Sometimes the best thing to do when you have writers block is take a break and walk away from your work for a little bit. Well, is that the right "medicine" if you have been on the same job for 36 years in a bevy of different positions like Manager, booker, photographer, announcer, etc. For almost 40 years former manager and Wrestling legend Jim Cornette became a jack of all trades and was huge supporter of wrestling and the old school style until the Fall of 2012 when he walked away from it all.
Though Jim would get his first job in wrestling as photographer with CWA better known for being the company owned by the Jarrett Family. Also as some might know Jim actually credits Jeff Jarrett's grandma for giving him his first job in the business. Jim got approached by Jerry Jarrett to step out from behind the camera and became a manager, off the top of my head I can't remember who Jim started with. I do know that one of Jim's first clients was Adrian Street & Mrs. Linda. It wasn't until Jerry & Bill Watts from Oklahoma did a talent trade, the talent that Bill got were Jim Cornette, Dennis Condrey, and Bobby Eaton (aka the Midnight Express). From 1983-1987 Jim would get national exposure with Bill as a part of UWF/MSW. From 1991-1995 Jim would run his own company known as Smokey Mountain Wrestling and following the end of SMW, Jim would end up in WWE until 1999.
Jim still lives in the Kentucky and actually worked with his good friend Danny Davis who owned Ohio Valley Wrestling for a time both before and after being let go from the WWE. I think that even though at this point Jim has been out of wrestling for 3 years this coming November. But I believe that even forgetting about Jim's podcast, articles he writes, and his video series with Kayfabe commentaries. You don't have to go to far to know Jim will truly never be away from the wrestling business. Connor Casey gives you the reason "The top floor of his house, which he refers to as the “Castle Cornette,” is packed with wrestling memorabilia going all the way back to the 1930s. Every inch of the walls is covered with posters, wrestling outfits and framed pictures autographed by wrestling legends like Lou Thesz and Buddy Rogers. Shelves are packed with bound books of old wrestling programs. A 5,000-plus tape library with every format from Betamax to DVDs outlines a long hallway along with stacked boxes of classic comics (Jim pulled out the 1963 issue “The Avengers” No. 1 from one of the boxes on a whim). It’s enough to make any wrestling fan’s – or nerd in general – head spin."
Moving Forward for Corny
After having constant disagreements with SBS management and having to pay out of pocket to send an injured worker to the hospital after an injury happened at a show, and having to pay the production staff once again out of pocket at the same show. So what did Jim do after making sure everyone was safe, well he told his wife he was going home and never coming back, then ended up at the nearest restaurant and ordered a lot of food. Since November of 2012, Cornette has become a seller of old-school wrestling merchandise, the host of “The Jim Cornette Experience” podcast and “Back to the Territories” video commentary series, a magazine columnist for Fighting Spirit Magazine and an author of two books, “The Midnight Express & Jim Cornette 25th Anniversary Scrapbook” and “Rags, Paper & Pins: The Merchandising of Memphis Wrestling. He is currently finishing up his third book, which will be a look back at the history of professional wrestlng at the famous Louisville Gardens arena." Like I mentioned above though Jim may not be with a large company like TNA, or WWE he will never be to far away from the wrestling business. But I am very happy to hear that Jim is finding relief away from the wrestling business, because I have heard the amount of stress he was under and it was terribly unhealthy, now that he is at ease it is great to hear.
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.