Over the years it is safe to say that Vince Russo has taken a lot of heat. Some say he was the final nail in the coffin for WCW. Some also say that he will be the eventual down fall for TNA.
While much of this criticism that Russo has received is fair, I think it would only be fair to say that it has not been his entire fault. I have been very harsh on Russo myself many times. The one positive I can say on Russo’s behave is he loves the business.
It seems to me though, that through out his career he has always been in over his head. When Russo was with the WWE in the 1990s he had a lot of pressure one him. The WWE ratings were slipping, and the WWE needed a kick in the pants.
Russo would respond to this challenge with cutting edge ideas that would save the WWE. Were the angles he ran racy? I think we all know the answer to that question. It is what was needed at the time though to save them.
There are a lot of things that many people don’t know about Russo’s time with Vince though. During his time with the WWE he was always hidden from the politics in wrestling. He would often be protected and sheltered from the dirty side of the business.
I think this is what ultimately hurt Vince Russo. When he decided to go to the WCW in 1999, he was never truly prepared for the real world of wrestling. He basically walked into a hornets nest when he joined WCW.
Unlike in the WWE, Russo was no longer protected and had to deal with the problems head on. His job wouldn’t get any easier after Benoit, Guerrero, Saturn, Malenko, and Douglas all walked out in him. Yet he still managed to keep the ratings at a respectable level.
After only three months Russo left WCW. Some say he was fired, while others say he quit. Either way he was obviously way in over his head. His second time around wouldn’t be much better.
When he was brought back the second time he was forced to work with Eric Bischoff. Those two would never see eye to eye, yet some how they were supposed work with each other to save the failing company.
Now I’m not trying to say that he isn’t responsible at all; he did after all put the belt on David Arquette. That was probably one of the dumbest moves made in the history of wrestling.
Then we had the whole Hogan fiasco at the bash. I’m sure that is another chapter of his life he would like to forget. All I am saying is that it wasn’t entirely his fault why the WCW failed.
His biggest down fall when he was their, was trying to run the story lines like when he was in the WWF. He also never had the where withal to stand up to management when he needed to.
They were changing his ideas left and right when he was their. How is a head booker supposed to succeed in that kind of environment? He was doomed to fail the day he stepped through the door.
He is currently running the show as head of the creative team now in TNA. While I agree that he isn’t doing a stellar job. I think part of the blame also belongs with the other writers. Does that excuse his lack of judgment?
Of course it doesn’t, he is a grown man that has to face the actions for his decisions. I am one of his biggest critics for a couple of reasons. I had always felt that he had potential in this business.
He some how let himself fall down the wrong path during his career; I also don’t feel it is too late for him to turn things around. I think he does need to find some guidance though. He needs to admit that his current ways aren’t working and get help.
Make no mistakes about it though. The guy has a good head on his shoulder. He turned around a failing WWE with some great Ideas. Also, to be fair he has done a solid job with TNA over the last couple of months.
He also has a degree journalism, so I think it is fair to say that he isn’t stupid. All he needs is a little direction and he can do great things in this business. His time is running out though. If he is going to start changing things it has to be soon.
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