Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host, Jeff Lane, and Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno).

Gilbertti opens today’s show by discussing his recent Twitter argument with Cody Rhodes. He informs that people often tag him in pictures and videos of performers getting hurt because he’s one of the only guys who is very outspoken about the lack of common sense in regards to injury prevention nowadays. He considers it to be an epidemic.

After Rhodes was busted open by a kick to the head by Kenny Omega, Gilbertti took to Twitter to voice his concern over the lack of safety in today’s wrestling business. Rhodes came back at Gilbertti with a vengeance, attacking him personally and critiquing his career.

Gilbertti clarifies that his tweet had nothing to do with Cody Rhodes. It was meant to trigger the NJPW crowd who work recklessly because if they continue to work the way they work today, injuries are going to continue to happen. He notes that Cody Rhodes does not work that style, and he wasn’t trying to critique Rhodes in-ring work. Regardless, Gilbertti admits that if Rhodes thought he was attacking his work he can understand why he lashed out so aggressively.

Gilbertti admits that he probably didn’t think his tweet through before sending it, and Rhodes probably didn’t either. Rhodes probably acted on the fly after thinking Gilbertti was insulting his work.

Gilbertti mentions that the guys who work this style aren’t trying to be unsafe and they’re not trying to injure each other, but that doesn’t change the fact that the style IS unsafe. He doesn’t recall Bret Hart or Ric Flair hurting their opponents, and they’re two of the best workers of all time.

Russo says he and Gilbertti continue to get attacked for preaching safety. He’s getting to the point where he’s soon just going to give up preaching about it, and if these guys want to go out and kill themselves in the ring they can go right ahead. He fears that this will never change until someone dies or gets paralyzed in the ring.

Gilbertti informs that he has very thick skin. Since his argument with Rhodes he has read some very terrible comments online, but he doesn’t even block people on Twitter. He says doesn’t bother him because he’s very confident in himself. People can call him a jobber if they want; he made good money and worked a lot during his career and he’s quite content with that.

Russo points out that if the performers don’t start policing the business themselves, commissions are going to start getting involved just like we’ve seen in New Orleans for this weekend’s events. He points out that this stuff is supposed to be a work, and if they knew that guys were getting in the ring and beating the crap out of each other they’d never allow it.

Gilbertti comments on Conor McGregor’s recent actions that resulted in his arrest. He says that if Dana White would have banned McGregor from UFC, Vince McMahon should have McGregor on a private jet to New Orleans as soon as he posted bail.

Lane mentions that UFC competitor, Miesha Tate spoke out this week, suspecting that Ronda Rousey hated WWE mentioning her UFC losses in this build to WrestleMania. Gilbertti agrees, mentioning that Rousey has handled losses terribly in the past. Russo is not betting on a lengthy, successful WWE career from Rousey, suspecting that “this thing is going to go south quick”.

Gilbertti thinks WWE is saving Asuka and her undefeated streak for Rousey, and if that’s the case he predicts fans will turn on her quickly. He notes that if Rousey is impressive in the ring that’ll buy her some time and respect from the fans, and that’s the only real chance she has.

Russo mentions that some reports surfaced this week that suggested that Undertaker might not wrestle at WrestleMania this year after all. Gilbertti wouldn’t be surprised by this because he can’t make sense out of why WWE wouldn’t promote the match ahead of time. He points out that there’s been a number of lacklustre builds for WrestleMania ever since WWE switched from the PPV model to the Network model. At just $9.99 a month, he points out that WWE is just giving fans what they pay for.

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

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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