Russo Speaks On TNA vs. WWE On Monday’s, Hogan/Bischoff

Matt Boone

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Vince Russo was welcomed back to The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network by The Big Mosh, Blade, & "The Chairman Of The Board" Todd Vincent for his first on-air/public comments since the beginning of the "Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff Era" in TNA Wrestling. The world has been buzzing about Russo’s new book (being released March 1st through ECW Press), entitled "Rope Opera: How WCW Killed Vince Russo." Many fans & critics & fans alike over the years have referred to Russo as "the most hated man in professional wrestling," and he finally had the opportunity to respond candidly to that moniker. "Man, the most hated man in professional wrestling? That’s pretty stiff don’t you think?"

"Rope Opera," will indeed give a lot of insight into Russo & his time in WCW, and his fans (along with his critics) will see a side of him that very few have had the opportunity to see before. Mosh began by asking Vince about the process of putting the actual book together. "First & foremost the reason I wrote both books ("Forgiven" & "Rope Opera"), to be honest with you, is because I really do enjoy writing; that’s what I do, and it’s very difficult when you’re in the confines of writing a wrestling show 52 weeks a year & writing 12 Pay-Per-Views a year and being dedicated to that genre. I really wrote ‘Forgiven’ & ‘Rope Opera’ as an outlet to write outside an wrestling script. To me, to just take what’s inside, and put it down on the paper, and get it out there as real, as raw, as truthful as possible…that’s just a freeing experience for me."

"The Chairman Of The Board" Todd Vincent brought up the controversial & infamous WCW Bash At The Beach PPV from the summer of 1999, which he referred to as Russo’s own "Montreal Screwjob." Todd asked about the events afterward which Russo had the chance to describe in his book, which unveiled a great deal about what happened leading into that night & the aftermath of what ensued between himself & Hulk Hogan. "I don’t think we really have enough time in this show for me to go over everything, because it is a long story. But I could you this, before January 4th, me, Eric, & Hulk had to sit down and have a conversation. I had spoken with Eric on a few occasion before the 4th came (of January), and everything was smooth & going cool, but I knew I had to have the face-to-face with Hulk before January 4th, and it was something I wanted very, very much. It was ten years after the fact, so much was said, so much was reported, so much was spoken about. Bash At The Beach was the last time I ever saw or had any contact with Hulk besides lawyer depositions & things like that. When the three of us sat in room, I was able to get my side of the story, and they were to get their side of the story for the first time in ten years. What it came down to was that I thought we had agreed to do things one way, and they thought we had agreed to do things another way, and it was a major, major miscommunication."

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