You can’t blame Vince Russo for trying to get a foot in back in the door with TNA. Well, you probably could, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. The former writer for a number of big-time wrestling companies including WWE, WCW, and TNA recently posted an essay on his blog entitled “It’s Hard To Feel Sorry For TNA” in which he asserts that he recently offered his services to the folks at TNA once again — but this time for free. WrestlingINC.com reported on the matter earlier today, posting excerpts from Russo’s lament regarding his relationship — or lack thereof — with Dixie Carter and friends.
“Feeling the TNA situation, I felt driven to do something about it, rather than to just sit behind my computer and let it die a slow death. So I wrote an e-mail to Dixie, John and Billy Corgan and I offered my services to them — FREE OF CHARGE — in an effort to help them from now until September. I told them that if they weren’t interested that there was no need to reply to my e-mail, that I would know in my heart-of-hearts that I did all I possibly could do on my part to help the situation. The only one who responded to my e-mail was Billy — who I understood wasn’t in a position to do anything.”
Russo continued, citing a partial list of the gaffes that cynical fans would likely point to in decrying a renewed partnership between Russo and TNA.
“Now, you can say whatever it is you want about Vince Russo–he put the belt on himself, he put the belt on David Arquette, he put Judy Bagwell on a forklift, he killed WCW, he was nothing without Vince McMahon’s filter… yada, yada, yada. I’m cool with all that, as long as you add that he helped bring TNA to over 2 million viewers on Spike TV when he ‘had the book’ less than five years ago. If you’re going to bring up all those others things solely based on “opinion”, then it would only be fair that you brought up the “facts”, or the “numbers”. Unfortunately in wrestling–nobody does that any more. Carter/Gaburick are not interested in my FREE SERVICES, based on one having to admit a mistake, and the other simply doing what execs do in wrestling—protecting their spots. Not accepting the services of the guy who helped creatively bring you to your greatest heights is just simply… sad.”
Curiously (or perhaps understandably), Vince Russo omits his unceremonious departure from TNA last year in his tongue-in-cheek personal inventory of missteps. He also sidesteps the popular perception that TNA’s business relationship with Spike TV allegedly ended when the network learned that the wrestling company was secretly employing Russo in violation of a previous agreement between the two business entities.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, folks in TNA — both in the ring and behind the curtain — are feeling the heat these days after a spate of ugly rumors, bad press, and surprising departures. Former X-Division champ Low-Ki is the latest to jump ship, announcing his departure via Twitter. Cowboy James Storm recently posted a cryptic tweet suggesting he might be on the way out, as well.
All things considered, it’s a little difficult to take Vince Russo’s comments seriously given his recent history with TNA as well as the company’s current state of affairs. Adept at the game of self-promotion, Russo doesn’t make a lot of public moves without carefully considering his public image. But wrestling fans will ultimately be the ones who decide if Vince has the moral high ground or if he has simply jumped on top of a mounting dogpile.
[Image via TNA Insider]