Thursday, 17 June 2010
Jim Cornette Talks Bryan Danielson
"The news was put out what Friday night at about 8 or 9. WWE, knowing that they were making a decision that was probably off the charts in terms of stupidity, and they made an innocent guy a scapegoat for something who knows what, they fired Bryan Danielson for choking somebody in an wrestling angle. What are they going to do next? Are they gonna fire Wolfgang Puck for using chicken in a chicken dish? Are they gonna fire Magic Johnson for dribbling a basketball? Somebody made Bryan Danielson a scapegoat because of their PG rating, or their Senate run, or any number of things that the WWE are into now, trying to get away from the stigma of them being professional wrestling promoters, which they are but they won't admit it, and they are taking one of the brightest young talents in the business, who has a lot of fans, and they pissed them all off. I don't understand it. As to whether Bryan will be in Ring of Honor, of course we would love to have him back, and of course/on the same token, since he has just been released, he's obviously under one of their non-compete clauses, which I would love to someone challenge one of those in court one day. It's just another example of 'We're gonna go to the zoo and scoop up a handful of monkey feces, and we're gonna throw it in the face of every wrestling fan,' because we will continue to give you all of this child-like, inane, inconsequential pablum we give you on television every week, but when we accidentally hit the somebody that people want to see, we're gonna screw that up as quickly as possible. It's ridiculous. I would love to see Bryan Danielson back in Ring of Honor."
Other stuff Cornette spoke about in this interview:
His thoughts on one of the most anticipated main events in ROH history between Tyler Black & Davey Richards for the Ring of Honor World Championship at ROH's Death Before Dishonor VIII iPPV: "I think it's a huge match, because you couldn't find any two people, both inside the ring & out, that are more different than Tyler Black & Davey Richards. But at the same time, they are at the top of the mountain and are some of the best at what they do. Tyler, to me, is a tremendous athlete, and he does some innovative things that I have never seen in professional wrestling ring, and I've seen a lot of wrestling. He has really come along and gotten confidence after he won the ROH World Title; and then you have a guy like Davey Richards: the first time I saw him I was blown away, because to me, he is a reincarnation of The Dynamite Kid. He's got the intensity, he's got the movements in the ring when he just explodes, he's in tremendous shape, a driven guy, and he wants to be the best in the world, and when people chant 'Best in the World', he takes that seriously. It's gonna be interesting, and I think two of the best guys in the business, and they are going to scorch it."
The rumors of Paul Heyman joining TNA's Creative Team, why he feels Heyman can write better wrestling shows than Vince Russo, & why he strongly believes that Heyman is "too smart" to join TNA: "If Paul Heyman went to dinner at Taco Bell, 30 minutes later he could squat down and crap out a better wrestling show format than Vince Russo has ever dreamed of in his life. But I think my old friend, 'Happy Heyman,' is probably way too smart to get involved in that political minefield. One, he's not going to be part of the team, because that would be like putting the top NBA player on the court with a group of guys who they got from a pick up game from the playground. There's nobody capable of even carrying Heyman's pencil down there right now. Secondly, I think he's too smart, because he doesn't want his legacy diminished by going into a hopeless, fruitless cause, because even he was the only person on creative & doing it all himself, he'll still have to deal with the TNA front office, and most of those people with the non-wrestling background are so inept that really I'm surprised, based on my experiences of being there for three years, that they can get anything done. I don't think they would give Heyman the pull or control over everything that is necessary. I think Dixie would still try to stick her nose in, and I think he would be frustrated just as when he was trying to work within the WWE confines, where the people are a whole lot more competent, but not much more educated as far as pro wrestling. I don't see him changing that structure (of TNA)."
Ring of Honor's growth since he returned to the promotion at the end of last year: The talent roster has been tremendous. We have had a couple of big additions. Christopher Daniels, most notably, has been a real shot in the arm for the match quality on the cards. Also, television with HDNet continues to get stronger as more people across the country are able to see HDNet. Also, the amount of new markets & different things ROH has done. We opened up Charlotte in April, and we're going back there in August. We're going to Richmond, VA for the first time in August; Buffalo for the first time in five years; Louisville, KY: my hometown is going to make its debut July 22nd at The Davis Arena, the old home of OVW. So a lot of big markets opening up, a lot of great matches, a lot of things are happening. The guys are excited, the matches are off the charts, so all in all, things are cooking right along."
The recent announcement from TNA President Dixie Carter that a major surprise is coming soon that will change TNA forever: "As the news went out that TNA is going to change forever...again. How many times in the last six months have you heard that TNA is going to change forever? And it keeps changing forever for like three weeks, and it changes again. I don't know what Dixie Carter is talking about, but short of Merlin the Magician popping up to transform them into a viable wrestling promotion, I think it's going back to her PR background. When you completely lost in the woods, and you have nothing else to do, you're at your wits end. Promise people a huge surprise & a big change, and by the time you realize it's not coming, then you got out of that particular hole you were in."