At the start of the match, Big Daddy V threw The Undertaker against the structure’s door. The Undertaker expected to land against steel and continue the game normally. However, the door was not closed properly, which meant he awkwardly tripped out of the elimination chamber and onto the floor at ringside.
As Patrick and Jimmy Korderas refereed the game from inside the elimination chamber, they were not responsible for locking the door. Patrick said on SK Wrestling’s Inside SKoop with Dr Chris Featherstone that WWE official John Laurinaitis always blamed them for the unscripted incident.
“The whole cage thing wasn’t supposed to happen at all. Every time something happened, especially with The Undertaker or someone fat, heads rolled. They were going to try to roll the wrong heads, in my opinion. There was nothing Jimmy Korderas or I could have done with the inside of that latch ring, so how is that going to be my responsibility?
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Behind-the-scenes details of The Undertaker’s fall
Vince McMahon decided he wanted two referees inside the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out 2008. Nick Patrick volunteered to be one of the two officials, Jimmy Korderas being the other. Prior to the event, another referee had issues with the door latch during rehearsals. Patrick believed the matter had been settled after seeing the official practicing the lock with someone who had set up the structure of the Chamber.
Unfortunately, the door did not close properly after the start of the match. This led to John Laurinaitis blaming Patrick and Korderas for the downfall of The Undertaker, even though both men were inside the chamber when the door was locked. Patrick said that the argument with Laurinaitis was “the beginning of the end” for him in WWE. He left the company six months later.
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