WWE’s legendary official, Charles Robinson, has detailed the day in a life of a wrestling referee which he describes as being part babysitter.
Appearing on WWE After the Bell with Corey Graves, the man once referred to as ‘Little Naitch’ for his resemblance to Ric Flair, talked about the duties of a WWE official as well as the long work days as part of the production crew:
“On any given day, we’re running to get talent to do a backstage segment. We have to make sure that they’re at the Gorilla position to go out prior to their match. You don’t want to wait till two seconds before for them to be there. So the match before, we’re running to get the talent to be where they’re supposed to be. So basically, we’re babysitters in a way. Myself along with a couple of the other referees, we’re ring crew members.
So we’re in charge of setting up the ring, making sure the ropes are tight and safe, changing the canvases and doing things like that. So there’s so many things to do during the day. My day may start at 9:00 in the morning, 8:00 in the morning to build a ring, and then once the show’s over, then we tear everything down. And once we’re done with that, it’s 12:30, 1:00 a.m. and then off to the next town, so it’s a long hard job to do.”
Charles Robinson has been part of WWE since 2001, when he was brought in as a referee as part of the WCW/ECW invasion storyline.
Originally siding with his original employer, Robinson got himself over with the pro-WWE crowd for his impartiality and making several calls which gave the then World Wrestling Federation vital victories.
One of the most famous matches Robinson called during the invasion angle was The Rock vs. Booker T at SummerSlam 2001 for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Unlike fellow Alliance official Nick Patrick, Charles called the match down the middle awarding The Rock his promotion’s prize.
With the departure of Mike Chioda from the company in April following thirty one years loyal service, Charles Robinson became the Senior Official on Friday Night SmackDown.
Credit for the interview: WWE’s After The Bell
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.