Throughout WWE's history, numerous industry legends have made their mark, with their children often following in their footsteps. This time, it's the daughter of veteran referee Earl Hebner, Katie Hebner, who is set to enter the world of professional wrestling officiating.
Earl Hebner was a WWE referee from 1988 to 2005, presiding over many of the company's most iconic matches. He also officiated in AEW from 2019 to 2021, although he never officially signed with the promotion. During a recent episode of Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw, Earl Hebner expressed his joy about his daughter's decision to pursue a career in wrestling officiating.
He revealed that Katie would be working with AEW in the coming weeks, saying, "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."
AEW Signing: Hebner's Legacy
Despite Earl Hebner's significant contributions to WWE over the years, he has yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. In an appearance on the Reffin' It Up podcast, the seasoned referee acknowledged that the decision isn't up to him, though he believes he deserves a spot in the prestigious hall.
Katie Hebner recently confirmed her intention to follow in her father's footsteps as a WWE veteran. Earl Hebner is best known for his involvement in the infamous Montreal Screwjob and for officiating other memorable matches during the Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels rivalry.
AEW's Jim Ross even shared a story about HBK becoming aggressive with Earl Hebner after hitting The Hitman. In a recent Facebook post, Katie Hebner reminisced about her father taking her to Studio 19 and 21 as a child. Given the recent tapings at the venue, she hinted at a possible ROH debut.
She wrote, "Full circle moment: I spent many summers and holiday breaks down here with my dad at Studio 19 & 21. Years later, I'm down here, on my own, in the same stage, chasing the same dream." Whether Katie Hebner's involvement will be acknowledged by Ring of Honor or AEW President Tony Khan remains to be seen.
She might also appear on AEW or be signed by Khan. With a WWE veteran as her father, there's no doubt that many doors will be open for her in the world of professional wrestling.
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