Jim Cornette Breaks Silence: Talks TNA Release, Russo & More

Nick Paglino

Host Tommy Fiero steps into the conversation and says tons of emails came in about this situation. He asked Cornette if he’s willing to come back if TNA opened the door. Cornette said "absolutely". Jim said it’s not like WWE lied to him for 2 years and screwed with his business. That was personal. What TNA did wasn’t personal. He says he knows people that have been in the business for the past 30 years working at TNA; he changed "working" to "worked" specifically saying Jeff Jarrett and Dutch Mantell. He says he works frequently with the production crew noting Keith Mitchell, David Sahadi and others. Jim said he has nothing against TNA, wishes them continued success because Vince McMahon can’t own wrestling and there needs to be an alternative.
He says he always tells the truth on his show. Jim said if he said he was behind Russo/Ferrara 100%, he’d be lying and that he would be a two faced individual, etc. He said he tried to fix Russo’s creative but he hasn’t been behind it. Said he knows Russo is a born-again Christian but he and Vince have never had conversations about this. He does mention that Russo is much easier to get along with now compared to the time when they were together in the WWF.
He said he never heard Ed apologize about his parody of Jim Ross.
Tommy asked if there was a possibility for him returning to Ohio Valley Wrestling. Jim talked about it saying there was. Host asked if McMahon asked him to go back on WWE, would he? Cornette said he wouldn’t and there is no possibility of it happening.
Jim Cornette ended the show promoting the other work he is doing (and will be doing) such as Midnight Express shows, DVDs, attending dealer shows to sell merchandise/meet fans/have fun, a landscaping project. He says he has a lot of things to do and "it’s not big a deal". He then asked fans to go to jimcornette.com. He once again said he’s not yelling or screaming. The end result is same – whether released or told the news and had the opportunity to resign – he wouldn’t be there. He wishes TNA the absolute best in the world but he cannot support Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara. If their situation changes, his situation changes. He can go back to TNA and love everyone in it EXCEPT Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara.

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