THE MAT POTATO II
Is Vince Russo afraid of success? Or, to use a term I learned from my mother "can't stand prosperity"?
As Heather so accurately pointed out in her column (insert link here, please) (Sorry, CRZ, I have absolutely zero idea how to program the html link) the WCW has some things going for it. Some great feuds brewing, some interesting angles worth developing.
Let's look at a few of them, here.
David Flair v. Ric Flair. Yeah, I know, Ric is the legend and should be mentioned first, but I put David first as he seems to be the instigator in this case. This angle is as old as time, itself. It has certain Oedipal overtones that ring with all of us who grew up as sons. (Sorry, but there really isn't much call for the Electra complex as most of the wrestlers are male. Plus, who would want to see Luna Vachon feud with her mother on TV?).
Ahem, back to the feud. David Flair is upset about his famous father being gone so much. (Sound familiar Dusty/Dustin?). David is rebelling and trying to take his fathers place. OK, so my father wasn't famous in the same vein as Ric Flair, but I did have some mighty big footprints laid out in front of me as I followed him in my chosen profession. (To wit, the Navy). However, I consciously chose a different career path so I wouldn't end up working for those who worked either with, or for, my father. I wanted to do it on my own.
This same scenario plays out in the real world in all walks of life. Actors, musicians, accountants, whatever. That's what makes this angle so interesting. It's so true to life.
However, Russo, who can't seem to let a good angle go without injecting a massive dose of his own ego into it, has to become Rasputin. This angle would work just fine without Russo stirring a whole bunch of sewage into it and making it way too soap-opera. As a boss of mine used to say, "You can mix shit and ice cream, but it will still stink like hell".
The Misfits in Action are a perfect example of Russo's arrested development. I mean, come on now. Hugh G. Rection? Major Stash? Lieutenant Loco? Major Guns? What's next? Corporal Heywood Jablome? Colonel Dick Chixadore? Come on. How sophomoric is this?
That interview with Vampiro was just painful. Personally, I think Vampiro would be better off as a mystery man. Let him stay in the shadows, remain an enigma. IMHO he would get way over that way. However, the more you try to humanize him, the less effective he's going to be. Mick Foley got way over with his interview because of his sincerity. His love of the sport showed through every aspect of his life. Plus he has talent on the stick that very few have. Vampiro doesn't have the same type of charisma, nor should he be forced into that mold.
Let him find his own method, and let him run with it. Instead of trying to turn the wrestlers into the cookie cutter ideas that Russo loves to play with, let them develop their own personalities and write it that way.
As I was ruminating over this column, I immediately thought of dogs. (Freudian? Dogs? WCW? Ahem). I have noticed that it's generally the smaller dogs, the more noise it makes. It's the yorkies, the pomeranians and the rest of the ankle snappers who yip the most. Dobermans, Boxers, Pit Bulls, Bull Mastiffs, and the rest of the giants don't make a whole lot of noise. But when they do, you certainly pay attention.
Just by continually saying "I'm a player", doesn't make you one. In fact, it actually diminishes your credibility.
But Russo is "New York tough". Just ask him. He'll tell you.