Russo points out that Kaufman actually contacted Vince McMahon Sr. about getting involved in the wrestling business but McMahon Sr. passed on the opportunity. Lawler stepped in and took Kaufman up on his offer, and in considering the success of this angle, Russo thinks there are three points that made it better in Memphis than it ever would have been in WWE.
Russo thinks Lawler and Kaufman had terrific chemistry, and Lawler was the perfect hometown babyface to rise up and put Kaufman in his place. Secondly, WWE would not have made this angle the main event in the way that Lawler did in Memphis. Russo thinks this would have been a secondary, mid-card angle in WWE.
Lastly, Russo points out that Kaufman was from the Northeast and was cutting very passionate promos on the Southern states, insulting them and garnering heat in the process. This made the audiences in Memphis hate him and they were more than willing to pay to see Lawler get a piece of Kaufman. If Kaufman was in WWE and performing for Northeast crowds, those promos wouldn’t have worked.
Russo says that WWE is in limbo right now because Stephanie and Shane McMahon are on separate sides of the fence waiting for Vince to die. Russo adds that if Shane McMahon was running WWE right now he’s sure he’d be hired to write the shows.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case and writing for WWE isn’t even on his radar right now. He doesn’t think there’s any amount of money in the world that could get him to return to that company right now and have to answer to Stephanie.