Whats up wrestling fanatics and welcome to another countdown. This is Pounding 7’s. This week we take a break from the wrestlers…well kind of, and we give credit where credit is due to the man in the middle who makes things all possible. We will count down the top 7 wrestling referees. Referees get no credit half the time, and usually are the brunt of all the wrestlers outbursts. So we will now choose the best referees of all time.
Danny Davis was one of the most notorious referees. After his first referee stint in the mid 80’s, he was accused of costing The British Bulldogs the tag team titles, and Tito Santana the Intercontinental title. He put his hat in the ring, and became a wrestler for a brief time period, after he was suspended for life by WWF President Jack Tunney. His wrestling won/loss record was nothing to be proud of, but when he was eventually reinstated as an official. He was much more competent, and became one of the best officials in the business.
Randy “Pee Wee” Anderson
According to Jim Ross, he called Anderson Randy “Dont call me Pee-Wee” Anderson. Randy Anderson was a solid official for WCW, and was the official on record in Atlanta Georgia when Goldberg defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was a main stay as an official for WCW up until the end in 2001.
Top 7 Referees
7. Tim White
Tim White was a prominent referee for the WWE, and was one of the most respected referees. One of his best friends in the business was none other than Andre the Giant. White retired from officiating after suffering an injury inside Hell in a Cell (as an official) and vowed to never take part in a match like that again. He was the brunt of some hilarious segments during Hell in a Cell matches where he would be drunk talking about the experience.
6. Charles “Little Natch” Robinson
Charles Robinson was a top official in WCW, and in WWE. He is known often for his work with Ric Flair, as Flair dubbed him Little Natch, because he portrays some of the same physical features as Flair. Robinson even got into the ring on one occasion, but decided that was not for him due to his small size. He went on to the WWE after WCW was bought out, and kept his great refereeing career going.
Probably one of the most recognized names as far as officials go. Nick Patrick was the senior official for WCW, and went as far as jumping ship as the sole referee for the NWO during their takeover of WCW. After realligning himself with WCW, Patrick stayed with WCW until the end, and went over to the WWE with Robinson and had a fine referee career with Vince McMahon and company.
Joey Marella was a top official in the 80’s and early 90’s. He is the real life son of WWE Hall of Famer Gorilla Monsoon. He was the official for the match of the century between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III. He was involved in many top tier matches, until his untimely death in 1993 from a car accident.
Mike Chioda is the longest tenured employee in the WWE next to Vince McMahon, as he has been with the company since 1989. Chioda was the referee for the 123 Kid vs Razor Ramon upset on Raw back in 1993, and also the Main Event at Wrestlemania 14 between Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Chioda is still officiating today as a senior official for the WWE.
Earl Hebner was a senior official for the NWA, WWF, and still today for TNA/GFW. Hebner was involved in some major matches including Hogan vs Andre II where his twin brother Dave Hebner pretended to be Earl and cost Hogan the championship. He was also the official for the infamous Bret Hart Montreal Screwjob in 1997, where his hand was forced to cost Hart his championship in his home country.
The only referee that has been enshrined into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. Tommy Young was a senior official for the NWA in the 80’s and was involved in many high profile matches, including matches between Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair. Sting vs Ric Flair, and was the referee for the majority of World Championship matches in the NWA. Young made one appearance in the WWE as an official for an NWA match to pay homage to him and the NWA.
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