All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) first full-time female referee, Aubrey Edwards, may soon have a new apprentice. In a recent episode of "Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw," esteemed referee Earl Hebner shared that his daughter, Katie Hebner, has teamed up with AEW.
In a few weeks, she will head to Florida to officiate matches at a television taping. Originally, Katie had her sights set on becoming a wrestler, but a cracked bone in her back prematurely ended her in-ring aspirations. Consequently, she shifted her focus to mastering the art of refereeing—a role that is less physically demanding.
Earl expressed his initial preference for her to pursue refereeing: "I wanted her to be a referee to begin with, but everybody wants to do their own thing. It's fine with me, whatever she wants [to do], what makes her happy.
So, if it works out, we'll have another Hebner in the business."
Hebner's Daughter Joins AEW Tapings
While Earl did not mention which television show Katie would participate in, it is worth noting that AEW's partner promotion, Ring of Honor, has recently recorded some of their programming in Florida.
This includes the weekend's tapings at Soundstage 19 in Universal Studios. Coincidentally, Katie has confirmed her presence there. In a recent Facebook post, she wrote that she is at Stage 19 "chasing the same dream" as her father.
Accompanying the post is a photo of her standing in front of the venue, with a referee shirt draped over the guardrail. Katie also acknowledged the significance of this weekend as a "full circle moment" for her. She has fond memories of spending numerous summers and holidays in the area while her father worked for TNA.
Now, as she embarks on her journey as a referee, Katie will continue the Hebner family's legacy in professional wrestling. With her father's experience and guidance, combined with her passion and determination, Katie Hebner is poised to make a name for herself in the world of AEW and beyond.