Jim Cornette is an American author and podcaster who has previously worked in the professional wrestling industry as an agent, booker, color commentator, manager, promoter, trainer, and occasional professional wrestler.

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“This one was sent to [email protected] from Franz in Detroit.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Friends in Detroit?”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Franz.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Well, you say friends and I say Franz.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Hey Jim. I was hoping you could settle an argument I’ve had with some friends of mine the other night. A debate came up as to how tough Bruce Lee really was. And a question was posed, who would win in a shoot, Bruce Lee or a Hulk Hogan?”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Oh, good God!”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Personally, I don’t think it would be much of a contest. I think that in a street fight, that Hogan, although not known for being one of the toughest wrestlers, would still crush Bruce Lee with ease.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Oh f*ck.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“When I suggested this, my friends looked at me, not only as if I was completely out of my mind…”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Aha!”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“[Laughs] But, but as if I had insulted their mothers along with the myth of Bruce Lee. And the worst part is, since they knew how much of a wrestling fan I was, they chalked it off as me just sticking up for the fake fighting I watch on TV. Eventually, I had to battle out of the conversation because I was not going to convince them. I was amazed at how big of marks, I guess at how big of…I don’t know how you’re going to say that. I was amazed at how big of marks they were for Bruce Lee. Someone who I view as an actor more than anything else.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“What?”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“And they were probably amazed at how big a mark I am for professional wrestling. I’m not knocking Bruce Lee. I know you’re a ‘Green Hornet’ fan and I can agree he possessed great strength and agility for someone his size. And his speed was unmatched. But I feel much of his lore is simply that, Hollywood folk tales used to sell his movies and persona. And I simply cannot see him doing any real damage to a 6 foot 6, 303-pound, 24-inch python Hulk Hogan.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Oh, good Lord!”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Jim, can you settle this for us once and for all?

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Yes, go crawling back to your friends and ask for their forgive…beg for their forgiveness. No and come on, and it’s not even not even because it’s Hulk Hogan, right? Um, let’s just be honest.

If it was Bruce Lee and Brock Lesnar, that would be a different story. And both in their prime, right? Because then you’re, you’re somewhat comparing apples with apples. We’re not talking about Bruce Lee the actor versus Hulk Hogan the worked pro wrestler. We’re talking about a guy who was probably in not only in some of the peak physical condition that a human being can be in, but also was a martial arts instructor that developed his own offshoots and methods and fighting techniques, that he was sought after by people in Hollywood and different people around the, the world as a trainer and tutor. And the way that he got into, he wasn’t an actor that studied karate.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“He was a, a martial artist that got into acting in television, because he had been a child star in Hong Kong. So, he had some, some acting and television movie background, but more importantly as an adult, it was because of his prowess as a martial artist that he then later on got the, not just the role as the ‘Green Hornet’, but the movies with Raymond Chow, the, the, the Kung Fu movie producer in Hong Kong, where he became, you know, he was legitimate. It wasn’t like…I mean those, those early 70s Kung Fu movies got ridiculous. Almost like wrestling now with the trampolines and the guys would be jumping up and you know slicing the guy’s head off grabbing it. F*cking pulling the goddamn, you know, the throat out and playing dixie on it by the time he landed in slow motion. All his sh*t. But Bruce Lee was fairly legitimate.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

Hulk Hogan is a bodybuilder and weightlifter. His…I have no knowledge of any high-level athletics sport that he played that he was in. He was a bass player in the band, right? Uh, he had no legitimate wrestling training. No legitimate fighting training. So, it’s not, it’s not even out of the way to say that, yes, Bruce Lee even at 150 pounds and Hogan at 325, Bruce Lee could have somehow taken him down and tapped him or incapacitated him fairly easily and fairly simply. If it was Brock Lesnar, then when you have two people that are highly trained in legitimate fighting and there’s a massive size difference, that’s another thing. But I’m not knocking Hogan saying this but has…is anybody ever floated the idea that he had any training. And I don’t care how big you are against somebody that really world class knows what the f*ck they’re doing. No! It’s just not going to happen that way. Am I, am I delusional here, Brian?

