Russo welcomes ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff back to the show for part 2 of his interview.
Russo says that the wrestling business is completely different today. It’s not the same product that he grew up watching, and for this reason he’s not a wrestling fan anymore. Today’s matches are based around high spots and there’s a real lack of psychology in today’s matches.
Orndorff says you’re either a professional wrestler with a good body, or you’re a jobber who’s trying to play a professional wrestler. Some guys want to be professional wrestlers so they can be on television and be famous, and that’s a flawed philosophy. Orndorff says it doesn’t work that way. As a professional wrestler, it’s YOUR job to draw more viewers to the programming.
Orndorff informs that he had a lot of pride in looking and acting the part as a professional wrestler. He says that pride is everything, and there appears to be an extreme lack of pride in today’s performers. They think just because they’re on television that they’ve ‘made it’. The goal isn’t to be on television, the goal is to stay on television and make more people tune in to watch you.
Russo believes that things started to change when a bunch of entitled, selfish guys ushered in a ‘Generation Me’, where they’d rather have things handed to them than work hard for something. Orndorff couldn’t agree with Russo more, and he says today’s talents just aren’t trained right and they simply don’t know how to get themselves over.