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JLW Podcast #60 – Great Week of WWE Programming, Vince Russo/Jim Cornette Drama

Welcome to Episode 60 of the Josh Lopez Wrestling Podcast. Josh talks about the following topics 

– Josh’s thoughts on ROH Best in the World PPV, Cody Rhodes Stock, The Cueto Cup and Russo/Cornette Restraining Order

– WWE SmackDown 6/27 Review, Justice for Carmella, Punjabi Prison Optimism and WWE Battleground Build 

– WWE RAW LA Thoughts. Womens Gauntlet, Roman/Braun Feud of The Year? Match Card Predictions for WWE Great Balls of Fire. 

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The Sidebar – EP 6 – Vince Russo vs Jim Cornette

Today, we talk about the “War Of Words” between Jim Cornette and Vince Russo, plus other topics!

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Jim Cornette Comments If WWE Ever Considered A ‘War Games” Match

During Jim Cornette’s recent podcast “Drive-Thru” he was asked regarding if WWE ever considered running “War-Games” concept from WCW.

Here’s what he had to say:

“The War Games I heard because of production. Kevin Dunn or whoever it was said that it was hard to shoot for television, pay-per-view, or whatever, hard to follow for people. I actually don’t remember truthfully whether Vince has ever mentioned War Games in my presence or not. Cause it’s always just like a thing like: don’t pitch that, we’re not doing that.”

Check out the entire interview here. 

Jim Cornette Comments On Inducting The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express Into The WWE Hall of Fame

As reported, Jim Cornette will be inducting the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express into the 2017 Hall of Fame.

Jim would head to twitter to comment on the announcement:

Jim Cornette Set To Induct The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express Into The WWE Hall Of Fame

WWE released the following today:

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by one of their biggest rivals, Jim Cornette.

The tennis racket-wielding manager may have spent the better part of three decades trying to put an end to Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson, but even he can’t doubt the influence they’ve had on sports-entertainment.

“By any standard, Ricky and Robert belong in the Hall of Fame,” Cornette told WWE.com in an exclusive interview. “And that’s whether its longevity as a team, the attendance records they set, or the great matches that they had, which fans can still see on WWE Network.”

Cornette was a consistent thorn in the Express’ side since they first hit the ring as a team in the early 1980s. He managed against Ricky & Robert during their first week as a team, with the enmity intensifying when Cornette brought The Midnight Express into the squared circle. The team, which consisted of “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, and later, “Sweet” Stan Lane, were the perfect dastardly villains for the fresh-faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. It didn’t hurt that they had Cornette on the microphone, hurling insults at Ricky & Robert at every opportunity.

“Superman needs Lex Luthor, Batman needs The Joker, and we were the antithesis of everything The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express stood for and their wrestling style. It just clicked,” Cornette said.

“I said these horrible, degrading things about these two, fine, young, upstanding examples of American boyhood,” Cornette continued, “and people, on numerous occasions, tried to kill us.”

Cornette survived the rivalry with The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and turned toward the role of promoter in the 1990s. While on Smoky Mountain Wrestling television, he had the familiar role of manager to Ricky & Robert’s new enemies, The Heavenly Bodies. Cornette was also running the show for SMW, and realized how important The Express was to the company and its fans.

“Fans literally gave them pictures and gifts at the matches,” Cornette said. “They considered them members of the family. I’ve seen inside fans’ houses, and they would have pictures of Jesus on the wall, and next to it would be a picture of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. That’s no lie.”

When it comes to inducting The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express into the WWE Hall of Fame, there is probably no one better than Cornette. After all, their careers have been intertwined for 34 years.

“Between the ’80s with The Midnight Express and the ’90s with The Heavenly Bodies, and then in the 2000s on the reunions with The Midnights, I think only Bobo Brazil and The Sheik had a longer-running rivalry,” Cornette said.

“And I still haven’t put an end to Rock ‘n’ Roll! I haven’t been able to do it, so I guess I have to roll over and induct them.”

