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Earl Hebner and Impact Wrestling Part Ways

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Earl Hebner and GFW/Impact Part Ways

Legendary referee Earl Hebner and Impact Wrestling have parted ways. The decision reportedly comes after Impact Wrestling asked local referees in Canada to fill in during their biggest pay-per-view of the year, Bound For Glory, and the tapings that followed up in Canada. Hebner reportedly asked for his release afterward, and Impact Wrestling granted his release. Hebner’s son Brian Stiffler (also a referee with Impact Wrestling) also asked for his release from the company, which was granted.

Obviously, Earl Hebner is most known for his work as one of the most recognizable WWE referees of all time. He and his twin brother, Dave, were involved in the well-known main event of 1998 pay-per-view, The Main Event. Additionally, Hebner was the referee during one of the biggest wrestling moment in history,”The Montreal Screwjob” where Hebner rung the bell to give Shawn Michaels the WWF Championship over a departing Bret Hart.

Hebner even had his own match against fellow referee Nick Patrick at WWF Invasion in 2001. Hebner, who was representing the WWF, defeated fellow referee Nick Patrick, who was representing the Alliance during the WWF vs. WCW Invasion angle.

Hebner once made an appearance on the television show, Boy Meets World, appearing as himself.

Impact Wrestling has parted ways with many of their long-serving talents and Hebner is another one to go. Hebner has been with the company since 2006, debuting during the Against All Odds pay-per-view. Hebner was inducted into the TNA Hall Of Fame in 2015 (in the same class with Jeff Jarrett). It is unknown what is expected next for Earl Hebner, but hopefully he continues to find work. Being one of the most famous refs in wrestling history will surely help him.

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