Despite being staunchly critical of them in the past, Jim Cornette heaped praise on a recent match featuring the Young Bucks!
It’s no secret that legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette is no fan of the Young Bucks‘ high flying antics and acrobatic style, preferring a more realistic and grounded wrestling competition between the ropes.
His criticism isn’t reserved for specific performers as he recently called the WrestleMania bout between Sami Zayn and Johnny Knoxville an “abomination” as the match featured antics such as a device to kick competitors in the genitals and a giant mousetrap that played a part in Knoxville’s pinfall victory.
However, he’s not one to withhold praise when it’s due, and the match between the Young Bucks and FTR on the April 6th episode of AEW Dynamite earned Cornette’s respect.
Speaking on the Jim Cornette Experience, the former manager of the Midnight Express praised the former AEW Tag Team Champions for their part in their bout against FTR, saying that the team tried harder than they normally do to have what he considers to be an actual wrestling match.
“I’m going to shock the world here, I am going to call The Young Bucks by their names. They have at least earned that much from me in this match that I will call them The Young Bucks instead of The Hardly Boys, because they really tried to wrestle here. That’s not a backhanded compliment, they never try. I’m not saying they can’t do it, they just never try.
“But they tried and succeeded to have a wrestling match for the first time in my memory. Who has FTR had a better tag team match in AEW with? I can guarantee you that this was the best Young Bucks match that I have ever seen by a long margin, a wide margin. There was none of the stupid, well they still did some of The Young Bucks sh*t, but it was well placed and didn’t take you out of the whole thing, and the rest of it was a wrestling match.”
Jim Cornette recently commented on Jeff Hardy’s role in AEW
Cornette has often compared the Young Bucks to a lesser version of the legendary tag team the Hardy Boys, and elsewhere on the Jim Cornette Experience, he made his thoughts known on Jeff Hardy’s role in AEW following his recent debut.
“Bringing Jeff into the company and putting him in the singles title picture, if nothing else because of the complete rottenness that Matt Hardy has been involved in since this company started, it went from embarrassing to sad. But bringing in Jeff Hardy as a singles [wrestler], now you have got a 45-year-old daredevil that looks and moves like one more Swanton is going to break him in half and you are wanting him to carry the load in singles matches.”
“If this was 10 years ago then yes, they should have bypassed Matt directly for Jeff to go into the singles picture. But at this point, it would have been better for both of those guys as a tag team, even with Matt’s crummy booking over the past couple of years and nobody gave a sh*t about him anymore, you could still reunite The Hardy Boyz and in tag team matches.”
“Neither one of them would have to do sh*t that they shouldn’t be doing any more for their physical wellbeing, but that would have required a top heel team and a great angle to bring Jeff back into the fold with Matt and getting the high profile match done first so that the fans didn’t have time to see that they ain’t The Hardy Boyz anymore, they’re The Hardy 48-year-olds. Once they see through that, then your clock is ticking on the way back down on the nostalgia run. This has been botched in every way that it could be botched.”
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