Vince Russo has claimed that WWE chairman Vince McMahon reached breaking point after losing one of his best talents to then-rival company WCW.
McMahon has since gotten one over WCW by buying it out and must be feeling pretty good about himself every time he thinks about it. But, as Russo puts it, the WWE boss was at his absolute weakest when he was made to contend with the fact that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had jumped ship and joined Ted Turner's promotion.
“This was the weakest I ever saw Vince," Russo said on a recent episode of his Truth and Consequences podcast (h/t 411Mania). "And it was after Piper signed with the WCW. And I gotta tell you, I lost a little respect for him over this. Because Piper left, and bro there was like a company-wide meeting, and ask the CEO whatever it was.
"But I’ll never forget, bro. Vince McMahon was up there, and Piper had just gone, maybe like the night before or two days before, or whatever. And Vince turned around and was like, ‘They took Scott, and they took Kevin, and they took Rude, and now they took Rowdy Roddy Piper from me. There’s nobody left to take, who are you going to take from me?’
"And I remember sitting there, and I’m saying to myself, ‘Is this the guy that put all the territories out of business?’ Like, seriously Vince? Like, you’re gonna cry about WCW taking wrestlers from you, paying them more money, when you put company after company after company out of business."
Russo did make sure to state that there weren't any tears.
“No, he wasn’t crying but it was poor, pitiful me. I mean, without a shadow of a doubt, it was ‘Poor, pitiful me.’ And I was like, ‘Poor, pitiful you? Seriously, bro?’ … He was looking for sympathy from his employees. And I’m like, ‘Bro, you put dozens and dozens of companies out of business. Are you kidding me?'”
What This Means
Piper is considered to be one of the greatest heels to ever grace the wrestling business and his work on the mic was near unmatched.
Vince losing him to a rival company was no small thing. But Russo's right here; it was simply a taste of his own medicine.