Jim Cornette has gone out on a limb and named someone you may not expect as the best wrestler AEW have within their ranks.
Not one to mince his words or shy away from controversy, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Cornette has been critical of a number of elements of AEW in the past, including having heavy criticism towards one wrestler currently competing for the company.
Speaking on his Jim Cornette Experience podcast, the legendary manager gave Will Ospreay another chance to impress him during one of his early AEW in-ring performances against Dax Harwood on the 15th June 2022 Road Rager edition of Dynamite.
Here are the things that I wrote about Ospreay, because this is the first time that I have seen him in a singles match [in AEW]. Remember, we said the 6 man from last week, I’m trying to see if this guy is as good as they say he is, but he didn’t do anything.
In the past Cornette has had plenty of praise for Ospreay’s opponent, and that led to him wanting to watch this match in a lot more detail than he sometimes would.
So here with Dax, yes you would have to be a parapalegic to not have a good match with Dax, but I wanted to see something. I wrote down that he looks good, he has a good attitude and he seems to be serious about his wrestling. He is athletic, he’s got a heel demeanor and facial expressions. And they did nice stuff, he takes a big back drop and I am a fan of anyone taking a big back drop these days, you never see it.
They did a nice heat spot, went to the break where Ospreay kicked Dax into the steps. Of course Ospreay got penalized like we were saying a few days ago, anytime the heel on tv for any company stops the babyface you don’t see any of the heat, they go to the break and when they come back the babyface is making their comeback, what a rib.
But anyway, Dax did a comeback, hit a bunch of Germans, missed a diving headbutt, Ospreay hit a big splash and got a 2 count. They stared going back and forth with nice stuff and false finishes, and people were going bat sh*t. I wrote that this is great stuff.
Giving heavy praise, Jim Cornette went on to say that Dax Harwood is the best competitor AEW have, and also praised Will Ospreay as being leagues above Kenny Omega.
I wrote two things, Dax Harwood is the best wrestler in AEW, and that Will Ospreay blows Twinkletoes Olivier [Kenny Omega] away. If everybody was crowing about somebody being a great wrestler in Japan then it should have been Ospreay instead of Twinkletoes. But then, Ospreay hits some kind of running elbow thingy and beat him 123.
They did so many things that looked better as a finish, but ok, again, the problem now is, Dax is one of the best if not the best on the AEW roster, which now means that he is being penalized by losing every match that he is put in.
In one of his other stark opinions, Jim Cornette recently discussed what will cause the end of wrestling.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.