Throwback Thursday: Jim Cornette debuts in Memphis

Each week, we discuss all the great wrestling stars who passed through or started their careers in Memphis, TN.  We even discussed the topic with Lance Russell, last week on MSL.  Memphians were fortunate enough to wake up every Saturday morning to the best broadcasters, wrestlers, referees and even wrestling managers that pro wrestling had to offer.

Arguably, none were more outspoken than Jim Cornette.

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to 1982, where a 21 year-old Jim Cornette made his debut in Memphis Wrestling.  Lance Russell conducts the interview with what appears to a much more bashful Jim Cornette than we are accustomed to.

Jim Cornette debuts in Memphis:

Cornette without his tennis racket?  Fast forward to the late 1990’s where Cornette gives his opinion on the state of the wrestling business.  This is the Cornette we all have grown to love… or hate.

Jim Cornette shoots on RAW

Many great managers have worked in Memphis – Jim Cornette is certainly high atop the list.

We are proud to announce that Jim Cornette is scheduled to join MemphiSport Live (MSL) for an exclusive interview, this Saturday August 23rd.  MSL airs live every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .  If you have any questions you’d like to discuss with Cornette, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter@MemphiSport.  Also, be sure to follow Jim Cornette on Twitter.

Fun Facts:  Jim Cornette, also known as James E. Cornette, has a rich history within the world of professional wrestling.  He started his career in Memphis and has gone on to work with every major wrestling organization possible.  Cornette even managed WWF World Champion Yokozuna, during his run with the company.  Cornette worked for World Championship Wrestling, TNA Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor, ran Ohio Valley Wrestling and owned Smokey Mountain Wrestling.

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.


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