Kenny King is a veteran wrestler that has spent the majority of his career with Ring of Honor and in a recent interview, he explained why he thinks legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette is a “butthurt little b**ch.”
King was recently interviewed by Liam Alexander-Stewart of Inside The Ropes and during the chat, the ROH wrestler talked about his 2012 departure from ROH. King appeared on TNA Wrestling while holding one half of the ROH Tag Team Titles.
It was noted by King during the interview that he did have a good working relationship with Cornette before things went bad between them.
“To be fair, and to be completely honest, I didn’t think Jim Cornette was a piece of shit until after I left Ring Of Honor, the times that we worked together I didn’t really have any you know, didn’t really have any issues with Jim you know, I don’t say that we saw eye to eye on everything, but for the most part, we had a pretty decent working relationship. And, you know, at one point I even confided in him before any of that like ‘well, you know, I don’t know maybe if I may even want to retire from wrestling’ but at some point we had a long conversation about that.”
King, who is a former two-time ROH Television Champion, went on to explain his problems with Cornette:
“The issue was I just I wasn’t- there just, you know, there was a lot of issues that kind of forced my hand in that you know, contract negotiation issues I didn’t really dig the way those were going, I didn’t really like the way Jim would, you know, everywhere every promoter or booker has their favourites or whatever, but the booking it just didn’t line up with the way that I was feeling the Midnight Express was cooking.”
In King’s opinion, he feels like part of the reason Cornette doesn’t like him is because Cornette was outsmarted by King.
“You know our beef really didn’t start until I left you know, and then because in my opinion, he just he felt like he got outsmarted, he underestimated me and I didn’t trick or do anything, but I did what’s best for me and my family. I didn’t you know, we never had f***ing handshake deal. It was ‘hey, okay, I might do this or I might not’ and that’s all it really was and to be fair, you know, I did everything that I was supposed to do, I even called when I was doing a TNA trial like who’s gonna call another company and say ‘hey, look, I’m doing this and you know I’m not under contract and I’m not going to throw the Ring Of Honor titles in the trash but if you see me pop up on IMPACT tonight, this is what it is right?’ And that’s really where it started. And he felt outsmarted by me, and he put some press release that sounded like a 16-year-old girl that had seen her boyfriend at the mall holding hands with another girl and it was so stupid that Joe Coff made him take it down and you know it just was the precursor to his all his lame-ass behaviour these days and all his stupid ass outdated views and all this dumb sh*t that he does now it was just you know, I’ve been telling people you know Jim Cornette is an a**hole.”
Lastly, King compared the “Cult of Cornette” fanbase of wrestling fans to that of famed singer Beyonce. King believes he didn’t conduct himself poorly before he left ROH in 2012 and when he came back in 2015.
“So the negative effect that it has because he has a large group of people that listen to his bullsh*t, without any kind of critical thought or so it did have somewhat of a negative effect on my career like you know I had. Dissing Jim Cornette is like dissing Beyonce, right? If you diss Beyonce you’re gonna have a million freaking drones buzzing in your ear. So yeah, it did affect me slightly, but the people that were fans of my work and people were fans of me and had ever heard me speak on the situation realise that I never did anything wrong. If I did anything wrong, well, here’s the number one test between, you know, whether this whether who did something wrong or not? I’ve been back Ring Of Honor for going on six years now, I’ve signed for contracts. Jim can’t even come backstage. So you know what I mean, when Joe Coff reached out to me and said, ‘are you ready to come home?’ That’s how I know I did everything the way I was supposed to do and business is just business, and Jim was just a butthurt little b*tch. That’s all I got to say about that.”
Jim Cornette is considered by many to be one of the greatest minds in the history of pro wrestling. Cornette hosts the ‘The Jim Cornette Experience’ Podcast while also providing commentary on the successful “Dark Side of the Ring” docuseries. While Cornette had a successful run in pro wrestling as a manager, promoter and booker, he has officially retired as an active performer.
Kenny King rejoined ROH in 2015 after leaving the company for three years before that. During his ROH career, King won the ROH TV Title twice and he’s a two-time ROH Tag Team Champion. King will be in action this Sunday, September 12 at Ring of Honor’s ‘Death Before Dishonor’ PPV. King will team his La Faccion Ingobernable stablemates to take on the dominant Shane Taylor Promotion to try to capture the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles for the third time.
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