Vince Russo on the Steve Austin Show: Reveals That He Went to Wrestling School, Respect for the Business, Linda McMahon Giving Him a WWE Job & More

Mike Killam

vince russo blogFormer WWE, WCW and TNA writer Vince Russo was a guest on the family-friendly edition of The Steve Austin Show this week, and talked about everything from Captain Lou Alabana, to KISS, to revealing that he went to wrestling school! 

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About getting into wrestling as a young child: 

"The first time I saw the business, that's what molded me for my 20 years in the business. I was sitting in the guest room of my house – I must have been about 12-years-old. We had the little 9-inch black-and-white TVs. You had to gimmick the antenna hoping something would come in. So I'm flipping around and all of a sudden I come across the Valiant Brothers and Captain Lou Albana. And when Jimmy Valiant cut that promo, and when Lou Albana went off- from that moment on, it was the entertainment for me. These guys were larger than life!"

Little known fact – Vince Russo went to wrestling school: 

"If I was going to get into the wrestling business I really wanted to know everything about it. So I went to Johnny Rodz' school. I took the bumps, I did the independent shows – not because I had any desire to be a wrestler or a manager; I wanted to know how this thing worked … I had an absolute respect for it. When Johnny saw that he realized I was serious, and I wanted to know what I was talking about … This is the Vince Russo nobody wants to talk about, because I have to be the villain; I have to be the guy that gave David Arquette the world title. I can remember Johnny Rodz making me take flat-back after flat-back until I wanted to throw-up. But that was the respect I had for the business, and I wanted to know and be a part of it. 

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