Cornette: "YOU'RE A GRIZZLY SMITH IS WHAT YOU ARE!...YEAH, THAT GOT YOU, DIDN'T IT?"
A rare editorial segment allowed to him on WWE Raw back 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:
Cornette: "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 hasn'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 promotional policies that this match even took place, much less being the main event, when the card was probably the best that WCW was 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."
'"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. Recently, when Ted Turner donated one billion dollars to charity, Mr. Mushnick said the world would be better served if he closed up WCW.
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. 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."