You know what bothers me about Jim Cornette?
In the 1980s and 1990s, Jim Cornette was a prominent figure in professional wrestling because it’s a business that he took very seriously. His promotion, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, was one of the best in the South region and it featured several top stars- everybody from New Jack to Shawn Michaels. True story: SMW is the only roster that featured both of them, Buddy Landel, Al Snow, The Undertaker, Chris Candido, and many more at any given time. Once SMW closed, Cornette helped cultivate Ohio Valley Wrestling, and has since worked for Ring Of Honor, TNA, and virtually anywhere who wanted an incredible wrestling mind involved.
Jim Cornette cannot ignore anything he doesn’t immediately agree with. Jim Cornette cannot help putting his foot in his mouth. Jim Cornette doesn’t love many aspects of wrestling, which most of us do not, but his assessment of these things are often times so vile that it’s sickening to hear him speak. When Cornette isn’t spewing vitriol about what he dislikes, he’s sharing some amazing knowledge of wrestling legends long since forgotten. I wouldn’t know who George “Crybaby” Cannon or Chris Colt were if not for hearing Cornette speak on them. I also wouldn't have heard him refer to several wrestlers, such as Chyna, as disgustingly as he had. I met Chyna in 2015, shortly before she passed, and have never felt so welcome and appreciated as I did with her. However, to hear Cornette tell it, he “don’t give a fuck whether [she] turns blue, drops dead, or catches on fire” [x].
The thing is, I get it. I get why he’s frustrated with a lot of wrestlers and wrestling in general. I get his Southern attitude because he’s the type of people that I’ve grown up around. However, the landscape has changed. Racist people shut the fuck up now. Homophobes keep it to themselves. Sexism is something we’re all fighting against now. The entire world around us has changed, yet Cornette doesn’t care, and furthermore, refuses to admit when he’s wrong. Ask Kevin Owens, for example. At this point, Cornette is shitting on Kenny Omega, when the dude’s done probably the best work of his life in the last year, and will continue to be one of the greats to headline any event he’s on. I’m not sure why Cornette continues to have it out for him, I’m guessing because of the “ratings” and that talking about Omega keeps Cornette semi-relevant, but I’ve had about enough of it. I’m fucking over it.
Jim Cornette, if you should ever see this… Lord knows you probably don’t respect me, don’t give a fuck about me, and don’t give a fuck about my opinion. That’s fine. You were, in my opinion and by god, the opinions of many others, one of the greatest managers of all-time, but you have a piss-poor attitude toward modern wrestling, and I think it’s time to just admit that it might not be for you. I’m a guy who LOVES horror movies, but when I watch The Walking Dead, I’m not interested. Since I’m not interested, I don’t watch. You should try that out. Just because you love something, no matter how long you’ve loved it, sometimes, shit just isn’t for you. Live and let live, man. Relax. The business isn’t “dead” because if it was, you wouldn’t still be talking about it. If Kenny Omega “kills the business” by wrestling a blow-up doll and an 8-year old girl, then why has everyone else moved past that and are heralding him as one of the best wrestlers in the world?
And for the record, the matches against a blow-up doll and the 8-year old were immensely entertaining.
I’m going to quote something an old friend of mine once said; “When Hitler tried to take over the world by killing everyone, it wasn’t the world that had the problem.” Professional wrestling is fine. People like you, sir, are the problem. When it comes to history, you know more than I’d say any wrestling manager in the world. When it comes to modern wrestling, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say, we get it. You don’t like it. We don’t care that you don’t like it. Your version of what wrestling should be like happens in small towns around the United States, and it draws about 60 people, if that, per show.
It’s over, and not in the way you think it is. Kenny Omega is over, and not in the way you wish he was.