The rule is that if an illegal man strikes the legal man in the ring then the match is ruled a disqualification. The rule does not apply if the illegal wrestler jumps in the ring to break up a pin.
Meltzer said, “I was actually told that they screwed up their own rule because it’s a breakup of a finish so a submission is also a thing. So, if you break up a pin or submission you’re allowed to do it, but if you just hit the legal man for no reason then it is a disqualification which makes absolutely no sense, but that’s the story.”
This is just another example of how stressful it is to be a referee in WWE. In recent weeks we’ve seen a match stopped abruptly with an audible called because of Ivar’s injury and the following week, there was the controversial ending to the Mickie James-Asuka match.
You can click on the video below to see the finish to the main event from this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
h/t to Ringside News for the quote.