VINCE RUSSO - FAQ
I heard a while back during 2002, that Vince Russo had made a return to WWE in the creative team. It kind of drifted off, and then Russo ended up in NWA-TNA. I was wondering why Russo left after such a short stay, and what he actually contributed to the WWE (If anything) at all.
Yes he did return for a short period of time and then left. To sum it up, he didn't like it. He didn't like the fact that Stephanie was on the creative team. He even told Vince McMahon that Stephanie should be off because the ratings started to drop ever since she got that position. I am not saying this is the main reason or even a reason of why he left, but I felt that I should add some details to this answer :-).
What happened and was said between Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo at the last WCW Bash At The Beach?
Vince Russo had been away from WCW for three weeks, and around Bash at the Beach time, he came back and booked Hulk Hogan to lose against Jeff Jarrett at Bash of the Beach 2000. Hulk Hogan refused to job, plain and simple. Vince Russo and Hogan started playing politics, but Hogan kept bringing up his creative control clause in his contract. This pretty much over powers Russo's or anyone else's bookings. (Which Hogan used many times.) Time for the match. The bell rang, Jarrett lays down and Russo signals for Hogan to pin him. Hogan pins Jarrett for the title and yells "This is bullshit." Hogan says something like "This is why the company is in the shape it's currently in." That's all it took to get Russo started. Russo tared Hogan a part on the microphone. Russo said that every since he came to WCW he's done nothing but deal with backstage politics. The reason he came back was for people like Booker T, MIA, Jeff Jarrett; the people who give a shit about the company, but there is a person that doesn't give a shit and that's the politician, Hulk Hogan. Russo says that Hogan can keep his title, it's called the Hulk Hogan Memorial belt. Russo says he has another title and awarded it back to Jeff Jarrett and said that the fans will get what they paid for. Russo makes a match between Booker T and Jeff Jarrett. At the end of the shoot, Russo calls Hogan a big bald son of a bitch and tells him to kiss his ass. This interview was not a legitimate shoot all the way. The interview between Russo/Hogan and the laying down was all planned as part of a work. However, Russo crossed the line when he did his "shoot" on Hulk Hogan which is the reason Hogan filed a lawsuit against Vince Russo in real life. Hogan claimed Russo went too far with the comments and ran down his character more than he agreed to let him do.