Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series: 2000 WCW as told by Vince Russo

This interview was released on August 27th of this year. It is a two-disc set that clocks in at just over two-and-a-half hours long.

JANUARY

On January 3rd, Nitro goes back to two hours. Russo is asked about that and he said the decision was made before he got to WCW. He also adds that three hours was difficult even back then, when wrestling was more popular, stating how it is ridiculous today for RAW to be three hours long. When asked if this was a financial decision, Russo said he was concentrating on the product rather than the finances.

Up next is Bret Hart suffering a concussion from Bill Goldberg then working a hardcore match with Terry Funk on the January 6th edition of Thunder. Russo says that thirteen years is a long time to go back and remember stuff (a phrase that he repeats throughout this interview) and said that Bret never came up to him at that time and told him about a concussion nor did anyone else for that matter. He adds that had he known about that, he would have never booked him in a match.

Russo is then asked if he booked Tito Santana, George “The Anima” Steele, and Jimmy Snuka to face Jeff Jarrett on the January 10th edition of Nitro due to his fondness of those guys when he watched wrestling growing up. Russo said that was the reason and said that those guys could still draw a rating in 2000 then talks about how back when those guys were in their prime, wrestling was based on personalities. Russo then switches things up and adds how when he and Ed Ferrara first arrived, they could feel the bullseye on their backs. He adds that talent and management disliked him and he knew that it would turn out bad for him in WCW but he was still trying to do his job. He then goes on to state how at the upcoming Souled Out PPV, he was told at the last minute that Bret had a concussion then recalls how Jarrett’s late wife, Jill, called him behind Jeff’s back to tell him that Jeff suffered a concussion from when Snuka gave him a splash from the top of the cage. Russo puts over Jeff for keeping himself in great condition and how he could still go in the ring for an hour today and not miss a beat.

Now, Russo is asked about the “Evening Gown” match were Madusa defeated Oklahoma for the Cruiserweight Title. Sean jokes if it was always Ferrara’s dream to wrestle in a dress. Russo then uses this as an opportunity to talk about how there are fewer and fewer characters in wrestling today and goes off on a tangent about how everyone has lost the art of being a character and how everyone thinks that they are a wrestler, pointing out that it is all fake and they are just performers. Sean asks him if the internet and dirt sheets play a part with guys being obsessed over workrate in matches. Russo then promises us that this is his last interview and says how his kids would go up to him and ask why he was not telling the truth and he said that he never believed in burying anyone or putting people down in order to build yourself up. He then adds how after working in TNA the last five years, he dealt with young guys in TNA who are marks for themselves to the point that he wanted to “vomit in a bag.” Russo goes on another tangent about guys only caring about star ratings in their matches and getting wrapped up in their moves that their “fake match” would not have any psychology and adds that Chief Jay Strongbow never did any highspots and how **** matches never draw any ratings and marks for the business who give matches * star ratings do not appreciate what the average fan thinks. Russo then buries Generation Me for thinking they know everything and how they would never listen to anyone, including Bully Ray, who was trying to teach them. Sean then ask isn’t it the fault of those who hire these guys and Russo says that there are guys still in TNA who should have been fired five years ago because they suck and are the reason that no one watches the product. He says that Dixie Carter doesn’t get the business and runs it by what she reads from the dirt sheets, instead of listening to him, Bruce Prichard, or even Hulk Hogan. He then gets back to the Madusa/Oklahoma match and says that Ferrara was an entertaining character and that Madusa could take half of the TNA roster today in a shoot, especially guys who like **** matches such as Christopher Daniels. Russo has a real hard-on for Daniels and that is shown throughout this shoot. Russo also mentions how Ferrara used to do the Oklahoma character to entertain Vince McMahon, putting over Jim Ross as the greatest announcer of all-time. He claims that there was no malice towards JR with the character, although states that he would never do that today and has talked with JR since and apologized.

On January 14th, Russo was demoted and part of a booking team with Kevin Sullivan and Kevin Nash. According to Russo, he contacted is lawyer that same day and asked him to do whatever it took in order for him to be released from his contract. He said that everyone was out to get him, noting the veterans hated him for using the undercard talent and guys like JJ Dillon and Kevin Sullivan would constantly talk behind his back. That day, he was supposed to go meet with Ric Flair but was instead met by Bill Busch, who apparently looked white as a ghost and told Russo that they were changing direction and he will now be part of a committee. Russo adds how he was telling his lawyer to get out of his contract earlier that day and Busch was breaching contract with this decision, which shocked him, so he told him he did not have any interest in a committee and told Busch to call Brad Siegel and figure out the money part then left the building. Russo then said he yelled “free at last” in the parking lot. Sean asks Russo to describe Busch and Russo calls him a nice guy and would be friends with him outside of the office but was in way over his head when it came to wrestling, comparing him to Dixie Carter.

