Jim Cornette didn’t mince words when it came to his criticism of AEW’s Barbed Wire Everywhere match on Dynamite.
On July 20th, Chris Jericho and Eddie Kingston went to war on AEW Dynamite in the company’s first Barbed Wire Everywhere match. True to its name, barbed wire covered nearly every surface of the ringside area during the bout, including being wrapped around microphones and around the Shark Week decorations. The Jericho Appreciation Society was suspended above the crowd in a shark cage, but were able to interfere when Anna Jay turned heel and attacked Kingston’s friend Ruby Soho at ringside.
In the end, Jericho was victorious over Kingston after hitting the Judas Effect with his arm wrapped in barbed wire, but Kingston managed to throw The Painmaker into a barbed wire spiderweb before the show went off the air.
Speaking on The Jim Cornette Experience, legendary manager Jim Cornette called the violent match the “stupidest things they could be doing” and explained his frustration with this booking decision.
“It only took 15 minutes, but this was 15 of the most embarrassing minutes that pro wrestling has ever seen, because like you said they got everything in this one. The match is called Barbed Wire Everywhere. They had barbed wire around the ring, and they had barbed wire tables in the ring, and tables with barbed wire outside on the floor. And the microphone, the public address microphone, was wrapped in barbed barbed wire.
“And Jericho comes out with a barbed wire baseball bat, and they had barbed wire chairs. And what this proved basically was you got Eddie Kingston and Chris Jericho with all those implements and it takes 10 minutes to hurt anybody. They’re both a bunch of pussies. What the f*ck? Also no DQ, lazy booking! No time limit, blah, blah, blah.”
Continuing, Jim Cornette criticized the use of a shark cage in the match, saying that the stipulation used to draw money but that it didn’t work here.
“And because it’s Shark Week, Jericho’s minions are going to be hung in a shark cage over the ring, so they’re stealing another old wrestling stipulation that actually drew big money when it was done right.
“So they put Hagar and Garcia and Daddy Mack Mack Daddy and Cool Hand Luke in the cage and raise them over the ring and the first thing I’m thinking is where is Sammy Guevara? And then the announcer said, ‘Well, we haven’t seen him since he got knocked off the top of the thing or whatever.’ Well, that’s a reason why we’ll probably see him in a few minutes.
So Ruby Soho, Kingston’s lifelong friend and soulmate has not only the key but the lifting mechanism to lift the shark cage up and down, so Kingston can get his revenge for her while she keeps the other people at bay. Jericho comes out with that Painmaker thing, it was cute in Japan I guess. God almighty. And immediately they start Jericho hits, or Kingston hits Jericho with the barbed wire microphone.”
Jim Cornette was also critical of the camera angles as Chris Jericho bladed after being hit with a barbed wire microphone.
“Jericho goes down, goes to his wrist and guys I’m not lying, go watch the video. It’s not like the Zapruder film. You don’t have to analyse this, it’s on high definition television. Jericho goes down, pulls his blade from his wrist and starts gigging on camera. So the director realizing this, cuts to a different camera shot so you can see it better.
“I had a person who shall remain nameless who’s been involved in the professional wrestling industry for a number of years contact me and say nobody knows how to f*cking blade anymore and Jericho is embarrassing. And I have to agree with that.”
“So now Jericho is bleeding and Kingston gets more barbed wire they go to the floor and the ring bell was wrapped in barbed wire, Jericho hit Kingston with it and here came the sign in fluorescent green ‘Outlaw Mud Show’ and boy it was.”
After recapping the bit of the match in which Anna Jay reunited with Tay Conti, Jim Cornette pointed out that Conti had difficulty unlocking the shark cage, but the heels were able to escape anyway.
“They entertained the fans with this because Tay Conti got the key and couldn’t unlock the padlock on the shark cage to let the heels out. And she’s fiddling and she’s fiddling and she’s fiddling. And finally, Brian, I know you know because you saw it but I will surprise the fans listening with the method in which the heels got out of the shark cage. They just turned sideways and walked through the bars! I’m not making this up.
“They locked the heels in a cage so they couldn’t interfere in the match and when the girl was too stupid to turn the key in the padlock and open the door, they just turned sideways and walk through the bars! So now they all got in the ring and got fake, bad looking heat on Kingston.”
After a huge brawl, the match turned to barbed wire chair shots, which also drew the ire of Cornette for their execution.
