Jim Cornette has shared his candid opinion on Sable who worked in WWE at the same time as Cornette in the late nineties.
Sable joined the then WWF in 1996, debuting as a valet for Hunter Heart Helmsley at WrestleMania 12. Soon after she joined her real-life husband Marc Mero on-screen.
Sable then became a wildly popular star in the company. Breaking away from Mero on-screen as he grew increasingly jealous of the crowd’s support for her.
The outspoken Jim Cornette discussed his thoughts on Sable on his Cornette’s Drive-Thru podcast. Cornette was asked if it was the Sable herself or the idea of a ‘Sable-type’ character that he didn’t like.
Cornette didn’t hold back:
“I didn’t like the concept of her; I didn’t like the execution of her. Actually, I would have liked to see her execution – Nah, that’s a Groucho Marx line. If she had been a young lady who gave off the aura that she knew she was being pushed past her ability, that if she was humble and tried to learn the business, and/or co-operate with people and her co-workers and put as much effort into her performance as she did to going to the bank and cashing her cheque. If she came off like she knew and she was aware that other people who were more talented were helping her, then I would have liked the person just not the concept of it.”
Jim Cornette continued, likening Sable to another star who had been criticised for his work and lauded for his look:
“The concept of taking someone who’s never been in the business, has no talent for any aspect of it and sticking her in there purely because of her f***ing appearance has been done before with guys. That’s why I’ve always called her the female Ultimate Warrior. If it’s a nice person, that for some reason because of their freakish look or outstanding athletic ability or some aspect or talent about them, that even if they don’t know anything about f***ing wrestling, you can make money with them, you can sell tickets with them. That’s acceptable. If that person admits to their co-workers ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’, asks for help, ‘help me, give me advice’ from somebody other than the person that’s panting over them and writing their scripts.”
“I’m talking about their co-workers in the locker room. [If they] put in an effort to justify their position by actually working hard at the physical aspect of it, instead of complaining about it every time you’re supposed to do something physical. That would have gone a lot longer way, but instead, the female Ultimate Warrior got the big head, believed her own publicity. Thought that she was better than everybody else, didn’t want to learn how to work. Didn’t want to learn how to help get the opponents over, didn’t want to f***ing do anything, otherwise to go on TV and then become a movie star.”
Cornette then placed the responsibility for Sable’s presentation at the feet of the two men running the company creatively at the time, Vince McMahon and Vince Russo:
“So I didn’t like the concept of Sable, because it was these two post-adolescent men, acting like pre-pubescent boys over this surgically enhanced silicon model that had no personality, no talent for the business, no charisma of any kind except to stand there with fake tatas hanging out for the f***ing horny audience that they were selling to at the time.”
“Same reason I didn’t like the Ultimate Warrior, because they pushed him to the moon even though he was the sh*ts and he turned around and sh*t on everybody else and didn’t thank anyone because he thought that he was doing it. She thought she was a big f***ing star. Tell me the first time that she cut a f***ing promo that anybody could listen to, much less remember. Tell me the great match she ever had.”
According to Cornette, Sable was not a popular figure amongst the other women in the locker room.
Cornette alleges that physical altercations had to be changed because Sable was afraid of getting hurt:
“I was there when they changed Luna Vachon hitting her across the back of the head with the belt to shoving it into her kidneys in a light and fake fashion because she was afraid that Luna, the best worker on the female roster was going to hurt her. She probably would have out of goddamn animosity, ‘cause all the rest of the girls hated her too.”
“It wasn’t just limited to Sunny, I don’t know about all the rest of them, but all the wrestling background girls couldn’t stand her. Luna didn’t like her, Sunny wanted to f***ing set her on fire, that’s why I called her an undercover c***, Sunny was an out-front c***, she was a b*tch to everybody, that was Sunny and that’s why she had personality and drew money.”
Cornette then noted the controversial fashion in which Sable left the company in 1999. Despite a difficult parting, Sable returned to WWE in 2003.
“Sable was nice to Vince, the Vinces [McMahon and Russo], and nice to everybody on creative and nice to all the important people, and then she didn’t give a f*** about the wrestling business or anybody else in it. Probably including her husband [Brock Lesnar] whose career she f***ing finished off and wiped her feet on. [While] on her way to trying to become a big movie celebrity, and then finally then they wouldn’t give her a contract equal to the men.”
“She wanted to become a movie star and she sued them for whatever and then Vince McMahon was so taken with her that he brought her back again. She did less the second time than she did the first time because she was still the sh*ts.”
Jim Cornette finished his thoughts on Sable, summarising his feelings by noting he wished the company had given more opportunities to the better female wrestlers:
“I didn’t like the concept of Sable because there were other girls there, that could actually carry their weight and do things, that were easier to work with and that I thought were attractive because Sable was just that drone monotone Stepford wife voice and the fact that she never cracked a smile it didn’t seem like unless she was laughing at somebody’s joke that she wanted to f***ing give her a better job.”
“She had no personality, she couldn’t do anything except dress up in very little and show off her surgically enhanced f***ing features. I wanted them to push some of the girls that actually were there to f***ing work. And then also because the two Vinces were so captivated by [Sable]. I’m sorry but anybody who thinks that Sable was more attractive than f***ing Sunny. In any way, shape, or form is just ridiculous.”
Jim Cornette recently shared his more favourable opinion on WWE Hall Of Famer Edge. Cornette compared the Rated-R Superstar to a modern-day Ric Flair.
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