Jim Cornette has slammed a potentially disastrous spot during AEW Rampage Grand Slam.
At AEW Rampage Grand Slam Darby Allin and Sting teamed together to take on the House of Black. The two sides had been at war for weeks and the No Disqualification Match at Arthur Ashe Stadium was the perfect way to finally put an end to the tension.
While it was The Icon and Allin who emerged victorious, no one could have predicted how the end of the match came about. With Sting’s hands tied behind his back while seated on a steel chair, Buddy Matthews was preparing to dish out some punishment with the legend’s signature baseball bat. However, the lights quickly went out in the arena and Japanese legend the Great Muta arrived to come to the aid of the veteran.
Muta hit Matthews with his mist before the Australian star stumbled into Julia Hart on the apron. Hart then fell backwards through a table. Or at least that was the plan. Hart barely made contact with the table as landed heavily, hitting her head on the concrete floor below.
Although the star later said that she was fine following the incident, it was a real ‘heart in the mouth’ moment for everyone watching.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Jim Cornette Experience, the manager-turned-podcaster slammed the spot as “irresponsible.”
“Muta mists Buddy Murphy, Buddy Murphy [Matthews] staggers backwards. And Julia [Hart] is on the apron. And Buddy bumps into Julia. And Julia is supposed to get knocked off the apron and go through a table on the floor to the floor. Which as I mentioned, is stupid enough, there’s no reason for that. There was no reason for this 120 pound 20 year old girl to go through a f*cking table to a concrete floor as a spot on the B show.
The mist was enough, we got see Muta to do the mist. But she didn’t do that spot. Anyway, what she did was she leaped backwards like the nasty plunge bump that Cactus Jack took against Mil Mascaras in Corpus Christi at Clash of Champions and miss the table.
I don’t know what kind of tables they’re using these days, because her little tiny ass hit the far edge of the table and broke a chunk out of it, but her entire body including the back of her f*cking head, went straight past the table flat back on the concrete floor.”
Although Hart claimed that she was ok, despite the landing, Cornette questioned what that “ok” really meant.
“If you slow-mo this, you will realise that the back of her head missed the iron or steel guard railing by maybe a couple of inches. And then at that velocity, going at that speed, at that angle, if the back of her head had hit the guardrail, it would have snapped her neck and she would have died on the spot. I’m surprised that she doesn’t have a concussion.
I mean, well, she’s tweeted that she’s okay, whatever that means, she tweeted that this morning. I’m okay. Well, does okay mean you’re living but you can no longer see? I mean, I don’t know what but that was [Co-host Brian Last mentions it was taped Wednesday] Okay, well, there you go. Oh, well, because they didn’t say anything so far, because they didn’t want to ruin the surprise of what was going to happen. But when everybody saw it, and she trended like is Julia Hart still alive, she had to say something. The point is, it’s irresponsible.”
Cornette continued by suggesting that there should be someone backstage who protects the wrestlers from themselves, and prevents them from taking unnecessary risks. In closing he claims it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or worse.
“It shouldn’t be that you should have to talk people into anything in wrestling. But it shouldn’t be that you have talk them out of it, either. They oughta know, they ought to be smarter. They ought to be trained better. There ought to be someone in charge instead of the guy’s going, ‘oh, yeah, I know how you feel. I want to get over on TV too and I’ve done a bunch of crazy sh*t.’
They ought to be saying, I know how you feel and that’s why I’m gonna stop you because it’s not worth it and you’re already over and you look great and we’ll find something else for you to do. But there’s no reason for you to fall off the apron, through a table to a concrete floor.
Here’s another thing. All these goddamn experienced garbage match havers that they probably got around there. She’s flying backwards at a table set crossways where is your the back of your head supposed to go? At least if they’d have set the table long ways and she goes straight backwards, the back of her head, if she takes a bump and tucks her head the back of her head is gonna go on the table instead of over the table and onto the floor and fold her up like a jack-knife.
It’s just stupid regardless. So we’re glad she’s all right. And it ain’t gonna last forever. They’re gonna have somebody paralysed on live television doing this stupid needless sh*t. And then how’s that going to affect their f*cking contract renewal?”
It has since been announced that Sting will be part of Muta’s retirement match in January 2023. It will be the first time that the WWE Hall of Famer has appeared in Japan in 25 years.
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