It was tasteless. Very tasteless. Even if one puts the tastelessness aside (and who can), I would say to those two: WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU DOING? DID YOU EXPECT OKLAHOMA TO DRAW MONEY? TO ATTRACT PPV BUYRATES? DID YOU THINK IT WOULD ATTRACT RATINGS?
|Posted: 23 February 2018 at 1:43pm | IP Logged | 2
Vince Russo is one of the most contradictory individuals in wrestling. In various interviews, he has talked about entertaining people and getting as many eyeballs as possible watching his stuff. Yeah, right. Because, you know, someone like me saw Oklahoma and thought, 'Damn, I simply must tune into the next episode of NITRO to see where this Oklahoma story leads.'
There are many things that kept me hooked. In 'recent' times, the Batista/Triple H feud (2005) was one. I wanted to follow that. And when the nWo was in its infancy, I wanted to know what happened next.
A mere 7-8 years before Russo booked Oklahoma to battle Madusa for the Cruiserweight Title, we'd had the likes of Jushin Liger and Flyin' Brian battling for the Light Heavyweight Title.
Want to know Russo's dumbest comment? It was during a shoot interview around the early 2000s. He talked about 'reality' and why would people watch fake wrestling (or something) when we can watch the Iraq War on TV. Oh, fuck off! War is awful. Necessary at times, but awful. Why would I want to watch wrestling over the real Iraq War? Because I want to escape and be entertained.
Russo gave the fans what he THOUGHT we wanted. He talked about how fans wanted to know the ending to a match the moment it started. He judged people by his own short attention span standards. I love long matches. There's a balance, sure, but I remember when Shawn Michaels, then in the Rockers, fought Ted DiBiase (around 1990). It was released on WWF'S HOTTEST MATCHES. Around 18 minutes, I believe. And it was great.
But if Michaels and DiBiase had been in WCW back then, and Russo/Ferrara had been booking, it'd have been four minutes long and ended when someone like Sid Justice entered and somehow got pinned despite not being in the match.