We are sad to report the passing of former WWE referee Jack Lotz at the age of 86.
The news broke via his daughter on social media and she noted that he passed away on Saturday due to complications for coronavirus.
Lotz, under the New York State Athletic Commission, refereed matches during the early days of the WWF national expansion and if you watched the early WrestleMania events then you will notice him in several matches.
In addition to the first three WrestleMania events, he also refereed the famous match that saw Bob Backlund defeat “Superstar” Billy Graham in 1978 for the WWWF Championship. He was also the referee for Hulk Hogan’s match against The Iron Sheik in 1984 where Hogan won the WWF Championship and officially kicked off a long run that would lead to WWF’s boom period.
Sad to hear Jack Lotz passed away
He was NY State referee did many of my early matches
Was ref for 2 @wwe title changes Backlund vs Graham@HulkHogan vs @the_ironsheik
A Korean War veteran
Saw him about 2 years ago
We spoke about 20mins he was raising $$ for the Veterans pic.twitter.com/zt9sJQBe7j
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 20, 2020
Saddened to hear of the passing of former referee John L. "Jack" Lotz this past Friday. He was a good, kind man. Always so nice. RIP good sir. pic.twitter.com/kmdSl2Zey5
— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) April 20, 2020