​Vince Russo Q&A – TNA Ratings, Hogan/TNA, Politics, & More


— Vince Russo recently did a Q&A session
with some of the readers from the TNAInsider.com website. You can
check out some highlights of the Q&A session below:

What was the atmosphere like in TNA
in 2002 when you first came onto the scene there?

Great. Real hope and promise.

What was the idea and mindset behind your
shoots in the ring during the 2002-2003 TNA era?

To re-invent the business a bit—go beyond
the “attitude Era”.

Back in Mid
2003 the S.E.X storyline just faded away. Was there a plan for a final match to
end S.E.X or was it supposed to end end the way it happened?

No. Can’t remember exactly. Sure it was
something “political”.

departed TNA for the first time back in 2004 and called your time there a “total
nightmare”. What was your thoughts leading in to leaving the company and why did
you decide to return in 2006?

was when God came calling and I became a Christian. It was just hard to exist in
that type of wrestling environment at the time. A lot of Jeff/Dixie stuff was
going down.

You returned to TNA
just over one year or so after leaving the company in 2005. How did your return
come about?

Jeff’s wife, Jill,
was dying of cancer, and as a friend to them both—I just wanted to help him

Jay lethal, Sonjay Dutt and
a few other X-Division stars got major gimmick makeovers. What were your
thoughts going into this and was there any wrestlers that turned down your

No—not that I can
remember. Wrestling and characters go hand-in-hand. You need both.

The TNA Legends title was introduced in 2008.
Why was it called the legends title? Why was Booker T used as the person to
introduce the title and why did TNA immediately recognize a title that a
wrestler created for himself?

That was six years ago. I just can’t
remember that stuff with to much detail any more. Writing a show a week, it all
tends to run together.

Up until
2010, the King of the mountain match was held ever year for Slammiversary. What
made TNA change that?

I don’t
know. I’m sure somebody didn’t like it. Wasn’t me.

In 2010-2011 Mr. Anderson looked to be on his way to
becoming a big time player in TNA. Merchandise was selling, he was feuding with
main event caliber wrestlers, and the crowd was getting behind him. But when he
was finally rewarded with two world title reigns, it felt like he was never
properly given the chance to make those reigns successful(hence why both only
lasted a month). Why were his reigns cut short when he had so much going for

From what I can remember,
he suffered a real bad concussion at the time. I know that derailed him for a

Likewise, The Pope was
another wrestler who seemed destined for greatness. Why did he go from wrestling
in the main event, to teaming with Devon?

Again, there wasn’t just one person making
the decisions. I was, and AM a HUGE Pope fan!

What do you feel went wrong following January 4 2010
(The debut of Hulk Hogan)

I just
think people’s expectations were way to high. One person isn’t going to turn an
entire organization around. It takes much more than that.

Was returning “Vince Russo” the on-screen character
ever considered during the Hulk-Bischoff TNA era?

Not seriously, no.

Was there any one situation or one point in time in
2012 where you just decides it’s time to depart the company?

Yes. When Bruce Prichard became a part of
creative. Nothing against Bruce personally—there just became too many chefs at
that time.

Following your 2012
departure from TNA, the very first episode without you at the writing helm
dropped in the ratings. Over two years later, TNA is at one of its lowest
ratings points in their history. What are your thoughts on this?

There’s only one Vince Russo. There’s a
certain way to write wrestling that I’m not sure everybody understands, or are
capable of doing. It’s just a “style”, that’s all.

Which wrestler would you choose to be a “Vince Russo”

There are just too many to

If Dixie Carter would
call you and offer you a job as head of creative again would you accept?

That would depend on what she EXACTLY
meant by “Head “ of Creative.

Where there any guys during any of
your time in TNA that just downright refused to go along with any of your

Never. I never had an
issue with any of them. All great human beings—the guys and the gals!

— Speaking of Vince Russo, he was also live tweeting during Monday night’s
WWE RAW broadcast. Here are a few of his tweets:

“These Divas just don’t seem as well schooled as many as I’ve seen
in the past.”

“When any announcer repeats anything even twice in
wrestling it makes you think of JR—and that isn’t good for them.”

anybody really care today if somebody says our GOVERNMENT is pathetic? That’s a
babyface pop.”

“Why wasn’t his entrance last? Are you kidding? That is
just BAD—no other way to put it. Bray is the hottest thing on the show and
DelBerto gets entrance after him? Bad, bad, bad. Please let me book this

“Having Bray out there makes him look like everybody else. They
would have NEVER put Taker in that kind of a spot “back in the day.” That tells
you that they have NO IDEA what they have with Bray. He is a special talent.
Look at him on the apron. He doesn’t even know how to react put in that
position. #unprotected.”

“Did one of the announcers say, “What is this?”
When we’ve seen Kane’s entrance for almost 20 years—SIX BILLION

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