Rope Opera: How WCW Killed Vince Russo Paperback – Mar 1 2010
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"In the vernacular of professional wrestling itself, I think I've actually become a Russo 'mark' . . . Russo pretty much lets it all hang out here, warts and all." blogcritics.org
"I recommend [this book] to individuals who are curious about the behind-the- scenes occurrences of a wrestling company, specifically TNA. Moreover, the 255-page book depicts Vince Russo's account of his professional life in wrestling and personal life as a Christian. If anything, it gives readers a unique portrayal of Vince Russo as a person as opposed to Vince Russo the character." Slam! Sports
About the Author
Vince Russo landed a job as a freelancer at WWF Magazine. A year later, he became its editor. After a successful run at WWF, rival organization WCW hired him away to head their creative department. In 2002, Russo returned to the WWE as the creative force behind NWA-TNA. He retired from the business to become a Christian minister. His first book was Forgiven (ECW Press).
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Vince Russo's side of the story is that he really was to blame for WCW final years. Russo not only takes credit for WCW (David Arquette- WCW Champion), but rather than admitting it was a bad idea in hindsight, Russo defends it as a success. It's moments like these that only embolden his critics. Russo still tries to take credit for the successful "WWF Attitude Era". Even though any honest person would certainly credit him as having a hand in it, the reality is Vince McMahon and WWF talent were the driving force behind the success as evidenced by their continued success long after he was gone, WCW's descent into non-existence, and TNA's current product.
One need only to read this book, which reads as the creative...disjointed, illogical, scatological ramblings of somebody with attention deficit disorder, to understand that he is a writer that could only achieve success when heavily edited...something that would have helped greatly in this book. It strikes me that Russo could pitch you 20 creative ideas in as many minutes...the problem is only one (if any) would be of any value.
Throughout the book, I kept waiting to see some metamorphosis. Having discovered a renewed faith in God, I was really expecting Russo to exhibit some of the humility that I mentioned as lacking above. It never comes. What we get instead is the inclusion of a treatise for a television show called Rope Opera that Russo created during his hiatus from WCW. I've never read anything quite as sophomoric, crass, and utterly unreadable/unwatchable. No mature adult (or immature for that matter) would think this a good idea...but Russo thinks it's brilliant and beams like a proud father.
I really hope Vince Russo has a happy life. He's a father and husband and does not deserve the venom often directed at him. He's just a man trying to make a living and I for one hope he is very successful...as long as he stays far away from wrestling or any other creative endeavor.
If this were a book about Vince Russo and WCW only, it would be a pamphlet. He's incredibly self absorbed, and I don't care enough about the guy to read 250 pages about him.
This book isn't worth your time or $.
Oh and by the way, I'll save you from having to read this book Everything about the failure of WCW... not his fault. He was sweet and considerate to everyone there, but all the backstage politics and management interfered with his 5 star ideas. "Boo hoo, it's not my fault!" Anything he does take blame for, he gives the most insincere apology you can imaging (of course followed by "it really wasn't my fault!"