Respected wrestling veteran Jim Cornette recently criticized All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) handling of the much-anticipated Double or Nothing World Title match, set for this Sunday, May 28th. The faceoff will see Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) defending his AEW World Title against formidable adversaries: Darby Allin, "Jungle Boy" Jack Perry, and Sammy Guevara in an action-packed Fatal 4-Way match.
Speaking to our partners at Inside The Ropes, the acclaimed former wrestling manager, writer, announcer, and current podcast host, Cornette, expressed admiration for MJF. At the same time, his interest in the other contenders appeared lackluster.
He praised MJF as one of the most gifted athletes of the modern era, understanding the art of wrestling, particularly excelling as a heel and orchestrating engaging matches. His concerns, however, stem from the broader AEW management and direction.
Jim Cornette Questions AEW's Booking Strategy
Cornette contended that AEW is loved by fans disgruntled with WWE and the latter's corporate face, Vince McMahon. This appeal, he argues, needs to be made clear of Tony Khan's effective booking.
He suggests MJF has been unable to flex his creative muscles and elevate the narrative surrounding his title, mainly because of the company's management. Cornette questions MJF's line of challengers, including past rivals like Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley.
He criticizes Jericho's dominant persona and Moxley's disregard for selling and over-reliance on violent matches. He also blames Tony's fandom for Japanese wrestling for the 'four pillars' concept in AEW. The outspoken Cornette did not mince words when talking about Darby Allin.
Despite acknowledging Allin's unique charisma and recognizing him as an AEW attraction, Cornette considers him reckless in and out of the ring. He suggests the narrative could have been better served by focusing on Darby as the underdog against the arrogant MJF, likening it to the iconic Flair and Dusty rivalry.
Shifting gears, Cornette also assessed Sammy Guevara and Jack Perry. He argues that Guevara's erratic character arc and Perry's lack of charisma have impeded their growth. Cornette believes Jungle Boy has peaked, and his inclusion in high-profile matches only exposes his weaknesses.
Lastly, Cornette alleges that AEW's narrative feels forced, as it attempts to push all four pillars simultaneously, despite mixed audience reactions. He expresses frustration over how this approach could potentially undermine MJF's reign, rendering a world title main event less compelling for viewers. Cornette believes the talented MJF needs more engaging content due to AEW's booking missteps.