Cornette’s induction speech will surely be one for the ages, as the motormouth has a career’s worth of memories to recall as he enters his biggest rivals into history.

“There’s one story I’ll probably tell at the Hall of Fame,” he said, “where The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express saved my life one night in Louisiana from an angry mob of fans.”

To hear that story — and a lot more — watch Jim Cornette induct The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express into the WWE Hall of Fame when the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs live on WWE Network on Friday, March 31 at 8 ET/5 PT!

Jim Cornette Comments On Rock ‘N’ Roll Express’ Induction Into The WWE Hall of Fame

Source: PWinsider.com

PWInsider reached out to Jim Cornette, one of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Expresses greatest rivals and asked for a comment on the team being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

See what he had to say below:

“The lead story on my podcast this week has to be I was wro….wrooo…wronnnn….wroooong….because I had said they’d never induct either The Rock N’ Roll Express or The Midnight Express because we were never ‘WWE enough’ to be considered.  I am thrilled for Ricky and Robert.  It’s a huge honor for them and it will be great for people to see that footage again.  It will be great for those who have grown up and are in the business today, who idolized the NWA talents, as they will get a big kick out of it.  Fans who remember us from our first run will be happy and hopefully this will re-educate the modern fan on how amazing these guys were in the ring.  It’s a tremendous honor for Ricky and Robert and I couldn’t be happier for them.”

Jim Cornette Goes Off On Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega Match

As expected, Jim Cornette has a problem with a highly successful match.

The Wrestle Kingdom 11 match between Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega generated a ton of buzz from fans who praised both men for putting on a 5 star match. But on the latest edition of “Jim Cornette Experience” Jim went off on the match saying that it wasn’t a great match and didn’t compare to other 5-star matches such as Tiger Mask vs. The Dynamite Kid, Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk & Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart to name a few.

Here’s what he had to say about the match: (Transcript sourced from WrestleInc.com)

“I watched this match and I’m sorry, folks, but there is no way, and shape, and form and if you watch them together and if you’re a younger fan, you might not agree with this because you didn’t live in the time when pro wrestling matches actually happened. Now you have sports entertainment matches. But there’s no way this Kenny Omega and Okada match was anywhere near as good as other 5 star matches such as [listed above].  I mean, it was a great display of athleticism. I mean, these guys, they took a lot of risks. But it had such obvious cooperation and moves that nobody could really get up from and etc, that it doesn’t fit in that category. As far as I’m concerned, Kenny Omega should do the motion-capture deal for video games that he is so infatuated with, but it wasn’t a five-star pro wrestling match much less a six-star pro wrestling match. And I’m sorry! I’m f**king sorry! But it was an exhibition of guys doing moves. I mean, it was wonderful. The first 10 minutes, I was dying. They fought on the floor forever without being counted out and I jotted down some things. They’d do a big move and then they’d lay around forever. They sold so much and everybody said, ‘oh, Cornette, you say don’t sell at all!’ Well, some people don’t sell at all and they sold so much. They knew they were going to go long because long equals classic, but they sold so much they were in slow-mo. Omega is a great athlete. He still has the stupid facial expressions. Calm down on The Ultimate Warrior f**king s**t and anything that reminds me of The Ultimate Warrior instantly makes me mad because he was the worst pushed wrestler in a major promotion ever. It was a really good 20-minute match that lasted 45 minutes”

You can listen to his podcast here. 

Jim Cornette Praises NXT Tag Team The Revival

Jim Cornette was recently interviewed by Total Wrestling Magazine where he spoke on several subject which included who from WWE impresses him the most.

See what he had to say below:

“The Revival are such a great tag team. I enjoy watching those guys. They have an uncommon level of sharpness that guys these days just don’t have. If they were wearing body suits and masks, you could say that they’re Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson. They’ve got the pantomime – the way they move their bodies, the crispness, the ring positioning, little things that veterans would notice as being proper and sharp. Along with their great psychology – they build their matches. I saw their match with Tommasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano and there were a few dives, but a lot of times, fans were at their loudest when no one was taking any punishment. It was the payoff to what they had built. They’re just ahead of a lot of guys that I’ve seen in the last few years.”

