Cornette answers Marella’s challenge
TNA personality Jim Cornette has declined the challenge made by Santino Marella during an interview with me last week to wrestle him in a cage match.
Marella, who did the interview in character, was responding to a question about the incident a few years ago between him and Cornette in Ohio Valley Wrestling. Marella, a student in OVW at the time, was slapped by Cornette, who was the booker, for laughing in the audience during an angle with The Boogeyman that wasn’t supposed to be funny. Cornette was fired because of the incident.
Cornette answered Marella’s challenge on wrestlinginc.com.
“I appreciate the offer, but I would rather wait and have this match with someone who can actually draw money,” Cornette said. “I am long past the point in my career where I need to work with JOB guys!
“Isn't it funny that when I slapped him in the face 17 times in Louisville, Ky., he was not too eager to fight then. But now safely hidden away in Canada at an AA meeting somewhere in Toronto, protected by Jaques and Pierre, he suddenly wants a fight, But I am happy that I was able to make the kid a name in the wrestling business since it doesn't look like he is going to do it for himself! Thanks … but NO thanks.
In talking with me about Cornette last week, Marella said:
“Jim Cornette is a loser. Jim Cornette is an insecure person. And controversy creates cash, so maybe one day, Jim Cornette, I’m going to wrap that cheap tennis racquet around you neck. I’d like to have a cage match with Jim Cornette. I’ll put that out on the Worldwide Web right now.
“This loser took advantage of a situation because he knew I would not hit him back because I was a student. He freaked out and he slapped me several times. I did nothing because I think to myself: ‘I am not American citizen. I don’t have green card. If I punch this guy, shatter his face the way my punches can actually do, then I’m going to be kicked out of the country.’ You can’t just show up somewhere and start breaking skulls, Kevin. It doesn’t work like that. But now that I’m in a position to challenge him to a cage match, I make an official challenge to Jim Cornette for the first time, right now, right here.”
Thanks to blog reader Rob for alerting me that Cornette had responded.