Former WWE Head Writer Vince Russo has proposed bringing in Jim Cornette and Eric Bischoff to improve the WWE Draft.
Russo made the remarks while talking with Dr. Chris Featherstone of Sportskeeda about how to improve the draft process in WWE.
The former booker turned podcaster first worked for WWE in 1992 as a writer for WWF Magazine. Russo worked his way up the company ranks in the years that followed, eventually becoming WWE’s head writer in 1997. During his tenure with the pen, WWE launched the Attitude Era, which is still remembered fondly by fans today.
However, his dedication to pushing boundaries eventually cost him his job, as he joined WCW in 1999 after a disagreement with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon following the creation of SmackDown. Russo briefly returned to WWE in 2002 but left after only a few weeks.
When discussing the WWE Draft, Vince Russo stated that the process should be presented as authentically as possible. Jim Cornette would represent FOX, and Eric Bischoff would represent USA Network, alongside advisors and consultants like former WWE Champion Kurt Angle:
“Bro, if this were me and I were Vince [WWE Chairman Vince McMahon], I swear to God I would say, ‘Bro, we’re gonna do this legitimately. I don’t wanna hear anyone whining and crying why Brock’s on this show there… we’re going to do this legitimately.’ Bro, then you almost, as a shoot, can have both sides. Let FOX hire Jim Cornette for the draft, let USA [Network] hire Eric Bischoff. Let them bring in Kurt Angle, let them bring in advisors and consultants.”
WWE presents the draught as if FOX and the USA Network are making the selections in an effort to make ‘their’ show the premier product.
Vince Russo went on to say that the USA Network has “no idea” who will go to Raw in the draft:
“Bro, I can tell you this as a shoot… USA Network, they have no idea who they’re getting in the draft. They don’t know, they’ve got no idea. I’m sitting here and I’m really thinking about this, ‘Okay, bro, so you don’t know who’s gonna be on your television show next week? Like, seriously?’ Can you imagine, bro, you have a television show and you don’t know who the cast is gonna be? It’s absurd, bro! It’s unbelievable to me. But, bro, I think that [Bischoff and Cornette] would be so, so, so awesome, man.”
SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch moved to Raw in the 2021 Draft, while Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair went in the opposite direction. Later, it was revealed that Flair moved to SmackDown at the request of FOX.
Jim Cornette last worked for WWE in 2005, when he was the lead booker in Ohio Valley Wrestling, a key developmental territory. Cornette inducted his long-time rivals The Rock N Roll Express into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2017.
Eric Bischoff is best known for his work as President of WCW during the 1990s in opposition to WWE. Following the demise of WCW, Bischoff joined WWE in 2002 as Raw General Manager. In 2007, he left the company. Bischoff last worked for WWE in 2019 as the Executive Director of SmackDown. However, after only four months on the job, he stepped down in October of that year.