There has never been a referee inducted into any professional wrestling Hall of Fame classes. That has long been the case until today. Earl Hebner is still involved with TNA, and he will be joining their upcoming Hall of Fame Inductees. Hebner was heavily involved in storylines in the WWE during the attitude era, as he consistently got pushed around by the likes of Triple H and Vince McMahon’s Corporation. He was most prominently remembered for being the referee of the Montreal Screwjob involving Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. He was terminated by the company in 2005, as he and his brother were selling WWE merchandise without authorized permission.
Hebner officiated his first match at TNA’s Against All Odds in February of 2006. That match was for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as Christian Cage took on Jeff Jarrett. He would end up becoming the center of plenty of storylines in TNA over the years, which included his admittance to screwing Bret Hart and Kurt Angle out of money. Dating back to the Jim Crockett Promotions of the 1980s, it is clear that Hebner has always been more than just a referee. While his split with WWE will basically guarantee he will never be part of the WWE Hall of Fame, TNA made sure to induct him in the Class of 2015.
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