If that was the only thing he'd had played a part in he'd still be one of the worst things to happen to pro wrestling. Then you have this stuff where matches are 4th rate to jaw jacking and dirty garbage. Russo shat out nothing but crass pornography under the euphemism "crash t.v." because "controversy creates cash." Hey, if it creates cash why was only 1 year of Russo's tenure with WCW a profitable one? He helped a promotion lose 60 million in 9 months and he and Eric Bischoff (another relic and parasite) go prancing around talking about the wonders of "controversy" and "crash t.v."

Oh, he is absolute slime.
 

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My fucking Lord and my God I'm about to have a FUCKING ANEURYSM.

Why have TNA struggled to create their own brand name stars? Vince Russo's response "There’s a lack of patience. Ratings don’t happen overnight. Ratings happen when you commit to something and you stay the course.
Mr. Crash T.V., Mr. Hotshot EVERYTHING, Mr. Book to Television By The Goddamned Quarter Hour had the absolute gaul and temerity to preach PATIENCE?

Vincent James Russo talking about patience is priceless.

TNA has just showed tremendous patience with giving Bobby Roode the longst TNA World Championship reign in the company's history. There was so much bullshit hotshotted when Russo was around just to spike ratings. By the way the ratings never "spiked" consistently and TNA still hasn't recovered fully from Russo's awful booking.
 

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Russo takes credit for the Attitude Era but the WWE was more successful after he left than when he was there. He came to WCW and it became a train wreck, he went to TNA and it became a train wreck. He worked for 3 major promotions and helped turn around 1 and we are supposed to bow down? Fuck no!

That's why I don't respect Russo. I don't care what he did for the E, he didn't do shit for WCW or TNA and he still riding the AE wave, that shit was 14 years ago!

He also calls the belts "props" which may be technically correct but a careless attitude with the championships is what showed everyone what a lump of shit WCW had turned into. He lacks respect for something that all wrestlers want to achieve, that's says a lot about him personally.
 

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Holly shit! I am impressed with what he said here..

The world is coming to an end, he even complimented Cornette. Seriously is that really him ? I thought Russo was making up story lines in this forum.
 

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Russo's 100% right in what he says here about the need for one sole person in charge of the booking. Two many cooks in the kitchen as he said leads to disjointed writing because it's not on the same wavelength. Hopefully we see Vince back in the business before too long. I'm definitely looking forward to his upcoming YouShoot interview.
whats new he is god of wrestling end of.
 
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