Oct 30, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Vince Russo
Weight: 220 lbs.
Date of birth: January 24, 1961
From: New York
Audio: Russo interviewed on the Gerweck Report Hotline
- Russo was hired by Vince McMahon to be head creative writer, and was instrumental in developing new characters and successful WWF story lines.
- In October of 1999, WCW, looking for a new direction in the organization, hired Russo to head up the creative department.
- Russo and fellow writer Ed Ferrara, who followed Russo from the WWF to WCW, became the “the powers that be.”
- Having lost faith in Russo’s booking, then WCW Vice President Bill Busch replaced him with Kevin Sullivan as head booker in January 2000.
- In late March 2000, Russo was again given creative booking control along with the returning Eric Bischoff.
- On the April 10, 2000 edition of “Nitro” in Denver, CO, Russo himself brought a group of young wrestlers to the ring, and dubbed them the “New Blood.”
- In addition, Russo declared all WCW titles vacant, and that new champions would be determined in time.
- On June 12, 2000, Russo aided David Flair’s cause in “retiring” Ric Flair. Afterwards, Ric’s head was shaved.
- At the 2000 Bash at the Beach, Russo delivered what is believed to be a “worked shoot” promo on the ego of Hulk Hogan.
- On September 25, 2000, Russo became WCW World Heavyweight champion, but vacated the title the following week.
- Following his departure from WCW, Russo worked behind the scenes with Andrew McManus’ World Wrestling All-Stars.
- Russo excepted a creative position with WWE in June 2002, but resigned days later to work for Jerry Jarrett’s NWA TNA.
- In later 2002, Russo formed Sports Entertainment Xtreme in NWA TNA.
- On January 15, 2003, Russo, Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, and Elix Skipper defeated Jeff Jarrett, Road Warrior Hawk, Road Warrior Animal, and Dusty Rhodes.
- On the March 5, 2003 NWA TNA, Russo announced that was retiring from the business.
- Russo was named director of authority on February 18, 2004.
- Russo left TNA following the November 7, 2004 PPV Victory Road. Russo was replaced by Dusty Rhodes as DOA.
- In September 2006, Russo was brought back to TNA to be apart of the creative team.
- In February 2012, Russo and TNA parted ways.