Legendary former WWE referee, Jack Lutz, passes away aged 86

Legendary former WWE referee, Jack Lutz, passes away aged 86

- Famous WWE referee Jack Lutz has been confirmed dead at the age of 86

- The cause of his death is not yet known

- Lutz's death came just days after the passing of Howard Finkel, a American professional wrestling ring announcer

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The WWE world has been thrown into mourning following the death of long-term referee Jack Lutz at the age of 86.

He handled a number of top priority fights during the 1980s, when the WWE was called WWF.

According to SunSport, Lutz officiated Hulk Hogan's triumph over the Iron Sheik in January 1984 for the World Title to herald the start of the “Hulkmania” era.

He also oversaw the boxing match between Mr T and Rowdy Roddy Piper at Madison Square Garden in 1985.

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Although the cause of his passing is yet to be confirmed, his painful death came just a few days after the death of Hall of Famer Howard Finkel, a ring annoucer.

Jack Lutz fought in the Korean war just before deciding to become a wrestling referee for over three decades and worked mainly for WWE. He worked three consecutive WrestleMania events during his active days.

His experience spanned beyond the ring as he had experience working on the silver-screen in Holywood as a stuntman and actor.

He made appearances in a few movies including Raging Bull, The Sopranos, The Seige and Analyze.

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Meanwhile, the WWE has been in operation since the global coronavirus pandemic started and Governor of Florida has declared them an essential business.

The pro-wrestling organisation has been making use of their performance centre located in the state to hold their RAW, SmackDown and recently Wrestlemania events.

Florida Governor Jerry Demings has gone on to defend the WWE on why they have been allowed to continue while other businesses have been shut down.

"I think initially there was a review that was done and they were not initially deemed an essential business,” Demings said.
"With some conversation with the Governor’s office regarding the Governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. And so, therefore, they were allowed to remain open."

WWE also revealed that have been taking necessary precautions for the safety of their staff amid the spread of Covid-19.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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