Earl Hebner

Height: Unknown

Weight: Unknown

Real Name: Earl Hebner

DOB: 5/17/1949

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Other Names: None

In Wrestling Since: 1980s

Finishing Maneuver: None

History: (Last Updated: 5/19/2006)

Earl Hebner may indeed hold the position of the most famous wrestling referee of all time. He began his career in the early '80s for Jim Crockett Promotions, where he served as an unassuming referee for the organization. I the meantime, his twin brother, Dave Hebner, was a referee in the World Wrestling Federation. On February 5th, 1988, Dave was the scheduled referee at the Main Event '88 for the WWF World Championship match between Hulk Hogan(c) and Andre the Giant. Unbeknownst to the fans, though, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase had bought off Dave's brother, Earl, bringing him into the WWF to take Dave's place (Dave ended up locked in a closet). Earl, working for DiBiase, waited for his moment. When Hogan tried to bodyslam Andre and fell to the mat, Earl dropped for the count. Hogan easily got his shoulder up before 2, but Earl kept counting, going to 3 and announcing Andre as the new champion! As Andre & DiBiase celebrated (Andre said he would sell the title to DiBiase if he won), Dave Hebner returned, arguing with Earl, who knocked his brother down. But Earl then got caught and Gorilla-Pressed by Hogan, getting some revenge for the loss of his title. The belt, held up, would be won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage at Wrestlemania IV.

Hebner continued to work, along with his brother, for the WWF over the next decade, eventually working his way up to Head Referee. Hebner also had one more (in)famous moment, as he was the referee who called for the bell at the '97 Survivor Series, giving Shawn Michaels the win (and the WWF Title) over Bret "The Hitman" Hart. The Montreal Screwjob, as it became known, made Hebner one of the most hated referees in Canada, even though Hebner was just following the orders of his boss, Vince McMahon. Hebner did, however, promise Hart before the match that he would not do anything, which caused the two to have a major falling out.

Hebner was routinely involved in WWF storylines, but he only once fought on a WWF pay-per-view. At WWF Invasion in July '01, Hebner, representing the WWF referees, met WCW/ECW referee Nick Patrick in a match, with Mick Foley working as the guest referee. It wasn't a pretty match, but Hebner gave as good as he got. At one point, the WCW refs on the outside tried to attack Hebner, but Foley got rid of them, sending them to the back. Hebner then came back and got a Spear on Patrick for the victory, winning one for the WWF.

Hebner's career in World Wrestling Entertainment ended in July '05, when he and Dave Hebner were released from the company. Rumors stated that the Hebners might have been selling WWE merchandise without permission from Earl's Pro Shirt Shop, which led to the long-time favorites leaving the organization. Earl & Dave appeared at different independent organizations, then Earl debuted as a referee for Total Nonstop Action in February '06 at Against All Odds '06. Hebner referee'd the Jeff Jarrett/Christian Cage NWA World Title main event, working cleanly and eventually making the count that made Cage the champion.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (1 - 0)
- WWF Invasion (July 22, '01) = Hebner (WWF) won over Nick Patrick (Alliance). Mick Foley was the special referee.

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