The Souled Out PPV is discussed next. Russo confirms that he had a plan for Tank Abbott to win the Heavyweight Championship in a battle royale due to Bret having a concussion. He said that he was going to have Sid be the first entrant and last until the end and Abbott would finish him off with a punch. Russo claims that Abbott was on fire in the UFC at that point. Russo then goes on to stress that you need unpredictability and goes back to the “Attitude Era” where you had to watch each week and says that people would have tuned in the following Monday on Nitro to see what would happen with Tank. Russo then goes off topic and adds how wrestling has been shit for the past five years due to being predictable then tells us to look at the ratings. He says that people today do not need to watch each week as all the shows are the same. Sean asks if people were on board with Tank winning the belt. He said that Busch asked him why put the title on Tank and Russo replied by stating why couldn’t he before claiming that either Dillon or Sullivan went to Busch and complained about his decision. When asked if Tank was a wrestling fan, Russo said he was unsure but mentioned that Tank was a character and willing to do anything and was not a mark for himself like Christopher Daniels.

Back to the PPV, Russo is asked about Benoit winning the belt then quitting the company along with Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, and Eddie Guerrero. Russo was glad for them. When asked about Mike Graham, Russo said that he would go behind his back a lot but was okay on the surface.

Sid wins the Heavyweight Title on the January 26th edition of Thunder. Russo is asked why Sid couldn’t sustain ratings and Russo thinks it was political as when Sid had a problem with things, he would get really upset. Russo puts over Sid as being his favorite person to work with in pre-tapes and had intensity through the roof.

Ric Flair returns to TV on January 31st calling out Terry Funk. Ric was last seen getting abandoned in the desert by the Filthy Animals. Russo said that this story pisses him off. He said while watching WCW when working for the WWF, he was pissed off in the way that they were treating two of their legends, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, stating they were coming across as ninety-year old guys who couldn’t move. Russo says that when he came to WCW, his plan was to put them on the shelf for three months and bring them back and put them in the right spot. Russo claims that he was trying to protect both guys but due to their giant egos and inability to understand what he was trying to do, they wanted him gone. Russo even confirms that Flair had no problem with the desert angle when approached and Russo adds how he even got the Filthy Animals over in the process.

FEBRUARY

On the February 7th edition of Nitro, Scott Steiner cuts a shoot promo on Ric Flair. Russo confirms that there was legitimate heat between the two and thought if the ywere professional enough, they could parlay that into a great angle but their egos could not make it work out. Russo said he was not there when Steiner went off script but guarantees that Steiner would have killed anyone who went out there and tried to stop him.

Up next is the racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Sonny Onoo, Bobby Walker, and Harrison Norris. Russo calls it a joke and that they only wanted money. He said he never had a single conversation with Onoo in his life but after watching Ernest Miller and him on TV, he went to Miller and asked why he needed a manger since he was great on the mic. He then adds how Mexican wrestlers are tough to get over in the U.S. as they do not speak the language and wear masks and adds how he is racist when he put the tag-title son Rey Mysterio & Konnan on his very first episode of Nitro.

Russo confirms that Goldberg wanted to kill HHH after he made comments about him being a “primadonna” on Mancow’s radio show. He also said it was stupid for WCW to not advertise James Brown’s appearance at SuperBrawl.

Next is the decision for Jim Duggan to become the TV Champion after finding the belt in the trash. Russo said that he was always a mark for Duggan and despite being past his prime in the ring, he was still entertaining. Russo adds that he put him on TV and made him money in a role that did not have him constantly put his body on the line while making him relevant again yet hears Duggan bash him a few years ago. He then adds how he always did everything for Flair and he bashed him in his book. He then mentions Christopher Daniels and how he used to tell him that no one cared about matches and he would never listen.

