Jim Cornette has denounced Vince Russo’s claims that USA Network hired him to act as a consultant for WWE programming.
As former WWE Editor Vince Russo recently revealed that he kept his role for USA Network as a silent consultant, having appeared on WWE Raw and his deal ending shortly after WrestleMania 38. Russo also claimed he was “very well paid.” for his role and that Vince McMahon was aware of his involvement.
There was no love lost between Vince Russo and Jim Cornette, and in a recent episode of his Jim Cornette Experience, the manager-turned-podcaster opened up about how he doesn’t believe the claims.
If Vince McMahon didn’t let his own creators, his own wrestlers, his own family members go their own way. You think he gon’ change the fuckin’ schedule ’cause it’s shit [Vince Russo] gets a job as a consultant to a random USA Network executive. Oh, I’m sure he was calling a lot of punches. So while I’d like to blame sh*tstain for the downward trajectory of the Raw schedule over the past two years, no, I don’t think he had anything to do with it.
I think if USA Network was paying him, it was probably because a dipsh*t exec had just given him a couple grand a week. Now, for sh*tstain, that was something he would describe as being very, very well paid for a television network to hire a consultant. You know, and they probably got buyer’s remorse pretty quickly and just said ‘Oh shit, we screwed up, never mind. We signed the guy to a contract, so we’ll just send him his meager check. But I remain skeptical overall.
Jim Cornette pointed to other earlier claims by Vince Russo that he spoke to people in WWE and AEW while being associated with USA Network.
You know, you can’t believe sh*tstain even though his tongue was notarized, you have to dig deep into everything he says. And now here’s another thing. He was paid by his own admission, or by his own claim, by the American network to consult Raw for two years.
Over the past two years, he’s repeatedly said, “Well, I tried to talk Vince McMahon into letting me help him.” And then he did shows about the last email exchange he ever had with Vince McMahon. Then he talked about “I could help Tony Khan”. If only he gave me the opportunity to save his program…’ while he was being paid by USA Network to help the WWE program, he tries to convince Tony Khan to pay him to help the AW program?
That sting in the back is gonna fucking drive anyone nuts. He was never honest, he was never faithful. He was never loyal, he was never trustworthy. And he will find a way in his head to explain how he is the victim or if he is not the only one to blame. Or is it the fucking guy trying to do good and everyone’s against him as he chops the nuts off all his co-workers and stabs every boss he’s ever had in the back trying to get away with it? get a better job.
Vince Russo served as an editor for WWE between 1997 and 1999, before leaving the company and spending time with WCW and IMPACT Wrestling.
Thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.