From someone who lived professional wrestling

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The Three Count: My life in stripes as a WWE referee, ECW Press, Korderas Kimmy, 2013.

 

Today being Wrestlemania 32, it’s a perfect opportunity to take a lot at one of my favourite wrestling books.

I remember fondly seeing Jimmy Korderas in a WWE/WWF setting. It wasn’t that long ago either. You may think “well, he’s just a ref” and that would be ok if applied to a modern day referee, but Jimmy Korderas was not just a ref.

Korderas is one of few wrestling referees who will be remembered in my opinion. Jimmy stood out to me as that ref who was always there and seemed to constantly be in some of my favourite matches. He was with WWE for over twenty years, surely that count for something.

What makes Korderas endearing is that he really was obsessed with wrestling and was lucky enough to make a living out of it. He’s such a fan and his genuine passion comes across clearly in his book, he is “one of us”. The difference is he got live out his fantasy and got to know some of the legends and be a part of wrestling history. From spending his Saturday afternoons glued to the TV watching wrestling to officiating matches in the ring, The Three Count: My life in stripes as a WWE referee is addictive.

When you’re with the company for so long and ref in some of the most memorable matches (Wrestlemania or otherwise), take the bumps and entertain, it’s no wonder you’re in the hearts of fans. That’s why Jimmy Korderas mattered and why it makes sense that he would be writing a book.From his humble beginnings in Toronto to the big leagues in WWE, Korderas’ book is the journey of a fan living his dream. It hasn’t always been easy to pursue his dream either. At times he didn’t have much work and struggled to be on the main roster, he even had to hold a second job at one point.

Jimmy tells plenty of funny road stories, ring incidents, meeting the biggest stars of wrestling. From attending local shows to watching every possible televised wrestling to becoming part of the road crew to getting his first shot as a referee and being involved in some of the best matches in WWE history, it’s a great ride.

There are quite a few memorable tales in here. The ones involving Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Big Show, André-the-Giant among others were particularly funny and entertaining. Through the ups and downs, it never gets boring. Jimmy is charming, funny and relatable. If you ever wondered what it was like being a referee or what a ref’s role was and how much involvement he really had in a match, it’s all here as well. The Three Count covers it all.

Some of the most interesting chapters have the be the ones that deal with heavy topics. Owen Hart, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit are all names that are hard to stay indifferent to. Their deaths were tragic and controversial (especially in the case of Chris Benoit) and each of them get a chapter. Jimmy had grown close to all three and even had a part in bringing Guerrero and Benoit over to WWE. We all loved them as fans, but Jimmy knew them personally and shares tales and memories that get

In Canada, fans were used to seeing Korderas on Aftermath on Smackdown on Fridays. He is considered an expert and authority on the subject where he expresses his opinions on everything from the last Pay Per View, to that week’s Monday Night Raw, pick of the week etc, and will often share stories about the business. Occasionally he will still show up on our screens. His credentials are impressive. Simply put, if you love wrestling it’s hard not to like the man.

The only gripe that l have with the book is that it feels like Korderas knows a lot more than he does but he’s holding back some because he wants to be in good standing with the WWE. Usually that is the only thing people who’ve read the book had to say that was in any way negative. He evens tell some stories and gives hints as to who he’s talking about without mentioning them. In the end, Jimmy ends up being too nice and soft in his words for this to even be considered a “tell-all” book if that’s what you think it is, it’s not.

Maybe I’m a little biased. Not only do I find Jimmy to be very likeable and knowledgeable,  but he really can tell a good story. He’s just as about seen it all during his WWE career. If you’re a wrestling fan you should consider reading The Three Count. It features some great tales on some of the legends, funny stories, tragic tales and defining moments in wrestling, it also helps that Jimmy is very likeable as well.

If not for Korderas holding back on the dirt, this could’ve been a five star essential reading on wrestling. As it stands, it’s very entertaining and a good read. 4/5 stars.

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