AEW presented Full Gear from the Kia Forum on November 18th. The night was loaded with pro wrestling action, but Hangman Page and Swerve Strickland’s Texas Deathmatch really stole the show for many fans. It also drew a considerable amount of criticism.

Jim Cornette is known for his frequent criticism of AEW and its stars, surprised many by focusing his critique on Hangman Page’s logic in the match rather than the level of violence.

Cornette specifically questioned why Page chose to staple Swerve’s chest with a staple gun instead of using it to strike him in the face.

During an episode of the Jim Cornette Experience, the former Midnight Express manager criticized the AEW Full Gear Texas Deathmatch. He grilled the match in many ways, while using a plethora of colorful words in the process.


“Okay, so then Hangnail (Hangman Page) gets a staple gun and staples Swerve’s chest, he’s stapling him in the titties. Not the nipples, that’s against the Geneva Convention. And then he gets a format or a piece of paper or whatever, and he staples it to Swerve’s arm.

“Now, meanwhile, Brian, you know what a staple gun looks like? You worked in an office? Do you think most of the people know what a staple gun looks like? It’s a big metal thing, and you squeeze it, and it’s got the thing that goes across your fingers and you squeeze it, and it staples, right?

“If you’re in a fight with a motherf*cker, especially if you look like Adam Page and the other motherf*cker looks like Swerve Strickland. And you’ve got a staple gun in your hand. Are you going to staple him in the titty? Or are you going to draw back and punch him in the bridge of the f*cking nose with it?

“That’s the idea. He’s got brass knuckles on his hand, and he’s stapling this motherf*cker’s arm. And then he stapled his face and Swerve is letting him do it. And because we know that this is all fake, because of the general overall presentation of AEW, people are sitting there going well this stupid motherf*cker is letting this other stupid motherf*cker staple his f*cking cheek, and his t*tties!

“And at that point, somehow he’s busted Swerve open also and Swerve hit a gusher and starts pouring blood. And this is where Page lays down on his back as Swerve is bending over bleeding from his head, lays down on his back and opens his mouth so that he can drink Swerve’s blood to show how badass he is.”

“And I believe at that point, you know again I go back to when Lyndon Johnson said after Cronkite came back from Vietnam if we’ve lost Cronkite, we’ve lost America.

“I think they’ve lost the female audience that they might not have had to begin with on that one. And again, they might have lost the network that they potentially might or might not have had off of that one.

“You f*cking idiot, he’s no better than the plumber (Jon Moxley) or the f**king bank-addicted drug robber. He’s got more hair, that’s it, Page. Otherwise, he is as stupid, and demented and f*cking distasteful.”

For the record, the “drug robber” that Jim Cornette was talking about happened to be Nick Gage. That was quite a review for Swerve Strickland and Hangman Page’s Texas Deathmatch, and it didn’t go unnoticed.

Although most of Jim Cornette’s criticism appeared to be aimed at Hangman Page, Swerve Strickland later posted a response to the critique, appearing to embrace the feedback. He made a point to let Cornette know that he was only signal blasting that match he hates so much by sharing his opinion on that podcast platform.

It’s like telling kids there’s a new insane horror movie out, don’t go see it! What’s the first thing they gonna do

Swerve Strickland made a very good point, especially when you’re talking about Jim Cornette. The legendary pro wrestling manager has a ton of fans who might not have checked out that Texas Deathmatch until Cornette brought a spotlight to it.

Now, we will have to see what is in the future for Swerve Strickland after that big win at AEW Full Gear. Obviously, Jim Cornette’s opinion is not going to distract Swerve from doing his own thing.

What’s your take on the criticism on AEW Full Gear? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

H Jenkins

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