On a recent edition of “Sitting Ringside” with Dave Penzer, former WWF/WWE referee Earl Hebner discusses his time working for the McMahons. Earl talks about the Montreal “Screw job” and how he felt walking through the “gorilla position” that night. Below are some interview highlights:
David asks Earl when he found out about what his role would be in the finish to the Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels Match at Survivor Series:
“I found out walking to the gorilla position, I was pulled to the side and was told Vince wants you to do this, and this and this, and I thought oh my god!”
Earl shares his thoughts on what it was like working in WWF/WWE:
“There was so much stress down there (WWE) it was miserable it was like you were in prison”.
Earl also addresses the “Evil Twin Finish” on The Main Event between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant:
I did count 1,2,3, with Hogan’s shoulders about four feet off the mat, and then my brother came down and there was two of us! We had our little battle royal there and then Hogan figured out that I was the evil one, so he picks me up and tosses me out of the ring over Andre and Virgil. It hurt bad. I injured my rotator cuff, I couldn’t move my arm.That was my first day there. After that night, I had to spend six to eight weeks in rehab”.
Hebner mentions how grateful he is to the fans:
I’d like to say before I leave I would just like to thank all the fans in the WWE, WWF, TNA, Impact , everybody thank you for your support for me. I know some hate me, some love me, but thank you for your courtesy, respect, as long as I’ve been in the business”.
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