Jim Cornette Gives His Thoughts On WWE Writers

Jim Cornette was recently interviewed by Total Wrestling Magazine where he gave his thoughts on WWE Writers.

Here’s what he had to say:

“The writers have ‘ideas for people’ and try to find people who ‘look like’ those people. Instead of saying – ‘okay, people seem to like this guy, let’s run with him’ they’ve already figured out what they want to put out there, they just need to find someone to play him. It’s ludicrous. It’s why people don’t connect, and when they do connect, it’s for something the writers didn’t expect. So they get mad and bury the poor guy.”

Kevin Owens Addresses Jim Cornette’s & Vince Russo’s Criticism

Kevin Owens was recently interviewed by Main Event Radio and discussed several subject which include the Universal Championship, Jim Cornette/Vince Russo, NXT & Survivor Series in Toronto, plus more.

See the highlights below:

Being the WWE Universal Champion:

“Feels pretty good. It’s pretty surreal to wait 21 years from the time you’re 11 years old to 32 [years old] to think about becoming WWE champion and it finally happened Monday night and it feels good for sure.”

Is Owens amazed at how far he’s gone:

“Not really. That was always the goal. I always thought that I would end up here. There were moments during that 15 years where I wondered, not because I thought I wasn’t good enough to get here because I did… I wondered if some of the sacrifices and the way things have to be in order to make it to WWE if that was worth it all and now I could say with absolutely no doubts that it was all worth it. I have a lot of confidence in my abilities. I know that I will bring prestige to this championship and I want to make people back home proud of what I’ve achieved.”

Jim Cornette and Vince Russo’s criticism:

“Jim Cornette and I have never really seen eye-to-eye. Ultimately, he knew that I could make it if I wanted to but he just didn’t think I had the right attitude. But that’s just because the way he and I saw things differently. He’s been saying that he thinks that I must have changed the way I see things because now I have success and it must be because I changed things. But it’s not; now I just work with people who I agree with more. The people who I work with now have the same vision that I do of what professional wrestling should be and what it is now. Jim and I just didn’t share that vision. As far as Vince Russo is concerned, I don’t think he means a single word of what he says. I think he says all of it to get attention. I think he knows how good I am and that me being the champion is a great move, he’s just trying to rile people up.”

Working with John Cena:

“The one thing that stands out is how insane of a crowd reaction he gets every time his music hits. I wrestled him on television, Pay-Per-View’s, live events. It didn’t matter how many people were in the building, how big the crowd was, how long of a night it was; you got pelted by noise. Big Cass who is one of my traveling partners recently experienced the same thing, he partnered with John and when the music hit he was telling me that the noise was just incredible. Somebody else who has that kind of reaction these days is Roman Reigns. I wrestled him at a live event a couple of months ago and I was in the ring when his music hit and it was something. People are very passionate about those guys. Whether they love them or they hate them, those guys bring something out of the crowd and that’s why they are at where they are now.”

How WWE has changed with the brand extension:

“I think it’s a lot more exciting. Two separate rosters, two different PPV’s, two different main events, two entire different feels. I really like how it freshened up the product. Me and Dean Ambrose .were at each other’s throats for 8 months. Now, there’s no risk of seeing each other in the ring at the same time. Next time we are in the ring together it might be a year, 2 years, 3 years now the road. But at that point we will be different people because of everything that happened since the last time we were in the ring with each other. I like how it freshened up the product and everything is more interesting because of it.”

His Thoughts On NXT Takeover and Survivor Series in Toronto:

“There are some cities that you go to that bring something out of you. Toronto is one of them. A lot of it has to do with the way the crowd perceives us. As soon as I heard that Survivor Series would be in Toronto, my goal was to main event against the champion. Now that I am the champion, my goal is to main event that show and defend my championship there.”

Check out the entire interview using the link above.