Or just say something nice about Vince Russo. Actually, on second thought, don't do that. The building would probably collapse.
Big Eater: JC is a big fan of Wendy's and hamburgers in general, so much so that he's had to go on a diet in recent years, probably to avoid becoming a Fat Bastard. And so he can outlive Vince Russo, since his life goal now is to piss on the man's grave.
On the other hand, he isn't a big fan of Dairy Queen, as one can find out easily on YouTube.
He isn't a fan of a very specific Dairy Queen. He's noted he does enjoy it overall.
Catch Phrase: "Fuck this company!", "I hope you fucking die!", "You couldn't believe him if his tongue was notarized." among many others.
Ironically, "Fuck this company" was what many of the FANS shouted at Ring of Honor Killer Instinct, October 6, 2012, in response to the botched Worked Shoot-style ending of the main event between ROH World Heavyweight Champion Kevin Steen and Jay Lethal. This was the last show Cornette booked for ROH, with Lethal attacking him used as a way to write him out of his role.
Cluster F-Bomb: JC's commentaries on Who's Slamming Who. Also the visit to Dairy Queen (which also featured a young Chris Jericho as the cameraman and instigator).
Deep South/Sweet Home Alabama: Louisville, Kentucky. Where he resides in 'Castle Cornette'. His real life personality is somewhat of a subversion to this trope. While James E is a staunch traditionalist when it comes to wrestling, he is a non-republican, pro choice, pro health care and reform, Barack Obama supporter and an atheist.
Doing It for the Art: Despite a fear of heights, he agreed to wrestle a scaffold match and take a 20 foot drop from said scaffold. Unfortunately, the wrestler assigned to catch him had mis-judged his position, and Cornette suffered severe knee injuries upon hitting the ground.
Behind the curtain, Cornette lives and breathes the industry. For instance he was very upset with John Laurinaitis when he started throwing his weight around the developmental program he was running because he had it so well oiled and organized. It didn't matter WWE was giving his promotion someone big to lean on, he just wanted to run it his way so he could put on a high quality show and he wasn't afraid to let management know it.
Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: His on screen persona fits this to a T but in Real Life this is harshly adverted. Cornette has a strong sense of values and morality and is not afraid to stick up for the young talent.
Flip Flop of God: Cornette will alternately take credit for the Three Way Match (aka Triple Threat or Triangle Match) or give it to Paul Heyman. The correct response? "One of us did it, the other one ripped it off, and now everyone does it."
Hammy Herald: For the Midnight Express. An example from WCW WrestleWar 90:
"Please welcome the Kings of the Ring, the Gangster of Lovenote Stan Lane and the Sultan of Swingnote Bobby Eaton, Beautiful Bobby and Sweet Stan, the Midnight Express!"
Hot-Blooded: He has a tendency to become really worked up over what's done to his beloved sport: changing it from a competition to a spectacle, having wrestlers compete in full contact contests like the Brawl for All or making wrestling too violent and extreme will elicit at least a 10-20 Cluster F-Bomb. Bring up someone like Vince Russo or Kevin Dunn and he will lose it completely.
Hidden Depths: A southern traditionalist fervently against the glitz and glamour of Sports Entertainment...that just happens to be an atheist liberal firebrand that is also somewhat internet savvy.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pretty much every time you hear Cornette in an interview, he's a loud-mouthed, vitriol-spewing F-bomb machine that will eat up every second of time he can to bash everyone he hates in wrestling. However, this is because he loves the business and can't stand that the younger generation is being stifled by older stars that hog the spotlight.
The Last DJ: He is without a doubt one of the most talented managers and promoters of all time, a man whose love for Professional Wrestling rivals Ric Flair's, John Cena's and Ryback's combined and has the knowledge to match. However several things including a caustic personality, a willingness to knock who he works for and his vision of wrestling not fitting in with "Sports Entertainment" or the Attitude Era has kept him mostly behind the scenes, and he has been fired from every promotion he worked for.
Momma's Boy: Early on in his managerial career he was implied to be one of these - he was sometimes mockingly referred to as "Mrs. Cornette's baby boy". This aspect of his character was quietly dropped after his first several years in the business.
Mind Rape: The exact phrase he uses to describe what he believes WWE did to Doug Basham.
Motor Mouth: Ask him about a topic, say the Brawl for All, and he'll happily describe it in great detail for fifteen minutes on what it was about, who he could remember was involved and how good they were or could have been and everything he saw wrong with it. Especially everything he saw wrong with it.
He developed it while working for World Class Championship Wrestling in Dallas due to his interview time being compressed.
Look at the Reason You Suck Speech below, not only was that not the whole shoot, but that was done in under a minute and a half.
"I remember going to arenas in the 80s, where the audience was 60% female and they were all trying to kill us for beating up Ricky Morton. Those people spent the same amount of money as the guys did but now the audience is 80% men and whatever women those men can drag to the matches with em because it's their night out. So we have completely shut off... where else do you find a business featuring a bunch of good looking guys wearing very little clothes and no women want to see the show? Riddle me that Lucy!"
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.
"(Heyman) would rather climb a tree and tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth."
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: His reaction upon seeing the Montreal Screwjob. Being in the dark regarding what the plan was to end the match, Cornette hung around the back to see how it'd go down before quickly leaving the arena to avoid the mess that he'd knew would happen.
Sissy Villain: Invoked this trope during his early career, wherein he talked about his (unseen) "mama Cornette" and how she apparently paid for his tennis lessons (which explained why he carried around a tennis racket)
Ungrateful Bastard: He considers Dave Bautista this. Batista was pushed as the top guy during his run in Ohio Valley Wrestling, winning the OVW Heavyweight Title and going over such wrestlers as Kane and The Undertaker, and only doing the job a few times, once to Kane and on his way out to John Cena. Later in his career, Batista would run down his time in OVW, saying it was his Old Shame and disrespecting Cornette and Danny Davis. Cornette was furious.
Weapon of Choice: A tennis racket, usually kept inside a gaudy, fur-trimmed case.
Worked Shoot: He had several during the Monday Night Wars when he was still employed by the (then) WWF as on-screen talent. Of course, how much was "worked" and how much was "shoot" was up for debate, since apparently his instructions were limited to "Don't curse, don't get us sued;" a few even lambasted current WWF stars! These segments are basically the Spiritual Predecessor to his now-infamous rants from so many online sources.