They may just be the least important important people in the entire game. Their job is vital, but if you notice them then there is a good chance they aren't doing their job correctly.
I'm talking of course about the lonely world of the professional wrestling referee, the men in stripes who are there to maintain law and order.
Despite their relative anonymity, all professional wrestling fans will have their favourite officials. Whether it is the Ric Flair-stylings of Charles Robinson, the hurricanranas of Bryce Remsburg or the red shoes of, erm, Red Shoes, we all have our preferences when it comes to the guys counting the pinfalls and calling for the damn bell.
It may be difficult to put a face to a name, but putting the voice of a commentator to the name of a referee isn't so hard. I can clearly hear Tony Schiavone talking of Billy Silverman, Jesse Ventura lambasting Joey Marella and Jim Ross referring to 'referee Mike Chioda'.
Narrowing them down to 10 of the best is a tough task, especially when looking at those that miss out. An argument could be made for ECW's Jim Molineaux, the aforementioned Red Shoes of NJPW, referees who became wrestlers such as Danny Davis and even former WWF stalwarts like Tim White and Jimmy Korderas.
Controversial as it may be, these are the 10 greatest wrestling referees of all-time.
Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can buy it at the link below...