Russo had called his lawyer and said that he wanted to get out of his contract because it simply wasn’t working out in WCW, and he didn’t care if he had to leave money on the table. Shortly after Russo received a call from Bush who asked for a meeting where he eventually told Russo that WCW was going to go a different route. Russo would no longer be head of creative, rather there would now be a booking committee.
Russo was not interested in this, and he knew this was a breach of contract by WCW. He was able to sit at home and cash paycheques for a period of time, before eventually returning and having to work with Bischoff. The April 10th, 2000 episode of Monday Nitro was the first episode he and Bischoff wrote together.
Russo made his first appearance on WCW television on this show, and he informs that putting himself on television wasn’t his decision alone. He discussed that option with Bischoff and they both agreed that it would be a good idea. This was the first time that he had ever been on live television, and he can remember being extremely nervous backstage before the show.
He informs that he didn’t rehearse a single line of that initial promo, and every promo that he ever cut from that point on was always unrehearsed.