Jim Cornette on the Origin of Wrestling Terminology | DARK SIDE OF THE RING

Cornette: Well, I’ll show you a couple things I’m real proud of. Those are some of the outfits that I.

Cornette: Well, I’ll show you a
couple things I’m real proud of. Those are some of the outfits that I wore on Pay-Per-View
or at various points. These are complete runs
of Wrestling, an official wrestling magazine. Marcus Griffin was
a sports writer in the New York area,
and he was able to get in and uncovered how the three
members of the Gold Dust Trio — Toots Mondt as a matchmaker, Strangler Lewis
as a champion wrestler, and Billy Sandow
as the promoter — managed to change and control
the business by instituting finishes, working series of matches
with guys called programs, doing angles to build to more
interest in a return match. They orchestrated that, and all of the wrestling
terminology came from — In those days,
you sent communication mostly by telegram. So, the local telegraph office,
the New York office, would send out
to Baltimore, Maryland, the finishes for the shows. All the guys had nicknames. So-and-so under,
so-and-so whatever — these, you know, shady terms, which became
wrestling terminology because that way, they were
fooling the telegraph operators who were basically
broadcasting gibberish that they couldn’t understand. But the first word —
or the first paragraph — “You call it wrestling,
they term it working. It may be happening right
in your hometown tonight. As Shakespeare once said, ‘A rose by any other name,’
et cetera. Wrestling is the roughest,
most dramatic, and oftentimes
the most hilarious sport before the American public
today.” But then he goes on to mention how it is a multi-million-dollar
industry at that point in time, and who controlled it,
and how and why. And everything that
has happened in wrestling for the last 80 years is kind of a rehash of something
that happened in the first 30 that’s documented in this book. So if you read this book,
you not only understand how wrestling got to be formed
the way it is, the way it was, but why and who did it.

76 thoughts on “Jim Cornette on the Origin of Wrestling Terminology | DARK SIDE OF THE RING”

  1. It's unfortunate that Cornette buys into the Fall Guys book, which happened to have been ghost written by Toots Mondt himself in order to further his own place in wrestling history. The entire term "Gold Dust Trio" was a term coined by Mondt himself. It elevated him to a plateau equal to Strangler Lewis and Billy Sandow, as I reckon Mondt was pretty dissatisfied with his overall place in the organization as resident trainer/torturer. It was never attached to the group in any newspaper accounts of the 1920s.

  2. Corney should hang it up, he's so old and set in his obsolete ways. His views don't mesh with modern day wrestling, he's just a geezer having fantasies of his younger days. Absolutely senile old coot.

  3. This man is responsible for some of our biggest moments in wrestling…. I.e. THATS GOTTA BE KANE Hell in the Cell match

  4. The Louisville Slugger himself, Jim Cornette. One of the most entertaining men in wrestling history, and one of the few unquestioned authorities on the business that everyone respects.

  5. Jim Cornette strikes me as one of those people who would have been a genius in whatever field he was passionate about. It just so happened that he fell in love with professional wrestling, but he could have been a great statesman or philosopher.

  6. I think this is the first time I have ever seen Jim Cornette talk just as himself, not on a wrestling show, for two straight minutes without swearing

  7. Awesome. Whenever I’m working, most would assume I’m listening to music.

    I am, but it’s the soothing zero fucks given vocals of Jim Cornette and his many interviews.

  8. Jimmy needs to put that stuff in a secure vault or hope that the wiring in his house is up to date. It would be a shame if such a history were lost to an accidental fire. After reading that, I read it as if I were a mob guy and it sounds threatening. Lol. I’m being sincere when I say that he should take extra caution with such rich wrestling history.

  9. I love that his attic is full of wrestling memorabilia. I respect the genuine passion that he has for pro wrestling.

  10. Jim Cornette is to wrestling, like Bert Sugar was to Boxing. The guy was an encyclopedia of boxing. And Jim Cornette is a living, breathing Encyclopedia of all things Wrestling! I enjoy listening to his interviews and podcast clips, and I'm sure you could spend hours talking to him about the entire history of wrestling.

  11. That is just goodhonest truth nothing to hide #the curtain has been burned down – still I just miss the fuckng wonder years though like I miss my dead grandmother, just a good part of alot of good childhoods innocence lost

  12. Jim corny is a piece of crap with no real wrestling history of his own about other people in the business yeah but himself not really much to talk about he was a manager in the 80s Paul E accomplished more when you think about it.

  13. I loved this. I might always agree with Jim Cornette but the man is a legend and hearing him speak is always entertaining


  14. That collection should go to the Smithsonian In his will. That’s almost a century of Americana. In the territory days, you could really get a vibe of an area by their tastes in music…and pro wrestling.

  15. all viceland is doing is over dramatizing wrestling, and making things deeper then they really are, i know why wrestling started, because it's a fucking sport a circus to keep the masses fat and happy , that book isn't deep, it's just some assholes creating isms or ologys based on wrestling

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