Former Attitude Era WWE writer and former WCW Champion Vince Russo appeared on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, and he totally unleashed on today's WWE, where he claims that backstage politics have installed incompetent cronies in positions of power that would be filled based on merit in any real company.
"Here is the problem in a nutshell and this is the problem across the board," Russo explained in comments transcribed by 411 Wrestling. "It's because of politics and that is what it is all about. It is all about ego and because of ego, politics and power they have people in key positions that have no reason being there. You know how in every other big company like if you work for Apple or you work for a Chevrolet, any company you work for will want to hire the best people to make their company better. That is how companies become better. You look at kids coming out of college and you look at people that are out there with experience and you are always looking for better people to make you better."
According to Russo, that's not how it works in WWE.
"Bro, wrestling is the complete opposite," Russo continued. "They have inadequate people in key positions that got there because of politics and if you are on the outside looking in and you have any kind of talent whatsoever they will do anything in their power to keep you away. They will bury you, they will start campaigns online, they will smear your name, they will lie about you, they will make crap up about you and anybody that is better than them they just destroy because they are protecting their spot. When somebody comes in that is better than them all of a sudden they are exposed. There is no light at the end of the rainbow and they don't have the right people in there and they don't have the right people doing the key jobs and that is evident every time you watch one of their shows."
Ouch! Russo also dissed the current writing strategies of WWE's televised wrestling programs.
"Bro, you want to know something that makes no sense?" he revealed. "All of these clowns, they are all writing to please Vince [McMahon]. They are all writing to please a 72 year old man. Unfortunately, 72 year old men are not your audience."
So what's the prescription for pro wrestling's illness? A heavy dose of Vitamin V, of course.
"Ed [Fererra] and I literally wrote that show like the wrestling fan was sitting in front of his TV on Monday nights and he had the remote control in his hand and he was begging you to let him flip over to see what was going on on Nitro," Russo said of his time writing WWE. "That is where Crash TV came from and you know what? There is no reason in the world that it should not be the same psychology today."