In a world of a changing wrestling landscape, one thing remains clear: Never cross Jim Cornette via social media. The legendary manager, commentator, booker, and historian earned a well-earned reputation for eviscerating anyone that steps to him. Friday, independent wrestler and known phallic stuntman Joey Ryan tried Cornette. No aloe for those burns or umbrella for the hailstorm of vitriol would ever cover Ryan. Alternating between surgical precision and chainsaw-driven mayhem, Cornette took Ryan’s stance and destroyed it.
10 hours in the car today, I get out & find insufferable douchebag @JoeyRyanOnline has tried to piss people off at me by drumming up a fake controversy. So let’s get to the bottom of it, shall we?
— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) June 1, 2019
Thursday, Cornette published his podcast review of All Elite Wrestling’s debut event, Double or Nothing. Through painstaking detail, he offered his opinion on every match, production value, and commentary. While you can listen to the entire podcast here, this is the cause of disagreement. AEW talent Sonny Kiss, Cornette said:
“Sonny Kiss, who apparently got off his day job at the drag show at the f**king Tropicana. And I don’t know, but they’re not explaining any of this … the transvestite, or Exotico as they would say at AAA. Did anyone bother to explain why he looks like that? No! They just accepted that, ‘Here’s another member of our roster, no reason to — nothing to look at here, folks.”.
Granted, these comments are harsh. Yet, they don’t appear homophobic in nature. In context, Cornette bemoaned the lack of background information of all of the lesser-known wrestlers. Now, no one should tell Sonny Kiss to feel. If he has an issue with Cornette’s comments, that needs to be between them.
Seeing a chance to grab the spotlight, Ryan tweeted Cornette’s employer, MLW and beIN Sports. Accusing Cornette of rampant homophobia, Ryan tried to turn the heat on Cornette. As mentioned, Kiss issued a statement. While I am not here to parse that because those thoughts are Kiss’, I will shade Ryan.
If you’ve listened to Jim Cornette’s podcast, you will hear his political takes, which reside in the liberal category. As a result, the fiery personality torched Ryan, left, right, and center in a series of tweets. They are profane, pointed, and exceedingly accurate.
While taking the high ground, Ryan probably did not imagine the manure maelstrom headed his way. In a series of tweets, people found old tweets from Ryan that used racial slurs, praised rape, general creepiness and pedophilia. While this does not excuse the severity of Cornette’s statement, a man that attempt to get over by wielding his penis as an in-ring weapon, should never talk about any of this. Before you criticize old tweets as desperate negativity, Ryan turns 40 on November 7th. This is not a teen spewing nonsense. Just as those penis suplexes are stapled to his legacy, those crass tweets are also Ryan’s.
During Cornette’s podcast, he mentioned how much Nyla Rose impressed him. Rose is transgender. So, if Cornette were the bigot that Ryan and his cronies swore, then he would insult Nyla Rose. Instead, he appreciated what she brought to the event.
Like him or not, Jim Cornette made an indelible mark on the wrestling industry. From starting as a photographer as a kid to managing to expanding his media reach, he’s a legend. However, he does not need me defend him. Cornette will always speak for himself. Where I will speak on is Joey Ryan, entering his 40s without a sustained run in a major company, manipulating a situation to white knight an issue. All of this, for a drop of clout. Cornette is hostile, short-tempered, but he is not a homophobe. Quick to anger? Sure. Prone to ranting? Of course.
However, Joey Ryan tried to use a sensitive issue to get some press. AEW put on a fantastic show. The WWE remains the leader. The NWA and ROH boast solid, growing followings. Impact and MLW continue to make strides. What do they have in common? Joey Ryan is nowhere near them on a regular basis. His gimmick is not marketable to a mass audience. Advertisers do not want back penis play. Before you judge Jim Cornette’s comments, listen to the entire show.