Vince Russo recently expressed his disappointment over Lacey Evans’ gimmick on WWE Raw. Evans was involved in a storyline with Ric Flair with a romantic angle. Her real-life pregnancy forced an abrupt end for the storyline.
Russo said that WWE should focus on “real people” that they have on the roster. The characters that are portrayed on the WWE TV should be created around the pre-existing personalities and lives, according to Russo. The former WWE writer discussed Evans and Alexa Bliss’ storyline on the latest episode of Writing with Russo.
Lacey Evans has a military background. Russo feels that WWE should use that as a basis for creating a character for Evans. This would make the characters more engaging, and fans would relate to them more when they watch their documentaries on the WWE Network.
“I happened to see two of them (WWE Network specials). I saw Lacey Evans, and when I saw the real Lacey Evans and then the way they’re portraying her on TV, it was a headscratcher. This was a woman who wore the pants in the family…I was so impressed with Lacey Evans! We all know Lacey Evans’ military background. How she ever became the “Southern Belle” is… What are you doing?! You know what I mean? I swear to God, that’s where I would start. Let’s establish who these women are in real life and let’s create the character, of course magnify it a million times over, from that.”
Russo praised Alexa Bliss’ work on Raw
Vince Russo mentioned on his show that he was impressed with Bliss when he saw her WWE Network special. He mentioned that the real-life character development seen in WWE’s behind-the-scenes documentaries is the style of storytelling that he wants to see.
“I saw the Alexa Bliss one. And I saw the relationship with the parents. I walk away from these liking these people. I think that’s the problem right there. It’s like, A – can we please find out who these people really are? Even if you have to play these 24/7’s on the show. Bro, I’d rather see one of these 24/7’s on the show rather than this meaningless match that I’ve seen a million times before. And I don’t care who wins. When they show you who these people really are, you like them.”
Bliss is currently involved in a gimmick which is far away from a real-life character. Her angle currently involves a dark magic angle with Randy Orton. This storyline is reportedly building up towards a Wrestlemania 37 match between Orton and The Fiend.