Jim Cornette has given his thoughts on the entire WWE roster, picking out his own roster of talent from the multiple brands he thinks could make for a great roster.
There is a mammoth 209 stars listed under the WWE Superstars section of WWE.com however this does include commentators, ring announcers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Rob Gronkowski so not everyone listed necessarily competes week to week in the ring.
Cornette is known for his forthright opinions but working his way through the list on the Jim Cornette Experience he had a lot of positive to say about the great and good in WWE. Although he began his odyssey by commenting on the fact that the company has 27 different champions listed.
“It’s f*cking ridiculous. There is no way that even the most devoted fan could keep all this straight and of course, it’s they change constantly. And it’s watered down and diluted and every company has multiple belts. And they’re all under the same auspices.”
Onto picking a roster of talent and Jim Cornette began with some big hitters:
“Adam Cole makes the list, AJ Styles makes the list. Adam Pearce is not a wrestler anymore but I’m gonna put him over here on the side because there’s always something he can do, since he was supposed to be the first colour man in Ring Of Honor in the Sinclair era and he’s doing a fine job as an authority figure, we’ll put Adam over to the side.”
“[…] Austin Theory’s going on the main list. Bayley, gotta right her down even if she’s hurt. Becky Lynch, she qualifies so I will put her down because a lot of people like her.”
Jim Cornette then considered the new Mr. Money In The Bank, Big E. While Cornette values Big E’s athleticism, it’s safe to say he’s not a fan of The New Day:
“Big E, he’s a heck of an athlete but he’s been throwing pancakes and puking unicorn vomit for quite a while so I may have to leave him off.”
Bobby Fish, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Cedric Alexander, Cesaro, Chad Gable, Charlotte Flair, Damian Priest all made the list before Cornette gave an explanation for also including Dexter Lumis:
“I have given him all kinds of sh*t but I would take him because I would strip him of the expressionless gimmick and let him turn loose.”
Dolph Ziggler made it along with former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre as did Edge. Finn Balor would also have a place on Cornette’s roster as would NXT star Franky Monet. NXT UK’s Ilja Dragunov made the list as did Jeff Hardy for his “Name value but the way they’ve been presenting him lately, they’re probably taking it out on him for what Matt’s doing.” Although it should be noted that Jeff Hardy did defeat the reigning NXT Champion Karrion Kross in Kross’ Raw debut.
Jey Uso seemed to make the list of Jim Cornette but his brother was excluded given his recent brush with the law. John Cena, John Morrison, and Karrion Kross all made the grade but Cornette had a special mention for Keith Lee as a fan of his in-ring work but not so much his promos:
“We love the way that he moves for his size and some of the sh*t he does looks fantastic. He talks like Frasier Crane and we despise his interviews.”
Kevin Owens made Cornette’s roster despite Cornette alluding to the problems the two had when they worked together in Ring Of Honor. Kyle O’Reilly was an immediate addition as was the reigning Million Dollar Champion, LA Knight:
“LA Knight, I’ll put down old Eli too. He’s a good worker and he can talk. He’s fresh. At least he’s a new face with some experience, instead of those Performance Center people.”
Mercedes Martinez makes the cut, as does MVP, Natalya, and current Raw Tag Team Champion Omos, of who Cornette says:
“He’s a fucking giant. Let’s see what we can get out of him.”
Jim Cornette then adds Paul Heyman, calling him “The most talented guy in the company.” Randy Orton joins him along with NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez, on her Cornette says “There is something there. She’s huge. She’s got a look.”
Rey Mysterio and Rhea Ripley make Cornette’s roster along with former NXT Champion Robert Roode, Diamond Mine’s Roderick Strong, and the WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Jim Cornette then picks Sami Zayn who he says he worked with in Ring Of Honor as well before adding William Regal’s enforcer and ROH alumni, Samoa Joe.
Scarlett is added to stand alongside Karrion Kross as she has done in NXT. Cornette also adds Seth Rollins, Shelton Benjamin, and T-BAR although he would be going to his previous life as Dominik Dijakovic. Timothy Thatcher and tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa are added alongside Toni Storm who Jim Cornette says “Looks like a star.”
NXT UK Champion WALTER is a definite addition before Cornette ponders the third member of The New Day, Xavier Woods:
“Xavier Woods. That young man used to be in TNA when I was there, young Consequences Creed. He was a very, very, fine young man. But he’s been in New Day, we’re gonna have to put the New Day, all three of them over here on the side, see if we can wash the taste of that ridiculous gimmick out of everybody’s mouth.”