Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane and Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno).
Russo & Gilbertti comment on the news that Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens were both sent home from WWE’s UK tour this past week for ‘conduct detrimental to WWE’. Apparently Owens and Zayn were hard to get along with backstage, and the final nail in the coffin occurred during their match with New Day on last week’s episode of Smackdown Live, when they failed to execute the plan as was scripted.
Gilbertti says that if they failed to do what was asked of them then they deserved to be sent home. However, he points out that if legitimate top guys (like Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, for example) did something like this they probably wouldn’t be sent home. He also assumes that Owens and Zayn were defiant backstage after their mistake because if they were apologetic, this would have blown over.
Russo says he has to give Owens and Zayn a break here, because he can’t imagine a scenario where they’d openly defy Vince McMahon. Both of those guys have been around for a lot of years but they’ve never worked for someone like McMahon, who changes his plans several times a day, right up until the last minute. Russo assumes that this was simply a case of miscommunication.