Earl & Brian Hebner Speak On WWE, Montreal Screwjob, More

Nick Paglino

Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas recently caught up with Earl & Brian Hebner in PART II of Right After Wrestling’s "Referee Series". Highlights:

         Brian used to ride with Jimmy and Tony Chimel : “(that was) the best time of my career in this business!”

         Earl’s debut in the WWE was in 1988 on Saturday Nights Main Event during the legendary ‘Twin referee’ spot against Andre the Giant. “(Brian) I was actually confused when I saw dad on TV. I was actually convincing myself that it was my uncle (Dave). He called me earlier in the day and sai ‘do me a favour, watch WWE tonight’”


Earl Hebner on kayfabe – “I was always a secretive man. I never gave away nothing. Never told anybody nothing. And if I didn’t tell my son, then you knew I wasn’t going to tell anybody anything. Kayfabe is long-gone! It doesn’t even exist anymore. Years ago (when I first started) kayfabe was a ‘golden word’ in this business – and it no longer means anything anymore”


Brian Hebner on kayfabe – “My dad has kayfabed me in a good way throughout this business, my whole entire career, which I do to my son/kids all the time. ”


Earl Hebner – When Vince (McMahon) announced that wrestling was entertainment, that sort of thing took the business down. He (Vince) made it a soap-opera instead of it being the wrestling business.


Earl Hebner on the Montreal Screwjob – “When people ask if I ‘screwed Bret’, I say ‘ya damn right I did! When I was walking to that ring, I was thinking Bret wasn’t screwing Vince, he was screwing everybody in that dressing room. I didn’t do it for Vince (McMahon) I did it for all the boys in the lockerroom – for everybody that ever put him over in that ring.” 


Brian Hebner on the Montreal Screwjob – “My dad did what he did because he wanted to protect the company and the people he worked with/for”


Earl Hebner on reconciling with Bret (years) afterwards – He saw me and said I know you did what you had to do and I’m no longer mad at you. I said ‘thank you’ to him and that was that.


Earl Hebner on ref bumps (specifically in TNA) – When you get bumped, it hurts. I’m 62 years old and I’m not the same guy I used to be and it kills me. I don’t wanna be bumped by anybody – it kills me, it hurts me.

Brian Hebner on ref bumps – I’m very instrumental on the ref-bumps that I take. We (Jimmy & Brian) had a book of bumps that we could take.


Brian on being a Hebner – “I always wanna be known as Earl Hebner’s son because there’s no shame in that. But I don’t wanna just be known as Earl Hebner’s son. I knew I was in a (ref) spot because of my dad, but I also knew I was in that spot because of what I could bring to the table”


Brian has a son (Trevor) who is coming up and will be the ‘next-generation’ Hebner in professional wrestling.

Find Brian Hebner on Twitter @babyhebner


Earl & Brian Hebner also touch on the art of the ref bump, and offers Jimmy a job, selling t-shirts, the brotherhood of referees, the bromance between Jimmy & Earl + so much more!



FULL 30+ MINUTE INTERVIEW: http://radio.thescore.com/episodes/earl-and-brian-hebner-interview-feb-21-2011






ITUNES: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/right-after-wrestling/id379948064

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