Earl Hebner

Sep 7, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

photo credit: Impact Wrestling

Real name: Earl Hebner
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 160 lbs.
Date of birth: May 17, 1949
From: King William County, Virginia
Pro debut: 1980
Trained by: Tommy Young


– Hebner worked for JCP throughout much of the 80s
– In 1988, Hebner began working for the WWF
– In February of that year, Hebner was involved in the infamous ‘twin referee’ angle alongside his brother Dave
– By WrestleMania IV, Hebner’s heel character had been dropped and he became a straight-laced referee
– Hebner was the referee for the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series ’97
– Hebner became the first referee to be playable in a WWF video game, appearing in WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64
– On July 22, 2001 at WWF InVasion 2001, Hebner defeated WCW Referee Nick Patrick in a match.
– On July 18, 2005, Hebner was fired by WWE, allegedly for selling merchandise without authorization.
– On February 12, 2006 at Against All Odds, Hebner debuted and refereed the Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett NWA World title match.
– On June 18, 2006 at TNA Slammiversary, Hebner “screwed” Christian Cage out of the NWA World title and help Jeff Jarrett win the belt.
– On January 21, 2010, TNA staged their own version of the Montreal Screwjob in a match between Kurt Angle and AJ Styles, with Hebner serving as the referee. Unlike Survivor Series 13 years earlier, this event was entirely staged
– On September 14, 2015, it was announced that Hebner would be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame class of 2015.
– In November 2017, it was announced that Hebner was departing Impact Wrestling
– Hebner refereed the NWA World Title match between Cody Rhodes and Nick Aldis at the ALL IN event. He reprised this role during their rematch at the NWA 70th Anniversary event
– In May 2019, it was announced that Hebner had signed with All Elite Wrestling
– Hebner left AEW upon the expiration of his contract in early 2021

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