Russo is joined on today’s show by former WCW and WWE Superstar, Big Vito.
Vito comments on the recent issues between Russo, Ryan Satin and PodcastOne. He points out that when people don’t mind their own business and try to get involved in other people’s livelihoods there’s bound to be issues. He adds that this has been a blessing in disguise, because he’s sure that Russo and the entire Brand will have more success and make more money now that they’re off of PodcastOne.
Russo points out that PodcastOne was not paying him well over the last several months. Their ratings and numbers continued to rise, but their income started to deteriorate. He couldn’t understand that and spoke to representatives from the company several times but they couldn’t give him a reason as to why his income was dwindling. He points out that his income has already multiplied since he left PodcastOne last week.
He adds that PWTorch’s Wade Keller recently started a podcast with PodcastOne, and he thinks it’s hilarious that this company is willing to pay a dirt sheet writer to talk about the business. They could barely pay Russo and his entire crew of podcasters who all have a history in the business, but they have no issue paying a dirt sheet writer like Wade Keller who has no experience in the business at all.
Vito says that from 2000-2010, WWE’s creative team was filled with ECW and attitude era marks who grew up as super-fans of the business and wanted nothing more than to work for Vince McMahon. He points out that they were a bunch of “yes men” who spent their days sucking up to Vince McMahon.
Russo says that all these dirt sheet writers started out as fans of the wrestling business as well. Somewhere along the way they became authority figures without ever spending a minute in the business or lacing up a pair of boots, and when someone becomes an authority figure they start spouting their opinions to everyone, even if they don’t know what they’re talking about.
Russo points out that he’s a huge fan of Rhianna, but he couldn’t approach Rhianna after a concert to tell her that her setlist wasn’t to his liking. He adds that he often disagrees with the Manager’s decision while watching baseball games, but that doesn’t mean he’d ever tell that Manager how to do his job because he’d never claim to know more about baseball than that Manager.
The problem with dirt sheet writers is that once they started spouting their opinions, they then started to disrespect the workers. That’s where the line should have been drawn in Russo’s opinion. It’s all bad enough that these guys claim to know more about the business than the actual performers, but once you start disrespecting those performers you’ve gone too far.
Russo points out that Ryan Satin issued a personal attack on Chris Jericho over his decision to dedicate his NJPW match to Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. Satin decided to get involved in Jericho’s business and remind everyone of the terrible circumstances which took Benoit’s life, and Jericho was not overly appreciative of this.
Russo doesn’t understand where these guys get the balls to attack performers who are in the industry they’re marks for. It baffles him. Vito points out that these dirt sheet writers are better off keeping their mouths shut in situations like this, because if you don’t have anything nice to say you shouldn’t say anything at all.
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!