Vince Russo questions Triple H, Vince and Stephanie McMahon's work ethic in open letter about WWE Raw

Sean Rueter
SB Nation

Noted hot-head Vince Russo is at it again.  And I'm not soley trying to be hyperbolic with the headline of this post, but I don't see how anyone - including the powers-that-be at WWE - can take it any other way.

Here's what the former WWE, WCW and TNA writer released via his PyroandBallyHoo blog:

Dear Vince, Stephanie and Hunter,

First let me apologize for my rant last night on Russo on Raw. I'm Italian, I'm emotional, I'm sorry I get that way sometimes. Come to think of it, you probably witnessed it first hand in a galaxy far, far away-many light years ago. The truth is-I hate to criticize RAW. I really do. Having been there and done that, I realize how difficult it is to come up with two hours of compelling content every week - let alone three. The job is not easy, I understand that, and nobody can be criticized for TRYING and giving their BEST EFFORT-nobody. But . . . the question I have to ask is: "Is what we see every Monday Night honestly and truly your best effort? I just know that having worked with all three of you in the past, I don't think any of us would have been satisfied, or even ALLOWED last night's show to air in its final form. Are we seriously not better than that? What happened to our mantra during the Attitude Era when this week's show was going to be better than last weeks? Remember that, Vince?

I don't know what it is. I don't know the structure, because I am not there, but nobody-NOBODY-can tell me that with a bit more effort you couldn't be doing better than what WE THE PEOPLE are being exposed to every Monday Night. Look-we all love wrestling, we are all HUGE fans of the WWE and in all truthfulness-WE WANT TO LIKE THE SHOW!!! But, you just make it so difficult. Asking anybody to sit through three hours of what you're currently putting on the air is not only asking too much . . .but, it's also unfair.

Look, I'm not going to tell you what to do, or how to do it, who am I? All I'm asking is that you all ask each other-is this the best that World Wrestling Entertainment has to offer its fans? If the answer is yes, that I guess I've just over-rated you, however, I think we all know that's not the answer. I don't think any of you can walk away from that building on Monday night honestly believing that you had just put your best foot forward. I don't believe that for a second.

Right now, you have an UNBELIEVABLE talent roster, up and down from first match to main event, but the writing and producing of the show is just not serving them justice. You have to know that. What happened to the work ethic and the commitment that we all shared during the Attitude Era? What happened to that passion, when we literally used to leave our own BLOOD, SWEAT and TEARS on the script that we wrote. If something didn't exceed our expectations we were sick over it for days-I know I was.

Vince, Stephanie, Triple H, YES we will always be here no matter what. We support you, and we support the WWE, but the truth is . . . we deserve better. And, deep down inside I know that you know that.

With 1,000% sincerity.


Your Former Head Writer

Vince Russo

Like all wrestling figures, Russo is in the business of keeping attention on himself, and this is another way to do that for a few days.  And maybe his bridge to WWE is already well and truly burned, so shooting a few more firecrackers at the remnants of that relationship don't amount to much.

But I have a hard time believing that a trio of workaholics like Vince, Steph and Hunter aren't giving their all to the product.  Their "all" might be out of touch with the latest in pop culture and certainly don't seem to line up with the hopes and desires of large chunks of the internet wrestling community, but nothing I have read or seen about their approach to the business indicates that they would knowingly churn out substandard product.

What do you think, Cagesiders?  Is Russo right that a little more elbow grease from Creative would drastically improve Raw?

Or is more just that WWE's idea of a great three hour sports entertainment show isn't in line with what we want from a live pro wrestling program?

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