On the recent edition of his podcast, Jim Cornette addressed why he left Impact Wrestling. He said that the decision came when the company moved Bound For Glory and the follow up tapings to Canada, and added that he would not bash anyone at least for today.
Jeff Jarrett was the main reason Jim Cornette returned the company. Jarrett called him to see if he could come in for a set of tapings. The reasons Jarrett wanted Cornette to come in was to give an explanation why the title was taken off Alberto El Patro and also to fire Bruce Prichard from his authority role so that he could return being a heel manager. Cornette originally was supposed to work four days in August and September, but it was changed to six days in August and zero in September. Cornette said he did not have a problem with the change of plans.
He said he likes Jarrett, has known him for a long time, and thought he could possibly change things around. He wanted to make things right after his previous departure in order to clear up falsehoods from Vince Russo and Dixie Carter. He was there to be an on-screen character, not to book, though he was in charge of producing his own segments. Jarrett then asked him to return for Bound For Glory and the November tapings. He agreed to work 4 days in November, then hadn’t heard from or spoke to Jarrett, only to find out that he departed from the company online.
Everything he has heard has been by reading the Internet, aside from talking to Bob Ryder about being reimbursed for his hotel in Orlando. He told Ryder he was not happy with how things looked. He wanted to know who was in charge of creative and offered to come to Nashville to shoot anything needed to wrap up the angle with him.
He then found out Bound for Glory was being moved from Orlando to Ottawa. Nobody told him, so he had to call Anthem and initiate all contact (he cannot get into Canada since somebody ran through his records and found assault charges in the past based on fighting back in the Crockett/Mid South Wrestling era with fans).
“I like Toronto and Vancouver, but not enough to motivate me to deal with attorneys and file paperwork just for the opportunity to deal with those border Nazis again, so Canada and I are just agreeing to co-exist apart.”
Cornette says he’s not upset with anyone. He stated he a had good experience, though never planned for this to be long term. He now plans to re-retire and says that a friend in need is a pest and not to answer your phone because they will try to book you. He finished by wishing the company the best.