The following is an excerpt from an interview with Jim Cornette from The Sun out of the UK:
JIM CORNETTE has blasted WWE owner Vince McMahon over the large number of grapplers who have died young.
Cornette says that wrestlers he either befriended, managed or trained during his time working for the WWE between 1993 and 2005 are now dead – including the recent tragic passings of Eddie ‘Umaga’ Fatu and Tony ‘Ludvig Borga’ Halme and previous deaths including Eddie Gurrero, Davey Boy Smith and Andrew ‘Test’ Martin.
He told us: "It is never easy when a friend dies.
"But at first it was ‘oh my gosh’, then it was ‘oh no’, then it was ‘not again’ and finally you’re not surprised anymore.
"It is never good, but it isn’t shocking. That’s the sad thing.
"It is more shocking if a professional wrestler from the 1980s is actually found in good health and living a nice life with no problems.
"When I was a kid watching wrestling in the 1970s, every couple of years you would hear of a few wrestlers dying in a car wreck.
"Now a month doesn’t go by that you don’t hear some about wrestler dying at an early age, because of drugs or by-products of drugs which are by-products of the unfortunate work environment that they found themselves in."
Cornette blames the epidemic on a number of things, including the trend to headline shows with wrestlers who had bodybuilder style physiques.
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