MARCH

On March 22nd, Brad Siegel sent home Kevin Sullivan, Bill Busch quits, and Siegel names Bischoff and Russo the heads of creative and has them become on-air characters. Russo tells us a story of how when he was writing for WWF magazine, before writing for TV, he was watching WCW kick the crap out of the WWF in the ratings and called Bischoff about a job opportunity as a TV writer and was promised a callback but that never happened. After that, he said that he went to Linda and Vince McMahon and said that he had more to offer than just being a magazine writer and if they did not feel the same way, he wanted them to tell him that. He then claims that Vince basically cut a promo on him as Russo said he remained cool and told Vince that he shouldn’t be upset and that he only wants to help his company and one week later, got an opportunity to write for TV then adds how when that happened, we knew what happened to the ratings. He then states he had a hand in Bischoff losing his job in WCW due to the WWF ratings at the time. He said that Siegel initially proposed the deal to Russo as him being the head of creative while Eric was the consultant. Russo points out how in his first three months, the ratings went from 3.0 up to 3.5 and fell back to 3.0 when he was removed, adding that people never came back to the show due to the constant booking changes .

APRIL

Russo is asked about his opinion on the film “Ready to Rumble.” Russo said he brought his thirteen year old son to the premiere and he was embarrassed. Sean follows up by asking if he saw a future WCW Champion in David Arquette and he said never.

On the April 10th edition of Nitro, the “reset” button was pushed and all the champs were stripped of their titles. He thinks that it was Bischoff’s concept but said that he was okay with it but also thought that Bischoff might be setting him up in the event that it failed. Russo adds how Bischoff asked him to become an on-air talent and that he didn’t have a problem with it, claiming that half of the roster at the time sucked, and that his New York accent and big mouth alone could be entertaining. He is asked about other wrestlers being upset and said that they were complaining to his back, never to his face, about him stealing a spot from another wrestler. Russo finishes by saying that they could have taken his spot if they wanted it that badly.

During the Spring Stampede PPV, the New Blood vs. Millionaires Club feuds ends with the New Blood winning all the belts. Russo said that it was important to have them win and knew at the end of the day the Millionaires Club would end up being the faces as the fans would have sympathy for the veterans while the New Blood would become cocky and arrogant over time.

On the April 26th edition of Thunder, David Arquette pinned Eric Bischoff to win the Heavyweight Title in a tag-team match with the stipulation that the person who scored the pin would become the champion. Russo is asked about when Arquette was first brought up as a potential champion and he uses the line about thirteen years being a long time ago and thinks it might have been DDP’ idea to bring him in the company due to his passion for wrestling but not his idea to make the champ. Russo said that wrestlers were pissed at him behind his back to DDP didn’t have a problem with the idea when told and that the agent told Arquette he would be winning the match, not himself. Russo said it accomplished what he wanted, which was to get viewers to turn in and mentions the publicity from “USA Today” and other media outlets. Russo explains his booking philosophy as whatever he did that week, he had the confidence to top it the following week then goes into all the criticism he received. He said he was surprised to see how many people thought wrestling was real and calls them imbeciles.

MAY

When asked about Randy Savage returning to TV in his last appearance in a battle royale, Russo said that he had plans for him but Savage didn’t get the money he wanted and left. Russo said that he wanted to put Savage in the spotlight again and wanted to put the legends on a pedestal.

At the Slamboree PPV, Jeff Jarrett defeats David Arquette for the Heavyweight Title. Russo said that Arquette was not nervous at all about having a match, stating that he was nuts. He then calls Jarrett one of the best workers in the business and was great at protecting people. Sean asks Russo about his opinion on Chris Kanyon. Russo calls him a great worker who was easily coachable but was always putting others ahead of himself, which was a rare thing in wrestling. Sean then asks Russo about having someone getting tossed off the top of the cage in the same arena that Owen Hart died in and he said that never crossed his mind.

Russo is then asked about how the belt changed hands five times in a two week span. Russo then says how the UFC title changes hands constantly so why couldn’t it happen in wrestling then goes back to the unpredictability factor. Sean interrupts and asks him about the WWF he grew up on and the long title reigns but Russo said that was before the internet and dirt sheets exposing the business so he had to change it as an entertainment business. Sean counters by asking Russo about the fans being able to suspend disbelief again then Russo goes on about the internet and dirt sheets some more.

Booker T switching to GI Bro is discussed and Russo said that Booker told him about the character with great passion so Russo went with that. He then added how when Booker was getting pushed to the next level, he had to go back to being Booker T again.

