Swerve Strickland defeated Adam Page in a wild and bloody brawl at AEW Full Gear and the chaos did not go down well with Jim Cornette.
Page and Strickland went to war in a Texas Death Match that was notable for the use of a staple gun, broken glass, barbed wire, and even Hangman drinking his nemesis’ blood.
Speaking on The Jim Cornette Experience, the wrestling veteran gave his candid thoughts on the match, and to nobody’s surprise, he wasn’t a fan and didn’t like how Page used a staple gun to harm Strickland:
Okay, so then [Page] gets a staple gun and staples Swerve’s chest, he’s stapling him in the titties. Not the nipples, that’s against the Geneva Convention. And then he gets a format or a piece of paper or whatever, and he staples it to Swerve’s arm. Now, meanwhile, Brian, you know what a staple gun looks like? You worked in an office? Do you think most of the people know what a staple gun looks like? It’s a big metal thing and you squeeze it and it’s got to thing goes across your fingers and you squeeze it and it staples, right?
If you’re in a fight with a motherf*cker, especially if you look like Adam Page and the other motherf*cker looks like Swerve Strickland. And you’ve got a staple gun in your hand. Are you going to staple him in the titty? Or are you going to draw back and punch him in the bridge of the f*cking nose with it? That’s the idea. He’s got brass knuckles on his hand and he’s stapling this motherf*cker’s arm. And then he stapled his face and Swerve is letting him do it.
And because we know that this is all fake, because of the general overall presentation of AEW, people are sitting there going well this stupid motherf*cker is letting this other stupid motherf*cker staple his f*cking cheek, and his titties!
AEW Might Have Lost The Network Says Jim Cornette
Cornette continued his tirade, taking issue with Page opting to drink Strickland’s blood and claimed it could have cost AEW a potential TV deal somewhere down the line:
At that point, somehow he’s busted Swerve open also and Swerve hit a gusher and starts pouring blood. And this is where Page lays down on his back as Swerve is bending over bleeding from his head, lays down on his back and opens his mouth so that he can drink Swerve’s blood to show how badass he is.
I believe at that point, you know again I go back to when Lyndon Johnson said after Cronkite came back from Vietnam if we’ve lost Cronkite, we’ve lost America. I think they’ve lost the female audience that they might not have had to begin with on that one. And again, they might have lost the network that they potentially might or might not have had off of that one. You f*cking idiot, he’s no better than the plumber or the f*cking bank-addicted drug robber. He got more hair, that’s it, Page. Otherwise, he is as stupid, demented, and f*cking distasteful.
You can’t please everyone it would seem but given the graphic nature of the match, it will likely prove to be one of the most controversial in recent times. And while Cornette’s claims about AEW losing a network might seem fanciful, the NWA was reported to have lost out on a deal with The CW thanks to their own wild antics on PPV.