YMMV: Jim Cornette

  • Base Breaker - Is he an under-appreciated figure in wrestling who knows how to keep wrestling a respectable product after the fall of the trash TV/hardcore wrestling era or a washed-up, bitter man whose too devoted to the "good old days" to realize that the industry has passed him by?
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome - His 'Real Wrestling' speech during the NWA invasion angle. His numerous podcasts, YouShoot DVD, anytime he gets on the Phone with Kenny Bolin...
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny - ... in which you'll hear the some of the funniest shoot material ever.
    "I love you, Cactus, but you were upset that a promoter would fuck one of the boys. That's like being upset that Jenna Jameson would take one up the ass! It's unheard of!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: You'd think during the "Attitude Era", the high of 1990s "edgyness" and "Sports Entertainment", this guy would be at his least relevant but people saw him rant on WWF's web show Byte This, a web show Jim did not expect anyone to look at, and wanted see him rant more. Even after his official retirement about two decades later people were still eager to watch him rant. In fact, his decision to stop doing his by then trademark rants awhile into his ROH stint, for fear of burning bridges and alienating people, probably wound up doing more of what he feared than if he had just stuck to shooting off at the mouth.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman, Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan, Sable, New Jack, Chyna, Shawn Michaels? Well, he has not said anything anyone else has not already said about them, he just sugar coats it less. Wait, he dissed Colt Cabana? Jim Cornette is out of touch!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one match back in the 90's, Cornette smashed Johnny Ace (John Lauriniatis) in the stomach with his tennis racket when Lauriniatis was a wrestler. Nowadays, Cornette hates Lauriniatis the executive with a passion.
    • His interview about the scaffold accident that damaged his knees. At the time it was chilling. Now people just watch it to see the Cornette face.
    • His shoot interviews promoting TNA's family friendly product and how it only needed to rely on in ring action instead of overbooked events, comedy angles, girls hanging out of their clothing and hardcore garbage wrestling. Since leaving TNA his shoot interviews have mostly consisted of him complaining about TNA doing all those things he previously said it would not.
    • His shoot interviews promoting Ring Of Honor's internet pay per views on go fight live, television program on HD net and how great the matches between Kevin Steen and El Generico would be. Considering how badly go fight live would handle the pay per views, how few people were even able to watch the HD net program and how many creative issues he would have with Steen and Generico.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: Jim claims that this is a problem that dogs him- since everyone expects Jim Cornette to be the guy who stands up to the management and yells and complains, this means everyone else on the creative team just lies back and expects him to fight the battles, which means they have no real power to fight back bad ideas, since on his own he can be easily ignored as a known troublemaker.
  • Magnificent Bastard: While it did not last, Jim Cornette worked as a booker, agent and onscreen talent for TNA while owning WWE's developmental league. Yes, he did both at the same time.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Before The Undertaker threw Mick Foley off of Hell In A Cell, Jim Cornette falling off the scaffold at Starcade was the most replayed fall in professional wrestling.
    • For a long time, the only thing some people knew about Jim Cornette was that he went off on someone behind the desk of a Dairy Queen. On this very website the franchise was listed as his arch enemy until Cornette later released a statement that he actually does enjoy Dairy Queen, just not that particular one.
    • The Cornette Face, courtesy of Botchamania.
  • Misblamed:
    • While he had a considerable amount of influence in booking during his time in Ring of Honor, the final decisions were still in the hands of Adam Pearce and then Hunter Johnston. Jim Cornette does not blame Adam Pearce or Hunter Johnston for anything though. If we were to take Cornette's word for it, most of the blame lies with the suits of the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
    • For one example, he says Pearce ran into friction from the Sinclair employees and got kicked out after declaring his desire to beat up one of them, Jim saying he felt the same way but in an uncharacteristic moment decided to keep his job by playing "nice".
    • For two examples, he thinks Hunter Johnston was given too much while not being provided with the adequate means to get it all done. Johnston was also head of the ROH school but Sinclair went back on getting the school building seen in the proposal that lead to them purchasing Ring Of Honor in the first place. Jim thought too much was asked of himself by Sinclair as well and this time, true to character, did tell them off (but apparently not bad enough to lose his job... yet).
    • He got blamed for the release of several ROH wrestlers, many who were let go because internal politics with people not even involved with wrestling prior to Ring Of Honor's purchase or because Sinclair wanted to cut back on Ring Of Honor's budget. Sometimes the connection was made because Cornette did not like them but while he did not like personally, say, Cabana or Steen, he considered them championship material (he described the show Steen won the title on as being on the best show ROH could do and saw Colt Cabana becoming WWE champion). Other times it was just assumed Cornette didn't like somebody, such as The Young Bucks/Generation Me, who he turned out to be fond of. (They weren't is favorites, him stating they weren't going to be bringing in new fans and that ROH had plenty of tag teams just as good but Cornette still wanted to use them because the ROH fans he didn't want to lose wanted to see them. He couldn't convince the new company owners to pay for the Bucks though)
    • Since Jim Cornette doesn't like "cartoon wrestling" he was blamed for the Chikara guys (The Colony, The Super Smash Brothers, Los Ice Creams) not getting more spots in ROH, rather than the fact they were not contracted under Ring Of Honor. Though Jim's shoot interviews don't help his case. (he said he would have been against their booking if not for overwhelming fan demand and would have rather had the Hardy Boyz, who are punchlines to RoHbots)
  • Never Live It Down: Cornette is usually credited with discovering Matt Morgan, who's not considered a great wrestler. Morgan was pushed to win the Ohio valley title before his WWE runs. After his failed WWE runs, Jim still vouched Morgan, which lead to his TNA runs.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Many fans say that they could listen to Cornette's voice all day.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The Midnight Express entrance music was a take on Giorgio Moroder's "Chase" (not surprisingly, from the movie Midnight Express). In ECW, they gave him the real song, as they had for Bobby Eaton in 1994.
  • True Art Is Angsty: After his managerial career pretty much ended, he became available for interviews and did a lot of shoots where he praised Kurt Angle, Delirious, D'Lo Brown, Val Venis, Booker T, Dutch Mantel, Samoa Joe, John Cena, Shelton Benjamin, Jim Ross, The Rock, Les Thatcher, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Abyss, Nigel Mcguinness, Homicide, Savio Vega, Kenta Kobashi, Kenta Kobayashi and many others for their work. Now try to find clips of any of that on YouTube. Even if you can it is likely buried in a sea of rants about people he doesn't like. People really prefer his angry rants, it seems.