Billy Corgan’s revitalized NWA promotion launched their NWA Powerrr YouTube series to some early positive reviews.
Unfortunately, the biggest crossover into wider consciousness came Tuesday when their latest episode was pulled after viewers pointed out an impossibly stupid line from commentator Jim Cornette.
Pretty sure I just watched my final episode of @nwa powerrr. pic.twitter.com/kAoa3f5Ur1
— OG Bobby Eaton (@CeeHawk) November 19, 2019
The line in question:
“Trevor Murdoch, he’s mad, bad, and dangerous … he’s the only man I’ve ever known that could strap a bucket of fried chicken on his back and ride a motor scooter across Ethiopia.”
That line survived all the way to YouTube publication (the show is pre-taped, obviously), which is almost impossible to believe, but it did. After much blowback, the NWA today released a statement announcing Cornette has resigned:
Effective immediately: Jim Cornette has resigned from the National Wrestling Alliance. As an announcer on the November 19th edition of NWA Power, Jim made remarks during a singles match between Nick Aldis and Trevor Murdoch that were both offensive and do not meet the high standards of decency and good faith of the National Wrestling Alliance.
To ensure that such an error can never happen again, we’ve established new procedures of review for all NWA programming going forward.
We sincerely regret our failure in this regard.
That review process is clearly in need of work. Cornette has a long history of saying things not too dissimilar, and in fact has used this exact same line before:
#NWAPowerrr wasn't the first time Jim Cornette made the fried-chicken-Ethiopia joke. Here's a clip from March 6th, 1995. pic.twitter.com/h3APMzGHl3
— Art O'Donnell (@Art0Donnell) November 20, 2019
When you add Jim Cornette to your promotion, you’re getting exactly who you think you’re getting. Obviously given the lack of live broadcasting, the risks should have been a lot lower, but here we are.