The following are some excerpts from the latest online blog of ROH’s Jim Cornette:
"Bewildered, as I said, at how [Russo] does it. How he convinces people he can do something that he’s never actually had any success at doing. Amused, at the preposterousness of it all. Relieved, that a burden is off of me of having to coexist with someone I dislike and trying to avoid criticizing the company I work for. More relieved that I’m avoiding a 1700 mile round trip drive twice a month. Excited, to get back into the pro wrestling business with Ring of Honor. But not pissed. I’m not going to knock anything else about TNA besides Vince Russo, because I want my friends and associates and protégés to succeed and make a lot of money. I don’t want Vince McMahon to own wrestling. I don’t want to tear TNA down. But my frustration there has always existed because the company, it’s talent and crew deserve so much more success than the "work" Russo turns in has allowed them to have. I can only imagine my blood pressure at having to work with the same writing team that made WCW the biggest money-losing company in wrestling history in 2000."
"I admit that I am guilty of what many of you have accused me of–consorting with Vince Russo, working for a company that employs Vince Russo, going against everything I have ever believed or said publicly. I hope this column somewhat explains the position I was in, and halfass vindicates me. If not, I deserve and will accept your scorn and ridicule. In my defense, the one thing I never did was defend any of his writing or ideals–I still had to be able to look myself in the mirror. But it is not without shame that I have spent the last three years fighting the battle of whether the money I earned and the good I was able to do for others justified my tacit approval of this knuckledragging cretin having a job in the sport so many of us love."
Check out the full blog (a great read) at www.JimCornette.com.