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Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

On episode 51 of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, current Impact Wrestling on-air authority figure and pro wrestling podcaster Bruce Prichard talked about WINC alum Vince Russo’s WWE run. Notably, Prichard talked about Russo advocating for Triple H, the Madison Square Garden Curtain Call, Triple H and Chyna being a “package deal” behind-the-scenes, who wanted The New Age Outlaws in D-Generation X, and who came up with WWE “attitude”.

According to Prichard, Russo was the biggest advocate for Triple H early on while Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette used to say that ‘The Game’ was a midcarder at best.

“I do remember Corny and Vince McMahon saying that Triple H would be a midcard guy at best early on in his [pro wrestling] career and Russo was a huge proponent of Triple H. And I dare say that without Russo at the helm at the time, Hunter probably would not have gotten the breaks that he got at the time.”

Prichard continued, “yeah, [Russo was Triple H’s biggest advocate at the time] and then Vince McMahon became, but Hunter was one of those guys who was always around, always asking questions, and wanting to be a part of whatever he could do to learn. I liked Hunter because I always liked his attitude, just willing to do whatever it took to learn the [pro wrestling] business, but Russo was definitely pushing Hunter and had an awful lot of ideas for him.”

On the subject of the MSG Curtain Call, Prichard claimed that everyone was offended, not just him and Cornette, as was suggested by podcast co-host Conrad Thompson from reading excerpts of Russo’s own writings.

“It was simply a feeling of what they did being disrespectful to Vince [McMahon], being disrespectful to the memory of Vince’s dad doing it in the Garden, our home. It was something that hadn’t been done before and something everybody was upset about, not just me, not just Cornette, but Vince McMahon, pretty much every one of the boys who wasn’t involved in the Curtain Call.”

Moreover, Prichard stated that Triple H was punished in an upfront way for the Curtain Call and explained that McMahon decided not to go with Triple H for King Of The Ring because The Chairman did not feel like he could trust ‘The King Of Kings’.

“Hunter was punished and he was considered for King Of The Ring, but Vince didn’t feel like he could trust him at that point in time and he wanted Hunter to prove himself and Hunter did.”

During the podcast, Prichard confirmed Russo’s assertion that dealing with either Triple H or Chyna meant dealing with both of them, calling the pair a “package deal”.

“Probably so [Triple H had to be present for Chyna’s creative meetings with Russo] from his vantage point pitching stuff. Whatever Joanie was doing, she was with Hunter, so I’m sure Hunter wanted to be there. But they were also an item at the time, so they did everything together. Whenever I’d call either one of them, the other was usually there. It was kind of a team decision because they were a package deal.”

Another rumor Prichard attempted to dispel involved D-Generation X. Pro wrestling rumor and innuendo purports that ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and ‘The Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were not picked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels to join the group. Prichard recalled that Michaels wanted The New Age Outlaws for the stable.

“The guy that brought Billy [Gunn] and Road Dogg to Vince [McMahon]’s attention was Shawn Michaels who saw those two guys. They were singles. One was a Rockabilly and then Jesse James… It was Shawn Michaels who brought them to Vince and wanted them to be a part of DX and felt that they would be a great team together.”

Finally, Prichard credited McMahon with conceiving of the ‘attitude’ concept after fining Shawn Michaels for his vulgar and explicit antics.

“That’s where Vince McMahon coined the phrase ‘attitude’ because Shawn, in his defense, was like, ‘because I’ve got attitude, you’re going to fine me, blah, blah, blah?’ And that’s where Vince, I’ll never forget, Vince came back to us and said, ‘that’s attitude! That’s what we need. We need more attitude!'”

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WWE announced the following today:

Stephanie McMahon to publish memoirNEW YORK — Regan Arts has announced that they will publish a memoir by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. The book will provide an unprecedented look inside WWE’s incredible history and remarkably contemporary approach to media.

Stephanie’s inspirational memoir reveals her life growing up behind the scenes in WWE and the story of her journey to becoming Chief Brand Officer — including her successes and failures in the business world — and valuable advice for anyone working in a challenging industry today. She is also candid about balancing her family life with the instense schedule and demands of WWE.

