Earl Hebner On Pay Cuts Leading To His Impact Wrestling Departure, If He’d Ever Return To WWE
Former WWE / Impact Wrestling referee Earl Hebner recently spoke with Justin Barrasso for Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard‘s Week In Wrestling; you can read a few excerpts below:
Earl Hebner comments on his Impact Wrestling departure:
“We thought the new company had it all worked out when they bought it, but they’ve been having financial problems. I feel like I’ve been paying them. It’s been pay cut after pay cut, so I asked for my release. Some of the wrestlers were only getting paid $100 a day. That’s a slap in the face to the wrestlers.
My son, Brian, also wanted his release, and then they asked Brian Stiffler to be the senior ref. But the money he’d have made there would have been spent on expenses on the road, so he quit, too.”
Hebner comments on the prospect of ever returning to WWE:
“I would love to go back to WWE and finish my life in this business right there. Vince McMahon was always good to me, and he gave me the opportunity to be who I am and what I am. I would love to go back and, if nothing else, do one more match to say thank you very much for what you’ve done for me.
The talent, they’re the ones who made me who I am. I owe it to them and Vince.”