Timothy Rhys White was an American referee for pro wrestling. He was born on March 25, 1954, and died on June 19, 2022. He was a producer for SmackDown! brand at World Wrestling Entertainment. White was a referee in the 1980s and 1990s, but he also worked as an assistant to André the Giant.
In 1985, while he was working as André the Giant’s agent, White started off as a part-time referee. White became a full-time referee in 1993, not long after Andre died. He started to work more often at pay-per-views and WWF TV tapings.
White was the referee at King of the Ring on June 28, 1998, when Mankind and The Undertaker fought in the famous Hell in a Cell match.
After Mankind fell through the top of the cell and landed hard in the ring, White almost called the match over because he thought Mick Foley was badly hurt and needed medical help right away.
Foley begged him not to, though. The match went on, and it is now known as one of the most famous matches in the history of wrestling. White hurt his shoulder at Judgment Day in 2002 during a Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Chris Jericho.
At WrestleMania XX in 2004, White came back to referee the match between Chris Jericho and Christian. During the last three counts of the match, he hurt his shoulder again, which ended his career as a referee.
Tim White, a Long-time Referee for Wwe, Died at Age 68.
Tim White, who worked as a referee for WWE for a long time, died on Sunday, the company said, He was 68. White worked for WWE for more than 20 years. He started as a part-time referee in 1985 and also helped Andre the Giant.
After Andre died in 1993, he became a full-time referee for the company. He worked many of WWE’s biggest matches, like the famous Hell in a Cell match between Mankind and The Undertaker at King of the Ring in 1998.
“Every room Tim White walked into was brightened by him, but the WWE locker room was especially lucky to have him,” tweeted Dolph Ziggler. “It was fun to go on several PR tours with Timmy! After we finished our work, we’d get together, and he’d tell us old road stories that would make us laugh until the sun came up. Cheers, sir.”
White, who was born in Rhode Island, had shoulder problems during his career. He hurt his shoulder during a match between Chris Jericho and Triple H in a Hell in a Cell on Judgement Day 2002
And he hurt it again on the final three-count of a match between Jericho and Christian at WrestleMania XX, which ended his career. He stayed with the company until 2009 as a backstage worker and talent agent.
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Jericho wrote on Instagram, “I will miss him for the rest of my life.” “There will never be another man in the wrestling business who is as loyal and proud to be a part of it and one of the boys like this one. I love you, Timmy!”
After the news of his death, people from all over the industry posted tributes to him on social media. He was one of the company’s most beloved employees and people.
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William Regal wrote, “I’m very sad to hear that my dear friend Tim White has died.” “I’m very sorry for his family’s loss. A great person, man, and referee. We’ve both had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard together. There is no better way to think about you. Rest well.”
Paige said, “No, not Tim White; he has a heart of gold.” He was always the nicest person in the room. I’ll miss his hugs and stories about Andre the Giant. Lucky to have met such a wonderful person. RIP Tim.”