This won’t go well. Jim Cornette is one of the most polarizing figures in all of wrestling. While he has one of the deepest knowledges of wrestling in the world today, he has a long history of making controversial statements and having issues with management, to the point where he seems to have longstanding problems controlling both his anger and what he says. However, someone with his resume is going to keep getting hired and that was the case again, though so was Cornette getting in hot water.
This week’s episode of NWA Powerrr featured a match between Trevor Murdoch and Nick Aldis. During the match, Cornette made a comment about Murdoch, saying that he was “the only person who can strap a bucket of fried chicken to his back and ride a motor scooter across Ethiopia. Trevor Murdoch can take care of himself!”
The statement caused the NWA to pull the episode from YouTube for a short time before putting it back up with the line edited out. There is no word on any punishment for Cornette so far, though it may be coming. The line was not an original statement from Cornette, as it was used in promos both in the 80s and 90s in reference to Ernie Ladd and New Jack. Cornette has quotes old promos for lines on commentary several times before.
NWA executive Dave Lagana and NWA World Champion Nick Aldis have both commented on the situation:
On tonight's episode of NWA Powerr airing on November 19th 2019, one of our talents made comments which some viewers found offensive. We deeply regret the error and apologize.
We have temporarily taken the program down while we correct this error.
— David Lagana (@Lagana) November 20, 2019
I'm sorry for the inappropriate remarks and am glad to see they have been promptly edited out. I hope this is the first and last time an episode of #NWAPowerrr is overshadowed by something like this.
My two cents: pic.twitter.com/42Mo5jvauJ
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) November 20, 2019
The show was rather good on its own. Check out the full episode for free:
Opinion: I’m a huge Cornette fan but these kinds of things are just going to get him in trouble, as they should. I know they were a bit more acceptable back in the 80s and 90s but things have changed a bit since then and these statements, while not only being less acceptable, are now much easier to access by the masses. You can’t say things like that and expect to stay out of trouble, but Cornette does not seem to grasp that all of the time. Also, I’m not sure how the line made air in the first place. The show was taped over a month ago, so shouldn’t it have been edited out beforehand?
Will Cornette be fired over this? Should he be? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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