Jim Cornette didn’t mince words when it came to his criticism of Hit Row’s Top Dolla.
Hit Row made a splash on SmackDown when they returned to WWE in August after being released in late 2021. While many were happy to see the group back in the company, one man who isn’t a fan is legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette, who was heavily critical of their most recent appearance on SmackDown.
On the most recent episode, the group was blindsided when they were attacked by the debuting members of Legado del Fantasma, now accompanied by a returning Zelina Vega instead of Eleketra Lopez. Speaking on The Jim Cornette Experience, Cornette criticized the real life AJ Francis’ look and called the whole segment “sloppy.”
“Top Dolla looks like a late 30s fat mechanic that dresses around like a hip hop guy and wallers around in the ring like a beached whale. Apparently, Triple H liked him as a group and brought him back and has tried to push him. And this beatdown was sloppy as sh*t to begin with.”
Hit Row originally had a fourth member who didn’t accompany them in their return to WWE as Swerve Strickland is currently a member of the AEW roster, having recently held the AEW Tag Team Championships alongside Keith Lee until the pair lost to The Acclaimed at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam. Cornette says that out of all the members of Hit Row, Swerve is the best one, and he can understand why Triple H might want to bring him back if circumstances were different.
“Yes, ’cause out of the whole bunch, he’s [Swerve] the one I’d pick.”