Today, special guest refs are a common place in the WWF (although there have been less and less of them). My question is, when did they BECOME a commonplace? My guess would be around 1997 that the WWF started using them regularly, but were they used a lot before that? What promotion made use of them first?
Worth noting a story from Mick Foley's book, talking about Jake Roberts. This has gotta be from the late 80's at the absolute earliest because he was working for Bill Watts' Mid-South promotion... Ali was a special guest ref there as well and Jake refused to sell Ali's worked punches. Wish I could've seen it!!
I don't remember what Foley said about it, but I do remember Ali and Roberts. Ali was a guest at ringside, not a ref. He wound up decking Roberts and The Barbarian [John Nord] who were feuding with The Snowman, supposedly a protege of Ali cornerman Drew "Bundini" Brown.
Speaking of Roberts and Nord, they got screwed by guest ref "Bruiser" Bob Sweetan in a tag match for the Mid-South titles with DiBiase and Steve Williams, but Joe Frazier predates that.
"No one has a beer party at Scott Hall's expense!"
Shaq should be the permanent host. Incredible. Plus Michael Cole said boomshaqalacka in an ode to the video game Vince McMahon from Wrestlemania The Arcade Game. SummerSlam: Cena vs. Orton DX vs. Jericho & Show Jeff vs. Punk Rey vs.