Joseph "Joey" Anthony Marella
BornFebruary 28, 1983
DiedJuly 4, 1994

Professional wrestling career

Ring NameJoey Marella

Joseph "Joey" Anthony Marella (February 28, 1963 – July 4, 1994) was an American professional wrestling referee for the World Wrestling Federation and the son of former wrestler and then WWF announcer Gorilla Monsoon (Robert Marella) from Willingboro Township, New Jersey.

Professional career

WWF (1983-1994)

Joey Marella joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1983, and moved through the ranks until he was often assigned to referee feature promotion matches. In 1987, he served as the referee for the much-hyped match between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant at WrestleMania III, as well as the 1992 SummerSlam main event of Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith. Marella was briefly suspended for a substance abuse problem in 1993 and then later re-hired. He was also part of the controversy at the 1994 Royal Rumble match in which he and former WWF referee Earl Hebner couldn't decide between Lex Luger and Bret Hart as to who had won the match.

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Chad PattonCharlies RobinsonDrake YoungerEarl HebnerJack DoanJason AyersJoey MarellaJohn ConeNick PatrickMark CurtisMike ChiodaRudy CharlesRyan TranScott ArmstrongShane StevensTommy Young

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