The bad part about being a decision maker is you are never going to make everyone happy and someone will always question you. But, you have to go with your gut feeling…
Since Sean Carr defeated Matt Saigon for the ECWA Heavyweight Championship on Oct 17, I have been inundated with correspondences saying that that Saigon’s foot was on the rope when Referee Mike Kehner (subbing for Senior Referee John Finegan who was knocked down during the match) made the 3 count for Carr and ruled him the winner and new champion. Then I started receiving photographic evidence. And now I have the video footage.
So I talked to both Referee Mike Kehner and John Finegan last week. As evidence by his ruling, Kehner did not see the foot on the rope. John Finegan, however, revealed that he indeed did see Saigon’s foot on the bottom rope and as he was regaining his senses from an errant Sean Carr superkick.
As a former referee myself, I am old school and the referee’s decision is final. If you take that authority away from the referee, every decision will be questioned. But, I also believe that there are always exceptions to the rules and that every situation is unique.
In this case, the assigned referee for the match DID see the foot, but the substitute referee did not and made the count.
Again, whatever decision I make will be questioned and I can’t make everybody happy, but I have come to a decision.
Effective immediately, I am revoking the ruling of Mike Kehner in this match. Due to photographic, video evidence, overwhelming eye witness accounts and the account of the assigned referee John Finegan, Matt Saigon’s foot was indeed on the rope. Therefore I am ruling the match a NO CONTEST and Matt Saigon retains and still is the ECWA Heavyweight Champion!
1. I am requesting that Sean Carr return the physical ECWA Heavyweight Championship belt to me in 7 calendar days (no later than Tues, Nov 3 by 11:59 PM EST).
2. I am signing a rematch with the two to main event the ECWA 4 LIFE!- The Homecoming, Sat, Nov 21 at the Asbury UMC in New Castle, Delaware, with champion Matt Saigon defending against challenger Sean Carr. Also, in an effort to avoid any future discrepancies, I am officially assigning two referees to officiate this match. Both referees will work in accordance with each other in officiating and ruling on the outcome of the match!
Hope to see you all for the big rematch, Sat, Nov 21! For tix and infoecwaprowrestling.com or call 609.220.5598.
Photos by Brian Krieger, Joe Zanolle