David Dexter reports on a recent interview with Dustin Rhodes:
Dustin Rhodes was given an opportunity in WWE very early on in his career. A lot of that was due to having a famous father in Dusty Rhodes. During a recent interview, he talks about what it was like when he left the company with his father and headed back to WCW. He also talked about how Vince McMahon reacted to the situation. Dustin said:
“Dad did. Dad was going back to WCW — I didn’t know it at that time but at the Royal Rumble where we did our business with Ted and Virgil, at the end there, dad said, Why don’t you ask Vince for your release and come with me to WCW? So, I did and he granted me that. Dad tells this story to everybody still to this day. He’s like, I walked off and I thanked Vince and him and dad we’re still talking. I’m out getting my bags or whatever it was and Vince said, That guy there, you’re taking him with you to WCW and that’s fine. But, he comes back here, I’m going to pull him from you and make him a star.’ He tells that story and it’s still really cool because he did. Goldust is a household name and he made me a star. It’s awesome because it’s kept its longevity for such a long time”
Courtesy of WWE.com:
They were trend-setters, mold-breakers, but most of all, they were forward-thinkers. Throughout the course of sports-entertainment, there have been a number of immensely creative performers willing to think outside of the box to stand out and, in turn, inspire future Superstars who also would dare to challenge preconceptions.
Everyone likes to say “hey, I’m a Paul Heyman guy” so I thought about who would be considered to be Vince Russo “guys.” So, here is a few guys who had their careers greatly benefited by Russo at one point or another.
Jeff Jarrett – WWF Intercontinental Champion, WWF World Tag Team Champion, WWF European Champion, WCW United States Champion, WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
I think most people can agree that Jeff Jarrett is a fine wrestler in the ring, but has never had the appeal of a main event guy. Prior to Vince Russo taking the book in WWF in the mid 1990?s, Jarrett was an accomplished midcarder who won the Intercontinental Championship in 1995. When he left to WCW had continued his success but came back in late 1997 and was pushed heavily by Russo in the main event scene. It was clear that Jarrett was one of Russo’s favorites and vice versa when Jarrett jumped to WCW shortly after Russo and Ferrera jumped ship in 1999. Jarrett had his greatest success from 2000 onward winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times in a three month period and consistently involved in main event programs. Of course, his NWA success has to do a lot with his ownership of the company. Nonetheless, without Russo as the booker Jarrett’s rise up the ranks would have never been accomplished.