One thing I realized after publishing my list of Top 50 Wrestling Books earlier this month (and the subsequent 35-book supplement) was that there are still SO many books out there that I've read and haven't reviewed yet on this website!
Among them was The Three Count: My Life In Stripes As A WWE Referee, the autobiography of Jimmy Korderas, a Toronto-area wrestling fan who went on to work for WWF/E for more than 20 years and quite literally saw it all. In the book's foreword, WWE Hall of Famer Edge describes Korderas as wrestling's Forrest Gump because of all the experiences he witnessed, and damned if that description isn't apt.
As a longtime Toronto-area wrestling fan myself, I loved the numerous references to the fabled Maple Leaf Gardens - which has a history of wrestling dating back to the 1930's - and fixtures in the promotion such as former WWF President Jack Tunney and former wrestler-turned-WWF pitchman Billy Red Lyons. Little touches like these and other descriptions of the city make the experience more "personal" for a fan like me.
After attending some of the local shows, Korderas was put to work by the front office, setting up the ring, transporting wrestlers around and even sharing a car with Tunney and Lyons. From there, he was hired as a local referee for Canadian live events and television tapings and eventually became one of the company's most respected officials.
The Three Count is about far more than the act of refereeing itself. Along the way, Korderas saw Vince McMahon's vision grow into an international powerhouse and while he worked roughly a dozen WrestleManias. He was also a part of everything from the Royal Rumble where Vince McMahon tore both his quads to WWE's Iraq tours, and from voicing the dubbed promos of Kaientai to helping The Radicalz jump ship from WCW in 2000.