The story of Vince Russo is wrestling lore nowadays. Once just a video store owner and radio host, Russo managed to land a job at WWE Magazine, where he rose through the ranks. With WCW whipping WWE in the ratings, Vince McMahon decided to listen to the young writer's unconventional ideas, and he was soon promoted to head of creative for the company.
Throughout the first half of the Attitude Era, Vince Russo's unorthodox style of writing, which emphasized a patented "crash TV" style, pushed the limits of what could constitute a professional wrestling program. However, thanks to the talent WWE had, it was successful, as RAW set record ratings and soared past WCW in the Monday Night Wars.
However, once gone from Vince McMahon's guidance, Vince Russo was exposed as... well, not good. His television helped WCW die faster, and squandered the promise of TNA in the 2000s.
But hey, why harp on the negative, you might ask. Sure, Russo fumbled outside of WWE, but at least the early Attitude Era was sunshine and rainbows, right?
No. Sure, WWE has success, but there was a lot of sheen over the manure on TV. For all the success that Vince Russo would like to take credit for in the early Attitude Era, there's a lot of garbage he needs to take blame for.