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Book review of 'The Three Count' by Jimmy Korderas

Jimmy Korderas is a friend of mine, so I wanted to unequivocally love “The Three Count.” But unfortunately, in the end I’m left more with mixed emotions. My problem with the book, if you can call it that, is one of perspective. There are two parts to the book in my opinion: the first I enjoyed and found quite fascinating, and the other part just wasn’t for me. The part of the book that I loved was the “getting there” portion of his story.  Jimmy’s journey from fan to WWE referee is a remarkable tale, one I doubt will ever be duplicated. The industry has changed and I’m not sure in its current form that it’s possible for a guy to almost literally sneak in the back door, and inch by inch earn his way onto the team, as Jimmy did.

The other part of the book, which was the part I didn’t care for as much, was the “cool stuff I did once I was there” portion, which just wasn’t for me. The problem, as I stated earlier, I think is one of perspective, because I’ve been there and done that, so it doesn’t seem nearly as cool to me. While Jimmy has been to a lot of cool places and refereed matches featuring some of the greatest wrestlers of all time, I’ve been to these places, too, and was actually in some of those matches, so at times I felt like I was reading a book I’ve already read and as a result occasionally lost interest. That said, if you are a wrestling fan, and haven’t wrestled the likes of Edge, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena and The Undertaker, you will probably like this section of the book a whole lot more than I did, and most likely enjoy both sections of this book.

Jimmy’s story and life is quite literally a wrestling fan's dream. While many fans no doubt dream of being the next Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Rock, let’s be honest: that’s more a pipe dream and fantasy than an attainable goal and dream. The Steve Austins and Rocks of the world are one in a million special athletes, where Jimmy is more your every man, a wrestling fan, a kid who bought tickets to the local wrestling show and couldn’t get enough. He wasn’t a 6-foot-4, 250-pound world-class athlete, and he wasn’t an electrifying promo. Jimmy Korderas was just a really nice guy who managed to sneak his foot in the door, busted his ass, got a few breaks along the way, and ended up with a wrestling fans dream job.

“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.

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