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Wrestling from A to Z: Jim Cornette

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Are you ready for the ultimate Jim Cornette shoot interview that takes you in a time machine back to the 80's, when wrestling was wrestling and not sports entertainment? This DVD is unlike anything RF Video has ever done with Jim before as we've presented him with a new concept; Wrestling from A to Z hosted by Jim Cornette takes an in-depth look at all the talent that Jim was able to share the locker rooms with in Memphis, Mid Atlantic and Mid South! 

This interview is nearly 5 1/2 hours long, but wait, there's more... This interview was conducted at Jim Cornette's home in KY where he gives us a private tour of his man cave that is loaded with some of the rarest wrestling memorabilia ever known to man. Not only does he have so much of his own personal stuff in this man cave but he has collected books, posters, costumes, and everything under the sun! If you're an old school fan, you'll be amazed as Jim takes us on a tour of this huge room and tells us insider stories on so many of the pieces that he has collected, which makes this DVD worth the price alone. He also has tons of his stuff from Memphis, Mid South, WWF, Smoky Mountain, and of course, the NWA! There are pay stubs, pictures, bloody suits, tennis rackets, and so many other rare items. You will be blown away by his stories on his personal collection, as I personally was.  

Grab a cold beer because you're about to get all brand new stories, never heard before, as Jim talks about all the talent that he has shared the locker rooms with, including some of the biggest names in the business. Wrestling from A to Z leaves no stone uncovered and only Jim can tell hilarious stories on the biggest events in the business. There are tons of Jim Cornette moments throughout this DVD. 

Here are just a few of the topics that were talked about with Jim on this brand new ground breaking concept that RF Video filmed at the man cave of one of pro wrestling's greatest managers of all time! 

JIM CORNETTE 

MEMPHIS 

The first territory you worked was Memphis. Jerry Jarrett said that as 
a photographer, he realized that you were getting under his skin and if 
you could do that, you would be a great manager – so we’ll start with 
Jerry. 

What are your memories of working for him and how he first guided and 
advised your career? What was the secret to his genius? 

Talk about Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler trading off when it came to 
the booking position and how that prolonged the health of the territory 
over time? 

We want to get your overview, history and favorite memories of the 
following talents and personalities who were important to the general 
Memphis scene and were working there in different roles, some in front 
of the camera, some behind the scenes before you debuted: 

Roy Welch 
Nick Gulas 
Ricky Gibson 
Rocky Johnson 
Christine Jarrett 
Tommy Gilbert 
The Fargo Brothers 
Buddy Fuller 
Sputnik Monroe 
Don and Al Green 
Sam Bass 
Bobby Shane 
Eddie and Tommy Marlin 
Tojo Yamamoto 
Paul Morton 
Paul Neighbors 
Jerry Calhoun 
Guy Coffey 
Len Rossi 
Billy Wicks 
Jack Eaton 
The Von Brauners 

You debuted in Memphis in 1982. We’d like you to talk about your 
favorite memories of each of these personalities from the era that you 
worked with and their importance to Memphis Wrestling history: 

Bill Dundee 
Jimmy Hart 
Jerry Lawler 
Dutch Mantel 
Lance Russell 
Dave Brown 
Dennis Condrey 
Koko Ware 
Sherri Martel 
The Moondogs 
Randy Rose 
Bobby Eaton 
Austin Idol 
Norvell Austin 
Bill Dundee 
Randy Savage 
Eddie Marlin 
Jimmy Valiant 
The Fabulous Ones, as a team and as individuals – Stan Lane and Steve 
Keirn 
Kamala 
Plowboy Frazier 
Rock N’ Roll Express as a team and as individuals – Ricky Morton and 
Robert Gibson 
Eddie Gilbert 
Wayne Ferris 
Mongolian Stomper 
Andy Kaufman 
Bobby Fulton 
Terry Taylor 
WMC-TV and their studios 

What were the most important lessons you learned in Memphis? What is the legacy of the territory? 

MID-SOUTH 

Bill Watts brought you into Mid-South. Discuss how Watts scouted you 
and made a “trade” to bring you and the Midnights to the Mid-South 
territory. Talk about what it was like working for Watts, compare him 
to Jerry Jarrett and what made the Mid-South territory click in 
comparison to Memphis. 

