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  • Career Resurrection: A relic from the 1980s whose career was seemingly in its last days. Then came Wrath of the Racket, which gave him another nine years.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Jim Cornette helped stabilize ROH by getting it purchased Sinclair Broadcast Group, which resulted in him leaving disgusted. Cornette remains a fan of the wrestling matches showcased by the promotion, wishes many of the wrestlers were better known and will tell anyone who listens that Delirious is a great booker but has few good things to say about the product beyond those three points. The fact that most of the plans discussed before the purchase happened were never followed through with probably has nothing to do with it.
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    • While "backlash" is perhaps too hard in this case, Cornette will correct anyone who calls him "the greatest wrestling manager of all time". That position is reserved for Bobby Heenan in Cornette's mind.
  • 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 (Big Bubba Rogers) misjudged 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.
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  • 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." On the Timeline - 1997 DVD, he said the equivalent of, "I'm not sure who of us did it first, all I know for sure is that someone else did one before us."
  • Follow the Leader
    • Had a hand in creating the "star system" used by Norman Doolie and picked up by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and several others. 0 is a dud, 2 is average, 5 cannot be improved upon. It was originally based on TV Guide's four star system for movies, because like film there are no "perfect" pro wrestling matches but Jerry Lawler and Terry Funk had one four just wasn't enough.
    • The aforementioned triple threat/three way dance discussion.
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    • 1990s WWF had an increasingly similar setup to Smokey Mountain for Raw...which isn't too surprising considering how much they also took from ECW.
  • Old Shame: Jim's never been the biggest fan of Chikara's product, but he did at one point state that he respected the wrestlers as professionals, enough to have a six man tag at an ROH TV taping for cross promotion purposes...the Chikara team unfortunately didn't bring their A game, leading to lots of stalling, joke spots that didn't really work, what he referred to as a "three-minute grab-ass comedy spot" and a missed time cue that lead to the match going four minutes too long...Cornette's never really gotten over it.
  • Playing Against Type: Who would have thought someone who portrayed a sissy for decades would turn out to be such a hothead?
  • What Could Have Been: While working in WCW on their booking committee, Jim pitched for him to move from managing the The Midnight Express to commentary, while the Express would join Ric Flair and Arn Anderson as a new incarnation of the Four Horsemen. The angle was initially approved, but nixed a few weeks later by WCW President Jim Herd, who had a personal dislike of the Express.
    • He tried to sign a young Indy star he likened to Barry Windham to Ring Of Honor around 2010, but was unable to due to issues the company was having. Seven years later, he found out that the man he wanted to sign was now none other than Scott Dawson, one half of Cornette's favourite act, The Revival.