” [I was] sorry. When I started there in the mid-1980s, one of the first people to greet me – if not the first outside Jack Tunney – was Howard Finkel, “recalls Korderas. You just felt the warmth in him and he was a real good boy. Not only was he passionate about wrestling since he was in the business, but he was one of the biggest fans of all time. If you’ve ever had a historical question about professional wrestling, Howard asked.
“I was fortunate enough to be able to befriend him and to be guided in my early years and even later when he was working in the office. I liked receiving these calls, “Jimmy, Howard Finkel here. How are you? Just hearing it made my day. ”
Finkel has made fewer and fewer appearances in recent years but has always been a wealth of information for young WWE employees. Korderas shared the advice and advice that Finkel gave him during their years of collaboration.
“He played a very important role in teaching me the ins and outs and do’s and don’ts of how to behave behind the scenes. Very early on, I was introduced to the world of backstage – before arbitration – and he taught me to be respectful of all talent. no matter how they treat you, let’s be honest, some guys were nice and some were not. It basically taught me how to behave behind the scenes, “said Korderas.
“From day one, he said that if I had any questions, I should come see him and I never forgot that. “
WWE recently released and laid off dozens of employees due to the coronavirus pandemic and Korderas shared his thoughts on this difficult time that everyone is going through.
“It is a difficult time, but we can only hope for better and try to stay positive. I know it is hard and difficult, but we have to think that way because if you start thinking about the worst, then you are going to go down that road. ” So let’s try to keep this as positive as possible, even in these difficult times, “said Korderas.
“I appreciate the people who send messages and those who are there, my friends who are either on leave or released, my heart goes out to you guys. But I know you will all bounce back because you are all talented people. It’s a temporary setback. You will be back somewhere. But you will come back. “
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