Jimmy Corderes has been involved in the pro wrestling industry for nearly four decades, with most of his runs coming in as a WWE referee. As such, when it comes to wrestling referees, he speaks from a place of expertise, and after last Wednesday’s “AEW Dynamite,” Corderes has a message for how to book certain matches.
Notably, Corderas brought up the fact that Chris Jericho suffered a low blow in the first bout of the night when the referee was unable to see it, giving him the Ring of Honor World Championship victory. A similar moment occurred in the following match for the AEW Tag Team Championship – while the referee was busy addressing something outside the ring, Sverva Strickland tried to use the boombox as a weapon, but eventually lost it to his own teammate. broke in the face, and Billy Gunn intervened afterward, while the referee was distracted.
“It happened in the first match; well, we get that. It happened in this match too, and it doesn’t look good,” Corderes explained to Wrestling Inc.’s Nick Hausman. “The referee’s distraction should be to help the heel get the heat, the heel team gets the heat. Don’t put up the heat to make the referee look stupid and look like they’re trying to look away so they can take the opportunity.” Can’t see. And it seemed to me, it was like the referee was just trying to look away, so he wasn’t looking at the space behind his back… it didn’t make sense to be like, ‘Oh, I’m just here I’ll see,’ and then it’s not just the referee, it’s the talent, it’s the agent making that match, and things like that.”