"They opened with the main event, Vince Russo being interviewed by Mike Tenay. This was as unscripted as, say, the Yoshida-Satake match on New Years Eve (in other words, it was scripted, only one of the participants wasn't aware of it). Tenay won via count out in 6:23 when Russo's fuse exploded, although both were lit within minutes. Tenay made Russo look like a complete fool, which is the opposite of what was supposed to happen. If you watch this a second time, you can see Tenay's game plan from square one, which was to have Russo punch himself into oblivion. First Russo claimed, when asked if the writer was important, that the writer was one of the most important aspects of the success of a show and that the writers job was to get ratings. I knew Russo was doomed at this point because all Tenay had to do was quote WCW ratings and Russo would short circuit. When they talked about the demise of WCW, Russo claimed he only wrote for nine months and asked how long the company was in business (12 1/2 years for the record, which actually only makes Russo look worse if you'd think about it). Tenay said the company was salvageable when Russo came in because of all the talent. Boy, look back at the talent roster in October 1999 and it'll scare you. He then asked why Russo built the cruiserweight division around Ed Ferrara, Evan Karagias and Madusa when he had Rey Misterio Jr. and Eddy Guerrero on the roster. Russo said that people want entertainment and if you want "Lucha Libras," go to Japan or Mexico. He started insulting Tenay at this point so he knew he'd lost before he walked into the trap. Tenay then brought up David Arquette as world champion, as anyone who listened to Russo would figure, he bragged about it being a good idea because they got USA Toady coverage. Russo claimed they were on the front page of USA Today the next day (actually the front page of the entertainment section six days later) and that USA Today had never covered WCW before (except for about 25 other times, he'd be right). Then Tenay asked if it was such a good idea, how come the next week Nitro did its lowest rating in four-and-a-half years with a 2.4 rating and Raw did a 7.4 (of course a number that would be impossible since Russo was the reason for WWF's ratings and he hadn't been with the company at this point in eight months). Russo said "You're full of shit" and accused Tenay was making up numbers. The Nitro after David Arquette won the title actually drew a 2.46 rating to Raw's 7.40. It was the lowest rated Nitro in more than four years. The PPV a week after that drew an 0.14 buy rate, which was the lowest rated buy rate in the history of the company. Tenay brought up November 20 and the Jarrett-Killings match which was the most heated match in NWA TNA history, largely due to Jarrett's promo about the value of the belt (which Russo, on his own TV show, called "a prop" earlier in the interview) the week before. Tenay said it was going great until Russo interfered. Russo bragged about turning 300 people away last week and that there were only 100 people at the show on 11/20 and nobody cared about the interview (nothing like telling people your own product sucks). For the record, there were just over 1,000 people on 11/20, and there were about 1,200 last week, and both numbers are irrelevant because they are 75% freebies anyway. It just showed David Webber is gaining more experience about where to go to maximize getting enough free tickets out to the masses. Russo stormed off after saying that he was going to save wrestling because without him, the entire industry would be dead in one year."
Mike Tenay is DA MAN! And as usual, Russo looks like a total dipshit. Is this man just playing a character or does he SERIOUSLY believe his own hype?
"Without me, the entire industry would be dead in one year." Give me a fuckin break!
Oh yeah, and some matches happened last night too.
And hey, was that NIKITA F'N KOLOFF in the main event?! Good lord! I thought this guy dropped off the face of the Earth!
(edited by It's False on 16.1.03 1307)
Does THIS look like the face of a man with Testicles?
Hey, if Russo throws a tantrum and walks out of NWA-TNA, maybe WWE could pick him back up. It's not like the writing could get any worse. Say what you will about the Russo era, but it produced some great moments, and the storylines were actually somewhat coherent and put together well with a lot of long-term planning...something that's sorely lacking in today's WWE.
And, if recent editions of NWA-TNA have shown anything, it's that Russo can still put together decent storylines AND leave time for the wrestling matches on top of that.
I'll toss on something from NWA TNA - the six-man cruiser elimination match to determine contender ranks to the NWA "X Division" title, with Jerry Lynn, Low-Ki, Tony Mamaluke, Kid Romeo, Elix Skipper, and Christopher Daniels.