Jim Cornette recently spoke with the folks at In Your Head Wrestling Radio about having heat with The Young Bucks tag-team, differences in the South and Northeast wrestling crowds and more.
Below are highlights from the interview.
On having heat with The Young Bucks over their Wrestle Kingdom 9 match: “They blocked me on Twitter!…I’ve never been so insulted. I’ve been in riots, I’ve had a couple of dozen people in their life try to kill me, and The Young Bucks thought they were going to hurt my feelings because they blocked me on Twitter…I gave a review of the show on my podcast…and theirs was the first match, the first one I reviewed…Their match, it was a four-team/eight-man match to open the Wrestle Kingdom show, to give the United States fans that are watching, at least from my perspective, the first look in English language at this great promotion, but nobody really is going to know who any of these guys are except for the hardcores that are going to be watching anyway. You couldn’t tell who was whose partner, nobody got over, it was a mess. They had to go out there in fifteen minutes; eight guys did every move they’d ever known and ever learned to each other; nobody registered it; you couldn’t tell who was on whose side; you couldn’t tell who was going to try to win this thing; it wasn’t even a tag match it was just a mess; and the Bucks also did this move to this guy where one picks him up like he’s going to give him a tombstone piledriver and the other one leaps to the top rope, leaps off the top rope, does a front forward somersault, grabs the guy’s legs, and they give him a spike piledriver. Boom! Cover him 1-2-somebody breaks up the pin, and they all continue the match and the Bucks didn’t even win. And so I made the comment that if somehow two guys had given that move to another guy on a show I was responsible for, and that guy left the arena under his own power, I would fire all three of them…I just gave an opinion; the Bucks got mad; I’m sorry, but it’s true and a lot of people in the business think so. It’s just that they look visually like small children, and they have to make up for it (they think) by doing all this devastating stuff, but the stuff isn’t devastating if you don’t beat people with it. Then you’re just going out there exposing the business because you can do a bunch of moves but you can’t ever actually whip somebody. It’s skewed thinking in my opinion.”
On differences in being a manager in the South versus the Northeast: “Yeah, somewhat, because to be quite honest, and I knew this going in, managers were never put in the place of importance in the WWF as they were down South in terms of the live event and the overall angle/program, because they had the tradition in the Northeast that the managers really just talked for the guys at television and then maybe they’d walk to the ring in the Garden, and down South the managers on the show and the manager with the heel were an intricate part of the whole thing. So, I did basically a lot less. It was a whole lot easier working in the WWF as a manager than it was in the NWA because half the time nobody would even get to me. Literally, in the NWA, in every house show match we had unless it was just something for us to get over the babyfaces were going to get a hold of me, or I was going to take a bump, or I was going to work interfering…and a lot of times with Yokozuna I just walked to the ring and cheered him on and that was it. And I wasn’t going to do stuff they didn’t want me to do, that I wasn’t being told to do, so I just hung out and watched the matches a lot. It was a whole lot easier. It wasn’t as much fun, but it was a whole lot easier.”
Check out the complete interview at IYHWrestling.com.
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