Though it’s taken the Internet by storm, Jim Cornette isn’t a fan of a popular clip that shows a wrestling match won by… a dog?!
Earlier this week, Twitter user Kaelan Ramos posted a clip from the Ontario-based promotion Smash Wrestling that featured independent star Psycho Mike being bested in the ring by a canine opponent. The tweet, which was captioned “If wrestling is fake, then explain this,” quickly went viral and currently has over 83,000 retweets.
If wrestling is fake, then explain this: pic.twitter.com/eDbJW6dE3s
— Kaelan Ramos (@KaelanRamos) October 10, 2022
While many on the Internet were delighted by the dog’s in-ring antics, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Cornette blasted the clip on the latest episode of The Jim Cornette Experience, first saying that the dog didn’t appear to be happy to be involved in the match.
“And there’s a dog with a redheaded woman. Oh, it’s a cute little white and grey dog, and it obviously is not happy about being in there. So the girl that owns it has to get in there, he jumps up on the wrestler and the wrestler takes a bump and now he jumps up on the wrestlers back. Well, my dogs used to do this when I was a kid. If you get on your hands and knees, they’ll jump up on your back. And he jumped on him and and he’s got his feet on his chest and he’s pinned him. Well, let’s just swell.”
When co-host Brian Last asked why the dog’s manager being in the ring didn’t qualify as interference, Jim Cornette continued, also questioning why Psycho Mike would want to take part in something so silly if he were an actual wrestler.
“Well then yeah, the manager’s in the ring, it should have been a disqualification. I mean, you know, why would [you]? Why? What is the reason why that this guy would want to do this if he is an actual wrestler or thinks he’s an actual wrestler? Obviously if he was an actual wrestler, he wouldn’t be involved in his show. But what’s the reason for him to take phony bumps for a dog and sh*t on the building?
“Even it’s if it’s the dog’s birthday, the dog doesn’t want to look like it wants to be in the ring to begin with. So it’s not like you’re doing something for the dog. It looks like the dog is a little nervous of the people until the redhead gets in the ring, because the redhead is mommy.
Jim Cornette went so far as to say that the wrestler in the clip wanted to make a joke out of professional wrestling, also commenting on the fact that very few people seemed to be in the audience for the Smash Wrestling event.
“But so did this guy buy boots and tights and say, I hate the wrestling business, I’m gonna make a joke out of it in front of as many people as will sit and watch me, which apparently is 36. There’s other people walking by in the background, but it looks like they’re just walking to craft booths and are not a part of this. There’s literally like well, maybe 28 people sitting there paying attention to this.”
“What is this guy’s purpose? What is his reason for this? Why would you do this? Even if you’re just a play wrestler that works for free on weekends in f*cking flea markets like this. Why are you doing it if you don’t have some respect for it and want to be involved in it, and you’re doing something that if you do it right, and if you do it wrong, punishes your body.
“So you, instead of going out and like guys used to do, living their weekend warrior fantasy of being a real professional wrestler, even though they got a job at a plumbing company. And they would try to tell their co workers by how tough they were, and they were pro wrestlers. Now these guys want to make wrestling look as silly and phony and stupid, and as easy to do for anybody as possible. What is the psychology there?”
Lest the wrestling world think Jim Cornette is against having fun in the ring, he was actually quite complimentary of the popular National Scissoring Day segment featuring The Acclaimed on AEW Dynamite.
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