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VINE VOICEon 20 June 2014
Have read a lot of wrestling auto-biographies both good and bad but this is the first book I've seen written by a referee.

It's refreshing to hear different stories and see familiar tales told from a different perspective. A lot of wrestlers books devolve into twisting history in order to make them look better so it is enjoyable to see a book from a guy who has no axe to grind or reason to lie. He's honest and witty, the book flows nicely and is well written. There is little in the way of "dirt" but for me that adds to the appeal, it's just a good life story of someone who worked hard and made a life out of a business he loved.
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on 4 April 2013
Jimmy Korderas comes across as a really decent human being, but by Christ is this book dull. Basically, he was a huge wrestling fan who got a job working for WWE, and he really enjoyed it. And that's about it really. He doesn't offer any insight, opinion or analysis. He doesn't want to speak ill of anyone, which is very honourable but not all that interesting for the rest of us. You do wonder exactly what the point of the book is. It reads like a nice thing for his relatives but not for anyone else. From a technical point of view, the writing is simplistic and there's honestly nothing in here to get excited about. Definitely not worth a tenner.
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on 9 May 2013
The Three Count is, personally, the first wrestling related autobiography I've ever seen written from a wrestling referee's point of view.

Jimmy focuses solely on all things wrestling. He writes about how he first got started, and how he sort-of rose through the backstage ranks!

To paraphrase Martin Luther King "Jimmy had a dream" and he went on to fulfill that dream. I enjoyed reading about all of his anecdotes from witnessing the Chairman deflating Big Show's mattress on a flight to Iraq to personal reflections on 3 wrestlers that had passed away suddenly and who all had a profound effect on Jimmy's career. I won't explain who they were or how Jimmy was effected, you'll just have to buy the book for that! But wrestling fans will be fairly sure who they are.

To sum it up - Jimmy Korderas lived the dream that most wrestling fans would give their left arms for! Especially those that couldn't make it as an athlete. Basically - he lived the kind of dream I've always wished for.

My only criticism is that he never dished the dirt. There's allusions to a falling out with one of his superiors, but he doesn't say why or what happened between them. so yes, Jimmy does come across as non confrontational. The book is also readable in fits and starts - there is no straight narrative. Very early on he talks about his very first trip to Iraq - but then in the next chapter, for example, he explains how his duties dwindled early in his career.
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on 25 May 2014
A great little find that I originally hear spoken about on Live Audio Wrestling.

The Author's tenure in the WWE gives him a unique perspective over a number of decades and interesting tales on everyone from Randy 'Macho Man' Savage to the late Eddie Guerrero.

Recommended.
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on 21 April 2013
I'm really enjoying reading this book, well written and full of insight. The Andre stories are great and the Owen Hart chapter is very moving.
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on 15 August 2014
never read the insight to a ref before if you love wrestling and what to know what goes on backstage this is for you jimmy gives a great insight to the people behind it all
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on 17 July 2013
This is the kind of book wrestling has been crying out for - great stories, true portraits of the stars, but without the backstabbing and agenda filled insults!
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on 4 June 2013
This is a must read for any wrestling fan who followed from the 90s through the attitude era. A real honest and frank tale from someone who clearly loved their job
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on 26 June 2014
loved the book
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on 16 April 2013
A good interesting read, from a different perspective to a regular wrestling book. A lot of fun stores about life on the road with wwe
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