“Then Kingston comes at Jericho with a chair wrapped in barbed wire and swings it like Paul Bunyan. Jericho jumps up and gives Kingston a codebreaker and Kingston’s chair comes down on Jericho’s face and he breaks his own nose. Now Jericho gets the chair and hits Kingston with the two fakest lightest, most obviously worked chair shots in history. Remember when Hulk Hogan did the worst chair shot ever in WCW in 1997? This was worse.
“And then Kingston comes back from being hit with a barbed wire chair but not hard, and hits his back fist and gets a two count and then he wraps Jericho up in barbed wire and gets him in a stretch plumb ,but now here comes Sammy Guevara. And he just jumps in the ring and gets on Kingston. They’re starting to get heat on Kingston again. So then Jericho hits a Judas elbow with barbed wire wrapped around his elbow.”
Cornette was also critical of the fact that Chris Jericho was victorious over Eddie Kingston, saying that no one is actually able to get over in programs with Jericho.
“And then Jericho beat Eddie Kingston because there’s not going to be anybody that’s ever actually going to get over in a program with Jericho. But then Kingston responded by throwing Jericho into a netting or webbing of barbed wire where he could lay there and sell in a sp*stic fashion. And then they went off the air.
“Was this [the worst AEW match ever]? I think because of the timing this wasn’t the worst match ever on AEW, imagine how much territory that takes in but because of the timing and what they’re doing to themselves the self inflicted wounds to their own feet. This could have been the worst thing they ever did. It was embarrassing, it’s phony looking, obviously outlaw, the wrong guy won, all the gimmicks misfired and didn’t work, wouldn’t open whatever the case. Chris Jericho broke his own nose.
“What the f*ck else could they have done to in one segment to f*ck anything else up? But it’s the stupidest thing they [AEW] could be doing right now with this timing.”
Cornette went on to explain that AEW should be capitalizing on the legal troubles faced by WWE at this time, but instead they’re doing things like this.
“The WWE is in more business trouble than they’ve been in the past 25 years. They’re getting bad publicity, the leader has stepped down. There’s probably turmoil, you know, on the inside as to who’s going to be running what, but they’re more vulnerable now than they have ever been before. And in what, two years or less, these TV rights fees and deals, which have now replaced selling tickets as the biggest revenue stream and for a wrestling promotion.
“WWE is going to be renegotiating all that sh*t and it’s supposed to be taken even further up the financial ladder. But do the networks want to pay that much money out? Or would the networks be looking around for another wrestling promotion that might at least be able to come into the conversation so there’s some negotiating on both sides going on?
“Well, hey, if you don’t want to take our offer, then we’re gonna go over here and talk to this other wrestling promotion that has a bunch of your names. And it’s got between a half and a third of your audience. And that’s before we bring it onto our network and do our promotion. It would be a tactic to negotiate that the TV networks could use.
“Tony Khan could be involved in those conversations. Except for the fact that they’re so outlaw, garbage wrestling minded to appeal to the small subsection of marks that enjoy that kind of thing and don’t give a sh*t about a professional product and don’t give a sh*t about credible stars and don’t give sh*t about talented people, they just want to see chaos, blood and train wrecks.
“That not only is a limited number that has not grown in three years, Tony, no matter who you add, sums happen to keep them not coming back for more when you add them. But here’s the thing is advertisers and television networks do not want television programs where people are blatantly slicing themselves open with razor blades and the advertisers especially do not want customers that want to watch people do that. They don’t want those kinds of people.
“So, all somebody has to do from the WWE, if any TV network or broadcasting facility was going to use AEW as an example, well hey we could go with these guys. Well sure, look what they show on your television station and show him obvious cutting with razor blades and people rolling around and barbed wire and women bleeding and everybody saying ‘Moxley Go f*ck yourself.’ And whatever the f*ck.
“Everybody’s saying sh*t, it’s a clown show, It’s amateur, it’s unprofessional, and that would sabotage any effort that Tony would make to go anywhere else besides the company that he had the in with through his position with the Jaguars. And that guy has already left TBS and it’s a whole other hierarchy now with that merger so why do this?
“Do you think any AEW fan is going to say ‘God dammit that’s it. Where’s my hat? I’m throwing my hat down. I’m never watching this show again because I didn’t get see a barbed wire match with a f*cking 50 something year old god damn midlife crisis wannabe rockstar slicing himself open with a fat guy from New York that could get over by talking, but he’s too f*cking wrapped up in his Japanese Strong Style bullsh*t to know what his talents are?’
“That’s a question that some programming executives might be asking. Do we want to look at this shit? Or do we want to put up with the WWE because at least they give us professionalism?”
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