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“This book is great if you are looking for an unbiased look at the goings-on in WWF/WWE from the mid-80 all the way to the mid-2000s.  Jimmy traveled the world with WWE and truly has some fun stories to tell.  It's a nice look at the inner workings and the role of a pro wrestling referee as well.” —ProWrestlingRoundup.com


“‘The Three Count’ is the story of a wrestling fan that got to live out his dream job, the story of a good guy who got to win in the end. And as the saying goes, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.” —Lance Storm, Baltimore Sun


“ I suggest that you read this account of a life long fan's dream job that took him around the world with WWE many times where he personally experienced some of the most significant moments in WWE history. Jimmy's one of the really good guys and his stories from a referee's perspective are excellent.” —Jim Ross, J.R.'s Place

About the Author

Jimmy Korderas is a radio and television broadcast analyst. For more than 20 years, he was a World Wrestling Entertainment referee. He lives in Toronto. Adam "Edge" Copeland is a former wrestling star. He won the Tag Team Championship eight times and the Intercontinental Championship on four occasions. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410848
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gully on April 21, 2013
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While some of the "on the road" stories were interesting, I think Mr. Korderas was very cautious as to not hurt anyone's feelings. If you want an account of backstage and road stories that is no holds barred try Bob Holly's book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric on April 20, 2013
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This isn't a tell-all, spill the secrets, stick the knife in the back book. If anything, it's a love story.

Yes, I said a love story. A love story about a man that lived his dreams, and loved every second of it.

Sometimes, that's all you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar on September 8, 2014
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I remember fondly seeing Jimmy Korderas in a WWE/WWF setting up until not that long ago. You may think "well he's just a ref" and that would be ok if applied to a modern day referee but Jimmy Korderas was not just a ref. He's one of very few wrestling referees who will be remembered and made an impact. Jimmy stood out to me as that ref who was always there and seemed to constantly be in some of my favourite matches. He was with WWE for over twenty years, you think it'd count for something. When you're with the company for so long and ref in some of the most memorable matches (Wrestlemania or otherwise), take the bumps and entertain, it's no wonder you're in the hearts of fans. That's why Jimmy Korderas mattered and why it makes sense that he would be writing a book.

From his humble beginnings in Toronto to the big leagues in WWE, Korderas' book is the journey of a fan living his dream. It hasn't always been easy to pursue his dream either. At times he didn't have much work and struggled to be on the main roster, he even had to hold a second job at one point. What makes Korderas endearing is that he really was obsessed with wrestling and was lucky enough to make a living out of it. He's such a fan and his genuine passion comes across clearly in his book, he is "one of us". The difference is he got live out his fantasy and got to know some of the legends and be a part of wrestling history.

Jimmy tells plenty of funny road stories, ring incidents, meeting the biggest stars of wrestling. From attending local shows to watching every possible televised wrestling, all the way to becoming part of the road crew to getting his first shot as a referee and being involved in some t of the best matches in WWE history, it's a great ride.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ramrod on June 17, 2013
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He has some good stories in this book but if you're going to write a book don't hold back. Jimmy leaves you wanting more without delivering. Too many times he dabbles on an issue then don't get into details. I've read many books from wrestlers and this one is just average.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell Williams on May 19, 2013
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Not a great writer, but it's a good effort. Some good behind the scenes info about how some of the matches and ideas were developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Shinn Jr. on June 22, 2013
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An excellent, and intriguing read into the life of a wrestling fanatic turned referee. Great insight, and candor from a man who lived through, and saw some of the biggest moment sin wrestling over the past two decades. I couldn't put it down, and would recommend to any wrestling fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trldude4 on April 2, 2013
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A great read into the life of jimmy korderas as he takes us on his journey as a wwe referee and the ring crew. Shares some great stories of the road and the wrestlers and his story of how he got to ref the main event at wrestle mania 24.
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By Mark J. Volzer on November 21, 2013
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Lots of good stories and Korderas is a really liable guy but this would have been greatly improved by having the assistance of a biographer to flesh out the stories and help with the pacing. I'm left feeling like there could and should have been so much more.
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