WCW Wrestler Disco Inferno, best known for his comedy gimmick of “incompetent dancer”, had an interview this week on former WWE and WCW head writer Vince Russo’s podcast, and the results were interesting, to say the least. In between using the term “Bro” so many times that it felt like watching an episode of Jersey Shore, Disco claimed that wrestling fans are demanding too much wrestling content on Raw, leading to non-fans not watching because they allegedly would only care about the “entertainment” part of the show.
“[WWE Monday Night] RAW on Monday [October 26, 2015] had over one hour of wrestling. One hour! One-third of the show [was] non-wrestling fans turning on the TV, channel surfing, seeing matches, and turning it off because wrestling was on. 33% of the show, okay?”
He also mocked NXT as “overrated”, saying that a promotion that has contained, at one time or another, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Asuka, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Neville (just to name a few), are the “rank amateurs of professional wrestling” (also apparently ignoring the fact that NXT is still, by and large, a place for developing young, less-trained wrestlers to prepare them for the more polished WWE product), and likened NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, which drew over 15,000 fans to the Barclays Center on SummerSlam weekend, to a “comic convention”, because he felt it was only attended by hardcore fans and did nothing to promote the product.
“Everybody blows up NXT like it’s great. Bro, I watch it, see, they’re green guys. These are like the rank amateurs of professional wrestling and they’re blowing it up like it’s the greatest thing and it’s better than [WWE Monday Night] RAW”
“The big shows in wrestling have basically become comic book conventions where all the fans show up. It doesn’t do anything to increase your audience. It just gives something to the fans, like a big show to go to.”
Perhaps most controversially, Disco and Russo seemed to suggest that pro wrestling would be a lot more appealing if they could return to the days when steroid use was rampant, claiming that nobody wants to watch smaller athletes who don’t have perfect physiques, and saying that if WWE was a private company, Vince could easily go back to concealing steroid use from the public. Disco also said that steroids were not the definitive reason behind many pro wrestlers dying at a relatively young age, citing many other potential factors and stating that steroids were only a “small” factor in the grand scheme of things.
“People like looking at people that look larger than life. When you turn on the TV and see a guy with a potbelly and a t-shirt wrestling another guy without a tan that doesn’t look good and everything and all that and they’re on [TV] for 14 minutes wrestling each other, who are you selling that to?”
“People talk about the steroids and the drugs and everything and all that, ‘professional wrestlers die to early’, lets not forget you can’t ignore the amount of physical stress a professional wrestler has gone under in his lifetime. 15 years of getting slammed down on hard surfaces for 15 years, 200 nights a year. I would suggest that probably has a lot more to do with the breaking down of a person’s physical condition than abusing a steroid or drinking too much or something. You would think just based on what we’ve done for a living that, of course, professional wrestlers would die sooner than other people because of the stress. They can sit there and point out, ‘Well, he [has] done steroids. Well, he was drinking. He took pain pills.’ Bro, that’s all fine and dandy. You can argue that. I can also argue that that’s just a small factor compared to what professional wrestlers do for a living, getting beat up.”
If you feel compelled to watch the rest of this interview involving a couple of guys who clearly have an ax to grind with an industry in which they’re no longer even slightly relevant, you can see it here: