Last week WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch shocked the wrestling world with the surprise announcement of her pregnancy with Seth Rollins’ child and the subsequent relinquishment of her Raw Women’s championship title. As one would expect, the wrestling industry reacted extremely positively, with both fans and wrestlers from across different companies congratulating Lynch and Rollins on the happy news.
Unfortunately one person wasn’t happy about it and used their very public platform to express their displeasure. Jim Cornette, a longtime wrestling personality and podcast host made some incredibly misogynist and disrespectful comments on Becky Lynch’s pregnancy announcement.
“You can’t always be on top of the wrestling business in a $1 million a year spot or more, but you can [have a baby],” said Jim Cornette on his podcast. “What is she? Can she be 30? [Lynch is 33] Well, still she’s got many more years before the f*cking Easy Bake Oven gets shut off. She can have all those problems like a descended stomach and stretch marks and hemorrhoids and hormones problems and mood swings and all those other joys of motherhood later on WHEN SHE AIN’T MAKING A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!!!”
“She’s got plenty of time left,” continued Cornette. “What would you do if your wife came home and said instead of making a million dollars next year I’m gonna basically just be a raging bitch for the next nine months and then give you more sh*t to worry about around the house?!”
Today as a guest on the podcast WWE After the Bell with Corey Graves, Seth Rollins spoke out against Jim Cornette and the comments he made about Rollins’ wife Becky Lynch.
“It hurt my feelings on a personal level, because Jim Cornette is someone who is a legend in our industry, and he is someone that I have personally worked with in Ring of Honor,” said Rollins. “For him to come out and say some real negative things, some real misogynist things about women in general, and pregnancy in the industry. It caught me off guard and made me lose a lot of respect for somebody that a lot of people have kind of lost respect for, and I was still holding on to hope that somewhere along the line there was a personal connection between Jim and I (Because their ROH time), that he would think twice before making some egregious comments about women, about my wife, that were completely – I can’t even forgive them. I don’t want to repeat them.”
“They weren’t worth repeating, and everybody that knows what you’re referring to already heard the s--t that he driveled,” said Graves.
“Exactly, just from a grander scale, the mindset that has to go into that needs to be eradicated,” Rollins added. “All around. It’s just so disgusting and the more I sat and thought about it and talked about it, I knew we had this appearance coming up and I just wanted to address it (I believe he is talking about this interview in this podcast) because I just want to make it very clear that this is something I am so proud of my fiance and what she is doing. The courage that it takes for her at this point in her career to make a decision. Look, she’s 33, once you hit 35 you start running risks with these pregnancies, so she made an incredibly tough decision. She went on national television, she said things the way she wanted to, the fact of the matter is she is the most talented woman I have ever seen in my entire life, she’s gonna be just fine being pregnant, making money, doing alright. So everything that Jim Cornette said is complete nonsense not just for her but for women all around the globe, it’s been for the most part been extremely positive and everybody is happy for us.”
You can watch Seth Rollins every week on WWE’s Monday Night Raw.
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