Jim Cornette has explained why he’s a huge fan of WWE’s Imperium group, but he also feels like they are “too good” for modern wrestling.
The Imperium trio consisting of Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER, Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci have been together in WWE on three different brands. They started on NXT UK, they were on NXT itself together and now they are a Smackdown trio.
At WWE’s Clash at the Castle on September 3rd, Vinci joined GUNTHER and Kaiser, who were called up to the main roster after WrestleMania in April. Since then, GUNTHER has been dominant as he took the Intercontinental Title from Ricochet and beat Sheamus in a classic match at the Clash show.
Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette is not the biggest fan of today’s wrestling scene, but he did praise Imperium heavily on a recent episode of his Jim Cornette Experience podcast.
“As I was watching these guys [Imperium] stand in the ring, the way they talk, the expressions, and Gunther’s just amazing. I’m thinking if Bill Watts had these guys or Eddie Graham had these guys, they would be communist officers or Nazi soldiers, they would need police protection in and out of the arenas everywhere they went, they would have snipers staking out the interstate waiting for them to drive out of town.”
Cornette explained why he feels that the Imperium trio are too good for modern wrestling:
“These guys could’ve been the hottest fu**ing heels anybody has ever seen. But, they are wasted in sports entertainment, in the modern-day environment. They’re too good for this.”
Imperium has a busy few days coming up with GUNTHER set to defend the Intercontinental Title against Sheamus on Friday’s Smackdown. At Extreme Rules on Saturday, October 8th, Imperium will be in a Donnybrook Match against The Brawling Brutes to continue that rivalry.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.