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Daily Discussion: Vince Russo



Today’s topic: It has been awhile since Vince Russo’s name has popped in the news. As he is one of the IWC’s favorite whipping boy, as we reflect on his career wrestling, what is his legacy in the business?

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22 Responses

  1. nick says:

    The man who killed WCW because Vince McMahon wasn’t there to say no to his dumbass ideas. A video store loser who had 2 good storylines for every 100 he suggested. Yes he had a hand in the attitude era, but so did Beaver Cleavage.

  2. ManWhale says:

    his legacy is EPIC FAIL!

  3. nick says:

    …and I forgot to mention Jim Cornette’s best friend lol

  4. rebel says:

    Judging from the recent KC shoots, this man still has no idea what the wrestling business is about.

    And to all of you upset with the current state of the product (and yeah, I’m one of you): it was Russo’s Attitude Era that laid the foundations for it, that was when wrestling stopped being ‘booked’ and started being ‘written’. This was Russo’s worst contribution to the business, not the stupid and pointless storylines.

  5. Chris Wiliiams says:

    A nail in any company’s coffin he works for. He is the beginning of the end for any promotion…a true cancer to the business

  6. mike says:

    I am Vinny Ru . I killed WCW woo hoo.

  7. Prince Dann says:

    Kept everyone on the roster with a storyline from top to bottom. Besides booking himself into storylines, one of my favourite writers.

  8. Jroc says:

    Must have done something right to keep getting hired!!! Easy target!! What killed wcw was guys like hogan and bischoff not allowing the next generation of talent to elevate. You cant please all of the people all of the time

  9. joe says:

    Guys you’re missing the point. Without Russo, there is no attitude era. Russo kept Vince relevant, and Vince kept Russo grounded. Neither has been as successful alone as they were together.

  10. darthvedder says:

    I wasn’t a fan of most of his work, and hated what he did with WCW. But he didn’t kill WCW,

    Time Warner killed WCW. When they decided wrestling was to low brow for their networks.

  11. nick says:

    @prince dan… totally agree. At one point Crash Holly was as big of a part of the show as austin and rock.

  12. JLM3 says:

    The single greatest writer in pro wrestling. Like Prince Damn said, he though about the entire roster top to bottom. Any promotion would be lucky to have the talent of Vince Russo right just now.

  13. Mattyman says:

    Wrestling story lines are like venture capital. You have to spend on ten, pray that there’s only marginal loss on 8, break even on 1, and have the other 1 carry the profit to cover backing ten more. I don’t like him, and I don’t like his ideas, but his 1 definitely made room to back 10 more.

  14. JD Storm says:

    Russo actually did well when he was kept under control. McMahon was able to keep him from going overboard. if you like seeing storylines for as many people as humanly possible, Russo kept most of the roster in some sort of storyline.

    when he has free reign to do what he pleases, he can be the worst thing to happen to whatever company he works for.

  15. Mike says:

    I think Russo was amazing in WWE with McMahon. The beghining of the attitude era had 3 bookers – McMahon, Russo, and Cornette. The perfect combo. Russo was a creative genius who when filtered by McMahon created magic. Every wrestler on the card mattered and had a storyline, not just the main eventers. McMahon had always only cared about the top carders. Russo made some mistakes in WCW, going too nuts, but the positive of his short run is that he only again established new younger stars. And I thought his runs in TNA were pretty good. Too much hate for a guy who has given us do many good memories.

  16. thrilledfan says:

    Got two words for ya!!!!

  17. Scott II says:

    Filtered and contained, yes, Russo is good for business.

    But only that way. Unleash him on his own, and there WILL be trouble.

  18. Guled says:

    vince russo is a bad businessman.. loved him in tna.

  19. MC Live says:

    Russo gets a little more crap than he should, but he does deserve a lot. A controlled Russo is good. Like its been said, don’t give him free reign. And maybe he doesn’t deserve blame for every bad thing that happened when he worked wherever he did, but it can be said, his fault or not, when he’s employed, there are a lot of problems

  20. Adurka Durk says:

    Enjoyed what he did in WWF and was LOVING what he did in WCW besides championing himself. Vampiro was getting an awesome push, Steiner was an awesome heel. Tag Team Cruiserweight division. He did a lot of cool stuff.

    Met him in Tennessee at a TNA Black Wednesday show. We were lucky enough to be selected to wait after the “arena” cleared to get some autographs. Cane up and said “who ya guys waiting for?” I said ” YOU!”, he laughed and said no really. Everyone said AJ lol

    He’s a good guy. The entire industry is toxic. Did what he could and made a living.

  21. raven12516 says:

    Montreal Screwjob: Russo was involved.
    Owen Hart incident: Russo was involved.
    WCW sinking: Russo was involved.

    I ain’t knocking him as a person, or holding him DIRECTLY responsible for these events, but Wrestling would be better off without him.

  22. Adurka Durk says:

    Anything negative people have posted is regurgitated from WWE DVDs, or what Cornette has said verbatim.

    Or then you have what Einstein said above me.

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