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Jim Cornette vs. Cowabunga 8/19/93 Highlights (GIFs)

Some wrestling finds are exciting. This match sort of can be described as exciting…sort of.

Apparently,  Jim Cornette once booked himself against a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle knockoff in Smokey Mountain Wrestling way back in 1993 – I was certain that this would be one of those exciting finds. I had no expectations of a technical masterpiece or anything but surely it would be at least humorous, right?

Before passing too much judgment, here is the original match in its entirety. Watch it for yourself if you’d like. Don’t worry, I’ve compiled the .gifs and written out my comments ahead of time, so I’m good if you want to watch the whole thing. Otherwise, keep on scrolling down.

Did you watch it all? It’s okay if not because holy crap, the whole thing is 18 minutes long. Sure, that includes entrances and post-match stuff, but it somehow feels way longer than 18 minutes. Maybe it’s all the hard to hear banter for the first few minutes.

The wrestling’s fairly boring but I can acknowledge that I’m looking at it from 2016 standards. For a 1993 match and considering that Jim Cornette is one of the wrestlers (no offense to him, it’s just that he made his career not as a wrestler), it probably wouldn’t have been so bad at the time. I would’ve been 11 if I watched this one live so I’ll be honest and admit that I probably would’ve thought this match was fantastic if I saw it in person.

Here are some of the best moments of this gem from 23 years ago, with my own snarky comments to accompany the visuals. Enjoy…

Jim Cornette vs. Cowabunga (August 19th, 1993)

There were lots of shenanigans in the early goings here. The two competitors kept taunting each other and delaying any physical contact, like when Cowabunga tunneled under the referee’s legs to startle Jim. Sneaky, sneaky.


Okay, the following one IS NOT PG at all. Cornette had his green opponent in a simple side headlock. No worries so far, right? Well, Cowabunga then used only his thumb to escape from Jim’s clutches, inserting it into a very specific orifice. He probably needed to wash his turtle fingers after the match was over.


Cornette did exercise some ring awareness in this matchup, like when he performed this leg sweep to Cowabunga. The turtle took the roughest bump of the match here, landing accordion-style on the mat.


You’ve got to at least give some props to Cornette here. He was bumping and throwing hip tosses and made an actual effort to put on a somewhat serious wrestling match. Well, serious in the sense that you still have to ignore the fact that Jim’s in a red full body spandex outfit grappling a dude in a lime green turtle costume. Not enough attention is given to Jim’s getup – why the all red?


He’s hulking up! Cornette, you’ve done messed up!

This is easily the biggest high spot of the contest. Cowabunga walked the ropes while holding Cornette’s arm a la Undertaker’s Old School, then went all luchador on his opponent with a pretty sweet arm drag.


At this point, Cowabunga took a body slam from Jim and found himself…turtled. Because of course he did. He is a turtle, after all. That shell probably helps absorbs chair shots but it isn’t going to help with his mobility.


That Jim Cornette, he’s the type of guy who doesn’t shy away from putting over the younger talent. That green guy better have shook Jim’s hand and thanked him for doing the favors. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of Cowabunga!


Final Thoughts

The turtle won. That’s pretty much my conclusion because Jim Cornette wrestling a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle simply is what it is. It’s a strange thing to witness but wrestling’s a subjective artform…or something.

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When Main Events Are Awesome

Currently, WWE is most people’s main source of wrestling excitement. With the Royal Rumble at hand (or already in the books, depending on when this publishes), it might be easy to overlook what many of the alternative promotions are putting out right now.

I started gathering my thoughts for this weekly opinion piece around the intent of writing specifically not about WWE (or at least their main roster). I will be contributing to 411’s roundtable preview of the Rumble and it hasn’t happened at the time of my writing, so there’s really not much I can say about the product at the moment. As I viewed several of the other weeklies one thing stood out this week among them – the main events.

TNA, Ring of Honor, and NXT all put big names in each of their top billings. TNA put their top title on the line in a Last Man Standing match. Ring of Honor featured a Street Fight among three amazing tag teams that was absolutely bananas. Even WWE’s developmental brand paired up a couple of fantastic wrestlers in a I Never Thought I’d See Those Guys Wrestle In WWE Match. Okay, I made up that last stipulation, but it was still a bout I was very much anticipating.

