Let's look at the Monday Night Wars. That was not so much won by WWE, as lost by WCW. Don't kid yourself into thinking Vince orchestrated the Attitude Era. The whole thing happened out of desperation for ratings. Vince was very lucky to get a few key things working for him at the same time - Russo was still around, Jim Ross was doing HUGE work behind the scenes as well as HUGE work selling guys on the mic and WWE were so desperate that they let the wrestlers exercise a greater degree of creativity.
The big difference between what happened in WCW and WWE is this - both companies were "taken over" for a time by wrestlers pretty much running the locker room and influencing creative. Difference being WWE was by that stage full of 'company men', who showed more loyalty to their employers - WCW was full of guys interested in how much TV time they could get and how big their paycheck were.
The luck came in when WWE struck gold in the form of Stone Cold, The Rock, Mankind and The Undertaker (and to a lesser degree HHH/DX). Let's face it, when most people bring up the AE, it's these guys they talk about almost exclusively. With these guys and their chemistry and the fact that they were more concerned with getting the company over than themselves (although they knew that in the long run, they'd also benefit of course), the WWE caught lightning in a bottle. But it was anything but planned out exactly like that.
The WWE today is so heavily scripted and controlled because Vince buys into the same thing that most people believe and that's that HE won the war, all on his lonesome. It's a total misconception. Back then, it was loosely scripted and more "let it ride and see what happens" (like the Stone Cold 3:16 promo). But it was desperation and not design.
I still have huge respect and regard for Vince but he is very out of touch these days. He's coasting on his rep.
WHAT?! Eric Bischoff... that name alone and his tenure with raw as GM makes your comment invalid... far more likely is Vince is looking for another Bischoff and no one is going to be him. Big Johnny was annoying,he was the kind of guy i beat up in high school. i would Rathr have Vickie in the spot, and i am NOT a fan of hers. he was monotone, over acted when he remembered to react and had all the charisma of a dust bunny. his run was pointless, he is a great admin person and is good in his role behind the scenes.. leave him there... bring back regal maybe, or give vickie the spot permanently but keep her out of "relationship angles with the top stars" hell give it to king, even Micheal "god you bore the not out of me" Cole, but the only funny thing to happen during "big johnny's" reign was santino calling him Johnny lanryngitis. the costant tampering in the fueds made them less effective and he doesn't ave the charisma to pull of what bischoff did, we aren't going to have a GM that makes a big impact on wrestlin until we have another GM come along who has that kind of charisma
I wish EB had had some say. I wish the whole thing was more democratic. But it wasn't, not even then.
His voice will always be the one that delivers the "The Elimination Chamber!" line so well that he owns it and is featured in all the EC match video packages to make it sound devastating. "Hell in a Cell!" comes close, but Vince will always own that.
It's disappointing that he needs that kind of help to be a great boss. He ran WCW into the ground and will do the same to TNA. I'm gad he didn't run thing his way. No one will ever touch his position, it's Vince McMahon, then Eric Bischoff, then Vickie Guerrero in people with power. Unfortunately Johnny doesn't come till after Mike Adamle and Triple H.