John Cone On Bumping For Lesnar, How WWE Found Him, Calls Bryan vs. Punk Most Memorable Match Ever, Typical Work Day, How Referees Are Determined

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ThePitch.com has a new article online featuring quotes from WWE referee John Cone. Below are the highlights:

Bumping for Brock Lesnar:

“It was kind of exciting to get clotheslined by Brock Lesnar,” Cone says, “I gotta admit.”

How WWE found him:

John Laurinaitis came to a wrestling camp that Harley Race was having, and I was one of the referees there. At the end of the day, John Laurinaitis came up to me and asked for my information, said he’d like to stay in touch. Probably about three months later, there was a show at Kemper Arena, and I was invited to come down and have a tryout match. Then I got another tryout match in St. Louis, and I got hired.

Most memorable match ever:

It was just a couple of months ago at Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan against CM Punk. I was honored to referee that match, and those guys tore the house down. It was just fantastic, probably one of the purest wrestling matches that I’ve ever refereed. It was great.

What a typical work day looks like for him:

If we’re on live events, I’ll go in at 9 a.m. and help to set up the show. We’ll set up the ring and the barricade around the ring. Then we’ll have some free time after that — usually three to four o’clock in the afternoon — so we’ll have some lunch, visit with friends, things like that. Then once we come back in the afternoon, it’s just preparing for the show. ... We really have no idea what matches we have until that lineup comes out, so there’s no preparation as far as anything I have to do in the match itself.

How referees are determined:

That is something the talent-relations department does. They’ll just see who is available that day, which refs are booked for the show, and just go down and assign us usually at least two matches if we’re doing a TV taping. But it can be anywhere from two to four matches a night. When we’re doing five shows a week, you could do potentially up to 20 matches in a week.

It's also mentioned that Cone and his wife are owners of Donut King in Kansas City. You can read the full article at this link.

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