Jim Cornette who has no shortage of opinions on wrestling chimed in with his thoughts about AEW’s booking of Wardlow. He’s been very critical of everything. He said Wardlow should have been booked like Goldberg.
Jim Cornette said this, “In the Booker of the Year’s ultimate wisdom, Tony Khan has decided that the best way to rehabilitate Wardlow’s sagging popularity after they’ve completely fumbled the ball with his booking is to put him in a program with Samoa Joe.”
Cornette referred to Tony Khan as booker of the year, as a dig at Dave Meltzer’s selection of Tony as Booker of the year for 2020 and 2021, and some say likely 2022. This wasn’t all that Cornette had to say about Wardlow.
Jim Cornette said, “Wardlow had size and power, and the ability to physically dominate his opponents – kind of like a Goldberg or Road Warrior, type of appeal, especially in the land of Lilliput that is AEW. When you put him against a guy obviously more experienced and powerful – Wardlow not only can’t muscle him around like he could the smaller guys, [he] is still green.”
Goldberg and the Road Warriors were booked as absolute monsters. They ran through their respective rosters and became dominant forces. Both became very hot after a period of strong booking. Jim Cornette believes the same should have been done with Wardlow, and Tony messed up by not doing so.
What do you think? Is Jim Cornette right? Did AEW ruin Wardlow? Would modern Goldberg-style booking still work? Is it too late to fix him?
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