Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host, Jeff Lane.
Russo informs that he has watched the last two episodes of NXT and he has noticed that the production quality of NXT is great, adding that it’s 10 times better than RAW’s. He has no idea how that happens since RAW is WWE’s flagship program, but certain things such as the “shaky cam” aren’t present on NXT programming and this is an improvement over RAW and Smackdown. He also loves the fact that it’s only an hour in length.
Russo thinks Mauro Ranallo is the best commentator WWE has because he’s passionate. Russo has no idea how Ranallo’s not on RAW, noting that WWE officials must know he’s the best guy they have. He notes that Ranallo is probably the nicest guy in the world and the combination of being good and nice is a big problem if you’re in the wrestling business. He suspects WWE officials have kept Ranallo down politically because they know how good he is.
Russo also noticed that a lot of the performers on NXT look like wrestlers and they’re believable which he considers to be a positive. However, one of the top guys on the show, Johnny Gargano, is shorter than his wife. Russo points out that there are lots of guys on that show that tower over Gargano and look like they can kill him, and that’s not a good thing.
Russo has heard that NXT’s storylines are better than WWE’s, but after two weeks of watching he still hasn’t really seen any storylines. He adds that Triple H continues to cater to Dave Meltzer so he’ll put the product over. Russo feels that if the marks like something, generally speaking the casual fanbase won’t like it, so Triple H and NXT officials need to be cautious of this moving forward.