Cornette: "YOU'RE A GRIZZLY SMITH IS WHAT YOU ARE!...YEAH, THAT GOT YOU, DIDN'T IT?"
A rare editorial segment allowed to him on WWE Raw back during the Monday Night Wars saw him quite soundly tear apart a cage match pitting Hulk Hogan against Rowdy Roddy Piper at WCW Halloween Havoc:
Cornette: "The pinnacle of this "icon" garbage came at last night's cage match between Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, to determine—in their minds only—who the real icon is. WCW had the gall to say "this is the greatest cage match in history," but it was only the greatest in three weeks since Hell in a Cell. But here you've got a 46-year-old bald movie star wannabe who looks like Uncle Creepy with a good build taking on a guy with an artificial hip that hasn't wrestled a full schedule in ten years. It's a tribute to the massive egotism (in my mind) of both men and an indictment of WCW promotional policies that this match even took place, much less being the main event, when the card was probably the best that WCW was capable of having! By the ten minute mark, they were sucking wind so bad the first three rows passed out of oxygen deprivation (would've been funny if it wasn't so sad). Well, I'm sick and damn tired of guys claim to be the "icon," especially when it usually comes from guys who just didn't know when to quit. Roddy Piper was my idol when I was a teenager, but that was twenty years ago. Hulk Hogan during his best years was 50% media creation, and those are long gone. This match was a slap in the face to every wrestler that takes pride in his profession! And in my mind, no one man is bigger than this sport, but if there is an icon, it would be a man who has great ability inside the ring and professionalism and maturity outside of it! Let's leave all the petty backstabbing, I-make-more-money-than-you BS with the hat-check girl, and concentrate on talent and attitude! The Undertaker, Ric Flair, and Steve Austin have never claimed to be icons, which means they're big candidates to be just that! And on a personal note to Hulk Hogan: you are a household word, but so is garbage; and it stinks when it gets old, too."