“Have you ever noticed during every WWE tag team match they beat one guy and one of the babyface guys up forever. Then suddenly something happens, and they make a simultaneous tag. Two new guys come in to start it over again,” Cornette said.
“You can’t stop other guys from doing that because they see it on TV, even though it is completely ****in’ stupid and wrong. Rip Rogers calls it ‘As seen on TV’, where they see it on TV and copy it, even though it is wrong…You don’t see real hot tags anymore because they don’t do that in WWE.
“Here is another thing they always see, which is completely ridiculous. The heels can’t feed the comeback. When the fresh babyface comes in from the tag the first thing you’re supposed to do is punch every opponent he has in a comeback. If you watch WWE, he just beats the guy in the ring. It used to drive me out of my mind all the time because that is the excitement of the tag team match.
“So between the industry leader not supporting tag team wrestling and nobody knowing how to do it anymore more and between trying to copy what is seen on TV, which is wrong and guys being able to travel with each other when they are partners tag team wrestling is dead, along with most other things about wrestling.”
Another aspect of tag team wrestling that has become the norm is breaking up duos before they get a chance to see if there is anything there long-term.
“Unless you are exceptional wrestlers and tag team wrestlers, you don’t get to be a good team for the first year,” Cornette said.
“…That’s the problem with wrestling as a whole. Everyone does the same thing. Everybody has been taught the same way. Everybody steals what they see on television or on independent shows and try to do one better. If he did 360, I’m going to do a 450. We could go on all day.”
Cornette says the business evolved into a game of can you top this, having dug itself into a hole because of it.
“There is also the chair thing,” Cornette said. “I remember in Ring of Honor about a year-and-a-half ago we had a deal where guys were supposed to come in and the babyfaces were supposed get revenge on getting beat to death by whacking the heels with chairs.
“There would be a big brawl and whatever. I think it was [Charlie] Hass and [Shelton] Benjamin. I think it as Hass and Benjamin that ended up beating the Briscoe Brothers with chairs, but also the entire web audience going, ‘How can they do this with what we know about concussions? How could they allow that?’
“The guys have ****ed themselves because for 50 years guys were hitting each other over the head with chairs and made it look good without hurting each other. Then suddenly, when that ECW horse **** came around, that was really the start of the ruination of the business 20 years ago. They thought to just hit each other over the head without putting their hands up and totally unprotected to show people how hardcore they are.
“In the process they not only gave each other concussions and brain damage, but also then the people are thinking, ‘Now we know what a real chair shot is like.’ They wouldn’t fall for the fake ones unless you were really good at it.