-- WWE.com has posted an article today on the "mysterious absence" of former WWE Champion CM Punk. The article speculates if Punk will return to WWE following losses to the Rock, John Cena and the Undertaker, and notes his attendance at several baseball games and UFC events. The article went live the same day that WWE pulled CM Punk from his upcoming advertised appearances, likely to play into his previously reported on time off. You can read the article here.
-- The third man in the squared circle is often overlooked. He's not supposed to be the focal point, but, he does often help stir the drink.
They have a story to tell. But, so seldomly have the avenue of which to tell it. In this case, a referee who was with the WWE for over 20 years tells his story. And, we encourage you to not only hear part of that story in this interview but read all about it in his new book, "The THree Count".
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- Jimmy comes on the show and talks about his new biography "The Three Count" which is a detailed account of his time as a WWE Referee and his long career in the wrestling business. He never thought about writing a book before as he felt nobody would be interested in his fun stories, but would rather be more interested in the dark side of the business. However, his wife told him a book would be a good idea, and so did his friend who convinced him to write the book and get it published through ECW Press. Thus far, he has been happy with the reaction to the book.
- His time as a WWE Referee lasted all the way from the 1980s and into the new millennium, stretching a full 22 years. He attributes his long stay to being able to adapt along with the business. Jimmy always says that he was always a positive guy and didn't complain too much backstage: "You have to know when to fight your battles...You know how they say the squeaky wheel gets the grease? Sometimes if you get too squeaky, they replace the wheel".
- Playing the role of referee has many components to it that fans might not be aware of while the match is in progress. As an example, Jimmy says that the referee has to learn how to pass messages between the wrestlers while at the same time looking discreet about it so the fans don't realize that is what is happening. He also speaks about "The Blind Ref" cliche and feels that fans are too smart to buy into it nowadays. And with the exception of comedy matches (minis from Mexico for example), he felt that if the fans were going to buy into the match as being realistic, then the referee had to reflect that as well.
- He specifically mentions UFC officials Herb Dean & John McCarthy as examples that Pro Wrestling Referres should observe: "You know they're there, but you're not really paying attention to them...they look like they are paying attention to the match and doing their job".
- As a referee, he was fine not being the main focus or a TV star. He says the wrestlers are there to be the stars, and if they referees are there to get noticed, then they aren't doing their job.
- When asked if any other elements of UFC and MMA should be incorporated into Pro Wrestling, he says there is room to do it in moderation. He says certain wrestlers borrow bits & pieces from MMA, but if they just go for a carbon copy, then wrestling will lose its identity. He also references how MMA actually has borrowed elements from Pro Wrestling to the benefit of the sport.
- At his first Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania IV, Korderas was legitimately (and accidentally) knocked out in a match where Jimmy Hart hit him with the megaphone. He said it wasn't the megaphone that knocked him out, but rather the way he bumped on the follow through that...