Review of Jimmy Korderas’ Autobiography
Apr 16, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
by Alan Wojcik
May 23, 1999 was the worst day in the history of professional wrestling. Owen Hart performing as the Blue Blazer fell to his death from the Kemper Arena rafters crashing into the ring after an equipment malfunction. That day nearly ended the life of someone else. JIMMY KORDERAS was the referee for the match against the Godfather Mr. Hart was doing the stunt for. Mr. Korderas was inches from being crushed by the falling body. That event is one of many parts of an excellently crafted autobiography by Mr. Korderas entitled THE THREE COUNT: MY LIFE IN STRIPES AS a WWE REFEREE (ECW Press, 232pp, $19.95 US/CDN).
Mr. Korderas’ book is opened by a foreword by WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland, who personally selected Korderas to be the referee for the WrestleMania 24 main event against the Undertaker. Through the opening chapters we find out Toronto born Korderas is a lifelong wrestling fan and through a chance encounter as a regular Maple Leaf Gardens attendee, Korderas would come under the tutelage of former WWF President & Toronto promoter Jack Tunney. From that encounter Korderas would begin a journey into the WWF of the 1980’s as part of the ring crew which led to his next role, a referee who would eventually be part of the regular crew for nearly 15-20 years.
Some people might be reading this and wonder why does a referee deserve a biography or autobiography, I think everyone deserves their story be told. Mr. Korderas was either part of or was present for many great and infamous memories like the Montreal Screwjob, WrestleMania events, the passing of Owen Hart, Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit, the WCW-WWF Monday Night War and WWE Tribute to the Troops trips overseas. Korderas offers his views on the legends like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the Rock, Andre the Giant & Hulk Hogan plus today’s stars like John Cena, CM Punk & the Big Show. There are some hints to issues with former WWF road agent Terry Garvin, but most likely for personals reasons Mr. Korderas does not fully disclose what led him to not being part of the WWF fulltime in 1989. The out of the ring plus some in-ring stories are the highlights plus a tutorial on what the role of a referee should be in a wrestling match.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Mr. Korderas will be part of the April 16th Kayfabe Wrestling Radio program heard on www.wildtalkradio.com at 9pm EST/6pm PST.
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