Awesome: Jim Cornette

  • Special mention must be made for The Great Debate: Jim Cornette vs. Kenny Bolin in 2009 on the Who's Slammin' Who? podcast. Over the course of 40 minutes, Cornette soundly tears Bolin apart, calling him on his scams, manipulative behaviour and general bastardry. Upon broaching the subject of Bolin's "charity foundation" which supposedly helps teenage girls who are victims of abuse, Cornette delivers one of the greatest put downs of all time that leaves Bolin utterly speechlessnote :
    Cornette: You're a forty-eight-year-old man! And you're runnin' around with these teenage girls that you're "counseling?"
    Bolin: I'm a father figure.
    Cornette: You're a GRIZZLY SMITH is what you are, I'll tell you that right now!
    Bolin: [Stunned Silence]
  • During Brock Lesnar's OVW days, he was apparently a massive jerk backstage: constantly gloating over being on the fast track while openly admitting he didn't give a damn about wrestling, bullying the ring crew, going off-script to berate the audience and generally behaving like an entitled dick. Cornette gave him multiple warnings but Brock didn't care. Eventually Jim met his limit when Brock decided for no apparent reason to shoot on Synn (Cornette's wife and the Heel manager he was feuding with) by working her recent piercing while press slamming her, and decided to really twist the knife by threatening to do it the whole preceding day. When Cornette found out, he told Brock what amounted to "Don't you ever dare disrespect her or anyone else like that again. If you do, I'm not going to fight you because you're a genetic freak. Instead I'll get my gun and I'll shoot you, I don't care how tough you are, you won't get back up from a bullet to the head"
    • For some more delicious Laser-Guided Karma, immediately afterwords Lesnar went to Danny Davis (the other head of OVW) bawling that "Jim said he was gonna SHOOT me!" But Davis, who had heard the whole thing, simply laughed and basically replied "What the hell did you expect him to say?"
  • A rare editorial segment allowed to him on Raw during the Monday Night Wars saw him quite soundly tear apart a cage match pitting Hulk Hogan against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper at WCW Halloween Havoc:
    "I'm Jim Cornette, I just wonder if any of you are sick and tired as I am of people who claim to be the "icon" of wrestling? Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper claim to be the icon, Shawn Michaels is the "icon that can still go," Bret Hart would claim to be the icon if he wasn't too busy crying about being screwed, and I guess Randy Savage is still "thinkin', thinkin'!" Well, Shawn Michaels is still the single most talented wrestler today inside the ring, but outside he's an adolescent, obnoxious jerk who takes his tights and goes home if he doesn't get his way. Bret Hart is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but if he'd been screwed as many times as he claims he would've struck oil by now. And Randy Savage is a legend, but let's face it, how many records did Frank Sinatra sell last year? But the pinnacle of this "icon" garbage came at last night's cage match between Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, to determine–in their minds only–who the real icon is. WCW had the gall to say "this is the greatest cage match in history," but it was only the greatest in three weeks since Hell in a Cell. But here you've got a 46-year-old bald movie star wannabe who looks like Uncle Creepy with a good build taking on a guy with an artificial hip that hadn't wrestled a full schedule in ten years. It's a tribute to the massive egotism, in my mind, of both men and an indictment of WCW's promotional policies that this match even took place, much less being the main event, when the card was probably the best that WCW's capable of having! By the ten minute mark, they were sucking wind so bad the first three rows passed out of oxygen deprivation–would've been funny if it wasn't so sad. Well, I'm sick and damn tired of guys claim to be the "icon," especially when it usually comes from guys who just didn't know when to quit. Roddy Piper was my idol when I was a teenager, but that was twenty years ago. Hulk Hogan during his best years was 50% media creation, and those are long gone. This match was a slap in the face to every wrestler that takes pride in his profession! And in my mind, no one man is bigger than this sport, but if there is an icon, it would be a man who has great ability inside the ring and professionalism and maturity outside of it! Let's leave all the petty backstabbing, I-make-more-money-than-you BS with the hat-check girl, and concentrate on talent and attitude! The Undertaker, Ric Flair, and Steve Austin have never claimed to be icons, which means they're big candidates to be just that! And on a personal note to Hulk Hogan: you are a household word, but so is garbage; and it stinks when it gets old, too. I'm Jim Cornette, and that's my opinion."
  • The time he soundly tears apart Phil Mushnick, whose vitriol against Professional Wrestling knows no bounds. Below is a condensed recap of Cornette's response.
    '"There is a man named Phil Mushnick. You probably never heard of Mr. Mushnick, but you should because he's had some pretty nasty things to say about you. You see, Mr. Mushnick hates pro wrestling, but he's not content to change the channel. He doesn't want you to watch it, either. .

    "But Phil Mushnick not only hates wrestling, he hates wrestling fans. Well, Mr. Mushnick I'm a wrestling fan and a lot of the people who read the New York Post and TV Guide are wrestling fans, too. We don't enjoy being insulted by publications we pay money to read. We don't appreciate being told we don't know how to parent our children. We don't want a pompous, self-righteous man with a grudge sitting on top of Mount Olympus looking down his nose at us campaigning to take away the constitutional right that every American is guaranteed, that is freedom of speech, freedom of choice, and freedom to enjoy whatever entertainment we choose. But if this has been going on so long, why am I mad right now? Because recently Phil Mushnick used Brian Pillman's death to call for another outcry against wrestling.

    (Corney pauses for a good five seconds, that shocked and that angry that when he begins again it's in a state of Tranquil Fury.)

    "Well, Brian Pillman was a friend of mine. From the time he was born with throat cancer he had the courage to undergo 36 different throat operations. He had the courage to withstand the punishment of pro football and ten years as a pro wrestler. He had the courage to come back from a car wreck that shattered his ankle and from a lot of other personal tragedies. Then one night he went to sleep in a hotel room and he died. And for you, Phil Mushnick, to use his death as an excuse for another call to action in your one-man vendetta against pro wrestling is more vulgar and more obscene than anything that you've ever falsely accused the wrestling industry of being guilty of. So on behalf of the wrestling fans, the wrestling industry, the friends and family of Brian Pillman, and anyone in this country that denies any one man the right to force his morals and his beliefs on all of us and to take away our constitutional rights, on behalf of those people, I say go to hell Phil Mushnick and try to reform things down there because we're doing just fine without you."
  • His legendary threat to Kevin Dunn during a booking meeting. Throughout the day, the booking team is discussing various things that Sable will be doing that night, while Jim kept trying to ask what was going to happen to a specific wrestler who was in danger of being screwed. This eventually led to Dunn remarking "You know something, Corny? I find you tiresome." Cornette exploded on Dunn, threatening to kick his ass across the table, and gave the smark fan hood one of their favorite phrases ever when he called Dunn (who apparently has quite prominent front teeth) a "Bucky Beaver Motherf-cker."