Referees in professional wrestling can almost be as legendary as the performers themselves; Earl Hebnar, Nick Patrick, Mike Chioda and Charles Robinson are names that are very familiar with wrestling fans, and with good reason. Whether they are directly involved in some of the most controversial decisions ever found in sports entertainment (like the Montreal screwjob), or simply cannon fodder for newly-pushed badasses, referees are at the heart of the business.
And of course, you cannot ignore the role of the special guest referee, where a wrestler or celebrity usually takes up the role for specific story line reasons. With the release of the newest WWE 13 game imminent, here is my list of the 10 Special Guest Referees Who Should Be Included.
1. Mick Foley
One of the most prolific special guest referees in all of wrestling’s history has to be the Hardcore Legend himself, Mick Foley. The matches he has officiated include some of these gems:
Vince McMahon vs Shane McMahon – WrestleMania 17
Lita/Trish Stratus vs Stacy Kiebler/Torrie Wilson (Bra and Panties Match) – Invasion
Jonathan Coachman vs Hornswaggle – Raw
Dusty Rhodes vs Jerry Lawler – International Wrestling Cartel
Jeff Jarrett vs Kurt Angle – Bound for Glory IV
Well, some of them are famous, at least.
If ever you need a talented speaker to motivate a person and then be attacked by the other guy, setting up a match, there’s only one guy that you need. Plus, his flannel shirt is awesome, especially if it would appear in-game.
Including rumours that he will be the guest referee for the CM Punk vs John Cena WWE title match at Hell In A Cell (come on, we all know it’s happening), you cannot have a wrestling game without including Mrs Foley’s baby boy.
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This article was first posted on October 10, 2012