AEW Referee Earl Hebner Says He Was A Prisoner At WWE

Earl Hebner has said that he felt like he was in prison when he was working with WWE.

The senior referee, now at AEW, is infamous for his part in the 1997 "Montreal Screwjob," spoke to Wrestling Inc recently, detailing his experience since joining Tony Khan's new company.

Hebner described the experience as laid back, which he says is great for him at his age. But no one expected him to say a kind word about WWE.

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Asked what separates the two promotions from each other, the official said: “It doesn’t feel like you’re in prison here. You’ve got more leeway and it’s more relaxing. It felt like you were in a prisoner in WWE but not in AEW. This is just a more laid back company and at my age, this is great for me.”

Hebner recalled two screwjobs as his most memorable nights while under the employ of Vince McMahon and accepts that fans are always going to give him stick for his part in Bret Hart losing to Shawn Michaels on that unforgettable night.

“The first one would be Saturday Night Main Event when I screwed Hogan," he said when asked what sticks out for him as top moments in WWE. "And the next one would be the Bret Hart deal [Montreal Screwjob]. It made a name for me…I don’t think they are ever gonna let that go. It’s gotta be over 20 years ago… [The fans] wanna torture me but I’m torturing them!”

Hebner would also reveal that he does not watch WWE after being pressed for an opinion on Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins' Hell in a Cell clash. “I don’t watch their product," he revealed.

All About That Freedom

Freedom seems to be the main difference between AEW and WWE when the former's talents get questioned thusly.

Of course, you aren't going to get a glowing review of WWE from persons who are now at AEW after working for McMahon, so that should always be considered when taking in their interviews.

Source: Wrestling Inc

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