Earl Hebner

  • Born: 05/17/1949 in Richmond, Virginia
  • Birthname: Earl William Hebner
  • Height & Weight: 5'7", 161 Ib
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Hebner is a professional wrestling referee and is the twin brother of Dave Hebner. He is perhaps the most famous professional wrestling referee today, best known from his time as the senior referee for the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment and later on in the same role on their Raw brand from 2002-2005. As Senior Referee, Hebner officiated most main events during his time with the company from 1988-2005.

He played an extremely prominent role in the inaugural The Main Event card in 1988, in which André the Giant controversially “defeated” Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship, as well as the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” during the main event of the 1997 Survivor Series. He also participated in an on-screen angle in early to mid 2000 where he became biased against the McMahon-Helmsley Faction for constantly and deliberately defying his authority as a referee and attacking him, ultimately culminating with his kayfabe firing from WWE.

From 2006 to 2017, he has appeared for Impact Wrestling, serving as senior referee for the company, and was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2015, becoming the first referee to be inducted into a major wrestling Hall of Fame.