Russo talks about his battle with depression on today’s show. He says he never needed God when he was 18 but as his life progressed he depended on his faith more and more each day. He doesn’t try to convince anyone about God because everyone has their own opinions. It would be like arguing over which wrestlers are good or bad which is a waste of time. Nonetheless, everyone needs to believe in something higher.
He says that parents and role models are essential in life, but they can’t tell you how to live your life or what you’re supposed to accomplish in life. He thinks it’s hilarious that people go on shows like Dr. Phil to get help when all they need to to is turn to God. If Dr. Phil can actually help someone then that’s great, but why not turn to God first?
Russo says he’s a major screwup, and that’s why he’s telling all his fans these things. Everyday he makes mistakes and says things he shouldn’t say, but nobody is perfect and he hopes he’s able to have a positive influence on someone else’s life by pointing these things out. At one point in his life he understood why people commit suicide, and he knew he needed to turn his life around and embrace God.
Russo says the last eight months of his life have been a nightmare. He moved from Colorado to Indiana and almost immediately he knew he made the wrong decision. He would lie in bed and his heart would be beating out of his chest, and he knew that something was terribly wrong in his life to make him feel this way.
When you’re dealing with depression, the most important thing is being able to identify the things that make you depressed because then you can start to remedy those things. If you can’t do this on your own you end up going to the doctor who will prescribe you drugs. Ultimately this leads to addiction or dependence on drugs and Russo has no interest in playing that game.
Once Russo identified the issue that was causing his depression (his move to Indiana), the next step was to ask God for help. He says it’s easy to thank God for all the good things that happen in your life, but it’s the hard times in life when God really shows how powerful he can be. Russo says a lot of these issues are in your own head and if you want to remain depressed that’s exactly what will happen.
Russo points out that everything in life happens for a reason. When Emma was released from WWE this weekend she tweeted out an emoji of a broken heart, but Russo says she needs to look at this from a different perspective. Perhaps she was released from WWE because she wasn’t meant to be there in the first place, and this release simply brings her closer to where God wants her to be in life.
Russo knew for a long time that he wasn’t supposed to be writing wrestling because he wasn’t happy. He ignored these signs and continued to take jobs with wrestling companies up until a few years ago because he put the money ahead of God and his overall happiness.
He says he had laser eye surgery when he started to work for WWE in 1995 and at that time the doctors told him that he’d eventually need cornea replacement surgery. His vision has continually worsened over the years and he now needs to make a decision whether to go ahead with the surgery or not because his vision is blurred and cloudy.
He realizes that his physical ailment is something that he has had to deal with for all these years because perhaps he was meant to tell the story and help someone who’s dealing with similar issues.
That sums up today’s 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!