Former WWE Referee Dave Hebner
Former WWE Referee Dave Hebner Dead at Age 73. Hebner’s nephew, Brian Hebner, shared the news on his podcast Reffin’ It Up, then shared a post on social media, writing “RIP Dave Hebner. Gone but never forgotten.
Always loved.” Brian, who is the son of Dave’s twin brother Earl Hebner, has not revealed the cause of death at this time, although it appears he has been dealing with health issues for a while according to recent photos.
particularly one from a visit with NASCAR driver Hermy Sadler, (via WrestlingInc).
Our thoughts are with the Hebner family at this difficult time.
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The most memorable moment of his career in front of the camera occurred in February 1988 during the release of “Main Event” on NBC.
In a rematch from the previous year’s WrestleMania main event, Hulk Hogan defended the WWF Championship against Andre the Giant with the impression that Dave Hebner was the referee.
It was his brother, Earl, who previously worked as an officiant with Jim Crockett’s promotion and debuted that night as Dave’s “evil” twin brother and had a major plot by Ted DiBiase to secure the championship for Andre, who could hand the title over to the Million Dollar Man.
The event drew an audience of approx 33 million and was the catalyst for the championship at WrestleMania 4 to obtain the vacant title, which Savage would win.
Hebner went from being a referee to a road agent with the company until his release by the company in the summer of 2005.
Hebner moved to TNA Wrestling and would battle Parkinson’s disease in his later years.