Russo points out that Triple H is the prime example of a talent getting buried, but also learning from his mistakes. Russo says Triple H kept quiet during that time and ‘became invisible’. Russo also says that Triple H wouldn’t have came out on the other side of that so successfully if he wasn’t writing there at the time, because he went to bat for Triple H a lot during that time.
Gilbertti says that speaking up doesn’t always get you heat backstage. He says that you can speak up, but you need to have another idea to contribute. If you don’t have ideas and you’re not a creative person, that’s your own problem. Russo says that The Rock and Austin spoke up for their characters all the time, but if they didn’t like a creative decision, they always presented alternatives.
Russo says that he can tell that Amore is a loud mouth who’s not going to simply fall in line with company ‘rules’, but he also thinks WWE would be making a huge mistake by releasing Amore because he has a great look and he can obviously cut a great promo. Gilbertti admits that Amore’s ring work leaves something to be desired, and maybe Amore’s opinion of himself backstage is higher than it should be.
Russo wonders if Bayley has heat backstage, because the company’s recent booking of her doesn’t make any sense. Gilbertti says that in this social media age, these girls and guys think they’re bigger and better than they are. The fans online tell them how good they are, even though they haven’t drawn a dime yet. Live events draw 3,000 people now compared to 12,000 in the 90’s.