Russo discusses why he left WWE for WCW in 1999:
It was a couple of things. I was burnt out and didn’t appreciate Vince adding SmackDown without a heads-up or help. Number two, Vince was adding a show that would bring in millions of dollars in revenue and our salary did not go up one cent. I went into Vince’s office at that point and I was starting to breakdown because he was milking me dry. Part of what I was telling Vince is that I’m away from home, my kids are young, I wasn’t seeing my kids at all, and I was neglecting my wife. I’ll never forget Vince looked me in the eyes and said ‘I don’t know what the problem is. I pay you enough money to hire a nanny to take care of your kids. When he said that to me as a man, father, and husband, that was the end of the line.