Both Santino Marella and Jim Cornette have issued statements regarding the confrontation at a convention they had at the weekend.
Over the weekend, Jim Cornette and Santino Marella got into a heated confrontation at a convention they both attended in Detroit. While there was no physical altercation, the argument between the two was caught on camera by some onlooking fans and ended with security separating the two and escorting both of them away.
The animosity between the two dates all the way back to 2005, shortly after Marella first signed for OVW. During a Boogeyman match, Marella was in the crowd. Boogeyman walked past him and Santino laughed as he made his way backstage. Jim Cornette was not happy about the whole thing and not only shouted at Marella, but slapped him numerous times. Cornette wound up getting fired for the incident.
Marella issued his one and only statement on the convention confrontation on Wednesday of this week and it's pretty long. Marella details why exactly the two men don't get along before moving on to his version of events from this past weekend. The former Intercontinental Champion claims that he extended an olive branch to Cornette and tried to patch things up only for Cornette to downright refuse. Marella wrote "He then proceeds to try to tell me about what happened 12 years ago like I wasn’t there lol, insults me, disrespects me, and then tries to walk away," and that things basically escalated from there. The whole statement is available at Cageside Seats.
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Jim Cornette has unsurprisingly released his own statement following Santino's, detailing his own version of what went down between the two at the weekend. Cornette told Live Audio Wrestling that he simply tried to explain to Santino that they had nothing to talk about. "He obviously expected me to say something different to his face than I have in public, and I did not," Cornette explained, "whereupon he then wouldn’t let me past and tried to wind me up to hit him in public and potentially get arrested."
Jim Cornette is certainly a very polarizing figure in professional wrestling and that's putting it mildly. It was only a few months ago that Vince Russo felt the need to get a protective order against the former manager following threats he made to him on his podcast. Both his and Santino's version of events sound plausible though, and this likely won't be the last we hear about this incident.