During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Vince Russo revealed that it was VInce McMahon who called the shots when it came to the Brawl For All concept. Here’s what he had to say:
My job when I was in that spot was to go to Vince McMahon’s house, bro, Bubba, Vince never had any ideas. That’s what he paid me for. So I would have to sit there and rapid fire, idea after idea after idea, that’s where I learned to get thick skin with my ideas, because I would go through a card catalog every writing session, and I would really try to push what I really wanted, I would rapid fire ideas. Brawl for All was one of the ideas on the list, it wasn’t important to the show, it was like a sideshow, it had nothing to do with McMahon/Austin, Rock/Austin, it had nothing to do with any of that. So whether Vince McMahon liked the idea or not was going to have zero bearing on me, it was an idea that I pitched to Vince. Bro, at the end of the day, Vince McMahon chose to do it. It’s Vince McMahon’s show. My job was to give him ideas. I did my job. Vince took the Brawl for All and decided to do it on the show. Why is Cornette cutting a promo on me and not Vince McMahon? It’s two-fold. Number one, he doesn’t have the balls to cut a promo on Vince McMahon. And number two, he wants to further his agenda with Vince Russo.
You can listen to the clip below: