WWE Hall Of Famer Mark Henry says he feels crushed after hearing Jim Cornette’s comments on the latest episode of NWA Powerrr.
Henry is referring to what Cornette said during a match between Trevor Murdoch and NWA World Champion Nick Aldis. While trying to put over how tough Murdoch is, Cornette said, “Trevor Murdoch is mad, bad and dangerous. He’s the only man I know that can strap a bucket of fried chicken on his back and ride a motor scooter across Ethiopia.”
That is a line he has used many times in the past and something that was acceptable in the 80s and 90s but not so much these days because of the changes in society. The episode was removed and then re-uploaded with Cornette’s offensive comments removed from the broadcast.
A day later, the promotion announced that Cornette had resigned. Dave Meltzer reported that Cornette refused to issue an apology so that forced the NWA to cut ties with him.
During an interview with TMZ, Henry was clearly hurt by the situation. He said, “It just hurts man. As much as I can say I’m disappointed and I hope that he can try to fix this. You know what man, some people just don’t like people of color.”
Henry was asked if he thinks Cornette just doesn’t like black people. He responded, “no, I never felt that. He told me stories about him working real closely with Junkyard Dog and different people throughout history and who I reminded him of and stuff like that. I never in my life saw it, never saw that.”
Henry doesn’t know what Cornette was thinking when he said the line on NWA Powerrr but he says he was angry and what he heard was completely out of character for Cornette.
Henry’s words for Cornette: “I would say Jim, please apologize and mean it and if you don’t mean it then go all the way Darth Vader and tell ‘I just don’t like black people’ and at least I know who you are and then I can get rid of this feeling that I have in my heart.” He continued, “This is like having your brother or your sister steal from you. It’s like having your mother or your father disown you. I feel like a sense of mourning and that’s never good. In pro wrestling, it’s about entertainment and love and trying to get people to come together. This is divisive. This is hurtful. It’s not good for pro wrestling.”
Henry said that prior to all of this, he had a really good relationship with Cornette. He said Cornette allowed him into his home and helped him become the wrestler that he became. Henry said he feels a sense of loss right now.