Lets take a look at the final contests on each of these three shows. I’ll discuss what I liked and even offer a few .gifs for those that missed out. At then end, I’ll declare a winner in a week when three promotions really brought their A games.

Career vs. Title In TNA

Thanks to spoilers, I knew that the Matt Hardy TNA World Championship win and heel turn was coming. I wasn’t sure how on board I’d be with TNA also turning Ethan Carter babyface but after seeing it, I’m all in. The match itself was good, peppered with some appropriate dramatic spots throughout. Check out this Twist of Fate on EC3 with a sick chair assist…

Matt Hardy referred to Tyrus’ changing of allegiance as a “business decision.” The interference of Tyrus was necessary for Hardy’s win, which is good because Tyrus is great as a big mean monster. Even Matt’s wife Reby acted the heel and tried to get involved by offering her husband a hammer from a diaper bag during the match. She even spit in Ethan’s face post-match before her husband performed a one-man con-chair-to onto the former champ.

I’m ready for this new era of TNA in which EC3 is now a babyface. He was so good as a heel so I’ll give a try at being the proper face of that company. They executed all of these plot devices in a main event match that was highly entertaining.

Absolute Pandemonium In Ring Of Honor

The Kingdom, reDRagon, and The Young Bucks clashed in a Philly Street Fight this week and it was bananas. This is one you’ll want to go back and watch if you haven’t watched yet. Memorable moments included the Young Bucks Superkicking someone in a shopping cart, Adam Cole doing the Terry Funk ladder twirl, announcer Kevin Kelly getting taken out by a rogue Superkick, and a finishing sequence involving AJ Styles. It felt like non-stop chaos.

The Bucks won thanks to the outside help. I assume that this is the last time we’ll see AJ Styles on ROH TV. I might be wrong about that but I don’t think they record months in advance like TNA and Lucha Underground sometimes do. This was a fun match finish for him to be a part of.

I wish The Young Bucks were joining their Bullet Club buddies’ migration to WWE but they’re probably better off in Ring of Honor for the time being. The Bucks can be themselves in that promotion and would probably clash with whatever expectations WWE might impart on them. Perhaps the WWE landscape will change in the next few years and a Matt and Nick Jackson signing would make more sense. We’ll see how they handle their current Bullet Club (along with Nakamura) acquisitions first, I guess.

Not As Stiff As Ciampa

Okay, I’m being a little negative with the titling of the NXT main event so I’ll cut that out. Samoa Joe and Johnny Gargano fought during the closer of everyone’s favorite WWE Network-only promotion and they delivered. It might not’ve been a match of the year contender but they still went pretty hard. Here’s Johnny Gargano landing on his head to serve as proof…

Ciampa wasn’t just there simply to absorb Joe’s offense. He had a little bit of fire in him and even hit that cool DDT in which he dives from the ropes from on the apron to hit. It was a good showing for Ciampa but in the end, he tapped out to the Somoan Submission Machine. Next up for Joe is a big Triple Threat Match next week to decide the Number One Contender to Finn Balor’s NXT Championship.

My Final Verdict

NXT offered a fine matchup in their main event, but it didn’t feel like it was a four star (or more) match like from the other two promotions. Catch it if you missed it, but prioritize the other two higher in your need-to-watch queue. I appreciate what you did, Joe and Johnny, but you had stiff competition this week.

The real battle here was between TNA and ROH and I have to give the nod to that Philly Street Fight. It felt like non-stop action, the type that you occasionally have to force yourself to catch your breath for. I’m also still marking out a little over the Superkick to Kevin Kelly.

Maybe I’m a little too optimistic but I am hopeful for TNA’s main event over the next few weeks. I wasn’t sure how the double turn would come across on TV but after seeing it all unfold, I think they did it well. I want to tune in next week to see how EC3 plans on responding to his loss, so job well done.

Final Ramblings And Plugs

I should pop back in again soon here at 411 pretty soon to break down the Biggest Winners of The Royal Rumble, and before that to offer my picks for the staff roundtable piece. Even though the past couple of years have been downers for that event I still get excited about it. It’s still a very cool concept after all of these years.

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