Vince Russo Claims His Gaff Had the Finish to the 1997 Royal Rumble Changed by Vince McMahon

Vince Russo appeared on the latest episode of his “Nuclear Heat” and talked about inadvertently getting the 1997 Royal Rumble result changed. Check out the highlights:

On getting a spot on WWE Livewire: “LiveWire was a new show on Saturday mornings, it was supposed to be an insider-type show. It had Sunny and Jim Cornette, and I thought it was just another wrestling show. I went to Vince and I basically buried the show.”

On the Rumble that year getting changed to a Steve Austin win: “Everybody had different predictions, and Vince McMahon was in the studio at the time. They asked me for my prediction, and I’m in there as Vic Venom, and I said ‘are you kidding me? It’s obvious Bret Hart is winning the Royal Rumble,’ and I really put over Bret Hart. I didn’t have a second or third choice…As soon as it’s ended, Vince was very red in the face. He started firing up on me, asking how I could give away the finish to the Royal Rumble. I looked him straight in the eye and said I had no idea who was going to win the Royal Rumblem nobody told me. It’s obvious to any fan sitting at home that Bret was going to win the Royal Rumble. I wasn’t in the inner circle at that point. It was obvious Bret Hart was going over.”

Vince Russo’s Nuclear Heat: Royal Rumble History, Behind The Scenes Look

On this week’s episode of Nuclear Heat, former WWE writer Vince Russo goes in-depth about what goes into the Royal Rumble match behind the scenes!

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