Goldberg’s return is discussed and Russo mentions how he and Bischoff were never on the same page about him. When asked if Goldberg was the guy to build the company around, Russo said no and that they needed a consistent year of booking to elevate the ratings.

JUNE

On June 5th, SFX Entertainment CEO Roert Sillerman hinted that he was in negotiatons to purchase WCW. Russo is asked about how he and the rest in the company felt around this time. Russo said that everyone knew WCW was going to be sold. He then goes on about how all wrestlers are paranoid and that he was disconnected from the product at this point, noting how he probably would have been glad if a nuclear bomb hit the locker room. Sean asks Russo if he had any confidant in WCW and Russo said he just wanted to be left alone. Russo is then asked if he was reading the dirt sheets at this time and he said that he learned from Vince to never, ever read stuff on the internet because they are just a small percentage of the audience. He then says that he knew to never read the internet again when Dave Meltzer wrote that he would never watch wrestling again after the Rock’s “This is Your Life” segment on RAW, which he said was the highest rated segment in wrestling history. Sean then asks if Bryan Alvarez ever reached out to him about his “Death of WCW” book and he said no.

Russo is now asked about Bischoff defeating Terry Funk for the Hardcore Title on Nitro. He claims that Bischoff did not want to do the match but Russo said that it was a ratings draw and believes people would tune in for that match if it took place tomorrow before going on about the paranoia within the wrestling world.

On the June 12th edition of Nitro, Ric Flair lost a handicapped match to David Flair and Vince Russo and as a result, had to retire and get his head shaved. Russo said that he never would have Flair get his head shaved and even tried to talk Flair out of doing it but he insisted that it happen. Again, Russo goes on about paranoia in wrestling and how Flair blamed Russo for what happened. Russo is then asked about wrestling Flair and he said that the chops killed but his main concern was not to make Flair look bad, stating he would have rather died than let that happen. Russo says he got a concussion in that match after forgetting to tuck in his chin during a Russian leg sweep. He said the next morning he woke up and could not see straight and had to crawl upstairs then drove to the show the next day and doesn’t remember how he got through the day. He said after that he experienced terrible vertigo and would see a head specialist, which he didn’t mind as it gave him an excuse to miss work.

Russo says at this time, he was working on the shows but not attending and Bischoff would piss him off by criticizing the shows after they aired but not saying anything negative beforehand. He said that he wanted to bring some UFC-type flavor to WCW and wanted to create something for Scott Steiner. After another disagreement, Siegel told Bischoff and him to fly out to California for a meeting. Russo claims that he told Siegel to let Bischoff write the show and that he no longer cared. After this, Siegel has them work together at Bash at the Beach. Russo said that he was still suffering from his concussion yet put himself in the ring because he had too much pride. He then says a few of the guys that he refused to name took shots at his head knowing that he had the concussion.

JULY

Russo goes into the Bash at the Beach and how everything went down. Before the show, Russo said that he was at a creative meeting between 8-20 guys and when asked who should be the champion, they unanimously selected Booker T. Russo then said Hogan wanted to win the belt but in the back of his mind he was thinking whatever happened, Hogan wasn’t leaving with the belt. Russo said that he came up with a script that had did not have Hogan winning the belt and gave it to Johnny Ace to present to Hogan. Ace came back and said Hogan hated it so Russo changed the script and it had Hogan taking out everyone and looking strong but still not winning the belt. Ace called Russo back and said that he liked the idea. A few hours before the match, Bischoff came up to Russo and told him that Hogan wasn’t going to do the match. Russo then went to Hogan and was that if this was real, he would be walking out as the champion. Russo said in the back of mind he was having Booker walking out with the belt. Russo then said if it was real, the way it would work out would be Hogan telling him that he is not jobbing and Russo telling Jarrett that Hogan refused to job for him and he would be pissed and would then tell Jarrett to lay down for Hogan and make it look bad. Russo claims that Hogan liked the idea. Russo then said that Hogan and Bischoff would leave and rip apart Russo in a promo. Russo points out to Hogan that they would have to leave because Russo would have to cut a scathing promo on Hogan and if he was in the building, he would come out and kick Russo’s ass, then Russo would book match between Booker and Hogan for the title. He said that Hogan liked that and added that he would have a title and Booker another title. Russo said that he appeased Hogan by saying they will do something with two titles down the line. Hogan agreed to the whole idea. Russo then tells Jarrett that Hogan is refusing to do the job for him and claims that Jarrett was irate but wasn’t told that it was a work. The match happens, Hogan and Bischoff leaves, Russo said he was playing this up and saw Jimmy Hart and started shooting as Hart had no idea it was a work. Booker wins the belt afterwards and after the match, Russo said he was reading the internet comments and they all bought the angle. Russo said his mistake was telling Hogan they would discuss the belt situation later and he would call him tomorrow but he did not call him and Hogan was at home reading the comments about how Russo got one-up on him. Siegel called Russo and asked what happen. Russo claims that Siegel told him to not call Hogan because they could not afford to have him on the show. Russo said he still should have called Hogan back because he gave him his word and after that was the Defamation of Character lawsuit. Russo said that he learned later on that Hogan’s lawyer sent in a fax late on Friday, after everyone in the office went home, stating that he did not agree to the original plans of the match and he had creative control at the time. He then added that he told Jarrett about the angle the next day but never told Jimmy Hart.  

