Road Warrior Animal Tells The Story Of How Jim Cornette Fell From The Scaffold At Starrcade '86

Road Warrior Animal was a guest on Hannibal TV and told the story of Jim Cornette's famous fall during their Scaffold Match at Starrcade 1986. Cornette ended up blowing out both his knees, but apparently, to hear Animal tell it, it was all Big Boss Man's fault.  Because Big Boss Man was "high as a kite."

It's a great story.

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You can hear it in the video above, or read a transcript below.

"One of the funniest moments in wrestling! You got to understand the story man, it's funny as hell. God rest his soul too, Big Bubba Boss Man, right? Boss Man and Hawk were like this (fingers crossed gesture), they rode together - and I say that in a sense cause those guys rode with the smokers. They loved to get high.

"So they got high the night before the Scaffold match. Boss Man got high as a kite. Nobody could tell because he had sunglasses on.

"So I'm holding on to Cornette, and I give Cornette props, he's afraid of heights--definitely afraid, he doesn't fly. He drives everywhere or takes a train. He holds onto the Scaffold and I say 'Jimmy you got it?' He says 'Yeah, I got it.'

"I told Boss Man, I yell down and go 'Hey, you ready?' I'm thinking 'How is Boss Man going to catch Cornette?' If he does catch him, Cornette is like a 250-pound sack of crap, he's going to kill him.

"Then I tell Boss Man 'You ready?' I said 'Okay,' and I said 'Go!' Boss Man standing like this, and he's three feet off and misses Cornette. Cornette falls and hits - both knees went 'POP!' like a big two-by-four, you hear them both go. He blew out both knees in that one deal. He was screaming!

"And Hawk and I are belly laughing on the Scaffold. He's lying in pain, but it was so funny, you had to see Bubba standing there like this, and then staring like this watching Cornette hit. You had to be there and be involved in the match because it was so funny. We laughed our butts off at that."


The full, almost-two-hour interview with Animal is below

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