Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane.
A listener calls into the show and mentions that he’s a big fan of Rusev and loves the way the Bulgarian Brute works in the ring. Russo agrees with the caller and says that Rusev has the whole package in his mind, and he should be much further up on the card. Russo thinks that Rusev must have pissed somebody off backstage to be relegated to the role he has right now.
The caller also points out that there’s a significant shortage of good talkers in WWE today. Russo agrees with this point as well, adding that if a talent is struggling with promos they fail to improve as time goes by. He says that there are a few good talkers there but those performers were always good talkers. He thinks WWE is lacking a backstage Producer who can help performers who are struggling with promos get better.
Another listener calls into the show and informs that he previously served in the United States military. Russo thanks the caller for his service, and points out that it’s because of people like this caller, that he strongly disagrees with the recent protests by NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem. Russo adds that he has no problem with the idea of protesting, he just doesn’t like it involving the Anthem.
The next caller mentions that he’s a huge fan of ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Russo informs that one of the first things he did when he became Managing Editor of WWE Magazine was set up an in-person interview with Randy Savage. He traveled to Savage’s home and conducted the interview and he still considers that to be one of the highlights of his career.
Russo says that Savage was one of the strongest defenders of kayfabe, and he’d do anything in his power to protect the business of professional wrestling. Russo says that Savage never involved himself in the politics of the business and he didn’t have an ego at all, even though he was a massive star. He concludes his thoughts on Savage by saying he never saw a son love his father as much as Savage loved his father, Angelo.
Speaking about the rumours that Neville asked for his release from WWE, Russo says that Neville probably just got sick of working in the Cruiserweight division. Russo hopes that this is all just rumours because he considers Neville to be one of the better characters in WWE. He doesn’t understand how Finn Balor is higher on WWE’s depth chart than Neville because Neville is more charismatic and has a more impressive physique.
Another listener calls into the show and asks Russo what type of program he’d produce for the WWE Network if he was given the opportunity. Russo says he’d love to bring back the attitude era in some form, featuring stars from that point in time. Even though some of those performers can’t work anymore they can still talk.
Just imagine Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels standing face to face in the ring, hashing out old issues from 20 years ago. He points out that those veterans can then give the ‘rub’ to younger talents, who can basically do the fighting for their mentors. He thinks a show like this would outdraw RAW on a weekly basis rather easily.
Russo believes that a lot of WWE Network subscribers pay their monthly rate for the Network in order to watch the old attitude era programming, and he just thinks it’d be smart to use some of the stars from that era to produce some fresh programming.
That sums up another episode of Vince Russo’s The Brand. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya tomorrow for another recap!