It Came From YouTube: Goldberg refuses to follow the script (and then he pushes an old lady and rips up a kid’s autograph book)

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Crapper Paul S. writes:

So the selling point for Fall Brawl 2000 was “wrestling is FAKE, but not this time. We swear…”

No wonder this company went out of business.

You know, I’m willing to defend some of the stuff Vince Russo tried to do, but this really insulted my intelligence as a fan (and as a human being, for that matter).

This “Everything on this show is fake except for what you’re seeing right now!” crap just makes the audience think that you as bookers assume we are all idiots.

“That stupid stuff earlier was fake, but this is a shoot, baby! It’s real! Goldberg refused to follow the script the writers laid out and he was shooting!”.

Yeah, right….

You can create an atmosphere of unpredictability without undermining everything else happening in the company.

This is the sort of thing that made me glad WCW finally limped to its death.

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4 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Goldberg refuses to follow the script (and then he pushes an old lady and rips up a kid’s autograph book)"
  1. Anonymous says:

    There’s a video where Russo explains his reasoning for all the “IT’S SCRIPTED NO IT’S NOT YES IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” bullshit that he liked to book/write. Believe it or not, it isn’t even that poorly reasoned. Check this out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8myzlAioLE

    The problem is that he starts out with a relatively smart observation, makes a relatively smart conclusion based on that observation, and then proposes the WORST possible solution to the perceived problem.

    I find it interesting that he (or ANYONE in the industry for that matter) doesn’t try to solve the everyone-knows-it’s-fake-now “problem” by just… getting rid of the fakest parts of the product. You’d think that would be brain dead obvious. I mean, that IS basically how the Attitude Era happened: By removing all the clowns and sumo wrestlers and what have you that DESTROYED the last bits of suspension of disbelief in wrestling in the early-mid 90s.

    • hobu0 says:

      You make good points, but let’s not get carried away here. Undertaker “sacrificing” Mideon for a fricken half an hour and Mark Henry giving head to a dude wasn’t really any more “realistic” than a clown or a sumo wrestler.

      • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

        Yeah, that’s why I didn’t like those angles. They were edgier, but just as stupid and unrealistic.

  2. ScMcS says:

    I had long given up on WCW, so I never once had to endure an episode of Nitro or Thunder with Vince Russo on the creative team. Thank God.

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