When talking about wrestling history, and lists of greatest announcers, bookers and managers, Jim Cornette and Paul Heyman’s names are inextricably linked. Over the course of their careers both have had, and in Heyman’s case continue to have, an incredible impact on the wrestling business. No matter the role the both have performed throughout their careers, they have excelled, whether it’s working together, or for competing companies.
The pair’s relationship goes all the way back to the 1980’s during their time together in Jim Crockett Promotions, later even facing off against each other in a Tuxedo Match at the 1989 Great American Bash.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Jim Cornette Experience, Cornette praised the former owner of ECW, calling him a “genius.”
“He’s a f**king genius in his own way. You can’t believe what he says to you if his tongue is notarized, but he’s a brilliant promo, he was an incredible booker, that got the most out of the least. Look at the guys that he got over in ECW with that audience, that couldn’t have possibly done it anywhere else. Not all of them, but some of them.
While praising Heyman, Cornette also said that alongside the positives, wrestling is still dealing with his legacy, with hardcore wrestling being so common place today. However, despite this, he explained how that shouldn’t detract from how good he has been throughout his career.
“Paul is a genius at a lot of facets of this business, [it] can’t be completely overlooked by the fact that he f**king, caused everybody to want to hit each other in the head with a f**king trashcan. The only part, Paul’s been a manger, he’s been an announcer, he’s been a promotor, he was probably even less business minded as a promotor than I was… the only part of the business he never got was the physical part, but otherwise than that’s Paul has been f**king great.”
Cornette rounded out his thoughts on Heyman, by commenting that “He’s got his faults… but Paul’s done a lot of great shit.”
On a more light-hearted note, the former leader of “Camp Cornette” also recently recalled Heyman’s love of makup during their time working together in the late 80’s.
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