Russo is joined on today’s show by former ECW, WCW and WWE Superstar, Big Vito.
Vito begins talking about the backstage politics in WWE. He says that WWE just wants ‘yes men’ that show up, do their job and go home. He says that playing into the backstage politics is everything there and you have to play that game in order to advance in that company. Vito says he didn’t play into that and Russo says he didn’t either, even though it probably hurt both of them in the long term. Everything they accomplished there was earned through hard work.
Russo recalls beginning his job as editor of the WWE Magazine. He was just doing his job day to day and didn’t have to put up with any foolishness. Suddenly one day Bruce Prichard approached him and said people were complaining that he was hard to work with. Russo didn’t believe Prichard, but he decided to personally approach one woman who Prichard mentioned to confront her about the situation.
This woman was shocked to hear that Prichard said that to Russo because she didn’t even have a conversation with Prichard. Russo came to realize that Prichard was simply lying in an attempt to get his job back as head of talent relations after McMahon relieved him of that role after just two weeks.
Russo went to Vince McMahon and told him he wasn’t used to having to play these types of games and McMahon knew exactly what Prichard was like. McMahon must have spoken to Prichard shortly thereafter because Prichard never bothered Russo after.