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“So, are you saying that spending a few months with Hiro Matsuda isn’t enough to defeat Bruce Lee?”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“I…you know what if spinning a few months with Hiro Matsuda was enough to defeat Bruce Lee, I bet you Hiro Matsuda would have tried to beat Bruce Lee.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“No. Ain’t going to work, sorry. Sorry folks.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“It kind of goes the opposite way now. For so many years everyone thought Bruce Lee was the ultimate kick-ass guy out there, and now since you know UFC and everything else it’s kind of gone the other way, where people like, well, he was just a movie star. He didn’t know how to fight, he didn’t know what he was doing.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“He’s a small guy. And actually, as people get smarter about fighting, they get stupider about Bruce Lee. When he, when he couldn’t get a job in, in entertainment on television or movies and, and he made his living more by training martial arts and, and his students went on to be quite well thought of as well in that era, as far as there was no MMA per se. But as far as the martial arts world. And no, it’s, it’s, and it wasn’t Jackie Chan funny stuff either. I bet Jackie Chan could probably kick the sh*t out of Hulk Hogan, if both were in their f*cking prime at the same time. But it wasn’t the Jackie Chan funny stuff either. It was legitimate sh*t. So, so, no, Bruce Lee was not going to go and win the goddamn Olympics. But he could kick the sh*t out of…in wrestling or whatever, but he could kick the sh*t out of Hulk Hogan, whether it be well, pretty much any kind of contest. Except if you’re, okay, everybody hears baseball bats. Well, now it’s a different story, but hand to hand I can’t imagine any way that Bruce Lee could not have dispatched Hulk Hogan.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Well, Vince would have never booked it because of the size difference. Who do you think would win Hulk Hogan versus Bolo?”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“[Laughter] Well, wait he booked Floyd Mayweather against Big Shaw, didn’t he?”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“That’s true. That is true.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“So, and, and, and guess who he booked to go over in a boxing match? Am I delusional of that or did Floyd…Floyd Mayweather beat Big Shaw in the boxing match.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“I believe so.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“Because it’s boxing. And that’s even more far-fetched than the idea of Bruce Lee beating Hulk Hogan because even though it was, it was boxing, you know, still, look. Big Shaw and Floyd Mayweather, but probably if you had to adhere to boxing rules, that’s the way it would, would eventually have happened. Because Big Shaw would have…his tongue would have been lolled out like a long red necktie and then Floyd Mayweather could just f*cking tee off on him, until he gave him brain damage.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“All right. Well, another question. This was sent to [email protected] from Eli in The Bronx. Uh, this is a question based on something in Al Snow’s book. I heard a story about Al having an affair in Smoky Mountain. When he wanted to end it, the woman blackmailed him and then when he left the area, she contacted WWF and told them that he forced himself upon her and impregnated her. Later on, her car was found abandoned with blood in it and…”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“What?”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“And it turned out she faked her own death and was later found in the Carolinas. Is this a legit story? Did Al Snow ever talk to you about it? Or do you know anything about this?”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“You know, now that I have heard that, was there something there? I can’t remember. It, it almost reminds me of something that could have actually, there could have been something there. But I can’t remember. So, that was a shitty answer.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Yeah, we can’t end on that question. Hold on. Let me pull up another one.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“You know to be honest, it was, the only reason I remembered because they found a blood in the car and somebody faking something that happened to them. That’s why I remember. Because it wasn’t, it wasn’t odd for f*cking women to start chasing the guys when they left territories or hounding them or trying to get there. Back then it was hard to get people’s home phone number but sometimes guys would get calls from girls at their house. And that was not, that didn’t get over well with the rest of the house, but I, you know, that’s the only reason it makes me remember something. Because they, some, some part about faking some catastrophe. But that was after Smoky Mountain.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“All right. Well, let’s get this. This will be the last question this week.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“That’s what you said before.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Well, the answer sucked.”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“That’s true. Thanks a lot!”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“Well, you admitted it”

Jim from Official Jim Cornette:

“It was a better question.”

Brian from Official Jim Cornette:

“You admitted it.”




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