John Cone

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John Cone
Cone in 2013
Born (1974-11-16) November 16, 1974 (age 49)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse(s)Lauren Cone
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)John Cone
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Billed weight174 lb (79 kg)[1]
DebutAugust 1995[1]

John Cone (born November 16, 1974) is an American professional wrestling referee who worked for WWE under the Raw brand.[1][2] Cone also works in the corporate role of senior manager of talent relations for WWE.[3]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE (2006–2020)[edit]

Cone started refereeing independent wrestling matches in August 1996.[4]

Cone debuted as a referee for WWE in 2006.

Video games[edit]

Cone's likeness appears as a referee in 2K Sports WWE 2K24.

Personal life[edit]

Cone was born in Kansas City, Missouri where he and his wife are owners of a Donut King.[1]

At WrestleMania 34, Cone's 10-year-old son, Nicholas, was “chosen” out of the audience by Braun Strowman to be his tag-team partner to challenge for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship in a match refereed by Cone.[5][6] They won their match against The Bar, making Nicholas the youngest champion in any category in WWE history, but they relinquished the title the following night on Raw.[7] In 2019, it was claimed that Nicholas held a red belt in karate.[8]


Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Southpaw Regional Wrestling[9] Chip Henderson Referee
2020 UpUpDownDown'[4] Himself Referee (Playing UNO with Xavier Woods)


  1. ^ a b c d e "John Cone Profile". WWE. Archived from the original on January 4, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "WWE referee John Cone makes his dollars in doughnuts and pro wrestling". Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  3. ^ "WWE Releases Staff in Their Talent Relations Department". 22 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b John Cone UpUpDownDown Superstar Savepoint. UpUpDownDown, Xavier Woods. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Braun Strowman's tag team partner is a WWE ref's son". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  7. ^ Keller, Wade (April 9, 2018). "KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 4/9: The Day After WrestleMania 34 Edition with Reigns-Lesnar and Rousey fallout". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  8. ^ WWE (2019-03-28), Nicholas: Where Are They Now?, archived from the original on 2021-12-15, retrieved 2019-03-29
  9. ^ "Southpaw Regional Wrestling: Who's Who In WWE's Comedy Special". 17 March 2017.

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