I'm not perfect. Sometimes, I screw up and I get things wrong. It happens to everyone. And the important thing is how you respond to that.
What matters is raising your hand and admitting you were in the wrong.
And I was wrong about Vince Russo.
Back in April, there were rumours that Russo was back in TNA. And I wrote this post arguing that it didn't matter as long as the shows were good.
I stand by that point. But at the same time, I made some disparaging remarks about Russo himself.
He has grand ideas he can't pull off. He can invent but not execute. Vince McMahon was his attitude era filter. That sort of thing.
But how do I know that? I was a year old at best when Russo entered the business. I was six when he became the head writer for the then WWF.
So how did I develop this opinion of him? Through what wrestling pop culture told me.
The same culture that invented the "Fire Russo" chant is the one that told me what he's like.
So as neutral as I thought I was trying to be in my post, I was anything but.
It's far too easy for that Myth of Russo to take over. It's far too easy to forget that underneath that reputation, he's a human being like you and me.
He's not a wrestling bogeyman.
He's not the death of your company.
He's a person doing a job.
But often, it takes something big to change how you see somebody.
For me, it was listening to Russo talk about being a wrestling writer for four hours today and finding he was nothing like what I expected.
I expected somebody with his head in the clouds, coming up with mad ideas with no rhyme or reason. After all, that's what everybody says, isn't it?
It could not be further from the truth.
But if Vince Russo isn't like the myth, what is he like? What's my opinion of him now?
First of all, he's a lot smarter than people give him credit for. He's not just throwing ideas out for the heck of it. There are logic and reasons behind the things he does.
He's articulate. There aren't many people I'll listen to for hours on end, but Russo? Hell yeah. He's an interesting, eloquent human being.
But most importantly, he's incredibly passionate about wrestling.
You can't get as involved in the business as Russo if you don't give a damn about it. And a lot of people paint Russo as some kind of desperate hack.
He isn't. He genuinely cares about professional wrestling in a way that's inspiring and contagious.
Russo will always be a contentious figure. His history with the business makes it inevitable.
But when all is said and done, Vince Russo was and is a man doing a writing job to the best of his ability.
And I respect the hell out of him for it.
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