John Cone

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John Cone
John Cone April 2013.jpg
John Cone in April 2013
Birth name John Cone
Born (1974-11-16) November 16, 1974 (age 42)
Kansas City, Missouri,
United States[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 Who works for the WWE under the Raw brand.[1][2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (1995–2006)[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.

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE (2006–present)[edit]

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 refereed the main event of WrestleMania 33 on April 2, 2017 between The Undertaker and Roman Reigns which was also known as his first WrestleMania main event.

On the April 17, 2017 episode of Raw, Cone refereed the main event between Braun Strowman and Big Show, however the match ended in a no contest when the ring collapsed, Cone was seen holding on the ropes before the ring collapsed and he had nothing else to hold on to and ended up tumbling out of the ring. He was escorted to the back by other officials and received treatment while he was being interviewed about what he saw before the ring collapsed, he confirmed that they went to the top rope and next thing he knows is that he was tumbling out of the ring, and the trainer was seen putting ice on Cone's neck. He didn't appear on the April 24, 2017 episode of Raw and returned at Payback which was on April 30, 2017 refereeing the Bayley vs Alexa Bliss match for the Raw Women's Championship which Bliss won.

Personal life[edit]

Cone had 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.

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

Other media[edit]

Cone is the referee in WWE and THQ Games WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 & WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 and most recently 2K Sports's game WWE 2K15 on PS4 and Xbox One, plus makes an appearance in WWE 2K16's 2K Showcase as a back up referee. In 2009 Cone was featured in the documentary, KC on the Mat: The History of Professional Wrestling in Kansas City.


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)
2016–present WWE Game Night Himself Referee


  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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