Russo is joined on today’s show by “Starmaker” Kenny Bolin.
Bolin speaks about his rocky friendship with Jim Cornette. He informs that he’s been friends with Cornette for many years, but they’ve had their disagreements during that time as well. Just recently they had a huge fight which led to Bolin leaving Cornette’s podcast, and joining Russo here on The Brand. Luckily the two old friends were able to make up and thinks were looking fine again.
Just last week, Cornette called Bolin while he was recording a podcast with Russo and Bolin answered. This led to Cornette’s voice being heard on Russo’s podcast, and Bolin immediately felt bad about this given the history between Cornette and Russo. He called Cornette and told him what had happened; Cornette hung up on him and he hasn’t heard from him since.
Bolin says that sometimes Cornette acts like a 5-year old bipolar kid who refuses to take his medicine. He’s sick of Cornette bullying him emotionally because this type of thing has happened many times in the past. They’ve actually had physical disputes in the past as well and Bolin always came out on top in those, but Cornette’s emotional games have really taken a toll on him.
Russo points out that he, Cornette and Bolin are all in their mid to late 50s, and none of this childish crap should matter to any of them. Bolin agrees and says he’s done with Cornette because he refuses to be a part of this nonsense moving forward. He adds that Cornette should “…get some help because normal people don’t act like you.”
Russo says he was always an Enzo Amore “mark”, dating back to when people first started telling him to watch NXT. After watching NXT, the only person who impressed him was Amore. For this reason, he was dissapointed to see the recent allegations against Amore.
Russo informs that he spoke to WWE employee, Terry Taylor months ago and told him that he was a big fan of Amore. Taylor responded by saying that people certainly weren’t making it easy on Amore in the locker room. Amore was just a gym rat – not a lifelong wrestling fan with dreams of becoming a wrestler. For this reason he faced some resentment from the other performers.
Russo could tell right away that Amore wasn’t going to fit into the “WWE system”, because he looked like someone who wasn’t going to be a “yes man” or a robot, simply agreeing to everything thrown his way. Russo adds that those types of personalities often accompany huge stars, and it’s too bad that WWE seems to have an issue with making stars these days.
Russo says he’d rather have 1 Enzo Amore than 1000 Sami Zayns.
Bolin points out that Amore if facing some severe accusations, but the accuser’s story doesn’t add up. Her body language was not convincing to him, and she’s changed her story multiple times now. Bolin feels that we need to give Amore the benefit of the doubt right now until he’s proven guilty.
Russo tends to agree with that, but he also points out that these types of terrible things happen from time to time. He’s had four women, three from WWE and one from WCW come up to him over the years with stories about rape, and sexual abuse in the business. He told all four of those women that they better have their ducks in a row in they intend to go public with those accusations.
Russo adds that it’s terrible when stuff like this happens and he’s always been a proponent of gender equality within the business, but some people do lie. It’s very easy for a woman, or a man for that matter, to accuse someone else of this type of thing out of the blue. Even if it didn’t happen, these accusations would have a terrible impact on this person’s life. Russo also points out that if something like this happens to you, go to the police and the hospital, not to TMZ.
Russo points out that if you put yourself in this type of situation night after night, bad things are going to happen. He can’t feel bad for celebrities with money, who consistently put themselves in one-on-one situations with someone in a no-name hotel every single night.
Bolin thinks the Amore situation is very sad because he was going to be a multi-millionaire in WWE. All Amore had to do was learn to keep his mouth shut and keep it in his pants. Unfortunately, Amore couldn’t do either. Russo really hopes that someone in WWE is having these conversations with talents so stuff like this doesn’t continue to happen.
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!