Finally, some relatively intelligent e-mails. Did your parents write these for you?
Q: When you first heard of the New Blood angle, what was your gut reaction? Why did it tank?
A: It tanked for exactly the reason I knew it would tank: I knew the established stars would never truly put the young guys over, which meant the angle would either be confusing or have a "meet the new boss, same as the old boss"-type feel. Don’t confuse doing a job with putting someone over. When Hulk Hogan beats the crap out of Kidman for 10 minutes, loses on a fluke, then beats the crap out of him for 10 more minutes, that’s not putting Kidman over. That said, what tangible gain is made from Hogan putting over Kidman? How over can Kidman get? Can he draw money? None. Not very. No.
Q: What was the Macho Man like with Miss Elizabeth & then Gorgeous George?
Q: How did the wrestlers react to mainstream stars being brought in to wrestle main events?
A: The big bitch was that DDMe was always involved. He was involved with Malone and Rodman. He was involved with Leno and got on The Tonight Show. It certainly wasn’t because DDMe deserved it. It was because of his relationship with Bischoff. Otherwise, the boys mostly liked having the mainstream stars around. In some small way, it provided a bit of validation.
From: Milky Way
Q: What do you think of Randy Orton?
A: Overrated. But then, I’m not a fan of twink porn.
Q: Was Vince Russo correct to do what he did at Bash at the Beach 2000?
A: Judging by my color commentary at the time, you’d sure think I approved. But Hogan had creative control IN HIS CONTRACT. Legally, you had to let Hogan do what he wants. Same with Bret in Montreal. Contractual obligation takes precedence over what’s best for the promotion. I’m still not sure how much of what happened at Bash at the Beach 2000 was a shoot, though. Looking back, I think it was a work gone bad.
Q: Who is the biggest pain in the ass you’ve ever worked with?
Q: During the Monday Night Wars, who did WCW hold back that really had star potential?
A: That’s easy. At a Spring Break Nitro, a bunch of kids just behind the broadcast location were smoking a ton of pot, and Schiavone and I caught a vicious contact buzz. Watch that show today, and you can hear me make several references to it. At one point, Nash got on the headset and said, "Madden, are you high?" I just laughed and he said, "I’m coming out."
Q: What was it really like when Vince Russo was running WCW? I watched all of the episodes and they were an illogical mess. Didn’t anyone ever say, “What the hell is this guy doing?”
A: Uh, no. That was the problem. In WWE, McMahon edited Russo. In WCW, Russo mostly had carte blanche. Those who were in a position to correct/edit didn’t want the bother. Terry Taylor was a perfect example. Terry knows more about the logical progression of wrestling storylines and match layout than anybody. But he didn’t want to do his job; he wanted to keep it. Making the situation even worse was that Russo’s sidekick, Ed Ferrara, was in charge of humor. And he just wasn’t funny. He thought he was. But he wasn’t. Russo is good at ideas, not execution.
A: Then, as now, the girls are put on the road to sleep with the boys. Several Nitro Girls were "road wives" to wrestlers. On the road, they were monogamous. At home, they were monogamous, too — just with other people. Hey, when you put young, good-looking, athletic guys and girls on the road together, nature takes its course. Nothing wrong with that.
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