AEW referee Bryce Remsburg was in charge of the November 6, 2019 match between PAC and Trent, which unfortunately featured one of the more obvious botches in the promotion’s history.
After hitting a Black Arrow on Trent, PAC went for the pin, and despite Trent not kicking out, Remsburg only counted to two, meaning PAC then had to apply the Brutalizer to finish the match.
Fans immediately pointed out Remsburg’s mistake, and he has now revealed on the Zebra Talk Podcast that he feared he would be sacked as a result.
“In a very early Dynamite, I was part of a miscommunication. It happened to me on live television. It was a miscommunication, a finish was changed. I did not react in the moment. It was my fault. I first apologized to the talent, I apologized to all four EVPs [Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, & Cody Rhodes], and Tony [Khan] and Paul [Turner], Aubrey [Edwards], and [Rick] Knox because I felt like I let them down and let our squad down, which was a new squad at the time. It was a lot of ‘it happens, use it as a learning tool to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’ It hasn’t happened again. I’ve added layers of security into the way I talk to the talent and the way I do my matches to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m thinking about the time. It’s weird, I remember the arena, it was the Bojangles Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. I can picture everything, trying to find a closet and trying not to burst into tears. ‘This is it, they’re going to rip up my contract. I’M DONE FOR!’ Of course, that didn’t happen. There was a pay-per-view three days later and everything went fine.”
Thankfully, AEW aren’t that mean, so Remsburg was not released, and has since gone on to referee some of the promotion’s biggest matches.
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.