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Rope Opera: How WCW Killed Vince Russo [Kindle Edition]

Vince Russo
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It’s been a decade since The Monday Night War waged between the WWF and WCW generated unprecedented and astronomical ratings, and the landscape of “the sport of kings” has changed radically. But one thing remains constant: the fans chanting “Fire Russo!” can still be heard at TV tapings and pay-per-view events across North America. And Vince Russo, the man who has at times been called “the most hated man in professional wrestling” wouldn’t have it any other way. In his first book, Forgiven, Vince Russo delivered a modern-day parable about the price of success. In heartbreaking detail, he showed how a “godforsaken business” and the desire for acclaim in his career as a writer for Vince McMahon’s WWF led him into a spiritual wasteland. Today, a changed Russo has returned to prominence in wrestling — a world he both loves and that has, he acknowledges, broken his heart — as one of the writers and masterminds behind TNA, the world’s fastest-growing and most cutting-edge wrestling promotion. For two hours every Thursday, Russo’s ideas and words revolutionize wrestling on Spike TV; but what he achieves on Impact! on a weekly basis has been many years in the making. He’s been known as both the saviour of the WWF and the man who destroyed WCW, and Rope Opera: How WCW Killed Vince Russo is the true, behind-the-scenes story of, quite simply, the rise and fall and rebirth of professional wrestling. Many have tried to explain the inner workings of wrestling’s most turbulent era — but this is the first time someone in the centre of the maelstrom has ever laid everything bare. In returning to the page to take readers from the death of WCW to the rise of TNA, Vince Russo has crafted his most remarkable storyline: that a grown man can come to terms with, and find peace within, the insanity of the squared circle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9270 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (22 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C04T0Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really a wrestling book... 31 July 2010
By Jim
I should be honest here, this is not really a review of this whole book; it's a review of the first four chapters. I had planned on reviewing the entire thing but I really couldn't read any more.

My biggest issue with the book was just how much Russo talks about religion. Don't get me wrong, I knew when I bought the book that Vince Russo is a born-again Christian and that his religion is a big part of his life but surely he realises that people aren't buying his book to read about that. If I'm buying a book called 'Rope Opera - How WCW Killed Vince Russo' then I don't think it's unreasonable to expect the book to mainly be about wrestling.

The parts where he does talk about wrestling are informative and enjoyable but unfortunately there just aren't enough of them.

If you want a book about WCW then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of The Death of WCW.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 28 Oct. 2010
By Juan McGuinness VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I can't categorically say don't buy this book.... but it's close.

If you're a wrestling fan it's probably worth a read for a few sides of Russo's story and there are a couple of interesting anecdotes and as a biography it's got some nice behind the scenes personal stories.

But my word he doesn't half go on about god a fair bit.... ok in context much like Shawn Michael's biography it's clearly had a profound effect on his life and how he views things but you just want to shake him and say "ok I get it, you have been reborn, I'm chuffed for you but please... please just get on with the book"
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a frustrating book 19 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First of all this book is incredibly badly written. Every third line seems to start with 'Man' or end in an exclamation point. It's also written in a scattergun, conversational way, which becomes very repetitive and dull very quickly. There are 255 pages here - I'd estimate around 50 deal with wrestling. He also can't sit still, like a child with ADD - the book leaps off at tangents constantly.

Russo, you see, is a Christian, which is great, but like many born-agains, treats his reader as a simpleton who hasn't ever thought about anything to do with religion and therefore needs to be converted. What amazes is that he seems to genuinely believe that anyone reading his half-baked religious theories will actually see the light. He's whiny, and he's preachy and he's patronising. That's not the only time he's patronising - wrestling fans are continually reminded 'it's all fake' (as if we didn't know) and Russo demonstrates his utter contempt for the people who keep him in a job.

He's also a hypocrite. Firstly, he sells this book on it being the tale of his time in WCW, then spends most of it talking about God then droning on about his childhood and favourite US TV shows. He even seems proud that this book, titled and marketed exclusively towards wrestling fans, doesn't deal much with wrestling. So he thinks we're sad and needing saved but he'll take our money.

There are good things in here, but it's like panning for gold; you'll have to work hard to find the nuggets. Russo seems a strange little man, and his chance to tell his side of the story is wasted on a massive ego-trip. In the end, he writes proudly that he is a writer who never reads a book; trust me Vince, we can tell.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst wrestling book ever written 28 April 2010
By W. Finn
Do not buy this book, quite simply it is the worst wrestling related book i have ever read. It is extremely poorly written.

One might think that given the fact that Russo is a writer by profession that this book would be readable but it is not. Despite having their heads banged about constantly, wrestlers like Mick Foley and Chris Jericho have managed to produce works of reasonable literary quality. Russo's work in contrast, is utterly incoherent. One wonders how a publishing house like ECW press allowed this to be printed.

Russo goes off in tangent more often than not, skipping from one point to another. He clearly has no concept of structure, making the meandering thoughts that have made there way on to the page very difficult to read. He will trash one individual, only to go back on himself a couple of pages later. He praises people in unquestionable terms and then completely changes his mind. He jumps from one year to the next, back a couple of years and then into the next decade. Its impossible to keep up with his train of thought.

Strangely, he stops every four or five pages to praise either God, or Disco Inferno without any explanation.

He also makes an attempt at Foleyesque humour, but fails miserably. His unconscious attempts at humour fair a little better. The only chuckle you will get from the book is when you realise how utterly insecure the author is.

(I would just like to add that i have no opinion whatsoever of Russo the individual, whether he created WWF attitude or not, whether he wrecked WCW or not etc etc. I have no axe to grind, i bought this book out of casual interest and wrote this review out of sheer frustration at wasting hard earned money on a terrible book)
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