Vince Russo spoke on the July 18th episode of Chris Van Vliet’s podcast, Insight about current pro wrestling and said that watching AEW was a massive waste of his time.
Russo was the guest on Vliet’s podcast on July 18th where he discussed many topics, such as how he is no longer a fan of wrestling because of how different the wrestling product is now compared to when he was a fan. Russo claims that there has been a shift in recent years, putting more emphasis on in-ring action compared to the characters and storylines.
He compared the current product to the product of the time when he was writing television for WWE, saying that “wrestling matches don’t draw in the casual fan” and that’s why he did “Crash TV”, where matches only lasted a few minutes and then quickly moved onto the next segment.
Russo also mentioned that he doesn’t watch any of the AEW product anymore and that he only reads the news headlines to keep up to date on what’s happening. Russo said that he did watch AEW for the first year and a half and had this to say on the podcast:
I watched AEW, the first year and a half. And it was a massive, massive waste of my time. And I basically said when I turn 60 I’m not watching this anymore, this is a total waste of my time. At 60 years old, I’m closer to the end in the beginning. My time is very valuable, and this is just not worthy of my time.
What Is Vince Russo’s History In Wrestling?
Vince Russo has had a career in professional wrestling since 1992 when he was hired as a freelance writer for WWF Magazine after he wrote a letter to Vince McMahon’s wife and former president and CEO of the WWE Linda McMahon.
Russo joined WWE’s creative team in 1996 when ratings for Raw were struggling to compete against WCW’s Monday Nitro. Vince McMahon tasked Russo with making changes to the television product in order to increase ratings, Russo took inspiration from shows like The Jerry Springer Show and introduced a more edgy style to the show.
This move to a more controversial style proved to be a massive success and Russo was promoted to head writer in 1997 and wrote Raw as well as the monthly PPVs, with the angles Russo created WWE surpassed WCW in the ratings and started what became known as the Attitude Era.
Russo left the WWE in 1999 for WCW where he tried to replicate his “Crash TV” style, but it proved to be unsuccessful as the company closed and was bought out by WWE in 2001.
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