Teddy Long

Theodore Long is an American professional wrestling manager and former referee, best known for his stints in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment between 1998 and 2014.

In WWF/E he was a referee between 1998 and 2004 and then general manager of SmackDown! from 2004 to 2007 and again from 2009 to 2012; for a short time, in the summer of 2008, he also led the ECW roster. In 2017 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Theodore Long began his wrestling career as the manager of Abdullah the Butcher and Tommy Rich. In 1985, he became a referee at Jim Crockett Promotions. In 1989, at the Chi-Town Rumble event, he acted as substitute referee when Ricky Steamboat won the NWA World Championship.

Shortly thereafter, Long began to gradually turn into a heel character who favored wrestlers the public hated. On April 2, 1989, at Clash of the Champions VI, Long hit a very quick three count as the team of Mike Rotunda and Dr. Death Steve Williams defeated the Road Warriors for the NWA World Tag Team Championship belts. After the match, the National Wrestling Alliance suspended him as a referee.

On February 13, 2017, Theodore Long was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, which took place on the following March 31, two days before WrestleMania 33.