Legendary wrestling personality Jim Cornette has revealed his favourite current WWE and AEW wrestlers.
The outspoken former manager of the likes of Midnight Express and Yokozuna offers a unique perspective having served as both a manager of some of wrestling’s biggest ever names alongside being a noted owner and booker.
Cornette was the owner of Smoky Mountain Wrestling as well as the co-owner, head booker and head trainer of Ohio Valley Wrestling, which served as a developmental territory for WWE from 1993-2000.
OVW provided a vital training ground for the likes of future WWE Superstars John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton and Batista.
Speaking on a recent edition of his Drive-Thru podcast, Cornette would highlight Gunther, Rhea Ripley and Bron Breakker when asked to name his current favourite WWE performers:
“Good Gunther. That’s what we ought to start saying every time we see a good match. Good Gunther.
With Ripley and Breakker, Gunther and a couple of others probably, he’s in top five certainly. Well, how can you not because they’re the best or are going to be the best in the business at what they’re doing or are going to be doing.”
Cornette would go on to reserve special mention for ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody Rhodes, noting that he is not surprised by the success being experienced by the 2023 Royal Rumble winner:
“Cody’s doing a great job, but I’m not surprised.
Some of these people I’m like, Wow. You know, I’m really surprised they’re that good. With Cody, I’m not really surprised. But I enjoy watching him unless it’s, you know, typical average television match that we might skip every so often.”
Jim Cornette Praises FTR and MJF
When asked to list his current favourite AEW stars, Cornette would quickly list tag team FTR before naming AEW World Champion MJF despite bemoaning his lack of singles action:
“In AEW right now FTR in tag team matches with the right opponents and not, you know, some of their clowns and MJF for his verbal ability and his potential but he so seldom has a match these days.
They’re always good, but they’re rare. And his presentation now handicaps him from being as entertaining as he used to be.”
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