Russo is joined on today’s show by Bin Hamin and his co-host, Jeff Lane.

Russo informs that he’s done with PodcastOne, and all of his shows will now be available on the Relm Network. All of this came about due to an inaccurate claim by Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin, that Russo was encouraging fans to ridicule him and his girlfriend. Hamin thinks it’s rediculous and informs that he’ll stick with Russo as all the shows move to the Relm Network.

Lane plays a clip of Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer talking about NJPW’s Okada. Meltzer says Okada is very smart and clever, and notes that this was his year. He went on to say that he can talk about Okada all day long. Russo says the saddest thing about this statement is it’s the truth. He points out that Meltzer probably could literally talk about Okada all day long.

Meltzer also added that he often watches NJPW shows even though he already saw all of the matches. Russo laughs and jokes that NJPW is like the television show “Lost” in the sense that every time you watch it you pick up on something new. Hamin points out that he might watch something like The Sopranos over again and again, but watching a 12-minute wrestling match from Japan multiple times just doesn’t make any sense.

Lane points out that Meltzer and JBL got into a Twitter dispute this past week, with JBL questioning why anyone would pay for Meltzer’s services. JBL went on to say that Meltzer was always easy to fool over the years, and WWE would often feed him incorrect information in order to swerve fans. When a fan asked Meltzer what he thought about JBL’s remarks, Meltzer says he takes it as a great compliment.

Russo is confused and wonders why Meltzer would take it as a great compliment to have been worked by the boys for all those years. He points out that he’s been making the same points as JBL for a long time, and he still wonders why anyone would pay for Meltzer’s services.

Hamin informs that he was involved in one of the last Piper’s Pits of all time before Piper’s passing. He and Piper went back and forth in the ring during their segment but it ended kind of flat. They got to the back and Piper asked him if he wanted to go back out. He agreed and they went back out to the ring where Piper whipped him with his belt all over the ring. When they got back to the backstage area Piper kissed him on the forehead and it was evident to Hamin that Piper appreciated his work that night. Hamin points out that this was probably the high point of his career.


At another point this week, Ryan Satin called out Jonny Bravo for poor journalism, accusing him of giving actual journalists a bad name. Russo says Satin’s not a journalist. He says Satin covers fake fights and convinces himself that it’s real. Hamin points out that while Bravo’s video may have been somewhat of a letdown, he did something that WWE creative hasn’t been able to do in years – he ended with a cliffhanger, leaving fans wanting more.

Lane plays a clip of PWTorch’s Wade Keller from this past week, in which Keller said Roman Reigns is just out to prove how cool he is in order to impress his college buddies. Russo has no idea where Keller is getting this point of view. He points out that Keller is a 45 year old man worrying about these types of thing.

A fan reached out to Meltzer on Twitter this past week, asking him which show was going to be better this year, WrestleMania or NXT Takeover. Meltzer said odds are NXT will have the better show. This answer doesn’t surprise Russo at all, but Hamin agrees with Meltzer partially due to WrestleMania’s extremely long running time. He also points out that certain NXT feuds actually have real heat, which is a novel idea for WWE.

After hearing that Daniel Bryan was being cleared for a return to the ring, Ryan Satin tweeted out wondering if WWE would throw Bryan into the WrestleMania main event and have him win to “course correct” the last few years. Russo says he’d find it difficult to book Bryan to defeat Brock Lesnar on paper because that would ruin his credibility as a writer. In a legitimate fight, it would be tough to believe that Bryan could beat Lesnar.

On one of Ryan Satin’s audio shows this past week, he and his friends were insinuating that Russo was looking at wrestlers’ penises during his time in the business. Russo points out that these guys don’t know locker room etiquette because they’ve never been in one. He informs that he’d never go into the locker room when the performers were showering.

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!

Steve Carrier

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