Decades-long rival Jim Cornette is set to induct The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express into the WWE Hall of Fame, as noted in a press release from their website. Also, for those unaware, Cornette managed The Midnight Express had a long-standing feud with The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Below are some comments from Jim Cornette in an exclusive interview with WWE.com, who touches on what made their rivalry so great.
By any standard, Ricky and Robert belong in the Hall of Fame. And that’s whether its longevity as a team, the attendance records they set, or the great matches that they had, which fans can still see on WWE Network. Superman needs Lex Luthor, Batman needs The Joker, and we were the antithesis of everything The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express stood for and their wrestling style. It just clicked. I said these horrible, degrading things about these two, fine, young, upstanding examples of American boyhood, and people, on numerous occasions, tried to kill us.
Fans literally gave them pictures and gifts at the matches/ They considered them members of the family. I’ve seen inside fans’ houses, and they would have pictures of Jesus on the wall, and next to it would be a picture of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. That’s no lie.
And I still haven’t put an end to Rock ‘n’ Roll! I haven’t been able to do it, so I guess I have to roll over and induct them. There’s one story I’ll probably tell at the Hall of Fame, where The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express saved my life one night in Louisiana from an angry mob of fans.
Wear your winter clothes to Florida! A cold snap is headed towards Hell! https://t.co/VRYKu9VeiB
— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) March 20, 2017
Kevin Owens, who has clashed with Cornette in the past going back to their ROH days, chimed in on Twitter.
Well, this is majorly unexpected. I didn’t even think WWE would want anything to do with Jim Cornette anymore, but he certainly is a sound choice to perform the honorable duties. I just hope that there’s an army of workers backstage with their finger over the censor button and that somehow the speech doesn’t turn into an hour-long tirade against Vince Russo. Jokes aside, it should be one of the more entertaining speeches of the night.
Watch the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, airing live on WWE Network Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 8 ET/5 PT.