It's late 1999 and at this point the WWF is far and away better and ahead of the WCW. Even though WCW had made some very huge very unforgivable mistakes, they were still a huge wrestling company at this time and they were still pulling ratings anywhere from 3.5 to 5.0. So there was still something there that fans wanted to see. There were still characters and performers that fans cared about and wanted to see on a weekly basis. Eric Bischoff is out at this point so all WCW needed was someone that could stop the ship from sinking and get it back to shore with as little casualties as possible. Enter Vince Russo........ On October 5, 1999 both Ed Ferrara and Vince Russo signed with WCW. Top Turner officials thought at the time that they had just gotten the goose that was laying all of McMahon's golden eggs and why not think that? Russo was the head writer for the WWF before he signed with WCW and many of the WWF's major/successful storylines were his ideas. Also, Russo wasn't shy about telling anyone who would listen that Austin, DX, the Rock, 'Taker and Kane, and all of the Attitude Era stuff were all his ideas. He came up with it all and he would do the same for WCW. Let's be honest with ourselves, we're heading WCW and we're not doing great at all. Then, all of sudden, we get the guy who was, basically, Vince's idea machine willing to come over and do the same for us that he had done with the WWF. You, me, and everyone else in that position would sign Russo as well. So, really, Idk if WCW can be blamed for signing Russo. What they can be blamed for is after a few months of continuing to drop in the ratings, losing money, and horrible horrible storylines; not kicking Russo to the curve. See, Vince Russo truly did have some great ideas, however, he more often had very very bad ideas. What was the difference between Russo in WWF and WCW? In WWF the final say always came down to Vince McMahon. McMahon knew what would work and what wouldn't. So he was there to filter out all of Russo's crap for the good. In WCW, though, Russo ran wild. He had his own creative control and could make the final decisions. I'm sure everyone seen the difference. In WCW, without McMahon to filter through the garbage, all of Russo's ideas made it on the show. Stuff like Ed Ferrara as Oklahoma, a J.R. imitation. Turning Goldberg heel for a brief period. Himself as World Champion. Re-creating the Montreal Screwjob. Having Jeff Jarrett lay down for Hulk Hogan. Singing groups. Pole matches. David Flair marrying Stacy Kiebler. Also, let's not forget the infamous, David Arquette winning the World Championship. Russo's ideas took WCW from worse to even worse. I'm going to talk about this at length when I get to this topic, but do you people who believe that the AOL/Time Warner merger is what killed WCW really think that if WCW was still making 150 million a year that they would've still wanted to get rid of it? Use your brains people. What's the worse thing that you remember about Russo in WCW? What are some of his 'ideas' that I missed? What do you think was his all time worse idea? Let me know your opinions.