-- WWE posted the following storyline update on the incident between Nia Jax and referee John Cone from this past Monday's Raw. The situation played out when Jax went for a pin attempt on Asuka while the latter's foot was under the ropes. Cone refused to count the fall allowing Asuka to roll up Jax and Cone responded with a fast three-count. After the match, Jax shoved Cone to the mat.
WWE is reviewing the conduct of Nia Jax and referee John Cone in the aftermath of the Raw Women’s Title Match this past Monday, WWE.com has learned.
At the match’s conclusion, Jax shoved Cone to the mat for refusing to count a pin while Asuka’s foot was under the rope. As Cone went to signal for a disqualification, Asuka rolled up Jax, and Cone appeared to issue a fast three-count, awarding the victory to Asuka.
Cone explained his actions in a WWE Network Exclusive interview following the match, which you can see below.
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-- WWE cameras caught up with referee Cone, seen in the video below, and here's what he had to say:
“So Nia hits Asuka with the Samoan Drop. Asuka’s foot was under the bottom rope so I informed Nia that I wasn’t gonna count; I’m not going to start the count when someone’s foot’s under the rope. So at that point Nia could’ve simply pulled her back in and covered her and I would’ve counted at that point, but instead it came to words. Nia decided to lay hands on me at that point, and that’s just something you can’t do. You can’t put your hands on a WWE official. I never want a match to end in controversy, especially a championship match. So like I said, I had no other alternative but to disqualify her, but as I went to do so, I turned around, I saw Asuka had rolled up Nia. You know, in the heat of the moment maybe my adrenaline was pumping a little bit. Watching it back, I don’t think it was all that fast. I think it was a clean count.”
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 18, 2020