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Jeff Jarrett Explains Main Reason Why Jim Cornette Wouldn’t Return To WWE Full Time

Jeff Jarrett Explains Main Reason Why Jim Cornette Wouldn’t Return To WWE Full Time

Jeff Jarrett believes there is only "one word" that is stopping legendary manager and booker Jim Cornette from returning to WWE full time.

Cornette, 58, was a member of WWE's booking committee during the 1990s and also played an on-screen role as a manager or colour commentator.

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And the Louisville native, who managed the legendary Yokozuna and Vader, later took on the role of a lead booker and part owner of former WWE developmental Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Cornette made a sensational WWE return in 2017 as he included The Rock 'n' Roll Express into the Hall of Fame.

WWE legend Jarrett, 52, has a long-standing history with Cornette dating back to their childhood and praised him for his "incredible passion for the industry."

But 'Double J' suggested that WWE's travelling schedule is the only issue stopping Cornette from returning permanently.

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The Hall of Famer told SPORTbible in an exclusive interview: "Look, I met Jim when I was 12 and maybe he was... I don't know how many years older he was (not by much), his mother and my grandmother were best friends, so we go back literally since we were kids.

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Credit: WWE

"And Jim is a student of the game, incredible passion for the industry. But there's one word that will probably prevent Jim from doing it and it's real simple: there's no ego involved, there's no politics involved.

"It is strictly a personality-driven [choice]: Jim doesn't like travel -- on the level that WWE does now. In this year alone, we're going to Saudi Arabia twice, South America, Japan, Australia, obviously all through Europe, all over to Canada.

"Just the travel schedule is something that it would shock me... I just don't think Jim will ever be up for it. But his love for this business will never change."

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Credit: WWE

Jarrett made his sensational WWE return in 2018 as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

But fans were initially stunned by the announcement, considering the wrestling legend co-founded WWE rivals TNA (now Impact Wrestling) in 2002.

Jarrett has since opened up about his time in TNA on WWE programming as he featured in a Table For 3 episode with Sting and AJ Styles.

When SPORTbible asked if he could ever have imagined talking about TNA on a WWE show, he responded: "Never ever did I. Not just TNA... it's evolved, but hats off to the decision makers. The business is much more transparent -- more than it's ever been.

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"With social media, it changed. The internet changed the world. Social media changed the world. Certainly, sports entertainment followed as part of that change. But no, the Table For 3 was absolutely a blast.

"I'd love to do one with Samoa Joe, I'd love to do one with Bobby Roode and a lot of memories for a lot of guys: Jeff Hardy, Eric Young -- there's a list of the folks [that I would want to do it with]! Those were a lot of great years.

"Christian, I've seen him as of late and he's back doing quite a bit of work [with WWE] and he spent several years there.

"D-Von [Dudley] spent a lot of years in TNA, so when you just look at all of the folks that came through there, it is fun to reminisce and I'm happy to see them [and] do stuff like the Table For 3 with me, Sting and AJ."

Jarrett, who is now a backstage producer for WWE, also praised SmackDown star Elias and told SPORTbible that he possesses a "unique charisma."

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Topics: WWE News, WWE

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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