On the first ever episode of “Vince Russo: Truth with Consequences with Matt Koon on the Westwood One Podcast Network”, Russo spoke on his booking methodology, why he booked himself as champ, being burnt out during his WCW tenure, and more. Here are the highlights:
On Losing His Passion During WCW Days:
When I signed my contract with WCW, I was so burnt out and I was so toasted. In my mind, my contract, with WCW that was going to be it. I wanted to be out of wrestling at that time.
On Whether He Thinks He Overbooked Storylines:
A writer does not book matches. A writer needs certain spots to happen in a match. A writer may need wrestler A to turn on wrestler B. I may need a wrestler to run into the match. The only thing I am in control of in a match is the finish. I did not sit there and tell them what to do through the entire match. I left that up to the talent and the agent.
On How He Ended Up As On-Air Talent:
I am a writer; I can’t tell you the exact conversation but Eric suggested I get on camera. When the idea was brought up, I said you guys are not listening about how long it takes to get ratings. It takes consistent good television… I will show them and go out and do it myself. I have been stereotyped in and out of wrestling my whole life as a New Yorker. I figure I would give you a reason to hate me more than anyone else on TV.
On His Decision To Book Himself As WCW Champ:
The week of the show in the creative meeting the decision was made. The people in the booking meeting all thought the same. The goal is to get as many eyeballs as possible on the show. Everybody on the creative side was looking at it as TV show rather than a wrestling show. I put the WWE title on [Vince] McMahon, the WCW title on [David] Arquette, another WCW title on [Eric] Bischoff. Why? We are looking to create stories and not for the wrestling fan, for the casual wrestling fan.
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