Vince Russo has done his last ever shoot interview, guys!
After going on a tear in the year since he’s left his creative position in TNA, he’s gone on various shoot interviews claiming nothing was ever his fault. It’s not his fault TNA’s ratings are sliding down. It’s not his fault he ran a bunch of shitty angles that made zero sense in the long run. And it’s definitely not his fault that WCW died. It was everyone elses fault but his own. It was Dixie’s fault. It was Hogan’s fault. It was Turner and his brass’s fault. Russo was just trying to change the business, guys. And these people dared to step in his way and ruin everything he had been trying to build for so many years. Quite disgraceful, really.
You can buy his story, if you want. Maybe it really is true, that people constantly interfered in his product and it resulted in a convoluted mess that made up much of WCW’s story lines in 2000 and TNA’s storylines from 2007-2012. Both were run by very poor management so you can’t one hundred percent blame Vince Russo for the end product. But then, you also have to realize he’s the one writing the shows, week in and week out with little to no changes. His nuances become clear when he is writing the show, and when he isn’t writing the show everything suddenly makes more sense and 100 things aren’t happening at the same exact time. I watched the preview for his latest interview (his FINAL ONE EVER, he promises this week) and it was his usual fare, in case you were wondering. One of the stories he mentions in the trailer is where he talks about him winning the world title. He says that everyone was mad at him about it, especially those darn internet fans, but THEY DIDN’T REALIZE, you see, that it was only a story that and that they shouldn’t have gotten all riled up about it.
Ok, there’s probably some truth to that. Let’s face it, like I mentioned last week it’s pretty easy to rile up the IWC. But here is also a truth about that story: it sucked. That’s why no one liked it and everyone complained about it. That’s why ratings fell and WCW continued to lose money. It wasn’t the internet getting upset. It was actual paying customers who were tired of Bischoff’s product, and once it shifted to Russo and his shenanigans ensued even more people left. No, Vince Russo did not kill WCW. Bischoff and the usual suspects had already stabbed WCW in all the right places to kill it. All Russo did was take the knife and plunge it in deeper. And “stories” like him winning the WCW title for no real reason were nothing more than storylines to fill his own ego because he thought it would be cool to wear the same belt Ric Flair wore in the 80′s.
I’ve never really gotten why people pay so much to watch this guy talk for two hours out of his ass about how everything that sucked in WCW and TNA wasn’t his fault. Perhaps he thinks that since he was able to get into Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter’s ears for so many years, if he does enough interviews eventually people are going to believe it. I truly believe Vince Russo thinks none of these things are his fault. He’s perpetuated himself in his own bullshit for so many years that by now he sort of has to, really. But I also think he knows if he gets enough people riled up through these interviews, people are always going to remember his reverse battle royals and pole matches and he’s always going to be revered as the biggest heel the internet wrestling community has ever seen. I think that’s why he does them. Why do people buy them? I don’t know. Probably to be entertained for two hours, I guess. I don’t know how people can get entertained with the garbage he spews out of his mouth, but sure enough he’s gotten plenty of interviews since leaving TNA and not for one second do I buy this newest one is his LAST EVER INTERVIEW.
Russo is a very, very good troll. One of the best. He puts everyone to shame, to be quite honest. He’s managed to do it for nearly two decades and he’ll continue to do it for two more if he wants to. Me doing an article on him is a win in his column. As long as people talk about him and give him attention, even if it’s universally negative, it validates him. He’s made his mark. That’s what trolls strive for. Now, not everyone who does a shoot interview and generally bullshits for two hours is a troll. Some just want to tell stories for the hell of it, and some of it is usually just harmless. I wouldn’t call what Russo does harmful, but it’s not fun bullishitting like some of the shoots i’ve seen either. It’s all designed to get the entire IWC ruffled up and it’s designed to start several threads all reminding us of why Vince Russo is mean and evil and ruined the wrestling business. That’s what he wants. He likes being the big evil heel in the wrestling business. And as long as people keep paying up to see him ramble on about what wasn’t his fault, he’s going to keep doing it. He’s the master troll of the wrestling industry.