The Big Tuna – The Pros And Cons Of Stone Cold Steve Austin Being The Special Referee (Stone Cold, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Jack Swagger, JBL)
by Kyle Riot on March 14, 2011

During a segment on the last Monday Night Raw, Michael Cole announced his special guest referee for his match against Jerry “The King” Lawler at Wrestlemania 27. He then stated that whoever signed the contract would be the special guest referee for his match against Jerry Lawler. He teased him picking Stone Cold as the referee by saying he’s a Texan and ex WWE champion, but he picked JBL, who is also a Texan and ex-WWE champion, instead. This was JBL’s first appearance in the WWE since he lost a match at Wrestlemania 25 against Rey Mysterio where he stated after the match he was quitting.

JBL cut a promo about how he’d call the match fairly and how he was flattered by Michael Cole for standing up to bullies like Jerry Lawler. Everything was great for JBL and Michael Cole until Stone Cold came out. He ended up stunning JBL and then signing the special guest referee contract which JBL never signed, making Stone Cold Steve Austin the special guest referee.

Pros:  Anytime Stone Cold comes back it’s a great site to see even if he’s simply going to referee a match. The WWE will benefit from this because Stone Cold Steve Austin is a shoe-in for the second biggest draw in not only the WWE, but wrestling history (just behind Hogan, although Hogan doesn’t draw anymore at all). Plus, every match Stone Cold has refereed has been entertaining too. With all the intangibles in this match, it is a given he will get psychically involved. Most likely, he will stomp the mud pile, Thez Press, and then stun Jack Swagger, something that never loses its shelf-life.

Cons: The more WWE adds strings to this match, the more it renders the moot of the Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole feud.  They are trying to add  bags-of-tricks to the match to make the match better when they don’t even need to.  Everyone knows the match will not be good and nobody is paying to see a good match.What they are paying to see Michael Cole, arguably the most annoying person in the WWE right now, get beat up until he cannot move.

Although I don’t think a special guest referee is needed in this match if there were to be one, it should be JBL rather than Stone Cold simply because JBL is a heel and Stone Cold is a babyface. With Austin refereeing, it gives an advantage now to Jerry Lawler when Michael Cole should be getting heat on Lawler every week until Wrestlemania.

All they needed to do with this feud is book it as simple as possible and make sense out of it. However, they are trying making it too complex with all these unneeded added elements to the match. Hopefully, it will just stop here so they do not ruin the match’s purpose before the bell even rings. I am not saying I do not want to see Stone Cold at Wrestlemania. I like seeing Stone Cold to this day whenever he comes back and he will help out Wrestlemania’s buyrate, but the point still remains that he doesn’t belong refereeing this match because (a) he’s a huge babyface (b) he isn’t a heel and (c) there is no need for this match to have a special referee for this match… unless he was a heel referee.

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  • CB

    Agreed Kyle, keep it simple… why? Because EVERYONE wants to see Cole get his ass kicked, so just give us what we want and give Lawler his WrestleMania moment.

  • Wally Kovacs

    However, a heel referee wouldn’t be keeping it simple … it would require a bunch of shenanigans like a ref bump in order for Cole to end up getting “his”.

    Austin as the referee combines a few elements. First, it puts Austin on the card. Just like Rock as host, they are using returning talent to sell the show. Austin is around because of Tough Enough, but giving him something concrete to do on the card makes sense. Rock is sort of involved with the Cena/Miz match, Shawn is involved with Taker/HHH, so it does make sense for Austin to be involved in this match, especially as the link between Austin and JR is so strong.

    Also, Austin (and the way he became the ref) was their way of dealing with the contradiction involved in Cole agreeing to a match. He wasn’t going to agree to a match where the King may actually get his hands on him, let alone win. So, he had to agree to ridiculous stipulations. But King isn’t Superman (that’s Cena), so by having Austin screw over the contract signing, it makes it a fair fight, sort of. If nothing else, it makes the match less overbooked, as there won’t be a need for Austin to come out and beat up JBL and Swagger before making himself the referee …

    It will be interesting to see if Austin’s involvement leads to them bringing in JR to call the match. [Or, if JBL sticks around, have him call the match].

  • Kyle Fitta

    I agree with some of the stuff you said Wally, but I never said that JBL being in referee made the match simple. It would be better than Austin being referee, however, if there must be a special guest referee. I much rather there not be one myself.

    It is hard for me not to see there not being shenanigans in this match with Swagger in Cole’s corner, Austin as the referee, and Cole most likely having another trick up his sleeve to one-up Lawler.

  • greg

    Hey mate, do you have proper english grammar? You’re 3 points are all mute because they mean the exact same thing…he’s a major face obviously means the ref should be a heel. Learn to write and have strength in an argument. You spent 20 minutes of your life to argue one point. WOW!!!! the end result is AUSTIN’S DRAWING POWER >>>>>>> face referee!…simple!

  • Kyle Fitta

    I’d take your advice Greg if I had any idea what you just said.

  • Beadle

    Greg – if you’re going to come on and slag off someone’s grammar, make sure you get your own English language details right. The word you were looking for is “moot”, not “mute”. A mute point would be a point you can’t hear. A moot point is a point which is made irrelevant by other factors.

    That being said (in the true sense of the phrase, not the Matt Striker usage)… Kyle, I very much doubt that Austin is going to become psychically involved. He’s not a clairvoyant. I assume you meant physically.

  • Mike Gojira

    I love typos that make people sound ignorant!

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