John Cone

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John Cone
John Cone April 2013.jpg
John Cone in April 2013
Born (1974-11-16) November 16, 1974 (age 45)
Kansas City, Missouri,
United States[1]
Spouse(s)Lauren Cone
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)John Cone
Johnny Angel
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Billed weight174 lb (79 kg)[1]
DebutAugust 1995[1]

John Cone (born November 16, 1974) is an American professional wrestling referee who works for the WWE under the Raw brand.[1][2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (1996–2006)[edit]

Cone started refereeing independent wrestling matches in August 1996.[3] 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. During that time John actually trained to be a wrestler and had about 24 matches across 12 shows. His wrestling name was 'Johnny Angel'

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. This was his first WrestleMania main event.

On April 17, 2017 episode of Raw, as Cone refereed the main event between Braun Strowman and Big Show, the match ended in a no contest when the ring collapsed. Cone was seen holding the ropes before the ring collapsed, having 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 as the trainer was seen putting ice on Cone's neck. He did not appear on the April 24 episode of Raw and returned on April 30 at Payback to referee the Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss match for the Raw Women's Championship which Bliss won.

Personal life[edit]

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

At WrestleMania 34, Cone's son, Nicholas, was chosen out of the audience by Braun Strowman to be his tag team partner to challenge for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.[4][5] They won their match against The Bar, making Nicholas the youngest champion in any category in WWE history, but they relinquished the title the following night on Raw.[6] It was revealed that Nicholas holds a red belt in karate.[7]

In other media[edit]

Cone appears as a referee in the video games WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 and WWE 2K15, and as a back up referee in WWE 2K16.[citation needed] In 2009, Cone appeared in the documentary KC on the Mat: The History of Professional Wrestling in Kansas City. Cone is the referee for the WWE Game Night series on WWE's YouTube channel.[citation needed]


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
2017 Southpaw Regional Wrestling[8] Chip Henderson Referee
2020 UpUpDownDown'[9] Himself Referee (Playing UNO with Xavier Woods)


  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". Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  3. ^ John Cone UpUpDownDown Superstar Savepoint. UpUpDownDown, Xavier Woods. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Braun Strowman's tag team partner is a WWE ref's son". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  6. ^ Keller, Wade (April 9, 2018). "KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 4/9: The Day After WrestleMania 34 Edition with Reigns-Lesnar and Rousey fallout". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  7. ^ WWE (2019-03-28), Nicholas: Where Are They Now?, retrieved 2019-03-29
  8. ^ "Southpaw Regional Wrestling: Who's Who In WWE's Comedy Special". 17 March 2017.
  9. ^ John Cone UpUpDownDown Superstar Savepoint. UpUpDownDown, Xavier Woods. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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