Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane and Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno).
Russo opens today’s show speaking about Sami Zayn’s irresponsibility, since he threw a table top on last week’s episode of Smackdown Live which bounced and hit a fan at ringside. Russo says this ‘mark’ threw a piece of furniture at ringside with zero regard for the audience. If he was a responsible worker, he would have just thrown the table top straight to the ground.
Gilbertti says this isn’t a story, and this was simply an accident after the table top took a strange bounce on the ground and veered into the audience. Gilbertti also points out that it was Russo who booked The Rock to destroy Mick Foley with chair 1000 times during the attitude era, so he doesn’t understand why Russo’s so upset about this.
Russo says that booking a wrestling angle with two performers is completely different than irresponsibly throwing furniture into the audience. He can’t imagine if that table top would have hit a child in the eye; it certainly would have been a bigger story then. Russo also urges Gilbertti to ask Vince McMahon if he considers this to be a non-issue, because he’s sure McMahon wasn’t patting Zayn on the back for that after Smackdown on Tuesday.
Lane points out that Triple H returned to the ring this past week, replacing Roman Reigns as the third member of The Shield. He thought that was strange considering the last time we saw Triple H he was in a giant feud with Seth Rollins, culminating in Rollins putting Stephanie McMahon through a table.
Gilbertti says that Triple H received a huge pop at that live show when he was announced as the third member of The Shield, and in the end that’s all that matters in the wrestling business. Russo says that he would have loved if WWE attempted to explain this but they simply don’t care, and they gave up on trying to make their storylines make sense a long, long time ago.
Gilbertti thinks it’s strange that Emma was released from WWE at the same time that the company signed Ronda Rousey to a contract. It’s almost as if they needed to clear up some money in order to sign Rousey.
Russo says he’s sick and tired of wrestlers thanking WWE when they get fired by them.He’s not talking about Emma specifically and he’s also not urging people to be spiteful, but he thinks it’s silly for performers to pour their heart out after being fired by a certain company, thanking that company for a plethora of things.
Lane points out that Lio Rush received some backlash last week after tweeting out a controversial joke regarding Emma’s release from WWE. Gilbertti points out that like a lot of talents at WWE’s Performance Centre, Rush is young and will learn from this mistake. He also points out that WWE does some social media training classes, and perhaps they need to do more of that type of stuff.
Speaking about the recent Chris Jericho/Kenny Omega Twitter feud, Gilbertti says that he’s not so sure that this is a complete work. Gilbertti mentions that Jericho has echoed some of the things he tweeted in private conversations with former WWE Superstar, Cyrus, and Jericho legitimately feels that you need to make it in WWE before you can be considered one of the greatest of all time.
Gilbertti doesn’t disagree with Jericho on this because getting a pop from the audience at Madison Square Garden is how you know if you’re over or not. Russo says that guys like Omega and The Young Bucks are marks for themselves and Meltzer, and all they care about it 5-star ratings. If they put priority on drawing fans and money then maybe they’d be half as good as they think they are.
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!