Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap w/ Steve Corino Pt. 2 – Working the Indies & Japan, Believability of Wrestling, TNA’s Future, More!
Russo welcomes Steve Corino back to the show for part 2 of his interview.
Russo talks about the longevity of Corino’s career, and the style he worked which allowed him to extend his career. Russo feels the less you do in the ring, the longer your career and the more money you make. It’s almost as if the kids today are oblivious to the fact that they all have a shelf life, and the risks they take in the ring every night are shortening their careers.
Corino agrees and says that even though he considers himself a career minor-leaguer, he has been able to live a nice life and save money to a point where he doesn’t need to work independent dates for a discount every month. Young wrestlers need to be aware that they can only earn money for a certain period of time, so they need to be smart with their finances.
Corino feels that the business as a whole is changing. He thinks the believability of the product is in jeopardy and that’s something that needs to be addressed. He says we all know that movies are a work, but we all still go and suspend our disbelief while watching them. Wrestling needs to be believable as well, and it’s lazy to just say ‘oh, wrestling is fake’.
Russo talks about the changing landscape of the wrestling business. He asks Corino if he feels it’s easier to make a living on the independent scene now than it was when he broke into the business years ago. Corino thinks there are more avenues to earn money now, and through merchandise sales and working indie promotions, wrestlers can certainly make a decent living without working for WWE.