Jim Cornette has hit out at people comparing The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt, explaining that there’s a difference between The Deadman’s supernatural shenanigans and Wyatt’s “puppet show”.
Bray Wyatt made his much-anticipated return to WWE at Extreme Rules on October 8th, making his way through a mysterious door at the top of the ramp with his signature lantern in hand to end the show. He next appeared on SmackDown, addressing fans for the first time since April 2021.
However, instead of the over-the-top presentation we have become used to, he showed a more human side of himself with none of the supernatural aspects of his run as The Fiend in sight.
During a recent edition of his Experience podcast, Jim Cornette spoke about Wyatt’s return in less than flattering terms. He also spoke about the comparisons Wyatt receives to another star who used the supernatural as part of his gimmick, WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker.
Cornette started by making clear he wasn’t a fan of Undertaker using supernatural elements in his presentation either, recalling cringing during one memorable moment.
“The Bray Wyatt thing, for f*cks sake. And again, everybody’s going ‘Cornette liked all the supernatural stuff when Undertaker and Kane did it.’ Actually no I particularly didn’t like it when they actually called down legitimate lightning.
“I like the entrance effects and everything, but the legitimate lightning strikes I thought was a bit much and I’ve mentioned that I cringed heavily and hid behind the ring post at Survivor Series out here when Undertaker ascended into heaven on the big screen.”
He went on to discuss how the context of The Undertaker’s spooky side was entirely different to Wyatt’s.
“But again much like with wrestling dogs, it’s context. The Undertaker I don’t recall having a children’s puppet show, with puppets of pigs and roosters and anteaters and whatever the f*ck, with children’s voices that other wrestlers had to interact with as if they were real.
“Do you remember that one from The Undertaker? I don’t. I don’t understand why people cannot differentiate between silliness and preposterousness and the cool spooky supernatural vibe, even when he wasn’t doing a supernatural thing that The Undertaker had in that late 90s and 2000 period.”
“Except for the American badass, I wasn’t a big fan of but because The Undertaker was much cooler and better than a mere f*cking biker. But at least he took it away from him so when he gave it back to him how can we miss you if you won’t go away?”
“The real Undertaker was stronger than ever after that. But I still don’t remember any goddamn children’s puppets or you know f*cking just the whole Firefly Fun House jaunty music.
“The vibe of the whole thing it’s like this is god damn clown show. And people were interacting with it like it could or would be legitimate.”
H/T to Inside The Ropes for the above transcription.