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  • 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!
    • A highlight from the Debate: Cornette brings up that Bolin pulled a scam on a local super market where he bought a large tenderloin then returned pieces of it to two seperate locations, getting double his money back due to a guarantee. When Bolin uses the excuse it was for his family, Jim counters by getting Bolin to reveal that Bolin threw his own, ill mother out of his house so he could rent to someone with more money, showing just how the man treats his family.
  • 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 bastard. Cornette gave him multiple warnings but Brock didn't listen. 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 really twisted the knife by threatening to do it the whole day before. When Cornette found out, he found Brock and declared something which amounted to, "Don't you ever dare disrespect her or anyone else like that again. If you do, I will not fight you, I will 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 afterwards, 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?" From there, Davis and Cornette would explain to Lesnar that nobody would be stupid enough to try and beat him up if they had an issue with him, so if he keeps trying to muscle his way through the locker room, someone back there's gonna take him down the only logical way: to shoot him.
  • After the Midnight Express are jumped by Paul Heyman and his "Original" Midnight Express, a bandaged Cornette delivers a close-up tirade to the camera vowing revenge.
    Cornette: I have devoted five years of my life to trying to make the Midnight Express the greatest tag team in professional wrestling. During those five years, I have been beat up, I have been busted open, I have been stripped naked and knocked off a three-story scaffold and I deserved half of it but I took a licking and I'm still here and I will be damned if I'm gonna let a little jerk like you come in here and take my job!
  • A rare editorial segment ("Eric, you ignorant slut") on Raw allowed him to shoot on the Monday Night War, particularly a much-hyped cage match between Hulk Hogan & 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", when 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 10 years! It's a tribute to the massive egotism, in my mind, of both men and 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 havin'! By the 10-minute mark, they were suckin' 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 hearing 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 20 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.

    (Jim pauses for about five seconds, that shocked and 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. Some background info - WWF had recently brought The Patriot in and were attempting to make him a new main event caliber babyface. However, The Patriot didn't really have any locker room allies, so he was repeatedly made to look like a chump. One particular show, he was going to be flat out buried, and Cornette was trying and failing to get the other bookers to see it. They wouldn't listen and were more interested in discussing various things that Sable would be doing that night. This eventually led to Dunn saying "You know Jim, I find you tiresome." Cornette exploded, threatening to kick his ass across the table, and gave the smark fandom one of their favorite phrases ever when he called Dunn (who has quite prominent front teeth) a "Bucky Beaver Motherfucker."
    • This was made funnier by the fact that everyone in the meeting laughed thinking Cornette was joking. All but Dunn (who took offense to the "Bucky Beaver" jab), and Jim Ross who knew that Cornette was serious and fed up enough to physically assault Dunn.
  • While partaking in the Gimmick Battle Royale at WrestleMania X-7, he actually got to eliminate Bushwhacker Luke!
  • How he handled his firing from TNA: After asking to talk to Dixie Carter directly about it, Dixie cited him "Not being a team player", despite the fact Cornette had always showed up first for meetings, had gone above and beyond for the company to the point of choreographing most of the matches since Vince Russo refused to touch the in-ring work, and agreeing to a truce with Russo to keep the company afloat after Jeff Jarrett was suspended, leaving TNA without a leader. Jim them politely demanded that Dixie admit that Vince Russo convinced her to fire him, as he suspected. When she refused, and had one of her lackey's try to justify it, he calmly rebuked them, not yelling at either of them despite his legendary temper and having every reason to.
    • His agreeing to work peacefully with Vince Russo is also one: Despite Jeff Jarett having refused to let him out of the company when Jim wanted to leave after TNA rehired Russo and slowly but surely getting more and more duties on, Jim was still professional enough to go face to face with his mortal enemy in order to keep the promotion afloat.
  • Among the various retired awards that The Wrestling Observer Newsletter used to run is the award for "Manager of the Year", which they gave out from 1983 to 1996. Jim won it every single year except two!note 


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