5 Facts about WWE referees that you probably did not know
Scott ArmstrongWhenever a wrestling match happens, our eyes will be rooted to the superstars competing in it. We would be cheering for the right one to win and at the same time would be enjoying the artwork that these artists put together.However, there is a category that we often forget, the referees. Although Referees are an integral part of a wrestling match, they are often underrated.We do not even care about which referee does which match even though there is huge importance for the same. There are a lot of such things that we probably do not know about the WWE referees and this list is going to take a look at some of the interesting ones from the lot.
#5 Not all referees know the outcome
Referees are supposed to know the outcome of the match before is stars. However, this is not compulsory. There have been instances where the referees were not informed about the actual outcome beforehand. The most striking one came at WrestleMania 30 where Undertaker and Brock Lesnar faced off with the streak on the line.
Chad Patton, who officiated the match, was not aware of the result and he was only told to count whenever someone tried for a pin. These claims are not confirmed by Chad, however, if they are true, then he would have been surprised by the outcome just like all the members of WWE Universe.
#4 Earl Hebner has his own action figure
Wrestlers getting their own action figures are nothing new. Almost everyone in the current roster has their own action figure. However, when a referee gets his own action figure, it is something worth noticing. Earl Hebner, who is one of the most famous referees in the business, had his own action figure. It was a limited item and the chances of finding it now are nil.
Hebner was shot to stardom for being part of the Montreal Screwjob and he also had some interesting storylines with his twin brother who happened to be a referee as well. Hebner is currently working with TNA after joining the company back in 2006.
#3 Drake Younger is a hardcore name in Independent circuit
Drake Younger is a comparatively new name among the WWE referees. However, in the independent circuit, he is a celebrated professional wrestler.
Younger was known for competing in violent matches in IPW and CZW. He competed in matches such as Barefoot thumbtack death match, Tangled Web Death match and many more violent variations during his wrestling career.
Drake is also the first wrestler to win a technical and a death match tournament. After a career that spanned 10 years, Drake decided to stop wrestling and he joined WWE as a referee. Drake has a history of competing with current WWE talents such as Cesaro and Dean Ambrose.
#2 Scott Armstrong is the brother of Road Dogg
Scott Armstrong has been a major name in the WWE scene. He played a big role at WrestleMania XXX and has been involved in a lot of matches before that as well. We know all these about Scott, but one thing that we don’t know about him is that he is the brother of wrestler Road Dogg.
Scott has three brothers that went on to become wrestlers and Road Dogg is one of them.
The other two brothers of Scott Armstrong are Brad Armstrong and Steve Armstrong. Their father, Bob Armstrong was also a wrestler during the territory days. Scott first appeared in the WWE in 2006 and has been a loyal employee since.
#1 Referees are also subjected to wellness policies
If you thought that the wellness polices are only applicable to the WWE superstars, then think again. Referees are also subjected to such policies and the ones who violate this are bound to get punished just like the wrestlers. These Referees undergo a regular testing process and they will be allowed in the ring only if they clear the tests.
The idea is to keep the on-screen performers healthy and drug-free as the company does not want someone to act weird on live television and ruin their image. Mike Chioda was one of the most notable names that received punishment for violating the wellness policies. He was suspended for 30 days and is currently the only referee to be suspended for violating the policy.