Jim Cornette recently appeared on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast. Here are the highlights.
With Professional Wrestling being a lost art and main stream “Sports Entertainment” reigning supreme is there any real relationship anymore between the two aspects:
I’ll never argue with that, It is definitely a bunch of athleticism. But it is a bunch of guys that are unfortunately risking their health and bodily safety for no reason. For no reason because nobody believes any of this sh*t anymore because of the “Corporate America” and all of the writers, (the comedy writers) the jock sniffers as I call them that if they were caught in a men’s locker room would be whistling “Stranger in Paradise”. They get in and say well I can do this so much better and come up with these fantasy concepts and I can write lines for these wrestlers to recite, it’s horse-sh*t and unfortunately that’s where we are at these days. I’ve had so many people on Twitter that once again there cognitive abilities are impaired and they don’t understand what is going on and what is being said. They say oh well there is a news bulletin wrestling is not real, wrestling is predetermined. They think that I honestly believe that people don’t know that, of course I know that; that’s the point. The point is that people have been beaten over the head with the fact that wrestling is fake and that is why wrestling doesn’t draw anymore. That is why nobody gives a sh*t about wrestling compared to the “old days” because they know it’s not only fake but they know how it is all done. If you didn’t know how it was done you could watch one episode of Lucha Underground and you could figure it out, because it’s as plain as the nose on your face right in front of you that that f*cking happy horse-sh*t is fake.
Has the business evolved to appeal to the mainstream fan-base:
In decades gone by almost everybody, although there were many exceptions but a large number of people knew that wrestling somehow had something going on. There was something pre determined. Something was happening but they didn’t know what, they didn’t know why, they didn’t know how and they didn’t know who and they didn’t know to what extent. I know Kriss Angel doesn’t get run over with a steamroller and flattened and get picked up with a spatula and fluffed back out but I can’t go on the internet and look at the blue prints for that trick so I don’t know how it is done. Therefore, its a hell of a thing to look at and I want to see it again. But when I read those blue prints and I see those plans and I see how it’s done and it’s not as difficult as I thought it was, I don’t give a sh*t anymore. So these stupid dumb f*ck wrestlers and promoters are allowing these stupid dumb f*ck writers to come in and sniff their jocks and tell them what to do and as a result all the credibility and all the mystery have gone out of the business and that is why and once again it is not the kids fault because they don’t bother to learn and they aren’t old enough to know that nowhere at any given point in history have fewer people watched wrestling on television, fewer people watched professional wrestling live, fewer live professional wrestling events have been staged and fewer people have been making money at professional wrestling then right now. Explain to me how that is evolution. That’s like the fish starts out with eyes and then becomes blind, it’s going backwards. Evolution is supposed to move forward.
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