Saturday, 1 March 2014

Jim Cornette UK Tour (23/02/14)

Date: 23rd March, 2014
Venue: Leicester Square Theatre
City: London, England

AYO! What’s popping everybody? journey to WrestleMania is rolling on fast and one of the stops for us down this road was the Jim Cornette UK Tour from last week Sunday (23/02/14) and I thought I'd take a couple minutes to quickly review and just give you my thoughts on the event on this stop along the Road to WrestleMania XXX...

Now I’m not going to lie, at first I wasn’t too sure about this one, simply because Jim Cornette is old school. And I mean OLD SCHOOL, and I had planned to do a bit of homework before this show, but I just never got around to it, and ended up listening to some podcasts on the way to the show. One of the podcasts I listened to on the train on the way there was the Steve Austin Show podcast with Cornette on as a guest. It was pretty entertaining but a lot of the references were well before my time watching Pro Wrestling. The stories were still funny to listen to as well as giving you an insight into one of the most knowledgeable minds in the business. The same can be said for his spoken word tour!

I was skeptical at first but I just have to go on record and say, “Boy! Did I underestimate Jim Cornette!” – One of the best spoken word tours I’ve been to in the UK! Not only was it a history lesson from one of the most controversial figures in professional wrestling, but it was probably better than most comedy nights I’ve been to! Cornette is really good on the fly, despite his minor illness at the time. He even said jokingly that the next time he gets sick, he’s coming straight back to the UK because we have such good health care!

There was a special game where every time a buzzer went off, followed by a name, Jim Cornette would have to go on a rant about that person who'd just been named. Some of the names included were Batista, Dixie Carter and Santino Marella. One thing that Cornette can do is rant and make it very entertaining! On the subject of Batista, he had said that although he and his team had put in a great deal of effort into Batista, knowing full well that he wasn’t as young, or as gifted inside the ring as many of the others, they decided on portraying him as the monster Leviathan, just crushing guys. Once he started training in the gym with Triple H and finally got a push, Batista turned around and said that they never did anything for him. Jim Cornette’s exact words were “Fuck Batista!” as he flipped the bird.

Jim Cornette also told the Story of the “Santino Slap” which he explained as Santino not wanting to sell the character of the Boogeyman as being intimidating by staying completely still in the audience (no selling) and then saying that no one had asked him to move or (sell) anything. That's why Cornette says that he had to slap Santino up!

One of my personal favourite stories from Cornette was about the infamous scaffold match he was involved in, which you can hear from Cornette himself on the Steve Austin Show podcast. Man, did he lose out on a fair amount of money from that deal! Another great story was about the best rib he'd ever seen in the business which involved Japanese wrestler Yamamoto - another story you can also hear from Cornette himself on the Steve Austin show podcast. I wish Stone Cold would send a little something my way considering the number of times I've mentioned his show. Can't recommend his show enough.

Something that stuck out for me because I'm a huge mark for Sting, was when someone from the audience had asked Jim Cornette, who they thought should end the Undertaker's streak, and if he thought that Sting and the Undertaker would ever have a match at WrestleMania. Cornette made a very good point about the streak and how it would probably be better to keep it alive, and keep us coming back. Rather than one person defeating the streak, and getting a little push out of it for the moment. He also made a great point about Sting vs. Taker - it may be the match that we all think that we want, but if it ever was to happen now, maybe it'll be the match we think we wanted to see more than we actually did – maybe it would be better if it remained a dream match. Gave me something to think about.

For someone who loved to rant, I can report that Jim Cornette had nothing negative to say about John Cena.

Definitely a great night of entertainment, education and comedy from the man with the Tennis Racket and If he ever comes back, or you get a chance to go to a Jim Cornette spoken word tour, I highly recommend it. Great stop along our Road to WrestleMania XXX... Not long left now.

P.s. I was able to pick up WrestleMania XXVIII, ECW Unreleased: Volume 1 & The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions all for £10! That WrestleMania DVD will come in useful for when we reach that Mania in the CountDown about 3 weeks from now...

Thanks for taking the time to read,
There's plenty more to come! /-) #Hope2EntertainU
Mau (02/03/14) 04:35

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