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Arn Anderson on Jim Cornette bashing AEW: “You have to be receptive to change”

The latest episode of “ARN” with Arn Anderson and Conrad Thompson is an “Ask Arn Anything” episode. Anderson talks about Wahoo McDaniel, The Mulkey Brothers, Rick Rude, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, AEW, his biggest paydays, beard grooming and much more.

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Arn was asked if it was a bigger moment beating Ric Flair or Hulk Hogan: “Hogan for sure. In Tampa, it was huge. I’m not some guy who keeps up with wins and loses because my loss record is 10 times bigger than my win record, but that one and the one that followed, even with all the shenanigans that went on, is one where you can go back 15 years later and bring it up in a promo and people would remember it.  It was big to me because I saw the evolution of Hulk Hogan.  I lived it.  I lived through it and saw it.  I saw what he meant.  I also saw that he didn’t get beat very much.  You could run over him with a dump truck and then back over him and I’m not sure he was going to stay down from that.  That was a big one for me.  The Ric one with where we were going with the angle was a big deal too.  I think it was a little bit of a shocker to people.  It was bad guy against bad guy with Ric and I, or good guy against good guy, however you want to look at it.  It was good vs evil with me and Hogan.  Those people were pissed.  It was his hometown.”

Arn talked about Jim Cornette bashing AEW: “Well, Jimmy, like everybody else and every single person on this earth has a right to their opinion. I would just stay to stay true to whatever you truly believe. You have a right to feel any way you want. I have mixed feelings about a lot of things in this world and you have a right to voice them. Jimmy has his way of looking at the business and I respect a lot of that. I also think we all have to evolve and we have to cater to some of what has already been introduced as far as higher impact moves and bumps and things of that nature. Just the sheer physical part of how the business has evolved. We have to accept that’s here and it’s probably going to stay. But I also respect the fact that we have to protect the talent from themselves. We have to protect the story we are telling in the ring. We have to protect each other. I do feel, which I think Jimmy does too, is we have to dial down a little bit of the danger and some of the things that talent is doing. We have to protect them from themselves. I share Jimmy’s thoughts about old school rules of the business. I certainly have my own way of looking at the business these days, but I do think we have to be flexible in our thought process and more or less, get our finger on the pulse of what the audience wants. I think we have to give credence to everyone’s point of view because sometimes somebody entirely out of your loop will say something, and you go, damn, I didn’t even think about that and it’s right under your nose. This could be your neighbor. It could be the person at the grocery store. It could be somebody at the gym. You have to be receptive to change and everything changes including our business.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit ARN (Arn Anderson’s podcast) with a h/t to for the transcription


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