Jimmy Korderas has recalled exactly what went down during the infamous match between The APA and Public Enemy on Sunday Night Heat in 1999.
After stints in WCW and ECW, Public Enemy arrived in WWE in early 1999. There were reportedly issues from the outset as some within WWE weren’t happy that the pair had turned down the company in 1995. While the team were released by WWE in April 99′, their short run has become famous for one match in Pittsburgh.
Appearing on Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw, Jimmy Korderas who was the referee in the match discussed the bout with JBL.
The two men explained that the layout of the match had been agreed in advance, but seconds before walking through the curtain, Public Enemy said they weren’t going to do the finish.
[JBL] “Their music is playing, literally playing. We went over the match, went over everything, and everything was agreed. And it’s not our finish. So it’s not like me and Ron created the finish, it was given to us by the office. Same as it was given to them by the office. They turn to me and say ‘Hey, we’re not going to do that spot on the table.’ Well, that’s the finish.
They said ‘Yeah we don’t wanna do that spot.’ I said ‘okay.’ They didn’t offer an alternative.
So Ron turns to me and he goes ‘What was that?’ I said ‘They don’t wanna go through the table.’ And he said ‘Well, we’ll take the table to them.”
Bradshaw added that Brisco who was stood in guerrilla asked what was going on, and if they were going over. Laughing JBL confirmed that they were, whether it took 15 seconds or 15 minutes.
During the backstage conversation, Korderas was stood in the ring waiting for the match to start completely unaware of what was about to happen. The former referee said he noticed that the APA were wearing a “John and Ron coming out of a pub look” as they got to the ring, before things immediately got physical.
“As soon as they hit the ring, boom! That was snug! It was a beating, and these guys were getting their asses beat. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘What is going on here?’
You guys [to JBL] laid a number of them, let’s put it that way.”
The match was supposed to be a regular team team match but there was no tagging involved as Korderas recalled the APA “beating the snot” out of the opposition.
Continuing on, Korderas said that Brisco was the man on the headset during the match and eventually told him to call for the bell. Despite the bell ringing he said “the mugging continued.”
When the match did finally finish, both Koreras and JBL revealed they were prepared for the fight to continue backstage. However, Public Enemy surprisingly shook the hands of the APA and thanked them for the match.
After the bout, Public Enemy only wrestled once more for the company before being released in April. After leaving WWE they briefly returned to both WCW and ECW.
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