Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jul 11, 2013
Jim Cornette Releasing A New Book Next Month

Jim Cornette Releasing A New Book Next Month

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The new book by Jim Cornette and Mark James, “Rags, Paper and Pins–the Merchandising of Memphis Wrestling”, will debut at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest August 1-4 at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte, N.C.

This 350 page book documents the pioneering and innovative ways that Memphis wrestling was merchandised to the fans in the era before action figures, toys and home video, and is told from an insider perspective. It is lavishly illustrated with photos, programs and ephemera from 1950 to the mid 1980’s, and includes a detailed rundown of Memphis drawing cards and arena business, as well as an extensive section on Memphis wrestlers’ ventures into the world of records.

It will be part of Jim Cornette’s only wrestling-related appearance of 2013, as he will man his Cornette’s Collectibles booth in tandem with Mark James’ Memphis Wrestling History booth, where the authors will not only be signing copies of the new book, but offering their complete line of books and DVD’s as well as vintage wrestling memorabilia.

On Thursday night, Cornette will also appear in a one-man show/Q&A titled “Unplugged and Uncensored”, and Friday night at the Fanfest banquet he will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes along with the Midnight Express and the Rock & Roll Express, among others.

All attendees at Fanfest as well as any wrestling fans in the Carolinas will get the first look at this fascinating new book the weekend of August 1-4, but for those who can’t be there in person, it will be available online after August 5th. For more information, visit or, and to lock in your spot for the Fanfest activities, go to

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9 Responses to “Jim Cornette Releasing A New Book Next Month”

  1. RavenNevermore says:

    Most overrated person in wrestling history. He might of been fired from ring of honor awhile back but to me he was the first step in making ring of honor non relevant. The only time I hear about ROH then and now is if someone goes to TNA or elsewhere. Who is even the champion?

    • ObamaSucks says:

      You mad bro?

    • OldManEaston says:

      Overrated as opposed to who, Vince McMahon? Or Eric Bischoff or Jim Crockett, who both spent the two largest non WWF/E companies into oblivion trying to compete with him? As a booker who is he overrated as opposed to? I don't ever see anyone seriously list Jim Cornette as being up there with the likes of Dusty or Paul Heyman, who also produced their share of garbage.

      You may not like Jim Cornette and you may not agree with his views, but he is without a doubt one of the top 10 managers in the history of the wrestling business, and he is one of the very few guys who with absolutely no money behind him who was able to have an innovative company in Smokey Mountain, which is one of the companies responsible for the indy resurgence, at a time when there was virtually nothing going on outside of the big two, and arguably very little going on inside the big two as well.

      When he was part owner of OVW it was only time in that companies history that it was a legit promotion, that actually ran a like a real company, drew and produced star quality talent and was not just a financial burden on WWE, like every other developmental territory they have ever had before or since.

      There is a reason that ROH wanted Jim Cornette to come initially for TV and then to help Hunter prepare to take over the book of that company, because he has an eye for talent and history of helping guys develop. Of course everything hasn't always worked out for him, but short of Vince McMahon, the Teflon Don, who's mistakes seem to roll off of him like water off a duck, everyone else is in the same boat of being human.

    • tnadude says:

      "Who is even the champion?"

      Actually, there isn't one…

  2. Undedlok says:

    Currently the ROH title is vacant – not sure exactly what is happening with Jay Briscoe (rumors are that the Briscoe's have finally been accepted to WWE). They are in the process of setting up a 16 man tournament to declare a new champ.

    • jflegler says:

      If the Briscoe's go to the WWE, I can see Vince using them as part of the Wyatt clan and pitting them up against Rollins and Reigns.

    • OldManEaston says:

      I shudder to think of the Briscoes in WWE, or really even in TNA at this point. In case people don't notice, despite the tv 14 rating, TNA censors as heavily, if not more heavily than WWE right now. In fact, pretty much the only reason they are still tv-14 is because of their contract. I hear people saying all the time that at least TNA is pg-14, but you aren't getting it. The attitude era is the basic definition of Wrestling TV-14 and that is obviously no where near the current TNA product. It is not an risque show by any definition anymore. There is virtually no hardcore (that is undoubtedly the reason for the Joseph Park character, taking center stage over Abyss), virtually no T&A, and the swearing has also been almost eliminated or censored. WWE or TNA is just not the Briscoes. They are rough around the edges, loud, violent and crudely funny, that is what makes them who they are. Take that away and they are just another funny looking tag team who can wrestle.

      If the WWE rumors are true, the only thing I can think of is that Vince is planning on returning one or both of the shows to a legit TV-14 product when the contract is up in 2014. Other than that, I see very little value that the WWE would see in a team like Jay and Mark. Other than that, I think they would have signed them a long time ago, if they thought they were marketable as even a comedy duo in their current product. Good luck to them either way, it is time one of the best tag teams in the modern era, started making some money.

    • tnadude says:

      There's a video posted by ROH that seems to counter the notion that they are headed to WWE. Jay Briscoe is saying he is willing and able to defend the title.

      The rumor I heard is they're taking the summer off. Yes – they were spotted at a WWE house show, but if you know the area, it's only about 20 minutes or so from their home.

      Vince is not likely interested due to Jay's homophobic rants. I do think they will succeed wherever they go (TNA – PLEASE!). They have a killer gimmick, excellent mic skills, and are fantastic in the ring.

  3. OldManEaston says:

    This should be a good book from Corny. The greater Memphis territory doesn't get the credit it deserves. Mid-Atlantic may have been the largest territory in the NWA, the one most commonly associated with the NWA as everyone knows it, and was ultimately the one who transitioned into WCW, but they were far from the most innovative. Memphis was right up there with World Class in terms of creativity and the influence they had on what was to become the modern wrestling business. Memphis was one of the oldest and longest running full-time territories, and also the very last "real" territory to stay in business during the national era.

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