Earl Hebner on Why Officiating Randy Savage Matches Was Challenging



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Earl Hebner on Why Officiating Randy Savage Matches Was Challenging
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In the dynamic world of professional wrestling, few stars shone as brightly as "Macho Man" Randy Savage, renowned for his flamboyant and intense persona both inside and outside the ring. A recent candid interview with WrestlingNewsCo shed new light on Savage's unique approach to the sport, as revealed by Earl Hebner, a veteran referee with decades of experience in the industry.

Hebner, who has officiated countless high-profile matches, opened up about the challenges of working with Savage, particularly when it came to the meticulous preparation for his bouts. Savage, a WWE Hall of Famer, was known for his exceptional dedication to his craft, a trait that Hebner found both admirable and daunting.

Savage's WrestleMania Prep

In the lead-up to significant events like WrestleMania, Savage's attention to detail was unparalleled. Hebner recalled being presented with an extensive stack of papers, meticulously outlining every aspect of the upcoming match.

"He'd give you a stack of papers that thick of the whole match way before it was ever going to go on. I mean, two weeks before WrestleMania, and then he comes back and I go damn, that's a joke," Hebner said. "But, that's how he was, he was a perfectionist." This level of preparation wasn't reserved solely for pay-per-view spectacles; Savage applied the same rigorous standards to house shows and television matches.

Hebner noted, "Randy was the same way about TV and house shows, same thing. He wanted to write, period." The implication was clear: Savage left nothing to chance, striving for perfection in every performance. However, this intense focus on detail came with its challenges.

Hebner pointed out that Savage's reaction to any deviation from the plan could be intense. "If you screwed up, he'd go 'What the hell is going on here?'" This aspect of Savage's personality contrasts sharply with the reflections of "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, another wrestling legend.

Earlier this year, DiBiase reflected on his experiences working with Savage. Unlike Hebner, DiBiase found his collaborations with Savage to be more enjoyable, attributing their smooth working relationship to their shared professional backgrounds.

The contrasting accounts of Hebner and DiBiase highlight the complex nature of Randy Savage's legacy in professional wrestling. His commitment to his art was unquestionable, and his impact on the sport remains indelible. As the industry continues to evolve, the stories of personalities like Savage remind us of the unique characters that have shaped its history.

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