Again, let’s talk about some important personalities, some from outside 
the ring and some competitors in the ring and discuss them and their 
importance to the Mid-South territory as well as their own legacies 
within the context of Oklahoma and the Mid-South area: 

Leroy McGirk 
Grizzly Smith 
Danny Hodge 
Bad Leroy Brown 
Ernie Ladd 
Buck Robley 
Boyd Pierce 
Killer Karl Kox 
Dick Murdoch 
Ray Candy 
Andre The Giant & Dusty Rhodes as special guest stars at the Superdome 
events 
Junkyard Dog 
The Fabulous Freebirds 
Paul Orndorff 

Talk about Ernie Ladd specifically as a booker and why you believe, to 
date, he’s the only black man who’s been given a chance to book a major 
promotion for any length of time? 

You came to Mid-South in 1984. Let’s discuss some of the personalities 
from that era and favorite memories of working with them: 

Bill Dundee specifically as a booker 
Junkyard Dog 
Pork Chop Cash 
Bobby and Dennis as the Midnight Express 
Jim Ross 
Terry Taylor 
Paul Orndorff 
Ray Candy 
Ted DiBiase 
Magnum TA 
Mr. Wrestling II 
The Rock N’ Roll Express 
Pork Chop Cash 
Butch Reed 
Steve Williams 
The Irish McNeils Boys Club-Shreveport, Louisiana (TV was filmed there 
for years) 
The Superdome 

These names were after you had moved on, but you can’t discuss 
Mid-South and the UWF without: 

Eddie Gilbert 
Big Bubba Rogers 
Skandar Akbar 
One Man Gang 

What's the legacy of Mid-South? 

CHARLOTTE – JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS 

What led to you, Bobby and Dennis moving on to work for Jim Crockett 
Promotions? 

Talk about each member of the Crockett family and where the promotion 
was when you entered there in August 1985: 

Jim Crockett Jr. 
Jackie Crockett 
David Crockett 
Francis Crockett 

Dusty Rhodes was the booker when you debuted. Talk about Dusty, not as 
a wrestler, but as a booker and how he interacted with Crockett to make 
the JCP machine run. Discuss your own insight into his genius and his 
creativity, as well as his drive. 

Now discuss Dusty as a wrestler, and how his placement as a main event 
talker helped and/or hindered his booking at times – and how you, as a 
main event performer later in SMW, used what you saw first hand to 
temper how you may have used yourself in Smoky. 

Let’s talk about some incredible Charlotte personalities who were a 
big part of that territory before the era you worked in the territory: 

Jim Crockett Sr. 
George Scott 
Rip Hawk 
Johnny Weaver 
Penny Banner 
Swede Hanson 
Paul Jones 
Ivan Koloff 
Thunderbolt Patterson 
Sandy Scott 
Blackjack Mulligan 
Gary Hart 
Nelson Royal 

Now let’s talk about some of the amazing talent, personalities and 
events from the era you worked for JCP, 1985 through 1988: 

Ric Flair 
Magnum TA 
Tully Blanchard 
The Road Warriors 
Arn Anderson 
Nikita Koloff 
Ole Anderson 
Wahoo McDaniel 
JJ Dillon 
Big Bubba Rogers 
The Midnight Express, this time both Dennis & Bobby then Bobby & Stan 
Lane 
Baby Doll 
The Rock N’ Roll Express, including Dusty pushing Ricky as a singles 
challenger for the NWA title 
Tony Schiavone 
Bob Caudle 
Jimmy Valiant & Big Mama 
Tommy Young 
George South 
Ron & Jimmy Garvin as a team 
Michael Hayes & Jim Garvin as a team 
Precious 
Sting 
Lex Luger 
Barry Windham 
The Varsity Club – Steiner, Rotund and Kevin Sullivan as a singles 
talent 
Al Perez 
The Fantastics 
WTBS Techwood Drive Studios 
The Mulkeys 
The Italian Stallion 
Misty Blue Simmes 
Larry Zbyszko as the Western States Heritage champion 
Memories of working your first Starrcade 
Memories of the Crockett Cup events 
Working your first PPV event – The Bunkhouse Stampede in NY 
The purchase of Florida and UWF? 

To close out this DVD, what killed JCP and what was it like living 
through the end of it – and seeing it purchased by Turner? Do you 
think there was anything, in hindsight, that could have turned the tide 
and saved JCP from the end? 

What is the legacy of JCP in the Mid-Atlantic region?
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