Joseph Anthony Marella was born on February 28, 1963, in Willingboro Township, New Jersey, U.S. Joey was a well known American professional wrestling referee for WWF. He was an adopted son of former wrestler and WWF Commentator Gorilla Monsoon. Monsoon and Marella were father and son, and this thing was not known by fans until after Marella had died.
Joey Marella made his debut in the World Wrestling Federation in 1983, as a referee. Perhaps the most remarkable match he refereed was between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III as well as their rematch at WrestleMania IV in 1988. The interesting thing is that only 10 minutes before their match at WrestleMania III, Andre had asked Vince McMahon to choose Marella to be the referee for that match.
In 1989, Marella also appeared in a movie “No Holds Barred” produced by WWF as a referee during a wrestling match. Joey Marella also refereed the 1992 SummerSlam main event match between Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith at London’s famous Wembley Stadium. In 1993, Marella was suspended due to a substance abuse problem, and then later re-hired.
He was also part of the controversial match between Lex Luger and Bret Hart at 1994 Royal Rumble, in which he and former WWF referee Earl Hebner couldn’t decide who had won the match.
Joey Marella was one of the most respected referees of WWF. Earl Hebner discussed in an interview how Marella was an awesome person. Earl said that once he was scheduled to referee the last match on a card, but Marella offered
To referee the match so Earl could fly home from the nearby Newark Airport. This shows how kind and generous Joey Marella was.
Joey Marella was one of the most popular WWF referees. His main source of income was his profession as a referee in WWF. Joey’s estimated net worth was between $1 million and $5 million.
Now, professional wrestling referees get a contract of about $50000-$80000 in fixed annual salaries. Experienced referees make about $1500-$4000 per match.
On 4 July 1994, Joey died in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Joey died at the very young age of 31.
Marella refereed his last match in Ocean City, Maryland. He earned a good reputation in a very short span of time.
His colleague Harvey Wippleman was also with him at the time of the accident and was badly injured. Lauer’s seatbelt probably protected him, while Marella was not wearing the seatbelt. Marella was buried next to his father, Gorilla Monsoon.
After his death, WWF made new rules to ensure the safety of its personnel, it was made clear that no WWF personnel would travel alone. WWE ring announcer Tony Chimel named his son Marella, as a tribute to the legendary wrestling referee. Joey’s sister Valerie also named a son after her brother.
EARL HEBNER ON JOEY MARELLA:
In an interview with WrestleTalk, while talking about Joey Marella, Earl said:
“Joey was a great hmmm honest I had more fun with him and he was a hop highlights of the dressing room no matter how bad you felt what Joey could come in and mark anybody in the business as voices and he would just perk you right up and he was truly a great kid, awesome guy.”
Joseph Anthony Marella, better known as Joey Marella was an American professional wrestling referee. Marella refereed many historical wrestling matches. He had a short but splendid career as a referee in WWF. Joey was only 31 years old when he died. His tragic death occurred 27 years ago, on 4th of July 1994.
Joey Marella’s net worth was estimated to be about $1-$5 million. However, exact figures are not known.
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