Religion is like cosmetic surgery--it's elective. You don't really NEED it, but it makes some people feel better. Cosmetic surgery doesn't change anything substantial in and of itself--whether you live longer or have better health--and neither does religion. But it DOES give some people confidence, and that, indirectly, CAN change things. If you have a giant wart on your face, you go up to a beautiful woman to ask for a date with the demeanor of Oliver Twist asking for another bowl of gruel.
Cornette's Commentary is my take on issues I feel strongly about. Whether it pertains to pro wrestling, politics, or just a plethora of particularly unpalatable people that do or say things completely contrary to logic, common sense, scientific knowledge or the public good, I hope you will find them either illuminating, informative or inflammatory--I'm shooting for all three.
It's been almost a year since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings, when a mentally disturbed man named Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster assault rifle to cause a scene of chaos and destruction seldom seen outside a war zone, not just murdering but literally blowing to bits twenty grade school children and six teachers before killing himself with a Glock 10mm handgun, one of 4 weapons in total he had brought to the school.
Nowhere so as much as in professional wrestling, which throughout the years has provided more people you hate, and people you love to hate, than any other endeavor. Nowadays, as this issue's look at the Daniel Bryan situation attests, fans appreciate the "bad guys" more than ever.
This is a fan letter to Jim that touched on some snide comments made on Eric Bischoff's FB page and the responses.
UPDATE--I wrote this commentary in January of 2010 as I was beginning to work for Cary Silkin's Ring of Honor promotion. While the purchase of ROH by Sinclair Broadcasting did not materialize in fulfilling my hopes, dreams and aspirations for Ring of Honor, this article accurately reflects my opinions at the time I left TNA and my intentions, albeit unfulfilled, to make ROH an alternative product that true wrestling fans could enjoy. I still dream in my heart of hearts that this goal can be accomplished someday, by someone, but the chances of it happening, and of me being involved in it, grow slimmer by the day. Read on--
Many of you know that September was a very eventful month for ol' JC. I was released by TNA on the 15th, and went to work for Ring of Honor in a surprise appearance in New York City the next week. Somehow in between I became the "most controversial man in wrestling" for about 4 days. I got so many requests for radio and internet interviews I just went on weekend vacations for two weeks to stay away from the phone. Then they caught up with me, and I had to start answering all the questions.
Sometimes there's things more important than pro wrestling.
Nothing gives me the sour belches any quicker than when a performer in the wrestling business, whether a wrestler, manager, referee, or anyone else asks any variation on the question, "What would my character say/do?" It is the most prevalent example of how the ways in which we in the wrestling profession talk both to each other and about our business have changed over the past 20 years. It also illustrates how these terms have changed the way those in wrestling THINK about the business, and as it's happened over time, most people don't even realize what's taken place. But beware--in this commentary, you'll learn things that even some current wrestling stars don't know, but should.
I've made very clear in the past my opinion of the so-called "hardcore wrestling" style and it's detrimental effects on not only the business in general, but the participants as well. I've received pretty much universal support for those opinions, but some folks still think this crap should belong in our sport, and a disturbing number of wrestlers and promoters still feel the need to present and/or participate in this type of stunt show for the small, albeit vocal number of people who will actually pay to see it. Therefore, in this edition of the commentary, I thought it interesting to examine the hardcore fad, from it's origin, to development, to it's effect on wrestling wherever it has gotten a foothold.
I can't count the number of times over the last 10 years that someone, usually not connected to professional wrestling in any way except as a fan, has asked me, "How do I get a job as a writer?" or given me a package of "scripts" as an audition for a "writing position". This usually gives me the sour belches. It's not these folks' fault that they want the position, it's the fault of the idiots who actually HIRE idiots like these that gives others the idea they, too, can get the jobs with no experience whatsoever. So the inaugural Cornette's Commentary deals with what a "booker" is, what a "writer" is, and the difference between the two.