Jim Cornette recently appeared on Global Force Wrestling (GFW) (formerly known as TNA or Impact Wrestling), but that doesn't mean he's a new member of the roster.
Cornette is one of the most beloved managers in professional wrestling history, and rivals nearly anybody the industry has ever seen on the microphone. He started his career back in 1982 with Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), before moving onto promotions such as Mid-South Wrestling, World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Smokey Mountain Wrestling, WWE, and TNA.
He has since done work for Ring Of Honor (ROH), Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), and even returned to WWE earlier this year at the Hall Of Fame ceremony to induct The Rock N' Roll Express into the 2017 Class. He now hosts his own podcast, The Jim Cornette Experience, which is one of the most famous podcasts in the professional wrestling world.
Earlier this week Cornette appeared on GFW 's Destination X to fire Bruce Prichard and and resolve the GFW Unified World Heavyweight Title issue. Shortly after his appearance, many began to wonder if Cornette's return would be full time and if he had signed a contract with GFW. He soon took to his podcast to clarify on these rumors, announcing that he is not under contract with GFW and is still his own boss (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"Yes. I'm an independent contractor. I'm a corporate representative, as an independent contractor. I am not a member of the roster, I have not signed a contract, I have signed agreements, obviously, for my likeness to be allowed on television, don't get me wrong about that, but I will be here as long as there's a problem for me to solve.
"I look at it like this, I will be like Paul Lynde on Bewitched. I'm not gonna be a regular member of the cast on the show but I will be making appearances when necessary and I will probably steal the show when I do so, so just consider me Uncle Arthur in Impact Wrestling.
"I've mentioned this, it's not anything to do with the quality of the company, everybody treated me wonderfully, I saw a bunch of my old friends there tonight and met a bunch of people I had not known, but I always loved everybody in Impact Wrestling except for two specific people who are, amazingly enough, no longer there.
"So that's why I said the air was fresher. I'm my own boss, I'm not signing any exclusive deals, or long term deals, for anything with anybody. I'm too old to do this on a regular basis but I will be appearing when there is reason for me to do so."
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