Jim Cornette has commented on one WWE Superstar that makes him smile as he praises the presentation of a current champion.
At WWE Clash at the Castle Gunther put his Intercontinental Championship on the line in an all-European affair against Sheamus. The match was notable as it was the first time on the WWE roster that Imperium lined up as a trio with Giovanni Vince pack in the fold alongside the former WALTER and Ludwig Kaiser.
Speaking on his Experience podcast, Jim Cornette has almost universal praise for the presentation of Gunther and admits that the hard-hitting Austrian makes him smile:
“So the Intercontinental title match let’s talk about that. Sheamus and Gunther and I tell you this got me into the programme, at least I was like after this I was like okay, I will be optimistic for what lies ahead. I can’t remember what his name was originally, but now they call him Giovanni Vinci, the other cohort of Gunther with Ludwig Kaiser, he’s back.”
“So now Gunther has both of them again, another Triple H thing. And their entrance is fabulous. Ludwig is perfect for the introduction, now the facials and the voice and the way delivers it. And then when Gunther comes out, did you see the choreography? And I’m not talking about dancing, but he comes out and they automatically snap to attention to the side and put their arms behind their back and all that stuff.”
“They look like a bunch of goddamn World War Two movie soldiers. He makes me smile, Gunther, just the whole presentation. And this is an example of guys being cool with their gimmick and their entrance and not corny or silly or whatever.”
Jim Cornette then discussed his views on the match itself borrowing a phrase from his old colleague Jim Ross to describe the critically acclaimed bout:
“They still do the thing where the stooges get in a fight while Gunther and Sheamus face off. But it worked better here than on television because at least they’re in the match finally, and they’re going to do something but the stooges fought off.”
“[The crowd] were into, you know, almost everything, but especially the good stuff. And I was afraid that they started at 100 miles an hour, and they’re obviously trying to have a fight, a slobberknocker as they might say. And it was a little sloppy-ish first I wish they’d settled down but Gunther hit a big boot and slowed it down and then they kind of did. And they worked stiff but it was safe and they weren’t dropping each other on their head all the time.”
“But they worked stiff and did slow down after the first few minutes, and then when Gunther takes over the pace of things, I just I love the way he works but as well I was gonna say Sheamus, everybody was saying on Twitter ‘I hope that you know Sheamus got over with Cornette.’ He did. I’m still not saying that he’s [ugly], he’s visually off-putting because of the brightness of the hair and the glow of the skin. And he’s not smooth like Jack Brisco but he worked his ass off here and it was a slobberknocker so I do have to respect him for that.”
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