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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228687
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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."  —

"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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By Mike Mulvihill on Nov. 28 2013
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The book arrived in good condition and in a timely manner, so there's absolutely no issues with the seller. The disappointment with this book comes from the contents between the pages. Vince Russo seems to go all over the place, from his time in WCW, TNA, and 'finding God'. It would have been better had the contents of the book stuck for the most part on his time in WCW as the title would have you believe this book is primarily about, but it's not.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stinger on Dec 18 2011
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I bought this book knowing how awesome Vince Russo made wrestling when I was in high school... I admired his work in the WWF and when he switched over to WCW, it was the reason I started to enjoy it better than WWF at the time.....his angles were so wicked and mixed pro wrestling so well with all the popular culture and stuff that a teenage kid wants to see!!.....the first 50 pages of this book was about how Russo was saved by God!...having hope i read on and it did have maybe 30% wrestling content, but that was hardly gets into details.....Vince, im glad you had a chance to share your story about God, but your book plain sucked!!!....wanna read a real book, get Bret Hart or Joe Laurinaitis....those books are actually about wrestling!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected March 1 2010
By Michael L. Sibbitt - Published on
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I was really looking forward to this book, an insider's version of what went on with the failed WCW/Russo experiment. Russo does what a lot of saved people do, throw his religion in the mix, which would have been fine if this were billed as a religious book, but it wasn't. People are going to buy this book for the wrestling stuff, not so much for his religious beliefs. I was hoping for more names named, actual backstage stories, why he wrote certain angles and if he now thinks they were successful. The only in depth angles we were filled in on were the David Arquette and Bash at the Beach controversies. If the whole book would have been like those chapters, then I would have thought more highly of the book, but in it's current form, it was not worth the money I paid for it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The ramblings of a scattered mind June 28 2011
By Ronny - Published on
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I picked up this book with a very open mind. Of course I was well aware that many fans held him in very low esteem and blamed him for the death of WCW. I had heard and read lots of stories about Russo and his inability to write a coherent television show, but I also know that in the wrestling industry, burying an out of favor guy, can become quite popular. I was very curious to hear Vince Russo's side of the story.

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 long as he stays far away from wrestling or any other creative endeavor.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Vince Russo latest book seems real at times and fake at others leaving you with mixed feelings on the book 3/5 stars Dec 31 2010
By alex fryling - Published on
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I do have to say going into this book I loved the title of it. Was this a good book yes did it fulfill my expectations on what it was going to be like not that much. Don't get me wrong this was a very good book but there are certain things that make this book annoying. I will say this is an easy read for anyone. Yes it is around 250 pages or more but you never feel like it really is taking a long time to read. The one problem in my opinion with this book is there are too many chapters in the book. For being less than 300 pages there is no way there should have been 52 chapters in this book. I don't think this is Vince's fault but whoever was publishing this book should have thought on what it would look like when people bought the book. The one thing I will say is it covers all different aspects of Vince Russo's life. This did not just talk about his time in wrestling but it also went to talk about his family and how God help him become a stronger and different person. Now don't get me wrong as far as religion goes I am not one to judge because I don't go to church but they way this book is written at times by Vince Russo it seems like he is shoving views of God down are throat. He is not bad about it but when he talks about how much he changed in life and saying it is only because of god he sounds kind of phony. I say this because if you are truly going to change in life it needs to be more than just about god you as a person have to change as well. He does not even mention his wife in helping him change that much. He does give her a lot of credit to her and his kids in this book which is nice to hear. Another thing that is disturbing and once again this is his opinion it sounds like he was trying to justify how bad WCW got once he got there. Like there always seemed to be an excuse for the storylines that were going on. I will say the fall of WCW does not all lay on the shoulders of Vince Russo but in my opinion most of it does. It does seem a little weird that almost 99% of people attribute a lot of WCW''s fall to Vince Russo but yet him and probably some other people don't feel it is truly their fault. It just sounds fake. Overall this book is a solid book I am going to go with a 3/5 and a mild recommendation to pick up this book. I bought this book for $20 if you could get it between $10-$15 that is a much better buy. Not an Awesome book but not awful by any means.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Boy, does this guy love to talk... March 11 2010
By Andrew M. Walsh - Published on
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I reviewed Vince's first book a while back (unfavorably) and this current book is more of the same. The book is 1/3 wrestling related and 2/3 Vince Russo talking about Vince Russo. The church-y content has been ramped down a bit, which is nice (this is supposed to be a wrestling autobiography, btw). I just get annoyed as Vince rambles on and on and on about any thought that entered his head as he was "writing". He jams a bajillion pop-culture references into this book, this gets old after chapter 2. There's a wrestling chapter, then 2 or 3 chapters about how he's bored, or his love for fantasy baseball, or his pals growing up, or how....
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!"
confusing June 12 2013
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Vince Russo's Rope Opera finally sheds light on what exactly occurred during his time in WCW through his eyes. The book took 3 years to write and in my opinion was a plus since you are able to see how Russo's mindset changes about wrestling, the drama that occurs in it and just life itself. With reading you learn of the politics and drama that consumed WCW when Russo entered as well as the serious injury he received for jumping into the ring leading to the serious consequences he endured, you see how exactly the title came to be. The book as follows Russo in a personal sense as he undergoes trying to get past all the bad memories and problems that carry with him after WCW and through TNA. The book seems to be a form a therapy for him as well as the chapters move on, as the book isn't only a wrestling book, as he speaks about his personal and family life as well. He is able to tell his side of what occurred at Bash at the Beach, something that always comes up in interviews or conversations but now having written it, there is hope that it will finally be the end of the constant questioning. Years have passed, its time to move on, there's no need to have it continue pressing on. Wrestling is to be enjoyed but not obsessed at. The last entry in the book is Russo working with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan in TNA ten years after Bash. Instead of letting the past persuade the future, Vince looks at it as a new opportunity, as he noted the interaction between he and Bischoff have been a positive one. If Russo can work with Bischoff and Hogan successfully to bring TNA to a higher and better product, he would view it as a "significant achievement." I'm looking forward to the possible third book. Overall the book was a very good read, I enjoyed the way it was written in a journal like structure. To the many that are curious about all the debate and drama regarding what occurred within WCW, you've all heard one side it's only fair to read the other side.

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