“Growing up in the world of WWE has been an incredible journey that has really only just started,” McMahon said. “I’m thrilled to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream and share an inside look into WWE in my upcoming memoir.”

Judith Regan, CEO of Regan Arts said, “Stephanie McMahon is one of the great visionaries behind the continuing success of WWE and has navigated the entertaining, treacherous, and awe-inspiring world of Superstars, egos, and drama with style, tremendous skill and dynamic feminine force. And that’s just dealing with her family. That family encompasses everyone in the WWE family worldwide. Her story is Shakespearean in its drama and comedy, and she is in a unique position to share an inside view of one of the world’s most successful organizations. Her story will also motivate you to get off your butt and make magic happen. I love her and you will too when you read her book.”

Shane McMahon made a shocking return to the WWE on last night’s episode of Raw, and made waves in the wrestling world. Wrestling Inc Podcast co-host Vince Russo worked alongside Shane McMahon for years, and voiced his joy over the return on the show last night.

“It was very personal for me. I was thrilled to see him back in that ring. I had a different relationship with Shane than the other McMahons. At Titan Tower, the big shots were on the fourth floor, the magazine department was on the second floor, and at that time, Shane was getting social media started and he was on the second floor, so I had a lot more interaction with Shane than Vince,” Russo said.

Russo recalled floating the idea of Shane being a character in the 90s, and being blown away at how good he was. He also said that Shane McMahon was much more welcoming than Stephanie.

“I pitched that Shane needs to be a character. I remember him going out and delivering a promo and sitting in the back saying he’s better than his old man.When I almost went back in 2002, there was no doubt in my mind Shane McMahon wanted me back and Stephanie McMahon didn’t because I would be a threat to her power. I have a warm spot in my heart for Shane, I don’t think there could be anyone else I’d be more happy to see,” Russo said.

Shane McMahon was well liked in the locker room, according to Russo. He said that Shane and Vince were polar opposites with the talent.

“Shane had a great relationship with the talent. When Vince walks around Titan Tower, he wants people to fear him. He gets off on that. Shane was never that guy. It was never a power trip, and ego. You’d never know he was the boss’ kid. He was more of one of the boys than the boss’ son. The things that were important to Vince– money, power ego, were not important to Shane McMahon,” Russo said.

When asked about any clashes that Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon had previously, Russo said he was told of the situation that led to Shane’s exit from the WWE.

“I know the final showdown was a clash. Vince brought a couple of guys in his office, and told them that Shane was no longer with the company, and Shane was ready to be in charge, and even though it was his son, he wasn’t ready to step down and that’s the reason (Shane) stepped down. I’m watching this tonight, and everything that they’re saying in the ring is real. What is really going on behind the scenes?” Russo said.

Russo also said that it was easy to tell that Stephanie McMahon was Vince’s daughter, and that Shane McMahon was Linda’s son because of the differences in attitude.

 

Source: WOOOOO! Nation

Recently on WOOOOO! Nation with Ric Flair, ‘The Nature Boy’ spoke with Chris Jericho about a number of topics including Jericho’s first meeting with Vince McMahon, the Monday Night Wars, and Jericho’s difficult transition from WCW to WWE.

According to Jericho, his first meeting with McMahon occurred in the winter of 1998 while Jericho was still under contract with WCW. As the story goes, Vince Russo put out feelers to Jericho’s friend, Don ‘The Jackyl’ Callis, to see whether Jericho would be interested in working for WWE. From there, a secret meeting was arranged and McMahon’s driver picked up Jericho in New York City under a fake name to bring him to the McMahon residence in Connecticut.

“I go to Vince’s house in Connecticut, and this was the only time I’ve been there, and I knock on the door and Shane McMahon opens the door and he’s like, ‘hey, Chris! How are you?’ and I go inside and sitting at a table is Vince, Shane, Bruce Prichard, Vince Russo, Jim Ross, and another cat, I think his name is Ed, another writer guy. And they were having a booking meeting to discuss that week’s [WWE Monday Night] RAW and they invited me to sit down with them, okay? So think about how crazy this is. I’m under contract with WCW, sitting down at a booking meeting for next week’s RAW at Vince McMahon’s house, right?” Jericho continued, “that would never happen again and I’m still not completely sure why it happened then. I did ask Vince about it years later and he said, ‘well, I wanted to see if I could trust you. I wanted to see if I could bring you in here and have this booking meeting and see if it would get out the next day. And when I knew I could trust you, that’s when I knew I wanted you to come work for me’.”

