TNA has sent Jim Cornette a legal letter saying that they have notified the Kentucky authorities to take action over an email he sent to TNA's Head of Talent Relations Terry Taylor on March 19th 2010 in which he said he wanted to murder former colleague Vince Russo. Cornette has posted the email he sent and the letter he received in return from TNA on his website. This is the quote that got Jim Cornette in hot water:
I will say it because I am trying to quell the burning in my heart--I hate Vince Russo. I despise Vince Russo. I want Vince Russo to die. If I could figure out a way to murder him without going to prison, I would consider it the greatest accomplishment of my life.
I hate him for the money he's cost me. I hate him for what he's done to the business. I hate him for keeping TNA from being competitive to WWE. I hate him for the careers, even the lives he's ruined with his shitty booking and the irreparable damage he's done to every promotion he's been involved with. I regularly wake up from dreams in which I am in the act of murdering him. I literally burn whenever I think of him. I have sworn to myself that I will willingly go to jail if I ever see him in person again, and he had better pray to his fictitious invisible man in the sky that that day never comes. I intend to make it my life's work and mission to fuck with him and anything he ever has anything to do with in the wrestling business.
After the jump I will explain why this email was really ill advised and counterproductive, apart from the obvious reason that it got him in serious legal trouble.
What was he thinking? He should know by now how the wrestling business works. Terry Taylor had to go to management as it was sent to his official TNA email address, but even if he hadn't, Cornette should know that Taylor is Russo's friend and was one of the people who went to bat for Russo to help him get his script writing job back in September 2006. That this email would be passed around and used to disparage Cornette as being legitimately crazy and dangerous was inevitable. Moreover, it's also inevitably going to be used to disparage any sane vocal critics of Vince Russo and TNA's current direction, like Dave Meltzer, Bryan Alvarez, Wade Keller and Bruce Mitchell of the wrestling media. This is only going to add to Vince Russo's persecution complex and Dixie Carter's belief that everyone is unfairly out to get him. Prove of this was found within TNA's legal letter, as it sounds like Russo has milked it for all it was worth:
Indeed, the language of the email is so specific, unequivocal and unconditional that Vince Russo (a TNA employee) has understandably experienced extreme fear for himself and his family. TNA management shares his concern, not only for Vince, but for all of it's employees, staff members and talent (some of whom were specifically named in your email as being targets of your anger).
If he really wants Vince Russo to lose his job for the good of the wrestling business, then he went about it in the worst way possible. Thanks a bunch, Corny!
Update: Eric Bischoff hilariously sticks the boot in too:
Cornette doesn't know any business. He is a low rent con man that is only good at gaining the attention of the Internet wrestling community. He's all yours. Trust me, he never has nor ever will become a part of a meaningful national promotion. But if you are looking for a bootleg dvd or a fake autograph, he's your guy.