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Former WCW Manager Sony Onoo Says Vince Russo Made A Mockery Of Wrestling


• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (August 25, 1986) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling

On this day in 1986, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.

It featured pre-taped matches, studio interviews & storyline segments on the road to ‘WWF The Big Event’.

The card can be found right here:

1. Interviews w/JYD / Ricky Steamboat

2. Lanny Poffo vs. Mr. X

3. Tito Santana vs. Bob Orton Jr.

4. Dick Slater vs. Pete Doherty

5. Mr. Fuji names Little Tokyo as his new protégé

6. The Flower Shop Interview Segment w/Slick, Blassie, Volkoff, Hercules & Iron Sheik

7. Paul Roma & S.D. Jones vs. Terry Gibbs & Jobber

8. Hart Foundation vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff

WATCH: Velvet Sky Had The Hottest Entrance In TNA History:

• Former WCW Manager Sony Onoo Says Vince Russo Made A Mockery Of Wrestling

During a recent appearance on Cut The Promo podcast, former WCW manager Sony Onoo talked about his relationship with Eric Bischoff, WCW, Vince Russo & more.

Below are the highlights:

On Bischoff bringing him to WCW:

“Eric Bischoff and I were karate mates. We’d travel across the country on the weekends and that’s how we became friends.. Many years later Eric Bischoff started working with Turner and there was some issue with NJPW at the time and Eric asked me to help repair that relationship.

Right after our time in Japan he said ‘hey you have to help me come on board and keep this thing going with New Japan’ and I became the agent officer. Mainly for NJPW I done some on air work and prior to that I done movies. Including some martial art movies so I’ve been on a camera before. So I knew at least somewhat of how a production works.”

On WCW’s cruiserweight division:

“If you really follow the history you find that because of WCW. Quote on quote cruiserweight talent that made wrestling different. It’s not too bigger than life. The different style wrestling. Not too many big guys to be doing a Hurricarana or Moonsaults although Vader did it.

You just don’t see that fast paced, holy cow kind of action. These different type of matches that are much faster paced, and if you add Japanese strong style along with the acrobatic of cruiserweights and the stuff they were doing were a phenomenon and thus the cruiserweight matchup back then needed a lot of background stories.”

On if Vince Russo should be blamed for WCW going down:

“I think one of the reasons why WCW got bought out was because of Time Warner Merger. I think that has more to do with it than anything else. The programming was suffering because Eric Bischoff was gone I believe in September of ’99.

They brought in Vince Russo who just made a mockery of wrestling. He just made a mockery of a lot of stuff that we hold dear in wrestling. The demise of popularity in Nitro is on his shoulders. But as far as demise of the company itself was the demise of Time Warner Merger.”

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