Earl Hebner, who was fired in 2005, demands to be in WWE Hall of Fame

Earl Hebner is a legendary professional wrestling referee who has officiated some of the most iconic matches in WWE history, such as the controversial Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan match in 1988 and the infamous Montreal Screwjob in 1997.

He was also involved in several storylines and feuds, such as the McMahon-Helmsley Faction and the Alliance. However, despite his contributions, Hebner is yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Recently, in an interview, Hebner opened up about not being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Earl Hebner demands to be in the WWE Hall of Fame

Hebner has expressed his desire to be in the WWE Hall of Fame several times, stating that he has earned his place among the legends of the industry. Recently, in an interview, Hebner was asked about his exclusion in the Hall of Fame. He said, “I should but I don’t know.”

He further elaborated, “[There were] a few problems when I left with me and Vince so I don’t know.”

He also added, “They should have put Tim White in the Hall of Fame way way before he passed away. I think the Hall of Fame means nothing if you’re not alive. But, you know, there were a lot of other referees that need to be in the Hall of Fame, but I don’t know if they’re gonna put any referees in. No big deal to me either way”.

He claimed that he was unfairly treated by the company, accusing WWE of being biased and political, and of ignoring the referees’ role in the success of the business. He said that he does not expect an apology or a reconciliation from WWE, but he hopes that one day they will appreciate his legacy and achievements.

Why did WWE fire Earl Hebner in 2005?

Hebner was fired by WWE in 2005 for selling merchandise without permission, along with his brother Dave Hebner, who was also a referee. WWE claimed Hebner, along with his identical twin brother Dave, were profiting off the company’s intellectual property by selling WWE merchandise through a St. Louis store they co-owned.

Hebner’s claims the merchandise was purchased from the same suppliers WWE used and denies any intention of infringing on trademarks. He further suggests his firing was a convenient scapegoat for other internal conflicts, possibly including the fallout from the recent WCW acquisition and restructuring.

Hebner was the referee for The Montreal Screwjob, a notorious incident that occurred on November 9, 1997 It involved a real-life betrayal of the defending WWF Champion Bret Hart by the WWF owner Vince McMahon, who secretly changed the pre-determined outcome of the match without Hart’s knowledge or consent.

Earl Hebner as refree in Survivor Series 1997
via WWE

Some fans and industry insiders speculate that the Montreal Screwjob, still simmering eight years later, played a part in Hebner’s departure. Vince McMahon, never one to forget perceived betrayal, might have held a grudge against the referee who executed his controversial plan. While this remains unconfirmed, it adds a layer of intrigue to the narrative.

Hebner then joined TNA (now Impact Wrestling), where he continued to referee until 2017. He was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2015, becoming the first and only referee to receive that honor. He also worked for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) from 2019 to 2021, before returning to Impact Wrestling in 2022.

Hebner is widely regarded as one of the best and most influential referees of all time, and he has played a vital role in shaping the history of wrestling. Hebner has also faced controversy and criticism, and he stood up for his rights and opinions. He is a true professional and a passionate performer.

Do you think Hebner’s claims to be included in the WWE Hall of Fame are justified? Tell us what you think in the comments.


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