YMMV: Vince Russo

  • Badass Decay
    • A leading cause. Russo's propensity for sticking his crushes into matches with actual wrestlers caused the latter to take dives like you wouldn't believe. Seeing Daffney Unger and Madusa fail to pin Miss Elizabeth, a retired valet and the wrestling equivalent of Olive Oyl, was bad enough, but to upstage Mona??
    • David Arquette had it even worse, since he had zero established wrestling history. He was nonetheless made champion of the company for the sake of a tie-in movie promotion where he didn't even play a convincing wrestler. Amazingly, we had not yet reached rock bottom as Vince Russo, WCW World Champion (won from Booker T, no less) was soon to follow. Russo did vacate the title, but still its worth mentioning that after Goldberg dropped the belt there were 32 title changes in two years, Lawler himself would have to shake his head. And at least he traded titles with people who met at least two qualifications(athletic and over)
  • Base Breaker: Russo is either a delusional idiot who never contributed anything good to wrestling, a not-bad writer who struggled when given complete control, or, rarely, an ahead-of-his-time genius visionary.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: Russo, particularly during his time in WCW, has been fond of referencing obscure pieces of wrestling trivia, often as punchlines. Naturally, because Smart Marks are a niche segment of the professional wrestling fanbase, they tend to fall awkwardly flat.
    • For example: during Russo's time as WCW booker, there was a confrontation between Eric Bischoff and Sid Vicious on Nitro. Bischoff was making fun of Sid for being reluctant to hit him and lose his job as a result. Bischoff said "What's the matter Sid, can't find your scissors?" Those in the know would recognize this as a reference to a real-life altercation Sid once had with Arn Anderson, in which Sid stabbed Arn with a pair of scissors. But most of the people watching that show had never heard of the incident, and were wondering why in the hell Eric was talking about scissors all of a sudden. (Poor Eric was so clearly stunned that the crowd didn't react to Russo's comedy gold that he thought that they didn't hear it the first time, so he said it again, also to no reaction.)
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A frequent criticism of Russo's booking style is that there are no faces, no stakes, and everyone behaves in a fairly-reprehensible manner.
    • nWo Souled Out was Bischoff's hobbyhorse, and even he was put off by how grimy Nitro had gotten in just 5 months. In a 2000 interview with Bill Aptner, he observed:
    "Right now I would describe WCW as various shades of gray. The stories are hard to follow; the characters are all kind of the same. It just feels dark, gloomy and foggy to me. It doesn’t feel like there’s energy in it."
  • Internet Backdraft: Go on an internet comment board and say that Vince Russo was a great booker. Or say that he wasn't, we don't care. Just be ready to watch the fireworks.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • "Lucha Libres" would actually be taken up by Rudos in Mexico
    • *Thinks about swerves*
    • [x] on a pole
    • LOL bro I lov da IWC. You guys are da best an I mean dat, tanks fo da support I got da best fans inda world, I sweah tah gawd.
  • Never Live It Down: His page image and its caption really say enough. Okay maybe not. Russo's work in the ring may not have been easy to watch but he was only champion for two days. If he hadn't given himself the belts so soon after Arquette's reviled run, it might have just been forgotten the way Mr. McMahon winning the WWF Championship is... which was also a Russo angle.
  • Older Than They Think
    • The problem with trying to give the fans something new is that you have to know what they have seen before and it is clear Vince Russo does not know his wrestling history. His plan for TNA is perhaps the defining example: Make it an adult oriented show with nudity and sex! Pay per view porn wrestling would be the hot new thing to challenge WWE. Problem was, WEW did almost the same thing two months before TNA got started. Yet as late as 2014 Vince Russo still complains about TNA becoming "just another wrestling show"! This despite the fact much of the WEW roster, Klondyke, Alexis Laree, Valentina, Tracy Brooks, Angel Williams, Talia Madison, Simply Luscious, Lucy Furr, Shelly Martinez, Trenesha Biggers, Mickie Knuckles, ODB, Radiant Rain, Shantelle Taylor and more, later worked for TNA! The company that was already doing Russo's idea was feeding him almost as much talent as WWE or ROH! But if that isn't convincing enough Vince Russo had nothing new, before WEW, XPW in 1999, ran by a man in the porn industry, was even closer to Russo's pitch. Both XPW and WEW went under. While TNA was running with Vince Russo, Carmen Electra would start an "adult" wrestling show and "Full Throttle Wrestling" would open. They both went under too!
      Bryan Alvarez: Let's say we had 100 subscribers. And I brought you onboard, and the next day ten people quit. And then we do another show, and ten more people quit. And the next thing you know, we have 10 subscribers.
      Vince Verhei: Vince Russo, in that situation, would have given me a raise.
      Bryan: He would've given you THE SHOW! He would've taken me off the show and given you the show to run solo, and then been baffled as to why it wasn't working. He'd blame the server company, he'd blame Google, China...
    • One of the few "adult" promotions to have more staying power than "just another wrestling show" TNA, nearly thirty years of it at that point, was Steel Kittens Productions, and it was significantly more tasteful at its most explicit than what Russo got to do in TNA! (unless you find polygamy, trashcan sex, molestation, forced prostitution, rape, crack whores and incest less offensive than the occasional torn shirt or wardrobe malfunction). History already proved that not only do shows that stay relatively tasteful and focus on wrestling outlast those that do not, but that "adult" wrestling had been around before WCW and never been a challenge to WWE.
    • Booking David Arquette's world title win wasn't the first time he booked a non-wrestler winning the world title on a B Show. Shortly before he left the WWF, he booked Vince McMahon winning the WWF Title on Smack Down!
  • Scapegoat Creator: A ball-and-chain partly of his own making. If he hadn't written himself into every angle on weekly television, more people would likely have no idea he was even there and would be blaming Eazy-E and Double J for everything.
    DDT: Jarrett grabs a mic. He talks about when he came to WCW about 6 months ago, he was the chosen one. He said Russo was responsible for turning the WWF around.

    Single handedly, didn't you know that?

    No wrestlers needed, only good old Vince Russo.
  • The Scrappy: Deservedly or not, he managed to become the most hated figure in professional wrestling, and not in a positive way. It is not just fans, bookers, wrestlers and people generally associated with the business in his native country that dislike him, but he has a fair share of detractors in Canada (where he is accused of creatively destroying Bret Hart), Mexico (where he is accused of burying and de masking wrestlers, though he shares it with Eric Bischoff) and Japan (where he is reviled for killing the drawing power of wrestlers like No Limit and viewed as a racist). Russo does have his friends and defenders in the business, but even many of them are quick to highlight his faults while talking about his strengths. (some like Invader #1 might be more deeply hated but not as widely)
  • Shocking Swerve: The Trope Namer and God of this trope, well at least until it was decided not to be a trope and placed on this tab instead.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Iron Man"