It might have been farfetched to ever expect Jim Cornette to work for TNA again. But that was Dixie Carter’s TNA, and as far as Jeff Jarrett’s GFW is concerned, he’s got no problem signing for a company that no longer has Dixie involved, and is no longer called TNA.
As recounted by Cageside Seats, rumors of Cornette signing with GFW were swirling for the past few days. Those rumors turned out to be accurate when the legendary manager was spotted at GFW’s television tapings, and later seen on Thursday night’s episode of Impact Wrestling, where he interrupted Bruce Prichard’s announcement that Alberto El Patron was stripped of the GFW Unified World Heavyweight Championship and that the belt would go back to Bobby Lashley.
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As he confronted Prichard in the ring, Cornette announced that GFW parent company Anthem had hired him for “some help with decision-making,” and while Prichard tried to get Corny kicked out, that’s when he dropped the bombshell — he was firing Prichard, and his arrival meant the start of a “new culture” in GFW. It was pretty much a worked shoot promo for Cornette, as the outspoken veteran talked about everyone needing to earn their spot. He then announced a 20-man gauntlet match to crown a new GFW Unified Champion, which was eventually won by Eli Drake.
And while it's exciting to see Cornette back on television, the legendary wrestling mind made it clear on an episode of his podcast (transcribed by Cageside Seats) that he doesn't have anything to do with the backstage dealings.
"I am not a member of the Global Force Wrestling roster... I'm not interested in anything full time, as I've said I have too many things going on I don't like to travel. But in this case, to come back and right a few wrongs, see some of my friends...we're still in the process of taping television over the next few weeks," says Cornette, "I'm my own boss. I'm not signing any exclusive deals or long term deals for anything with anybody. ... I'm too old to do this on a regular basis but I will be appearing when there's a reason for me to do so.”
If you heard Josh Mathews commenting on last night’s Impact Wrestling that Jim Cornette “hasn’t been relevant in 25 years,” you should also know that Mathews, while (hopefully) speaking in-character, couldn’t have been more wrong. Cornette’s career dates back to the early-1980s, though it was in the WWE where the Kentucky native was arguably most visible, as he held a prominent role in the 1990s as a heel manager, commentator, and creative team member. He left WWE on acrimonious terms following a well-documented altercation with then-OVW hopeful Anthony Carelli (later Santino Marella), and quickly moved on to TNA, before falling out of favor with Dixie Carter and creative team head Vince Russo (who else?) in 2009.
Cornette revealed GFW reached out to him a few weeks back by an Anthem representative that acknowledged the legendary manager and promoter's criticism, so he accepted the offer.
From the sounds of it, Cornette seems to be a babyface for the time being, saying he doesn't like the wrestlers coming in and treating the promotion like it's a vacation. It sounds like Cornette wants the boys and girls in the back to work.
While Cornette has burned his fair share of bridges through the years, it's no shock to see him in the post-Dixie Carter world of Impact Wrestling, as the company once known as TNA is now called GFW, and has Jeff Jarrett back in charge of things. Cageside Seats noted that Cornett and Jarrett have always had a good relationship, and with fellow old-school adherent Dutch Mantel also part of the creative team, Corny should be happy in his on-air and off-screen roles alike. That is, unless GFW up and hires his mortal enemy Vince Russo, but we all know that's likely not going to happen – right, bro?
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