Cornette's Mount Rushmore: El Santo, Rikidozan, Antonio Inoki, and Giant Baba... your thoughts?
Okay, I know Cornette is controversial here, but I didn't expect him to basically put over these four so much. But I was listening to his tribute to Inoki today, and he pretty much spelled out his version of Mount Rushmore: El Santo, Rikidozan, Antonio Inoki, and Giant Baba, basically saying that for an art form that mostly originated in the US the most influential and culturally powerful names did not originate in the US.
Honestly, I was a little surprised to hear this from him. I figured he would at least have had Lou Thesz on his list. But damn if I don't know who he would replace from those four. You don't have Inoki or Baba without Rikidozan, so you can't get rid of him, and it doesn't seem fair to have just one of Inoki or Baba without the other, and they obviously deserve their spot. El Santo is obviously irreplaceable too.
But nice to see Jim give love to these four. But as usual he couldn't get through it without shitting on modern wrestling.
Edit: /u/boredguy2022 pointed out that Jim was talking more about international stars, so I went back and listened again, and that sounds maybe right? It’s kind of a hard sentence to parse. It initially sounded like he was saying overall but now I’m not so sure.
Either way, these four deserve their flowers, so I’m happy to see them get it.