Jim Cornette Biography
Jim Cornette (full name: James Mark Cornette) is an American podcaster and commentator. He has worked in the professional wrestling business as a booker, commentator, manager, and occasional professional wrestler.
Cornette works with Major League Wrestling (MLW) as a color commentator. He was the owner of Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) from 1991 to 1995.
Jim has also worked as an on-screen character in an authoritative role; as “Commissioner” of Ring of Honor and “Management Director” (and off-screen road agent) for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He has worked as a commentator for Major League Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, and What Culture Pro Wrestling.
Cornette began working at wrestling events at the age of 14, serving as a photographer, ring announcer, timekeeper, magazine correspondent, and public relations correspondent. During this time, he got to know promoter Christine Jarrett, who was also the mother of Jerry Jarrett, promoter of the Continental Wrestling Association. Cornette’s dedication was such that he timed television shows with a stopwatch and he would present her with typed formats for every show.
Jim Cornette Age
James Mark Cornette was born on September 17, 1961, in Louisville, Kentucky. He is 57 years old as of 2018.
Jim Cornette Family
Cornette was born to Doug Cornette, and Thelma Cornette.
Jim Cornette Wife
Cornette married his longtime girlfriend Stacey Goff on October 31, 2007. Goff was a former independent wrestling manager who went by the name “Synn”. She was the OVW manager of the Disciples of Synn which included Dave Bautista. Cornette was previously married to Janice Crowl from 1987 to 2002.
Jim Cornette Podcast
The Jim Cornette Experience features guests from the world of pro wrestling!
Jim Cornette WWE
Cornette became lead booker and part-owner of Ohio Valley Wrestling, WWE’s lead developmental territory at the time, run by “Nightmare” Danny Davis. He had previously been instrumental in developing current and former WWE Superstars such as Kane, D’Lo Brown, Sunny, and Al Snow during his time running SMW. WWE then credits Cornette with helping foster numerous successful superstars including John Cena, Dave Bautista, Randy Orton, and Brock Lesnar.
He was suspended for several weeks in May 2005 by WWE after slapping OVW developmental wrestler Anthony Carelli backstage after Carelli had “no-sold” fellow wrestler The Boogeyman by laughing at him during a live OVW event.
He returned from his suspension, a separate incident occurred and the WWE released him from his contract in July 2005. In the spring of 2007, Santino, who had since been called up to the WWE as Santino Marella, appeared on a Canadian radio program where he publicly challenged Jim to a match despite Cornette working for rival promotion TNA at the time.
Cornette made his first appearance on March 31, 2017, with WWE in 12 years when he inducted The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. He was also featured in an episode of the WWE Network Original series “Table For 3” alongside Eric Bischoff and Michael Hayes. Since then, he made another appearance for WWE, starring in an episode of the WWE Network Original Series “Photo Shoot” in March 2018.
Jim Cornette Wrestling
He was now also writing programs for arena shows, having photos published in wrestling magazines, and contributing to Championship Wrestling Magazine by 1982. Cornette traveled to Memphis to see the TV match between Jerry Lawler and Ric Flair in August. After Cornette was tapped on the shoulder by promoter Jerry Jarrett and asked if he wanted to become a manager on television.
Jim Cornette Book
Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories – 2019
Rags, Paper and Pins: the Merchandising of Memphis Wrestling Mark James – 2013
Shocking Wrestling Plans You Won’t Believe Almost Happened James Dixon – 2016
Tuesday Night at the Gardens: Pro Wrestling in Louisville – 2015
Jim Cornette Vince Russo
Former WWF/WCW/TNA writer Vince Russo filed a restraining order (EPO) against Cornette for “stalking” in June 2017. Cornette and Russo have had a 20-year off-screen rivalry. Cornette also began selling autographed copies of the restraining order on his personal website.
Jim Cornette’s Net Worth
The American businessman manager, promoter, booker, and commentator has an estimated net worth of $5 million.