Tim White, a longtime WWE referee, died Sunday, the corporate introduced. He was 68.
White, who spent greater than 20 years with WWE, started as a part-time referee in 1985 whereas additionally serving as an assistant to Andre the Large. He turned a full-time referee with the corporate after Andre’s loss of life in 1993 and labored lots of WWE’s major occasion matches — together with the well-known 1998 Hell in a Cell encounter between Mankind and The Undertaker at King of the Ring.
“Tim White brightened each room he walked into & the WWE locker room was particularly fortunate to have him,” Dolph Ziggler tweeted. “Being round Timmy on a number of PR excursions was a pleasure! We might get our work performed & meet after and he would inform previous highway tales & we’d snigger til the solar got here up. Cheers, sir.”
White, a Rhode Island native, handled shoulder accidents throughout his profession, struggling one throughout a Hell in a Cell match between Chris Jericho on Triple H at Judgement Day 2002 after which once more on the ultimate three-count of a WrestleMania XX match between Jericho and Christian that ended his profession. He continued to work with the corporate as a backstage official and expertise agent till 2009.
“I’ll miss him ceaselessly,” Jericho wrote on Instagram. “The wrestling biz won’t ever see one other man this loyal and this proud to be part of the enterprise and to be one of many boys. I really like you Timmy!”
He was one of many firm’s most beloved staff and other people as tributes poured into social media from across the business after the information of his loss of life.
“I’m deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of my expensive pal Tim White,” William Regal wrote. “My deepest condolences to his household. An important man, referee and particular person. We’ve laughed so arduous collectively we’ve each had tears in our eyes. There’s not a greater option to bear in mind you. Relaxation effectively.”
Added Paige: “No not Tim White.. coronary heart of gold. At all times the nicest particular person in any room he was in. I’ll miss his Andre the enormous tales and hugs. Fortunate to have identified such an incredible human. RIP Tim.”
I lit up each time I noticed this man! Tim White typically was the person tasked with shepherding us at appearances and conventions the final a number of years. He was all the time terribly type and heat. I’ll miss you, my pal. My deepest condolences to his household and pals. pic.twitter.com/fZm0Fq1sRj
— Ettore “Massive E” Ewen (@WWEBigE) June 19, 2022
White’s passing comes simply days after the loss of life of Dave Hebner, one other longtime WWE referee. Hebner, the brother of fellow ref Earl Hebner, was 73.
“Saddened to listen to about each Dave Hebner and Tim White,” Shawn Michaels wrote on Twitter. “Each unbelievable males I used to be privileged to spend time with out and in of the ring. My ideas are with their households.