It was clearly a taste of the old and the new this past week on Vince Russo’s THE BRAND which could be both SEEN and HEARD daily on the and

The week in crazed variety kicked off on Monday when the one and only KONNAN did a run-in on Lions, Tigers, Bears and Dirt, and did his absolute best to discredit the “good name” of The Disco Inferno. The banter between these two concerning TNA’s Jeremy Borash–stooge, or no stooge–was perhaps the best the entire podcast world witnessed all week.

After covering this past week’s episode of RAW and comparing and contrasting it to a historical installment from the Attitude Era, I formally introduced myself to Aaron Stevens, aka Former WWE Superstar Damien Sandow, and he openly tackled the tough topics I threw his way including: how he went about pitching his ideas to Vince McMahon, crowd reactions towards him seemingly being ignored, treating WWE like making a movie and if he ever considered leaving on his own terms.

Here’s a comment from Aaron concerning the lack of a push following his win at Money in the Bank:

“At the time I’m thinking what is the reason? Due to the nature of the business you’re going to question that. I reached a point where I said, ‘Look, whatever the reason is, overcome this by simply being good.’ Maybe it’s circumstantial. It’s a play, it’s a movie, all I have to do is keep the reaction and keep myself at a level that when my music hits–the fans give their opinion.”

Later in the week I concluded the second part of my SWERVE interview with WWE two-time Champion and HOFer Bob Backlund. We saw a much different side of Mr. Backlund when he talked about dropping the WWE Championship in 1984 after a 6 year run.

“I had a big problem in ‘85. I never had a situation like this. I held the belt for six years and I didn’t think there was anything left in the future. I started thinking there was no reason for getting up in the morning. What was I going to do to make my life better, or feel better then by having the WWF Title for six years? My wife, my daughter, they didn’t know that anything was wrong with me. But, I was stuck in low gear in the past.”

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  1. I can’t wait to buy this book! I wish I had the guidance as a child and a teen that he provided in this and last weeks interview. So much wisdom that I’m sure he has on full display in the book. There are some people that would look at Mr. Backlund and say he’s crazy or whatever but he has that list he spoke about of 18 things that if these same people gave there whole selves to they could change nearly every negative in their lives and enjoy life the way Mr Backlund does! Thanks Vince(and Jeff Lane!) for this excellent interview as we’ll as all of your other hard work for THE BRAND and of course thank you to everyone who writes and gives of themselves to make this entity TRULY GREAT.