WWE Announce Iconic Official As Warrior Award Recipient
The Warrior Award was introduced to the WWE Hall of Fame to honour those behind the scenes of the company or those that have showcased bravery, courage, or charitable achievements in the community.
The award was first introduced in 2015, the year following the Ultimate Warrior’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame and after his death. The first recipient was Connor “The Crusher” Michalek, a young fan who sadly lost his battle with cancer but not before he got to live his dream of meeting Daniel Bryan and watching his hero capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30.
In 2022, the award was given to former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard in respect of him tragically losing his life to save his son from drowning in May 2020.
Now WWE has announced that the 2023 recipient of the Warrior Award is former referee Tim White. White’s career as a WWE referee began in the 1980s while he worked as the agent and minder for Andre The Giant. Following Andre’s death in 1993, Tim White became a full-time official with the most notable match he was the man in the middle for during his career being the Hell In A Cell match between The Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.
White suffered a serious shoulder injury during another Hell In A Cell match between Chris Jericho and Triple H in 2002 before returning at WrestleMania 20 to officiate the match between Chris Jericho and Christian. He re-injured his shoulder in this bout and that injury ended his in-ring career.
BREAKING: This year's Warrior Award recipient is the late, great, Tim White. #WWEHOFpic.twitter.com/jzzlytZOaW
— WWE (@WWE) March 29, 2023
Tim White’s bar in Providence, Rhode Island – The Friendly Tap Tavern – often featured on programming when the company was in town. In 2006, White was subjected to taking part in a series of unsavoury skits with Josh Matthews dubbed ‘Lunchtime Suicides’ as White tried to end his life week after week.
Tim White will join Rey Mysterio, The Great Muta, Stacy Keibler, and Andy Kaufman in the Class of 2023 in the WWE Hall of Fame.