One of the biggest questions coming out of WrestleMania 34 was who the young boy was Braun Stroman picked to be his partner and win the Raw Tag Team Championships. It appears that question has been answered. Pro Wrestling Sheet has confirmed, the 10-year-old boy who wound up being Strowman's partner is none other than WWE referee John Cone's son.
For those fans who are not familiar with who John Cone is, he was actually the referee during the Strowman match that saw him bring Nicholas into the ring from the crowd.
The newest Raw Tag Team Champion is referee John Cone's son.— Pro Wrestling Sheet (@WrestlingSheet) April 9, 2018
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Cone has been with WWE since 2006 and started refereeing on the independent wrestling scene in 1995. He was brought over to WWE when a then WWE official attended a match he refereed and recommended him to WWE management. Since that time, he's been a regular fixture in WWE and called some of the company's biggest matches.
When Nicholas appeared to be a young man plucked from the crowd, it felt like a legitimate moment in WWE history that was unexpected. Most had to know WWE couldn't just bring a child to the ring, but it still felt real. This news makes a lot more sense considering insurance, legalities and other areas of concern would have been covered by Cone, his son and the WWE beforehand.
This also know opens up the options for what happens next with young Nicholas and Braun Strowman on Raw. Knowing he's part of the WWE extended family means he might show up on Monday and be part of a storyline involving the Monster Among Men and The Bar. The storyline might even last longer than this week.
Why WWE went this direction with the tag titles is still a mystery. It was a feel-good moment but it opens the door to a ton of scrutiny. The one thing that's no longer a mystery is that this was totally planned and likely had been for some time.
WWE chose not to bring back a former WWE Superstar and they chose not to have Strowman win the titles on his own. Like it or not, Nicholas is a 10-year-old boy who is now the youngest WWE Champion in the company's history.
To his credit, he just made Monday's Raw must-see television.