It’s been almost a week since Vince Russo made headlines with a loud and mostly illogical opinion, but he’s back (and after declaring wrestling dead last week... hmmm).
This time, the former WWE, WCW and TNA writer took issue with Sasha Banks’ “bad news” promo. Unlike many others who didn’t understand how it served the stories Raw is currently telling in its women’s division or who critiqued the writing and Banks’ delivery, Russo is offended that the Boss has a negative view of bra-and-panties matches, and wrestling’s historic focus on the female form.
For starters, Vince takes Sasha’s comments personally (ignoring his own “you’re getting worked, BRO” advice), but quickly flips his stance so he’s defending the reputation of the ladies he booked into cheesy, Skin-emax scenarios:
The GREAT women wrestlers before Sasha didn't book the bra-n-panties matches--Ed and I did to HELP WIN A WAR. A WAR that saved the company.— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
I'm a Sasha Banks fan, but I think she just slighted some GREAT female athletes who performed at top levels while drawing huge ratings.— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
.@JeremyRA100 @deetherz_ And the women were PROUD to show off their hard work. Unless you were there-U don't know. I was there.— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
He transitions into an argument that calls upon wrestling history, ignoring both that the mainstream version of the form hasn’t recently booked any match where the goal is to rip your opponents’ clothes off, and the disparate societally-determined ramifications of when men and women are sexualized:
For those who think they know, and don't have a !@#$%^ clue-the tuxedo match was around long before bra-n-panties pic.twitter.com/XiUbe0YhWw— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
Finally, he doubles down on the “reverse sexism” arguments, as if there’s a 100% level playing field between the genders (for more on why this is utter crap, here’s a good article my colleague Stella Cheeks referenced earlier to explain why the issue is apples and oranges... or bananas and tomatoes, I guess):
What a bunch of sexists PIGS. Guys can show off their bodies in short trunks, but women aren't allowed to? Somebody call Sports Illustrated— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
The day I apologize for enjoying watching a women w/ a beautiful body-is the day I turn in my MAN CARD.Why do U think WOMEN watch wrestling?— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
If even ONE of today's women wrestlers comes out showing even a GLIMPSE of CLEAVAGE next week-I'm throwing a red flag and closing my eyes!— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
And, if you want to rip me for introducing gender politics into the discussion or being “soft”, don’t worry, Russo has you covered:
Don't know what's worse-women trolls ripping me 4 admitting admiring beautiful female bodies, or man trolls ripping me for the same thing.— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
The really sad thing is, I doubt Vince really believes half of this. He knows he’s stirring up crap, and it will result in clicks for us and attention for him. He signs off his rant admitting as much.
Haters, please, please, please stop making me RELEVANT by responding to every, word I say. Just ignore me. Make believe I'm not here. THX.— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) September 6, 2016
So, there you have it. Maybe when this happens again in another week or so, we’ll all have the strength to ignore him.
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