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Vince Russo Says WWE Should “Let FOX Hire Jim Cornette”

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Former WWE Head Writer Vince Russo has suggested that Jim Cornette and Eric Bischoff should be brought in to improve the WWE Draft.

Russo made the comments while discussing improvements that should be made to the draft process with Dr. Chris Featherstone of Sportskeeda.

The former booker turned podcaster joined WWE in 1992, working as a writer for WWF Magazine. In the years that followed, Russo worked his way up the company ladder, becoming WWE’s head writer in 1997. During his tenure with the pen, WWE embarked on the Attitude Era, which is still revered by fans to this day.

However, his commitment to pushing the envelope eventually came at a price, as following a dispute with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, the writer joined WCW in 1999.

Russo briefly returned to WWE in 2002 but left within weeks of joining.

Breaking down the WWE Draft, Russo explained that the process should be presented as legitimately as possible. This would see Jim Cornette represent FOX and Eric Bischoff represent the USA Network alongside advisors and consultants such as Kurt Angle.

“Bro, if this were me and I were Vince [WWE Chairman Vince McMahon], I swear to God I would say, ‘Bro, we’re gonna do this legitimately. I don’t wanna hear anyone whining and crying why Brock’s on this show there… we’re going to do this legitimately.’ Bro, then you almost, as a shoot, can have both sides. Let FOX hire Jim Cornette for the draft, let USA [Network] hire Eric Bischoff. Let them bring in Kurt Angle, let them bring in advisors and consultants,”

The draft is presented by WWE as though FOX and the USA Network are the ones making the picks in an effort to make ‘their’ show the premiere product.

Russo continued by disputing this, claiming that USA have “no idea” who will go to Raw in the draft.

“Bro, I can tell you this as a shoot… USA Network, they have no idea who they’re getting in the draft. They don’t know, they’ve got no idea. I’m sitting here and I’m really thinking about this, ‘Okay, bro, so you don’t know who’s gonna be on your television show next week? Like, seriously?’ Can you imagine, bro, you have a television show and you don’t know who the cast is gonna be? It’s absurd, bro! It’s unbelievable to me. But, bro, I think that [Bischoff and Cornette] would be so, so, so awesome, man,”

In the 2021 Draft SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch moved to Raw while the red brand’s Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair went in the opposite direction. It was later reported that Flair moved to SmackDown at the behest of FOX.

Jim Cornette last worked for WWE in 2005 where he was lead booker in key developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. The legendary manager has made sporadic appearances for the company since inducting the Rock N Roll Express into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

Eric Bischoff is most well known for his work in opposition of WWE as President of WCW throughout the 1990’s. After the closure of WCW Bischoff joined WWE in 2002, appearing as Raw General Manager. He left the company in 2007. Bischoff most recently returned to WWE in 2019 working as the Executive Director of SmackDown. However, he left the role that October after just four months in the job.

H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.