Why WWE's best referee should not be criticised after unfortunate error

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When it comes to WWE, the referee in each match is often only noticed if they make a mistake or are a special guest referee.

One person who should prove the exception to this trend, however, is Charles Robinson; who has set the standard for professional wrestling officials in WWE for some 15 years.

Robinson, who is probably most recognisable for his signature hair style, is more often than not, chosen to officiate the most important match either during weekly programming or at a pay-per-view event.


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Until now, the only recurring reason the 51-year-old would be left out of a particular event would be so he could have time off. Following this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, however, he may be out of his usual position for a while.

Monday Night Raw

In what was probably the most unplanned bout on Raw this week, Neville took on Chris Jericho in a match which had to come to an abrupt end.

As reported by WWE.com, Neville fell victim to a fractured ankle while in the ring, which the site has since revealed will see him out of action for two to three months.

Following Neville's unfortunate injury, there was a significant amount of miscommunication with regard to ending the match, which resulted in an altercation between Jericho and referee Robinson. 

Heated debate

As Wrestle Zone has stated, Jericho is rumoured to have told the official about Neville's injury, which the latter misheard, meaning he continued to referee the match as if no injury had occurred.

This clearly angered Y2J, who proceeded to confront Robinson before being disqualified, meaning the match came to an immediate end, with Jericho and Robinson seeming to have a genuinely heated argument.

Following the match, Charles Robinson has taken to Twitter to apologise, stating:

"I think during the heat of the moment during @IAmJericho @WWENeville match on Raw I said a really bad word. I sincerely apologize. Guilty."

Whilst errors made by a WWE referee, let alone Charles Robinson in particular, are fortunately rare occurrences, this is not to say that they will never happen.

No criticism

With this in mind, Robinson has already apologised for using the wrong choice of words and could easily have retaliated following Jericho's outburst; but he did not.

Any criticism surrounding the official should, therefore, be kept to a minimum and WWE as a company should certainly not punish Robinson in any way.

After all, everyone makes mistakes and he is undoubtedly their biggest asset when it comes to refereeing in a WWE ring. 

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