John Cone

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For the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, see John J. Cone.
John Cone
John Cone April 2013.jpg
John Cone in April 2013
Birth name John Cone
Born (1974-11-16) November 16, 1974 (age 41)
Kansas City, Missouri[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) John Cone
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Billed weight 174 lb (79 kg)[1]
Trained by Harley Race[citation needed]
Debut August 1995[1]

John Cone is an American professional wrestling referee currently working for WWE.[1][2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Cone started refereeing independent wrestling matches in August 1995. He worked for Harley Race World League Wrestling from 1999 to 2006 and got his big break when a WWE official attended a match he refereed. Cone tried out for WWE and was quickly signed. He was sent to WWE developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling and later Deep South Wrestling.

Cone has said he is most proud of his performance in the boxing match between Matt Hardy and Evander Holyfield, which took place in August 2007 in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden on Saturday Night's Main Event.

In 2009 Cone was featured in the documentary, KC on the Mat: The History of Professional Wrestling in Kansas City.

Cone and his wife are the owners of Donut King located in Kansas City.[1]

Cone is the referee in WWE and 2K Sports's game WWE 2K15 on PS4 and Xbox One.


Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2015 The JBL and Cole Show Himself #OfficeRef Recurring (season 1); Guest (seasons 2-3); Main (season 4-5)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "John Cone Profile". WWE. Archived from the original on January 4, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ WWE referee John Cone makes his dollars in doughnuts and pro wrestling

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