Manny Fernandez Responds to Jim Cornette Challenging his Military Record

Mar 15, 2021 - by Steve Gerweck


On the debut episode of “No BS with the Bull”, Manny Fernandez talked about his upbringing, his very close relationship with Dick Murdoch, and heat he has with Jim Cornette over comments Cornette made about him faking his military background. Here are some highlights:

On his football aspirations growing up: “My biggest dream was to be in the NFL (for) at least 10 (or) 12 years. That was my biggest dream. I had a great high school and junior college career where I made JC all-American. (I was) recruited by almost every major college in football coming out of high school in 1973, but my mom got sick with diabetes and I didn’t want to leave home. I wanted to be near her so I went to junior college.”

On Jim Cornette accusing him of faking his military experience: “Jim Cornette is about as manly as a cup of tapioca pudding… You’ve got to look where it’s coming from. And I did something very stupid when he posted out there about stolen valor – which really hurt me, really really hurt me; destroyed me. I gave up my (college) football career when I could have played at UCLA, went and wrestled there and played football there, USC, all the PAC 10 schools back then – Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State – I had scholarships to small offense from all of them… (When Cornette posted that) I got so angry that I went and posted my DD214 and my Service Connection (showing) my service in (Vietnam)…(My girlfriend) was so angry that I went and posted my private life on Facebook that she didn’t want to talk to me for months.”

On how he got into wrestling: “It all started with a guy named Kelly Kiniski, Gene Kinkiski’s kid. Kelly Kiniski was our second string center… He was so pigeon toed, (when he snapped) the ball he would always step on my pinky toe. And back then we had metal cleats, not (rubber); man did that hurt…every time Kelly stepped on my toe I would beat him upside the head…that’s how Kelly (relayed how tough I was to) Dick Murdoch. Dick Murdoch was a big booster (for) West Texas State along with Terry Funk. They’re big backers of the West Texas State program… So Murdoch would show up for practices every now and then…eventually we kind of got introduced by Kelly, he kind of watched me play and it went from there.”

On the rumors of Dick Murdoch being racist: “I had nothing but positive experience with (Murdoch). I didn’t have a problem with Dicky, he and I were very close. That’s the hard part. One day he was there…next thing I know I heard he passed. He had a heart attack…I never experienced (racism) with Dickie.”

“No BS with The Bull” Manny Fernandez drops on the VOC Nation Wrestling Network podcast feed every Friday afternoon.

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