There are so many examples of how modern pro wrestling has passed Jim Cornette by, but his recent comments about Becky Lynch’s pregnancy displayed a startling level of misogyny, ignorance, and stupidity that extend well beyond the pro wrestling bubble. One could easily argue that it’s not surprising at all coming from a man who lost his job with NWA six months ago for telling a racist joke.
I don’t want to give Cornette’s garbage talking points about Lynch too much exposure here, so I’ll just say that one of his implications was that Seth Rollins should be upset with Becky Lynch for being pregnant at the peak of her earnings potential as the top star in WWE.
Rollins appeared on Corey Graves’ After the Bell podcast this week and responded to Cornette:
“It hurt my feelings on a personal level because Jim Cornette is someone who is a legend in our industry, and he’s someone that I personally worked with in my time at Ring of Honor. For him to come out and say some real negative things, some real misogynist things about women in general, and pregnancy, and the industry, it caught me off guard. It made me lose a lot of respect for someone who a lot of people had already lost respect for. I was still holding on to hope that somewhere there was a personal connection between Jim and I that he would think twice before making some egregious comments about women, about my wife, that were just completely...I can’t even forgive them. I don’t event want to repeat them...On a grander scale, the mindset that has to go into that needs to be eradicated, all around. It’s just so disgusting.”
Seth then emphasizes how proud he is of Becky:
“I want to make it very clear that I am so proud of my fiancée, of Becky, of what she’s doing, and the courage that it takes for her at this point in her career to make a decision...The fact of the matter is she is the most talented woman I’ve ever seen in my entire life. She’s going to be just fine being pregnant, making money, doing alright. So everything that Jim Cornette said is complete nonsense, not just for her, but for women all around the globe.”
Rollins is right, of course. Cornette’s mindset and attitude towards women is disgusting and unacceptable, and it should not be reinforced or encouraged. Kudos to Seth for defending Becky and women in general against Cornette’s drivel.
You can check out Seth’s full interview with Graves here on After the Bell to also get his thoughts on what it’s like wrestling in an empty arena, working crappy jobs to support his pro wrestling habit, and which younger wrestlers he has his eye on.