Re: Competent Refs will be a game changer for professional wrestling
It would be crazy if a champion had a submission hold on a challenger, and then the challenger reversed it and a referee claimed the champion tapped thus losing the belt.
WCCW had referee David Manning who stood up to Bill Irvin so often that an angle happened. Irvin, a heel, claiming Manning was not fair. WCCW liked to do back stories for talent, Manning was a martial arts teacher from what I remember.
Bronko Lubich was also a referee in WCCW. He was older and would just kind of drop to one knee to do the laziest counts.
There may have been a time to have referees not knowing their job well enough. Now, I would maybe use a "rookie" referee to miss things. It does help to miss illegal action. Better with managers and tag teams when all four in spots. Also, heels taking advantage of refs allows the need for "special referees" with other wrestlers playing the part. The Freebird vs Von Erich feud started when Michael Hayes tried to help Kerry Von Erich win the title from Ric Flair. Also, some people like heel "special referees" to cheat the face. I don't. I think the heel authority is stupid.
I would think with out managers, with out heels who cheat... when are referees missing things? Also, instant replay. Back in the day, a heel would use a foreign object, load a glove, whatever. Then the next week, the association would have viewed tape and made a decision.
UFC refs stop fights too soon... too late. Boxing, take point away or not. MLB strike zones differ with umpires. NBA, worst refs and fouls are different. So wrestling refs could know what their doing, but still make mistakes.