Jim Cornette has discussed one of the worst things he has ever seen on a wrestling show, and it happened in the early 1980s.
A critic of some of today’s modern wrestling Cornette recalled a show in 1981 on his Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru podcast that contained something that made his “heart hurt.”
Cornette detailed the event:
“One of the worst things I ever saw, and I was already smart to the business by then. Everybody in the building groaned. The 1981 WFIA convention was in Indianapolis and that was eight years too late.”
“One of the matches was Bobo Brazil against ‘Tiny’ Tim Hampton, or when he was a heel ‘Traitor’ Tim Hampton, who was an obese – at the time because he was in his fifties. Bobo – he had to be sixty. Anyway, Tim Hampton was this obese, sloppy, fat African-American gentleman.”
“They had a singles match and Bobo backed him up and shot – me and Brian Hildebrand were shooting pictures right at ringside next to each other, as we usually ended up at these shows. Bobo shot Tim Hampton off [the ropes] and it took him, I’d say a good thirty seconds to get to the other side of the ring and then back to Bobo. I mean, it was brutal. Bobo just stood there and held up his elbow and Tim Hampton ran at Bobo and at the right time ducked his head under the elbow and stopped with both feet and raised his head up under the elbow and hit his own self and took a bump.”
Jim Cornette then discussed how mistakes like this would happen when company’s or competitors were nearing the end of their run:
“They were so f***ing old and Tim Hampton had never been good anyway. I think he might have been related to Bobo in some shape or form. But they used him in Detroit and the midwest over the years a number of times and sometimes as a manager. Anyway, those types of things you would see when the work level would go down in territories that were about to go out of business.”
“They’d use inexperienced guys or guys that were just completely out of shape or names that were long since past their prime. You would see stuff that looked like that and it didn’t just give me a sick stomach, it made my heart hurt. That’s why whatever I did physically, it might not have looked like it killed somebody but it looked like I was trying with all of my heart.”
Cornette finished by saying that certain things in wrestling require co-operation but if it’s too obvious that’s a major no-no for him:
“That was always the criminal offence to me. Doing something that didn’t look good or something or you could tell was requiring co-operation. I know a lot of wise-asses that’ll say ‘well if somebody shot you into the ropes you wouldn’t come back.’ I got news for you, on certain occasions, especially if it was somebody like one of the Road Warriors or f***ing Dr Death or somebody got a little f***ing excited, you’d come halfway back when they shot you in those ropes before you could stop yourself. The point is there are things in wrestling that came to be accepted visually as working. You couldn’t see through it, it was accepted. This is the way things are, it didn’t slap you in the face.”
Jim Cornette has also recently dispelled bizarre myths that surround WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Cornette clarified that in his experience McMahon has no fear of mirrors or cars.