Details on Vince McMahon’s “yelling argument” over a WWE main event

Vince Russo recently recalled how he and Vince McMahon yelled at each other before WWE SummerSlam 1998.

Steve Austin defeated The Undertaker in the main event at Madison Square Garden to retain the WWE Championship. After the match, The Deadman respectfully presented his teammate with the title before glaring at him from outside the ring alongside Kane.

Russo, the chief editor of WWE at the time, thought New York fans would prefer Austin or The Undertaker as the bad guy. Speaking to Pounds The Meat’s Vinny Vegas, the 61-year-old revealed that he completely disagrees with McMahon’s booking for the match.

Russo said: “Once I had a very heated argument with Vince. “I’ll never forget that, man, because it happened in his limo, and when I tell you he’s in the front and I’m in the back, that’s how we got along. necessary.” [30:59-31:12]

Russo understands that the President of WWE wants his top attractions to be fun backstage, which is why he allows them to keep their baby faces intact. However, from a plot perspective, the writer believes that the match could have been better.

“Vince was trying to make talent happy, and I totally get that, I totally get it,” continued Russo. “They were his two biggest draws, top two stars, but I said, ‘Dude, this is wrong, man, they don’t want a babyface match.’ Austin and ‘Taker will tell you to this day that they had a blunder at Madison Square Garden. ” [31:47-32:11]

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SummerSlam 1998 featured eight matches, including Triple H’s Intercontinental Championship win over The Rock in a ladder match. The show is also remembered for Ken Shamrock’s victory over Owen Hart in the Lion’s Den match.


Vince Russo has no problem standing in front of Vince McMahon

On this day in history (August 30) Triple H defeated The Rock to become the new Intercontinental Champion at #SummerSlam 1998! Then, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Undertaker to retain his WWF title against a packed Madison Square Garden.

Along with Ed Ferrara, Russo was credited with writing storylines for WWE when RAW garnered its highest television ratings in the late 1990s.

Many former WWE stars in recent years have admitted that they should have established a closer relationship with Vince McMahon. In Russo’s case, he was never afraid to speak his mind when dealing with his former boss.

“I’m not someone who doesn’t fight for what I believe in,” added Russo. “I went up against Vince McMahon and if I thought something was right, I stuck to it and I drove it. If he comes up with an idea that I don’t think is a good idea, I say it. And you know what, man, he respects me for that because no one else has done it. ” [32:14-32:39]

Russo, who later worked for WCW and TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, reviews RAW weekly on Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Legion of RAW program. Latest episodes can be found this.


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