AUGUST

When asked about the Judy Bagwell on a Pole match at the New Blood Rising PPV, Russo said that everything sounds funny on a pole and claims that a “mild-mannered” fan at home would tune in for a Viagra on a Pole match. Sean asks about the relationship between Judy and Buff and Russo thought Buff liked having her around and said Judy was up for anything

Sean asks about Team Canada forming and Lance Storm holding three belts. Russo can’t believe that years later, after giving him the biggest push of his career, Storm continues to bash him. He also mentions why bash him behind a computer years later but not tell him in person while it happened.

SEPTEMBER

On the September 4th edition of Nitro, the Insane Clown Posse got a title shot. Russo said that the ICP would be at TV all day then suddenly disappear at 6pm. Russo said he didn’t care that they couldn’t work because they were entertaining.

Russo is then asked about the marriage between David Flair and Stacy Keibler with a returning Ric Flair that drew a 4.1 rating. Russo then goes after Christopher Daniels and Generation Me who like **** matches but nothing draws a bigger rating than a wedding. He even said that even TNA drew a good rating with the wedding between Jeff and Karen. Sean follows up by asking why the DNA angle between Buff and David Flair was dropped without conclusion and Russo said that he wasn’t around and that bookers cannot write and when they do not know what to do they end up bailing. He then gloats about the Attitude Era and how everyone thinks that they can master the art of writing and performing but in reality, they cannot.

Sean brings up Jim Duggan turning on the USA and joining Team Canada and follows up by asking Russo if there are certain wrestlers that are impossible to turn heel. Russo said no and that it is all in the writing but adds if the wrestler does not want to turn heel, it will fail. Russo then admits fault and says that he takes all the blame for the failure of Goldberg’s heel turn.

On the September 25th edition of Nitro, Russo wins the World Title from Booker T. Sean then asks Russo to step outside of himself and say why he should have been the champ. Russo said that he guaranteed it would do a good rating and kept the unpredictability factor going strong. He then said that he believed people would tune in to see what would happen next week. Sean then asks about his concussion and asks why he took the risk being in the ring. Russo said that he cared too much, even though it was a sinking ship. He then goes on to say how winning as a fluke would make the viewer at home tune in and how he would say the next show how he was quitting as he had nothing to prove then goes on to blame the internet for saying that he put the belt on himself. He also said he wore the helmet as a legitimate form of protection and not as a gimmick.

OCTOBER

He is asked about the incident in Australia regarding Juventud Guerrera. Russo was not there, as he decided to go to a San Francisco Giants playoff game with Jeremy Borash, but said that Juvy was over-the-top and funny then adds how making Juvy a commentator was one of the greatest things that he has ever done and cannot understand how someone could not be entertained by that.

On October 23rd, Terry Taylor and Johnny Ace take over the TV booking. Russo said that he was seeing a head specialist that performed a battery of tests and at that point his biggest concern was his paycheck. Russo then notes how he signed a two-year deal with WCW and only worked for nine months and asks how could he have done all the damage himself in that time. He added that he signed the two-year deal at the time with the belief that he would be finished with wrestling at the end of the contract. The only reason he came back was due to the fact that Jarrett was starting his own promotion.

Sean asks Russo if he had any involvement with the “WCW Backstage Assault” video game. Russo said he did not but when he was writing for WWF magazine, he did the stories for the video games and wrote the trading cards.

