- Tim White (wrestling)
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Timothy Rhys White (March 25, 1954) is a former
professional wrestling referee. He worked with World Wrestling Entertainmentas a Producer on the SmackDown! Brand. During the 1980s and1990s, White worked as André the Giant's assistant in addition to his referee duties.
White was formerly a referee for WWE until, in 2002, he suffered a shoulder injury when he took a bump in a
Hell in a Cellmatch between Triple Hand Chris Jerichoat "Judgment Day" 2002.
WrestleMania XX, in 2004, White returned to referee the match between Chris Jerichoand Christian. He re-injured his shoulder during the final three count of the match, thus ending his referee career.
On December 18, 2005, White made an on-screen appearance at the "Armageddon" 2005
pay-per-viewin one of the most controversial storylines for WWE to date.
In the segment, a "despondent" Tim White was interviewed by SmackDown! reporter
Josh Mathewsinside his local bar he ran called The Friendly Tap in Cumberland, Rhode Island. He was depicted drinking large amounts of alcohol. He then preceded to take a shotgunout from under the bar and, off screen, fired the gun, apparently intending to kill himself.
This resulted in
Cumberland, Rhode Island policereceiving an estimated 1,000 phone calls about the "suicide" depicted on the pay-per-view. Friends of White showed up to the bar to see a sign that read "family emergency." The door of White's bar was torn off the hinges by local police, causing $3,000 in damages. In addition, the e-mail address to White's bar received roughly 4,000 e-mails from friends and fans sending their condolences to White.
Some called the event, which happened merely a month after the death of
Eddie Guerrero, tasteless. In an unofficial statement, the webmaster of friendlytap.com said
On January 6, 2006, it was revealed that White had shot his foot accidentally during the "ordeal". But when asked by Josh Mathews about his new year's resolutions, he proceeded to scarf down a box full of
rat poison, and subsequently fell over in his chair. This segment was leaked onto the internet several days earlier, and included was the uncut footage of the post-segment which included the producers as well as White goofing around using some mildly foul language. On the date of the airing, WWE was somehow able to get the footage removed from the Internet. On January 15, 2006, White was interviewed by Josh Mathews again, but this time he tried to hang himself; fortunately, the rope broke.
For weeks following that, WWE's official website uploaded a new video showing Josh Mathews trying to interview Tim White who is about to commit suicide each week in a different way. The segment became a regular segment on WWE's website and was given the name of "Lunchtime Suicide", uploaded every Thursday at lunch time.
On April 6, 2006, WWE.com uploaded a video where Tim White didn't attempt to end it all. In fact, he invited Josh Mathews to a party at the Friendly Tap Bar to take place the following week. He would then softly laugh like a crazy man. The next week Tim White invited Josh to a party for only him and Josh. They drank and went through a drunken montage that included the duo imitating the "
WrestleMania III" poster, shooting pool, playing arcade games, and even Josh inhaling heliumand saying, his now catchphrase, "That's not wise, Mr. White!" When Josh awakes after excessive drinking, he and Tim look at the old shotgun from when it all started. A teary montage set to the tune of the WWE produced song "Tell Me a Lie" (which had been used for Shawn Michaels' 1996 music video) highlights the most infamous moments of the Lunchtime Suicide. Josh then wished to go outside and play with the shotgun that White used at Armageddon, but Tim decided that life is worth living and shot Josh instead. As blood splattered across his face, he maniacally cackled and said "Josh, that was not wise!". It seems that Tim was never really out to kill himself, but, rather, to rid himself of Josh once and for all. The video signaled an end to the "Lunchtime Suicide" segment.
*Shooting himself with a
shotgun, accidentally shooting himself in the foot
*Ingesting rat poison
*Hanging himself, luckily rope broke
*Electrocuting himself with a
toasterinside a tubfull of water
*Slitting his wrist with a razor blade
*Suffocating himself with a
*Drowning himself in a fish tank by using a chain with a brick attached
*Shooting himself with a
pistolto the head
*Getting hit by oncoming traffic on a street in
Trenton, New Jersey
*Drinking mad cow disease
*Strangling himself with a telephone cord while on the phone with the suicide hotline
exhaust pipeinto a car while sitting inside
*Trying to cut his head off in a sharp fan
*Holding a sign saying "Hitman" (originally thought by Josh to be referring to
Bret Hart), attracting him to get shot by a sniper
* [http://www.friendlytap.com Friendlytap.com, Tim White's official website]
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