Saturday, May 23, 2009

Awesome column by Jim Cornette looks at the evolution of "Hardcore Wrestling"

Legendary wrestling star Jim Cornette has an interesting column posted at his new official website - The article looks at the evolution of "Hardcore Wrestling" and its initial beginnings right here in the Memphis Wrestling area. It is an awesome read.

One comment that really stood out for me at the end as it involves the wrestling business today and the "hardcore style" is this, "Twenty years ago, we PRETENDED to hurt each other, and the fans believed it. Today, we REALLY DO hurt each other, and the fans think it's fake. Who are the marks now??"

Also, the column ironically discusses the September 1981 Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl between the teams of Ricky Morton & Eddie Gilbert and Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita, which was shown this morning on Memphis Wrestling TV. This was the third such brawl in the Tupelo arena and Cornette refers to it as a "pivotal point" in the evolution in "Hardcore Wrestling," as the brawl gave Onita the initial ideas that led to his FMW promotion in Japan.

Check out the column at