Legendary pro wrestling referee Earl Hebner will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame on Oct. 3, one night before TNA’s annual Bound For Glory pay-per-view. The event will take place in Hebner’s home state on Virginia.
“Earl Hebner is not only one of the most recognizable personalities in professional wrestling, his passion for the sport, in-ring management skills, and ability to entertain audiences has set the standard by which all professional wrestling referees are measured,” TNA President Dixie Carter said in a statement. “ It is an honor to have Earl as part of the TNA family and as the newest member of the illustrious TNA Hall of Fame.”
Hebner has worked 30 years as a referee, starting with Jim Crockett Promotions in the mid-1980s and worked the majority of his career with the WWE. He joined TNA in 2006 and has worked there ever since.
“When I received the call from John Gaburick (TNA’s Executive Vice President of Television and Talent Relations) and he told me I am being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, I was stunned and my eyes welled up with tears,” Hebner said in the same statement. “I’ve been working for 37 years for this incredible honor. It is rare for a referee in any sport to be recognized in this way, and I am proud TNA is recognizing me as the first referee to ever be inducted into a professional wrestling Hall of Fame.”