PODCAST RECAP AND REVIEW: Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru on chewing out The Gymini, wrestling bears, “good” and “bad” comedy in wrestling, Shotgun Saturday Night (Ep. 37)

Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru Episode 37

Release date: January 15, 2017

Recap by: Paul Briody


Top stories/moments of interest:

• Usual format in which Brian Last asks Jim Cornette email questions from fans about wrestling history with great chemistry between the two.

0:00 – Intro begins with the bombshell that Jim will read some questions as well as Brian this week! They also reveal that listeners can now submit questions via Twitter (#CornyDriveThru) and they will be answering Facebook questions some time in the future. Funny banter between Jim and Brian.

7:52 – Jim talks about chewing out “bumblef***s” the Shane Twins (Gymini on the main roster) in OVW circa 2003/4 after they botched a finish in a dark match and had never thought to do the old ‘twin magic’ thing even though they’re identical! Funny story, sounds like a mess! They don’t sound like the brightest guys…

16:50 – Jim confirms that the term ‘broadway’ is used for a time limit draw of any length and was part of a code used when bookers were giving wrestlers match outcomes back in the old days. If you didn’t know the code, you were none the wiser.

21:13 – Jim talks about wrestling bears and is humorously flabbergasted that the emailer thought that wrestlers used to have actual matches with bears! Matches with bears generally involved de-clawed and muzzled bears chasing heels around. Funny stuff. Informative, too!

28:24 – Jim is asked a question, with various examples, regarding what he considers ‘good’ funny and ‘bad’ funny in wrestling. If comedy in wrestling doesn’t expose the business then it’s generally inoffensive. His answers are… Joey Ryan d***k flip: bad funny; The Bushwhackers: better as The Sheepherders but not offensive so good funny; wrestlers wearing Elmo costumes: all about context; tuxedo matches: all about context; the Jushin Liger thumb in the a****** conga line: bad funny; Enzo Amore: “If he was one of mine I might have to weed him out, from what I can tell”; use of ‘the force’ from Star Wars: bad funny; Mae Young giving birth to a hand: bad funny; the stinkface: all about context; The Hurricane gimmick: he likes him so he’s on the fence; leprechauns in wrestling: all about context; Takahashi’s cat gimmick: bad funny; Mr Socko: all about context but Jim laments Mick Foley taking crazy bumps and inspiring younger wrestlers to do the same; the ‘Kiss My Ass’ club: wasn’t meant to be funny and it worked; Sharkboy: “hokey” bad funny, accompanied by a funny Cornette/TNA story.

48:16 – Jim rants about the silliness of WWF Shotgun Saturday Night. They decide that there was one good episode from San Antonio, Texas featuring Terry Funk. Jim wasn’t there because he was shooting a promo video for The New Blackjacks. Funny story about Jake Roberts being nine hours late when he was working in the office.

1:00:48 – interesting ‘what if’ discussion about who would take over running Madison Square Garden if the WWWF had gone out of business in the mid-60s. Jim’s money would be on Verne Gagne. Good stuff, they consider talent available at the time.

1:10:13 – Outro

Rating: 8/10

This episode was a lot of fun! Jim and Brian display their encyclopaedic knowledge of wrestling history whilst, at the same time, being very funny. An entertaining listen!


0:00 – Intro
7:52 – The Shane Twins fiasco
16:50 – The term ‘broadway’
21:13 – Wrestling bears
28:24 – Good funny/bad funny
48:16 – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
1:00:48 – ‘What if’ the WWWF went out of business?
1:10:13 – Outro

About Paul:

I’m just a guy, from England, who watches wrestling and listens to podcasts!

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