Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host, Jeff Lane.
Russo informs that one of his fans tried to support him in an argument against Dave Meltzer this past week, when Meltzer said that Russo had a couple of good years in WWE but then was a failure for the rest of his career. Russo says that he has stayed employed and made a living in the wrestling business for over 20 years which is a very difficult thing to do, and he doesn’t understand how Meltzer can consider that a failure.
He also goes on to say that although he disagrees heavily with the majority of Meltzer’s opinions, he’d never call him a failure. Meltzer has built a successful company and has thousands of people subscribe to his dirt sheet. Although Russo doesn’t understand why people would subscribe to the Wrestling Observer, he can’t call Meltzer a failure.
Speaking about the wave of sexual assault accusations in pop culture recently, Russo says it’s only a matter of time before the roof gets blown off in the wrestling industry. He thinks one woman is going to speak out about her experiences in the wrestling business and that will open the flood gates with plenty of more women sharing their stories.
Russo says that he has heard lots of stories about Dixie Carter sleeping with TNA talents over the years but he never considered any of that to be true. However, there was one time when a male talent approached Russo and told him that Dixie tried to kiss him. Russo mentions that there’s a double standard in this case because this guy will probably never go public with that story due to the fear of being considered a wimp. If a male boss tried to kiss a female talent, it’d be a completely different situation.
Meltzer criticized WWE’s booking of Finn Balor this past week, calling it inexplicable. Russo assumes that Meltzer thinks WWE is burying Balor by booking him to lose matches, and he points out that Elias and Jason Jordan were both booked to lose against Roman Reigns over the last two weeks. Despite being booked to lose, both those guys were able to get themselves over in the process, and Russo has never seen Finn Balor lose a match and get himself over in the process.
Also this past week, Meltzer said it’s evident that WWE doesn’t see Sami Zayn as a top guy in spite of his terrific work as a heel over the last several weeks. Russo doesn’t understand this logic and points out that Zayn has opened and closed Smackdown several weeks in a row. The fans still aren’t reacting as well as WWE probably hoped because Zayn simply isn’t a main event talent.
Russo mentions that there has been a lot of hype online recently about Ronda Rousey’s ‘imminent’ signing with WWE. He points out that Rousey had her ass handed to her during her last two UFC fights, and he can’t believe WWE thinks casual fans are going to be interested in watching her fake fight at this point in her career.
Lane points out that Meltzer told a story on his radio show last week about being recognized while shopping at a Hot Topic store recently. Russo says that Meltzer’s ego is so huge that he needs to tell people about the fact that he was recognized in public. Russo says he’s never told a story like that in his life. The funniest part about this story in Russo’s opinion is that Meltzer’s a 57-year old going into Hot Topic to buy Young Bucks shirts.
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!