WWE veteran referee Jimmy Korderas was on a recent episode of The Wrestling Inc. Daily. He and Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman discussed Crown Jewel and the praise it has received. Korderas talked about whether or not the reception of Crown Jewel surprised him.
“A little surprised, but at the same time, I expected something big because regardless of whether you want to call it competition or not, they’re getting pushed a little bit now,” Korderas noted. “I think the WWE needs to show that they can still produce the kind of show that people are going to talk about, and they did a heck of a job. I thought it was an extraordinary event, and the crowd there helped as well because over here in the U.S. and in North America, I think we’re a little bit spoiled, so to speak. They don’t get it as often over there, so they were into everything, as they should have been because I thought this show excelled. It was really good.”
Crown Jewel opened up with Edge vs. Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell match. Edge won the the brutally violent match, and Korderas stated where he sees this match ranked amongst other Hell in a Cell matches.
“I thought it was a fantastic match. The two most important matches on the show are how you open and how you close the show, and I thought opening with that match was a good call,” Korderas said. “After the match was over, it was kind of like, ‘Oh my goodness, follow that,’ because I thought Edge and Seth Rollins told a great story. They did a lot of big, big moves inside that cell.
“We’ve had, I don’t know how many cell matches over the years, but that has to rank, let’s just say, top three, top five. They took their time with everything. Everything big was registered. They sold everything well. They told a hell of a story. Every weapon that they used in that cell made sense, especially from Edge’s point of view, tables, ladders, chairs. Both men, hats off to you guys. They nailed it. I thought it was tremendous, and like I said, maybe in the conversation, at least, for best cell match of all time.”
The match also made significant history. Referee Jessika Carr became the first woman to ref a pro wrestling match in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Edge took time after the match to praise Carr for her achievement on social media. Korderas took time to also comment on Carr’s historical moment.
“I think she handled it fantastic,” Korderas stated. “She didn’t take away from the match, other than the fact that when she was in there for the match, of course, I noticed and went, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s awesome. Good for her.’ I was happy for her being in that spot as the first woman to referee in Saudi Arabia, but at the same time, I’m a fan of her work because, I hate to put it this way, you notice when it’s a female referee in the ring. You say, ‘Hey, look.’ It’s still kind of fresh in a lot of people’s minds, but at the same time, she doesn’t take away from the match. She’s not a distraction at all. She does a heck of a job. Hats off to her. She’s doing great.”
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