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Harvey Wippleman Reflects On His Transition From A Manager To A Referee In WWF

Harvey Wippleman has had quite a career in the world of professional wrestling.

WWE Legend Harvey Wippleman (aka Downtown Bruno) recently sat down with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard to discuss a wide variety of subjects. Wippleman was a manager in WWF, but he eventually transitioned to working as a referee.

Wippleman couldn’t pinpoint whose idea it was to make him a referee in the WWF, but it was something he was very comfortable with.

“Well, I can’t exactly say exactly whose idea it was, but I’ll say this,” Harvey Wippleman teased. “When my managing career started transitioning out, I was still working behind the scenes and whatnot. But as you may or may not be aware, WWE had a working relationship with the Memphis organization, which is my home organization, where I basically got my first break and got my feet wet in the business. Well, on my off days when I wasn’t on the road with WWE, I would referee. I was a senior referee actually for the USWA, the Memphis organization. So basically, roughly, I couldn’t tell you exactly how it came about.”

“Different WWE guys would come down in Memphis sometimes and make appearances and whatnot. And they knew I refereed there and apparently, there was an opening. I don’t know if one of the referees got fired or quit, or just they needed extra referees or something. So, they just started putting me out there as a referee on occasion. It wasn’t anything full-time, but I refereed when they needed me to. So, I hate to give such a vague answer, but I don’t really know all the whys and wherefores, but that’s basically how it came about.”

You can check out the complete interview in the video embedded below:

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