On a recent edition of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, Eric Bischoff spoke about the season 4 Dark Side of the Ring episode featuring the infamous screwjob at the ‘WCW Bash at the Beach 2000’ pay-per-view, that featured plenty of interviews with him and also a lot with Vince Russo.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer had to say about the episode:
“I had a hard time watching it. I got up early in the morning when I thought we were gonna cover it. I started watching it, I had to turn it off.
I couldn’t stand it. You know, Vince Russo’s voice and his staccato New York delivery, and just trying to force people to understand what he’s saying just drove me bats**t crazy.
And I watched about 8 or 10 minutes and listened to his bulls**t and the way he delivers his bulls**t. And I turned it off and walked away from it.
And then I came back about an hour later and I forced myself to sit through it, and it was painful. Partly because I can’t stand the sound of Vince Russo’s voice or his delivery.
I find him to be one of the most obnoxious human beings I’ve ever listened to, really. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that.
And you combine that with his delusion in his bulls**t, and it was one of the most painful video experiences that I’ve had to sit through.”
We reported that Vince Russo bashed Eric for how he talked about him on that season 4 episode, going as far to claim Eric acted immature on it.
Here’s what Bischoff had to say in response:
“I’m quite prepared to break it down, and expose Vince Russo, by using his own words by the way, whenever we’re ready. I think Russo is, I mean, I’m not a doctor, I’m not a psychiatrist, psychologist, any of that.
But from a layman’s point of view, if there’s anything that I would describe as a delusional pathological liar, it would be Vince Russo.
He exposed himself right off the bat by coming out and saying ‘I told Hulk Hogan there’s no way he’s coming out of here with the WCW Championship’.
By the way, Vince Russo is the least confrontational p*ssy that’s a man, I’ve ever met in my life. Vince Russo will not, cannot, is emotionally ill-equipped to deal with an actual confrontation.
And I promise you, there is no way Vince Russo said anything of the sort to Hulk Hogan. He does not have the balls despite his ‘New York’ hardcore bulls**t.
He is a p*ssy. End of conversation. He cries, he goes home, he takes his ball. He quits, he walks away, he has no spine whatsoever.
Second point in all of that is he had no authority. Vince Russo wasn’t the head of creative. He was a writer. He was on the staff.
The reason that Brad Siegel brought me in by the way, had to pay me close to a million dollars in cash, meaning he paid off the two and a half years that were left on my contract.
He had to do that in order to bring me back to oversee Vince Russo, because he no longer trusted Vince Russo’s creative judgment.
You don’t write a check to somebody for a million dollars, and oh, by the way, have to write them a new contract. It wasn’t that much, but it was significant.
And by the way, guaranteed me at least two movies, what they call a put commitment, which is they either gonna take the movie that I’m pitching them, or they’re gonna have to pay me for it either way.
You don’t do that if you have confidence, or you’re giving control and authority to someone like Vince Russo.
Vince Russo had no more authority than Ed Ferrara, or Terry Taylor, or anybody else. He was a staff guy. So he didn’t have the authority to make any changes.
And we can go on and on and on, but I can point out probably half a dozen examples of how Vince Russo was lying, to himself probably, because when you’re pathological, you believe your own bulls**t.
And that’s what I think Vince Russo is, he is a pathological liar that’s got some serious issues.
Not the least of which is that he confronts anybody, because he doesn’t have the balls to confront anybody. My wife would back him down and make him cry.
And I’ve seen it, I’ve seen it face-to-face. I’ve watched him fall apart. And the minute you put a guy like Vince Russo under any kind of pressure and question him, that’s the part that he can’t handle.
He can’t handle being questioned because he doesn’t have answers. He just has emotion. No answers, no plan, no what’s next, nowhere it’s going.
Just his emotional commitment to whatever’s going through his mind at the moment. He’s one of the flakiest people I’ve ever met.”
Vince Russo is best remembered for his times as the editor of the WWF Magazine, that eventually got him a promotion to being part of the WWF creative team by 1996 and becoming the WWF head writer in 1997.
By October 1999, he jumped ship to Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling, where he had 2 stints as the head writer, but was eventually sent home again in October 2000.
His latest major position was being the head writer for Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) from 2002 until 2004 and again from 2006 till 2011.
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