Jericho suggested that working for WCW during the Monday Night Wars was a trying experience. ‘The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla’ said that it was such a negative environment and everyone who had a bad attitude in WCW’s heyday completely changed in WWE.

“At the time, I don’t know what was going on in that place. It was the pressures or the stress, but everybody, I mean, like, not everybody, but so many people were just total assholes there at the time. Like, so many people. I don’t want to start naming guys, but when they got to WWE, they all had different attitudes. I’ll tell you one now because I talk to you about him all the time and he’s one of my best friends, The Big Show. The Big Show was a total dick in WCW and he’ll admit it. It’s just the environment that it [bred] that environment of being a jerk and then you get out of that environment and you go to work for Vince and you lose that attitude pretty quickly.”

With that being said, Jericho admitted to having a difficult transition from WCW to WWE. The Monday Night Wars was a real struggle to the performers in both companies and Jericho was seen as the enemy in the locker room when he joined WWE in 1999. ‘Y2J’ believed he was going to be fired from WWE after only working for the company for three months. Jericho accidentally gave Chyna a black eye in a match between the two in Miami, Florida.

“At the time, [Chyna] was Hunter’s girlfriend and when I went to talk to Vince, he said, ‘do you have any problems working with a woman?’. I said, ‘well, no’ and he said, ‘I don’t want you to go easy on her. I don’t want you to think of her as a woman. I want you to go in there and work’.” Jericho recalled, “the next day in Tampa [Florida], I show up and I’m called into Vince’s office. And I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to get, like, a pat on the back for having this great match with Chyna’ and when I went in there, man, he went ballistic on me about how dare I give Chyna a black eye because she’s a woman.”

Jericho was forced to apologize to Chyna and he was given the ultimatum of putting on a good match with X-Pac or be terminated.

“I think it all came down from Hunter’s crew. I think they didn’t like me. They didn’t like the way I was conducting myself. And they had Vince’s ear and a lot of stroke and a lot of influence.” Jericho added, “[McMahon] made me go apologize to Chyna, which was brutal because I don’t like to apologize to anybody, especially for that. But actually, I told [Chris] Benoit this and he talked to Bret Hart about it and Bret said that Vince did something similar to him when he first started. He said [McMahon] likes to break people down and build you back up like a soldier. Maybe at the time, that’s what he was doing. I don’t know.”

With WWE’s ratings declining of late, many wrestlers, personalities and fans alike have been calling for a change to the WWE’s familiar format. Former WWE writer Vince Russo thinks that vignettes need to re-emerge as a way to familiarize casual fans with talents.

Russo spoke out on his latest edition of Nuclear Heat, which you can check out above. He says that casual fans who are seeking something besides in-ring work could be attracted.

“The art of the vignette is something that has been lost. This is directed at people who don’t watch the show and aren’t wrestling purists. They’re looking for the comedy and the suspense and the thrills,” said Russo.

Vince Russo pointed at the introduction of NXT stars in 2015 as an example.

“These people just showed up with no fanfare. All of the girls, Owens. All of the people who have recently came over with no fanfare. They just showed up. Unless you’re a die-hard wrestling fan watching NXT, you had no idea who these people were,” Russo explained.

Russo said that Val Venis is a good example of how the vignettes worked in introducing him to the crowd, so that his first appearance would work for the WWE.

“It was weeks and weeks of building Val Venis in different locations with different verbiage. I use Val Venis as an example because I beg anybody to go back and watch Val Venis’ first appearance in front of a live crowd. It was the biggest pop I’ve ever heard for somebody they were seeing for the first time? Why? Because we set the table for Val Venis. We built the anticipation for Val Venis,” said Russo.

