Long-time Referee to be Honored in Las Vegas

The Cauliflower Alley Club is pleased to announce that Mickie J Henson will be presented with the Charlie Smith Referee Award at the 2018 CAC Reunion this coming May.

Courtesy of Wikipedia: Mickie Jay Henson is a long-time professional wrestling referee. Before signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2005, Henson worked for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) for nine years. Once signing with WWE, he worked for its farm territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), before he began officiating matches on WWE television.

Henson refereed his first match in 1987. He broke into the business with the help of Steve Keirn, Mike Graham, and Gordon Solie in Championship Wrestling from Florida. According to Henson, “My first match was in Orlando, Fla., at the Eddie Graham Sports Complex. I think it’s been turned into apartment buildings now. The match was between Bob Cook and a young Mike Awesome. I wasn’t really all that nervous. I had watched it on television forever. I paid attention to the referees, and when I got out there I kind of just fell into it. I was lucky enough to learn from some of the best workers of the time like Dick Slater and Mike Graham so it was pretty easy to catch on.”

Jim Crockett Promotions eventually took over the area and Henson began refereeing in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1992. Henson refereed the main event at Starrcade in 1998 between WCW Champion Goldberg and Kevin Nash, which Nash won. He also refereed the Bret Hart-Chris Benoit match in honor of the late Owen Hart.

When Vince Mcmahon bought WCW in March 2001, Henson was out of a job.

After he was signed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2005 he was placed on the Raw brand officiating matches, such as the John Cena versus Kurt Angle WWE Championship match at Survivor Series in 2005 and the Hardcore match between Edge and Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22.

He continued to officiate matches on Raw for nine months until 2006 when he was moved over to the newly established ECW brand. He made his debut for the brand on July 18 edition, officiating a match between Mike Knox and The Sandman, as well as the main event ECW World Championship match between The Big Show and The Undertaker.[4] He was named the ECW brand head official shortly after. Despite moving to SmackDown in February 2007, he was featured as the only ECW brand referee in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008.

In February 2007, Mickie Henson was moved to the SmackDown brand and later became its head official.

The Cauliflower Alley Club extends a sincere congratulations to Mr. Mickie J. Henson on his great career, and we look forward to seeing him in Las Vegas in a few short months!

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One Response to “Long-time Referee to be Honored in Las Vegas”

  1. I am so happy that the Cauliflower Alley Club included the Referee Award as a category. I have known Mick for over 30 years and he was meant to be part of the wrestling business. He started as a fan and built many relationships along the way. He made his mark in Florida and continued on as the third man in the ring for several organizations. He had the best facial expressions and mannerisms in the ring. Yes, the referee is part of the story,and I was always glad to see him work his magic!