Born in Louisville, KY, Jim Cornette rose to fame in wrestling, by working his way from the bottom. Starting in the wrestling business at 14, he worked as a photographer, ring announcer, timekeeper, magazine correspondent, and public relations correspondent.
Always armed with his trademark loaded tennis racket, Cornette is most noted for managing the Midnight Express in Jim Crockett Promotions and elsewhere. He did however work with many other companies, like WWE, WCCW, TNA and elsewhere.
"Corny" is certainly among the best managers of all time, and probably on the Mt. Rushmore of managers. Manager of the Heavenly bodies and multiple incarnations of the Midnight Express, Cornette managed a few others, although sometimes his stints were simply ruses to eventually turn and set up a match with another wrestler/tag team.
Cornette has had his share of controversies. I am not condoning nor judging Cornette, but he pulls no punches and is not a phony. Sometimes though, that gets him in trouble. Still, his legendary career will not be defined by a few issues, but by a lifetime of working within the wrestling industry.
Cornette started doing the convention circuit and has proven to be a popular guest. When I met him last year, he was awesome. His line moved slowly, because he spent real time with everyone and nobody complained. Often, fans would converge and just listen top his stories or his answers to questions. He is very engaging.
Go to JimCornette.com for more info. Also, follow him at @TheJmCornette on twitter for more frequent news and other fun stuff.
Jim Cornette and me in Chicago, IL-March 2019.