The Louisville Lip; General
Aliases: James E. Cornette
Feds worked for: MSW
, Big Time Wrestling (OH), Continental Wrestling Federation (AL), Global Wrestling Federation (TX), Mid-Southern (KY), NWA
Wrestle Birmingham (AL), Ohio Valley Wrestling (KY), Ring of Honor (PA), Smoky Mountain Wrestling (TN), South Atlantic Wrestling (VA), Tri-State Wrestling (PA),
Loaded Tennis Racket
Sherri Martel, Dutch Man
tell, Crusher Broomfield
, Carl Fergie
, Norman Fredrich Charles III, The Angel, Ken Wayne
, Danny Davis, The Midnight Express
, Dennis Condrey
, Stan Lane
), The Galaxians, Bubba Rogers
Hernandez, Mr. Fuji, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace
& Shane Douglas
), The Fantastics
, The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Pritchard & Jimmy Del Ray), The Rock-N-Roll Express
, The New Midnight Express (Bart Gunn & Bob Holly), Jeff Jarrett
, Mantaur, Matt Morgan, Ron Powers, Petey Williams, Al Snow
, Unibomb, Vader
, Yokozuna, Mark Henry, The Prophecy, The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark Briscoe), Adam Pearce, Buddy Landel
, Bruiser Bedlam, Killer Kyle
, Baby Doll
, The Cornette Militia
, Boo Bradley, Tracy Smothers
The Rock-N-Roll Express, The Dynamic Dudes, The Road Warrior
s, The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane & Steve Keirn), Jerry Lawler
, The Four Horsemen, Paul Heyman, Bill Watts
Official Website: www.jimcornette.com
-Reportedly installed a ten-foot antenna on top of his house as a youth so he could watch as much regional wrestling as possible.
-Started his career as a ringside photographer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and other magazines.
-Was part of a talent trade between Jerry Jarrett and Bill Watts in 1983. Jarrett received Rick Rude
, Jim Neidhart
, Masao Ito, and Hacksaw Higgins. Watts received Cornette, Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey, The Rock-N-Roll Express (Ricky Morton
& Robert Gibson
), and Terry Taylor
-Cornette's head was shaved in October 1984 as a result of Hercules Hernandez
losing a hair-vs-hair match to Jim Duggan
. Cornette would wear a mask while his hair regrew.
-When he left WCW, he sent Jim Herd a black wreath as a joke.
-The live sewer rat that Mankind
appeared with in several of his pre-WWF vignettes belonged to Cornette.
-Former owner of Smoky Mountain Wrestling based in Louisville, KY
-Former co-owner of Ohio Valley Wrestling, a developmental territory for WWE
, also based in Louisville, KY
-Former leader of The Militia
-On June 1, 2002, an incident at Bert Prentice's USA Wrestling show in Nashville backstage involved Jim Cornette
& Ed Ferrara
. Ferrara went to shake Cornette's hand. Cornette started telling him off about insulting his friend Jim Ross
with the "Oklahoma
" gimmick. Cornette then spit in Ferrara's eye before the altercation was broken up backstage. Ferrara asked what was that for, and Jim Cornette said, "That it was for J. R.
-In May 2004, Cornette was diagnosed with an enlarged voice box, caused by his years screaming as a manager and commentator
-Was suspended from OVW by WWE for several weeks in May 2005 as a result of a backstage altercation with Kevin Fertig (AKA Kevin Thorn).
-Released by WWE in July 2005 due to another incident shortly after returning from suspension involving assaulting OVW wrestler Johnny Geo Basco (AKA Santino Marella) for breaking character.
-Former commissioner of Ring of Honor
-Former Director of Authority for TNA
-Rejoined Ring of Honor as Executive Producer after leaving TNA in 2009
-Voted Manager of the Year by the readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 1985, 1993, and 1995
-Inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame in 2005
-Featured in the WWE DVD "Wrestling's Greatest Managers"