NOVEMBER

Russo is asked about the incident on Worldwide during the “Ask WCW” segment where Disco Inferno said his duck would get more over than half the roster, including Sting and Goldberg. Russo puts over Disco for being entertaining, on camera and behind the scenes, and says most in wrestling are too uptight and cannot realize that wrestling is all play-fights and they cannot handle someone like Gilbertti, who knows that it is not real and absurd. Sean brings up the fact that some wrestlers might be clinging to the reality of the business and Russo says that wrestling is a fake world and most guy today have never seen Bruno Sammartino and if they want to make money they should watch his matches on YouTube but if they do not want to make money, they should not watch and concentrate on Meltzer giving you **** matches.

On November 22nd, Scott Hall is arrested for driving the wrong way down a street and having a blood alcohol level that was three times over the legal limit. Sean asks if Hall was showing up to work intoxicated and Russo says that as the night progressed, Hall would get more impaired. Russo is then asked if a guy like him should have the spotlight taken away from him sooner and he said that he was guilty of remembering thegifts that he had and gave him chances.

DECEMBER

Mark Madden is fired on Christmas Eve for leaking info on the sale of WCW and lobbying for the return of Scott Hall. Russo said that he never drank or did drugs then says that he was drunk twice in his fraternity days? Russo goes on to state how he doesn’t know how it feels to be under the influence and is pissed that Bobby Heenan blamed him for his firing, stating that he was drunk. Russo claims that people would come up to him within the company and pointed out to him that he was drunk but Russo said he as the only one who fought for him, stating that he didn’t think he was drunk, and remembered him for his glory days in the WWF. Russo then adds that he wasn’t even around when Heenan was fired. He then says that during a TNA PPV, Heenan came to visit and Russo told Mike Tenay that he wanted to say hello and he ended up speaking with Heenan, who he said was very gracious towards him.

At the end of the year, WCW ended up losing $62 million dollars. Sean asked how could that happen so quickly and Russo said that the suits at Time Warner/AOL did not want wrestling and that those in wrestling cannot understand how others are actually embarrassed by professional wrestling. He then claims that TNT does not have a show today that outdrew Nitro (Mike Johnson from PWInsider.com debunked that by posting the ratings for an episode of “Rizzoli & Isles”).

Sean asks Russo what his goal was when he went to WCW. Russo thought he did all he could in the WWF and they couldn’t go any higher and told Vince McMahon that they had a year to ride this wave of popularity. He said that he is a “challenge guy” and that he saw the younger guys in WCW as having a lot of potential. He then rants about being sick of others accusing Vince McMahon of filtering him and getting all the credit by stating how Vince would take one small thing he came up with and make it better. He said that he was never underpaid in the WWF and recalls a time when he got on the elevator and Vince was there and he told Russo that business was good and handed him an envelope. Russo said that he opened it up and it was a check for five-figures. Russo closes by stating that he helped change the business and that people want to make his legacy as one of a failure.

Final Thoughts: This was certainly some interview. In regards to 2000 WCW, the whole company seemed toxic and it was bound to fail so blaming Russo as the main reason of their downfall is a bit absurd to me. A bad mix of veterans, incompetent management, bad booking decisions, and a company (Time Warner/AOL) that did not want to feature wrestling are all to blame equally. On the subject of Russo, he clearly had an agenda and that was to clear his name of any wrongdoing during his tenure in WCW. He is quick to blame everyone else and constantly contradicted himself throughout the interview. He does this about the internet a lot. He went off topic a lot and that was usually when he was asked about one of his ideas that bombed. When that happened, he would go off on a tangent about needing to be unpredictable and blaming the internet for everything about wrestling. He was obsessed over Meltzer’s star ratings and had a need to bash Christopher Daniels constantly, who now has a highly entertaining character by the way since Russo left TNA, which had very little to do with 2000 WCW. I will say that I agree with Russo about their needing to be more characters in wrestling but some of his ideas are truly awful. And Tank Abbott being the WCW Champion would have probably flopped too. As far as a recommendation, I would recommend this, especially if you haven’t seen any shoots from Russo, but if you have and were sick of him in those, I do not know how much you will enjoy this. Also, I thought Sean Oliver did a tremendous job with the interview. He asked good questions and would even ask follow-up or counter questions when appropriate. I will also add that after one of his several mentions throughout the interview about how this would be his last ever shoot, when asked by Sean if we could consider coming back to do the 1998 WWF Timeline, he said that he would.