Jim Cornette Slams Vince Russo Over Recent Rhea Ripley Remarks
Jim Cornette has given his opinion on recent remarks from Vince Russo questioning how Rhea Ripley looks.
Rhea Ripley is a former WWE Raw Women’s Champion that was knocked back a bit after his title reign in 2021, but she has bounced back strongly. Ripley is the only female member of the dominant Raw stable known as The Judgment Day with Finn Balor, Damian Priest, and Dominik Mysterio.
At the Royal Rumble, Ripley entered from the number spot, lasted over one hour in the match and ended up as the winner to earn a shot at one of the Women’s Champions at WrestleMania 39.
On the Raw after the Royal Rumble, Rhea Ripley Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship on The Grandest Stage of Them All because Ripley lost to Flair at WrestleMania 36 three years ago.
While speaking on Sportskeeda’s Writing with Russo, Vince did praise Rhea Ripley for being a beautiful woman, but also wanted her to get rid of the “goth stuff” that is part of her look.
“So now, you’re getting into that Roman Reigns area again. I would do it, bro, if the plans were to slowly but surely turn Rhea Ripley babyface. Get rid of all that goth stuff; let’s really see what a beautiful woman she is if that were the plan.”
“If she is the heel WWE Women’s Champion, I mean, what are we going to do, have Becky beat her? Like, how many times are we going to go back to that well? And if it’s not Becky, then who is it?”
“I believe Rhea Ripley can beat Charlotte Flair. Rhea Ripley is a beast. She is a big woman. I’d believe that if she beats Charlotte, I believe it. But my problem really is, bro, so now would you have Rhea Ripley as a heel champion, and then because she is bigger and just more impressive than the other girls?
“You know, we’ve got the Candice LeRaes, and we’ve got the Alexa Blisses, we’ve got these girls that are like, Rhea Ripley would kill them!” h/t Sportskeeda
As you might expect, former WWE manager Jim Cornette reacted to it on his Drive-Thru Podcast.
“He thinks everyone should look like his plastic idol Sable did in 1998. He’s scared of an actual star-looking woman. He thinks they won’t accept her as a babyface because she’s got that — That look is why they’re accepting her now. It’s also not only more modern but it’s different and she looks like she needs to be in an action movie.”
What Cornette was referring to with Russo and Sable is that Russo was WWE’s lead writer in 1998 when Sable got a massive push.
Cornette went on to explain that Rhea Ripley changed her look to try to be different from others.
“Dip sh*t, he brings up the perfect point as to why so many potential talents get disrupted, because he wants to take someone that changed herself from that look that looked like everybody else, into somebody that looks completely different and is a more unique personality.”