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 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 currently signed to WWE.[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.

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 were 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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