WWE announced today that legendary official Tim White would be receiving the Warrior Award at this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony. The Warrior Award was established in 2015 and is “presented to an individual who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance” and who has lived life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of The Ultimate Warrior.
Taking to social media, the company posted a video highlighting White’s accomplishments as an official, saying he’s one of the few referees fans actually cheered for and supported.
BREAKING: This year's Warrior Award recipient is the late, great, Tim White. #WWEHOFpic.twitter.com/jzzlytZOaW
— WWE (@WWE) March 29, 2023
Starting as a part-time referee in the 1980’s as he served as Andre the Giant’s agent, White became a full-time official following Andre’s passing in 1993.
White refereed some of the most iconic matches in WWE history, including the bout between Mankind and The Undertaker at King of the Ring 1998. He was one of the featured officials in the infamous 1999 referee strike storyline, but his career was cut short when he suffered a shoulder injury in a 2002 Hell in a Cell match at Judgment Day between Triple H and Chris Jericho. He would referee one more match between Jericho and Christian at WrestleMania XX, but he re-aggravated the injury and was forced into retirement for good.
Following the end of his in-ring career, White continued to work in a backstage capacity. He was featured in a series of questionable vignettes alongside Josh Matthews in which he tried to end his life due to being distraught about his injury, with Matthews was constantly trying to thwart his attempts. While memorable, the vignettes were seen as being in poor taste due to the subject matter.
After more than two decades with the company, White was released from his contract in 2009.
Tim White Was Honored By WWE After His Passing In June Of 2022
White sadly passed away in June of 2022 at the age of 68. WWE announced the sad news on its website with the following tribute:
“WWE is saddened to learn that long-time referee Tim White has passed away.
“For more than two decades, Tim White was a dedicated WWE referee and official. White began his illustrious career in 1985 working with Andre the Giant and as a part-time referee.
“During his tenure, he was the referee for some of WWE’s biggest matches, including the infamous Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.
“A shoulder injury effectively ended White’s in-ring career, but White still remained a major part of WWE working behind the scenes as an official and talent agent until 2009.
“WWE extends its condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.”
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on March 31st immediately following SmackDown in Los Angeles, CA as part of WrestleMania weekend.