Bundy with manager Jimmy Hart

King Kong Bundy did a rare 80 minute interview on Vince Russo’s free podcast ‘The Swerve’ from  www.pyroandballyhoo.com and can be heard here: http://www.pyroandballyhoo.com/podcast/swerve-ep-22-king-kong-bundy-early-years-wm-working-whulk-andre-locker-room-changed-returned-wwe/

Talk moves to King Kong Bundy looking like a professional wrestler. Bundy said the wrestlers today: not only do they not look like professional wrestlers, they don’t look like grown men. Bundy was out for five years with a bunch of foot operations. He wants to get back out there, not wrestling, but get his name back out there again. He said he is still only 57.

On his 1994 run, Russo says Bundy was only 37 at the time:

“I was a young kid. That was a brilliant run. I will never forget that for as long as I live. The business was on its ass. You couldn’t put people on a seat with a crowbar and I’m sitting around watching Barry Horowitz doing interviews and I was doing none. I was there for almost 18 months but they didn’t do anything with me. Vince called me and said he was going to give me a super push. I went back and got nothing. That is a very cold place when they are not doing anything with you. I’m watching Barry Horowitz, nothing against Barry Horowitz, I like him, he has no business in professional business, but I like him. I’m watching Horowitz do interviews and I’m doing none.”

Bundy on his WrestleMania 1 pay:

“I got 5 grand.”

Bundy on 1-2-3 Kid Sean Waltman on the magazine:

“…I remember back then. I don’t know if you were in charge of the magazine then, but business was on its ass. You couldn’t give a ticket away and I look in the magazine and there’s a seven page spread on the 1-2-3 kid. I doubt Sean has ever sold a ticket in his life…Why would you ever make a seven-page spread on the 1-2-3 kid? Were you high? He has no arms. His arms are like my wrists!”

Bundy on how it was like working with Andre The Giant:

You really want to know? Absolutely miserable. Andre The Giant was not a nice man…”

Bundy on Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels being terrible world champions:

“… The advent on the downfall of this business was champions like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Horrible world champions. Did not look like grown men in my opinion. I read Bret’s book. Wow. You cannot pick up a page without being amazed at how this man’s ego was out of control. Bret wrote in his book I called him ‘little man’. I always called him the ‘little hitter’ because he looked like a little kid in the ring. I come back six years later and he’s the world champion… Total piece of sh**, Bret Hart. I used to be friends with Bret. I stayed at his house one time back in the day.”

Bundy on the wrestlers today:

“They all look alike. That’s something I’ve been saying for years. You can’t differentiate one from the other. They all look alike. I never watch the show – never. It’s basically unwatchable.”

It’s time for another look at Pro Wrestling’s craziest, strangest and downright worse angles to get cancelled or shot down in creative meetings.

This time, we feature a character that actually made it to air for about five weeks from October to November in 1999. To set the stage Dustin Rhodes coming off a good run as the ground breaking character Goldust in WWF returned to WCW.

At the time of his signing Dustin’s father the american dream Dusty Rhodes was still booking most of the angles. Just before Dustin was to report to WCW after his contract expired with the WWF, Dusty recieved his pink slips from Time Warner the parent company of WCW and was replaced with Vince Russo, whom at the time was believed to be a creative genius writing many of the ideas during the WWF’s early stages of the attitude era.

Dustin created the seven character, who would appear in vignettes appearing outside of the windows of small children calling out to them in the night. The small child would then acknowledge Seven before his eyes appeared solid black, an image that lead some to claim the character promoted demonic possession.

Not helping matters was that the visual concept for the Seven character was a blantant rip off of “the strangers” from the cult 90’s film Dark City.

Vignettes like this promoted Seven arrival for several weeks: http://youtu.be/QWtXAtGJ4JQ

As the vignettes continued complaints started to file and WCW’s standard and practices started to feel the heat as the character was being precieved as a child abductor or in extreme complaints as a pedophile.

Vince Russo who encourage Dustin to go with the gimmick initially, decided that the pressure from the network and corporate was too much, asking Dustin to kill the gimmick before the character made it’s debut.

However for some unexplained reason, Russo felt the need to send Rhodes out to the ring in full Seven attire complete with other the top theatrical entrance, only to have Rhodes cut a worked shoot in which he would bury the character and put blame for the character on Russo’s shoulders.

you can watch that entrance by using this link:http://youtu.be/xgg7KzO9v10

As for the bizarre worked shoot watch it here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xkin5d_goldust-wcw-debut-as-seven_sport


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