Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane and Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno).
Russo says that he interviewed ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff recently and was really heartbroken over Orndorff’s condition. He says that Orndorff is a legend in this business but at this point in his life, he’s sitting in his home being taken care of by his daughter. He’s sure that Orndorff feels that the business has forgotten about him, and that’s a sad thought.
Russo can recall visiting WCW’s Power Plant in the late 90’s when Orndorff was a trainer there. He couldn’t believe the efficiency with which Orndorff ran that training facility and after one visit there, he was convinced that Orndorff had most of those young talents ready to compete for WCW.
It’s hard for Russo to believe that in the last 20 years, Orndorff has deteriorated so drastically, and he wishes there was more help for legends of the business when they reach this stage of their life. Gilbertti believes that Russo is stating the obvious, but there’s never going to be a wrestler’s union so it’s hardly worth talking about. As long as one company is controlling the business, there’s nothing anybody can do about it.
Russo says that talents from Gilbertti’s generation were able to learn lessons from guys like Orndorff. They were the first wave of wrestling Superstars, and they spent their money as fast as they made it. Gilbertti’s generation witnessed this and talents were able to adjust their lives to make sure they weren’t left with nothing when they were forced to retire.
Russo says that Vince McMahon and WWE has actually done a great job over the years, taking care of a lot of guys during their time of need. Unfortunately, he still feels there needs to be something more.