Aaron Frame makes his debut for The Chairshot by taking a hard look at the new Vince Russo Truth With Consequences podcast. How did it stack up?
Allow me to preface this by saying that I have always been in Russo’s camp as far as believing that he had a heavy hand in creating the Attitude Era. I am (was) a firm believer that Russo was a talented writer that was at the center of the resurgence of professional wrestling popularity in the 90s.
On October 7th, Vince Russo released a new podcast with co-host Matt Koon called Truth With Consequences. The premise of the podcast is exploring the controversial moments in Vince Russo’s time as a writer for WWE, WCW and TNA and laying it all out, pulling no punches. Vince Russo is here on this podcast to tell the truth, the whole truth, damn what anyone thinks about it, he’s going to tell all and deal with the consequences later.
Except that isn’t exactly what happens in this podcast. At all.
Where do I even begin? How about with the fact that Vince Russo is the WORST to listen to in this podcast. If you have an issue with Russo and his, “bros” then you’ll want to avoid this podcast. I swear that he drops more bros on this podcast than he’s ever been recorded saying. I normally don’t have an issue with it, but it seems like he’s purposely saying it more than needed. But that’s just a small little nitpick.
Let’s move on to something a little more important, like how Russo dances and dodges around a lot of the questions Koon asks him. There’s at least two to three times per episode that he is asked a question by Matt Koon, either a simple one or controversial, but Russo just hems and haws his way around it and answers the question like a politician AKA he doesn’t give an answer to the question and somehow changes the subject. I haven’t seen someone duck questions with non-answers this well since the 2016 presidential debates. It’s astounding that Russo uses the promise of controversy to sucker in viewers and then offer up nothing in return.
Seriously, the most controversial thing that has come of this is Eric Bischoff blocked him on Twitter. Wow. Much consequences.
The more you listen to the episodes the more you notice a trend, most prevalent in the Jim Cornette episode. According to Vince Russo, he is a saint who has done nothing wrong to warrant any kind of hate from people like Corny except be a fresh face hired to fix the creative direction of the company and have no wrestling background. Russo never did anything to antagonize people. At least not that he will admit to.
Listening to the Corny episode, he trashed Corny and a couple of other people as having made death threats and detailing how their archaic wrestling minds were ruining the business, hell he mentioned once that he may have had a few arguments with Corny, but he never says so much as he told Corny to f*** off once. He literally admits no fault to anything and he is just a victim of these angry old men in the wrestling business. I think there was one time he admitted he used to be a piece of s***, but that’s seriously as little fault as he will take for his actions. St. Russo did nothing wrong and is just a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to him.
Vince Russo doesn’t even give a good breakdown of the subject he’s talking about. There’s an episode about bringing Hogan to TNA, and it’s a muddled mess of jumping from one subject to another subject, none of which has anything to do with the subject of the podcast. On the first episode which was why he was WCW champion, he barely went into the fine details of what the hell was going on. He basically laid out the timeline and details that people already knew. He provided no new details of the timeframe from his perspective. It was almost insulting to listen to.
I would give an episode-by-episode break down, but that would take far too much time and I would never catch up as episodes come out weekly and I don’t have a lot of time to sit and write about Vince Russo, patron saint of victims of archaic wrestling ideals. I used to be a Russo fan. I was super excited when I found out about this podcast. But I’ve come to find out that it’s a half-assed rip-off of Eric Bischoff’s 83 Weeks podcast and it doesn’t even deliver on what the title promises.
After five episodes (there have been two episodes released since I started writing this hence why no episode breakdown), I’ve walked away from this podcast disgusted with Russo and no desire to ever defend him again. If he’s not willing to ACTUALLY put his ass on the line and tell everything as it happened and leave nothing out no matter how bad it might make him look, I have no more time to waste defending Russo. Truth With Consequences is nothing more than a BuzzFeed clickbait podcast that makes empty promises and leaves you with a feeling akin to that of leaving a strip club after dropping an entire weeks pay.
Listen for yourself and make your own conclusions, but I’m not going to waste any more time on it. I’m just going to listen to 83 Weeks if I need my weekly dose of controversy from the 1990s wrestling scene. St. Russo has lost someone who used to be an ardent fan and supporter. But I can’t just overlook what he’s doing here. I feel so insulted and disrespected as a fan that he would advertise the truth but give nothing but…I don’t even know what to call it at this point.
It’s a jumbled mess of garbage and literally brings nothing we didn’t already know to the table and does not come through with the promise of truth with consequences. Yes, I’m mad. I’m super mad, hand me my cape. Russo isn’t a liar, per se, but he sure as hell isn’t telling the whole truth. And that right there is just a massive slap to the face of any fan who has defended him and supported him.