Jim Cornette Praises Recent AEW Segment – “This Is Wrestling”

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Jim Cornette has heaped praise on a recent AEW segment, saying if the company had a full two-hour show as good, they would be beating Raw and SmackDown every week.

The segment Jim Cornette was referring to was the heated and very personal exchange between Eddie Kingston and CM Punk on AEW Rampage. The two stars traded verbal barbs, with Kingston telling Punk that no one in the locker room wanted the former WWE Champion in AEW, and Punk firing back that he felt foolish for ever seeing greatness in Kingston.

When Kingston told Punk that he hoped he would leave the wrestling business for another seven years, Punk headbutted him, resulting in a brawl that needed referees, officials, and wrestlers to contain.

Talking about the segment on his Drive Thru podcast, legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette had only positive things to say.

“If they had a two-hour show that was as good as the segment between CM Punk and Eddie Kingston was on their Friday show, every week they would be beating Raw and Smackdown. Because I have not seen anything on a wrestling programme, that reminded me so much of professional wrestling in years.”

“It was a simple deal, Punk said ‘I’m coming to accept Eddie Kingston’s apology for disrespecting me’, well Eddie Kingston probably don’t wanna apologise, so I wonder what’s gonna happen, we gotta find out. And they f*cking pulled it off.”

Cornette went on to explain that the whole thing sounded real, and reminded him “of a wrestling programme”.

“Here comes Eddie Kingston down with no music and a p*ssed face and he starts mocking Punk and he’s immediately confrontational and this was great on both guys’ parts. I wrote ‘this is an argument,’ I started smiling when I was watching this; it reminded me of a wrestling programme. It sounded real, nobody wrote this sh*t for those guys, they were saying sh*t that they came up with. It sounded like they were mostly coming up with it from the top of their heads.”

“[…] Finally Punk asked the people ‘you wanna see us fight?’, they say ‘yes’, he accepts, he says ‘I’ll see you at Full Gear’ and as he’s starting to get out Kingston tells him ‘yeah and after that match, you can go ahead and quit for another seven years’ and Punk f*cking headbutts him.”

“Here come the referees, there’s urgency. Here comes some more of the wrestlers from the back ‘this is not supposed to happen. Here’s two guys – one of our biggest stars who’s supposed to have just signed to the company and another guy are getting into a fight – we’ve got to stop this, this is not supposed to happen’.”

“A pull—apart, a break loose, here comes the security guy, then Punk does a break loose and does a big dive over the backs of the referees, it’s bedlam. They’re pulling them apart, the facials, like they wanna get at each other, Kingston’s frothing at the mouth, Punk’s eyes are on fire – excitement.”

“It wasn’t a sports entertainment f*cking angle, where everyone just got to emote and then somehow pull a chainsaw out of the Home Depot under the ring and cut somebody’s leg off and beat him over the head with it. Two guys got in a fight because they said sh*t to each other that they didn’t like, and a bunch of people had to pull them apart, and my God what’s going to happen when they fight at the pay-per-view? This is wrestling.”

The issues between Eddie Kingston and CM Punk will come to a head at Full Gear on November 13th.

H/T to Inside The Ropes for the above transcription.

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