Earl Hebner is a legendary WWE referee. He believes that the infamous Montreal Screwjob was actually a big work. Hebner has spent nearly 40 years of his life working as a referee in the professional wrestling industry. He worked for nearly 20 years for WWE.
The Montreal Screwjob took place in 1997 at Survivor Series. He was the referee working for WWE during the match. The match was between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Ebner recently appeared on VOC Nation's In The Room podcast.
He stated that he believes the entire event was a work. He originally did not believe it was a work. "At that time, I really didn't think it was a work; today, I think it was," Hebner said. "Somebody had to be the gopher, somebody had to ring the bell, and to make it look official, it was me … if you look back at the tapes, Vince (McMahon) and Sgt.
Slaughter was at that ring. Regardless of whether I rang that bell or not after the sharpshooter, somebody was gonna ring it to make it official." Ebner did not like to be part of the entire work he explained but he was forced to go ahead with it as it was his job at the time.
"At that time, it was like, 'I've got to do what they tell me to do,'" Hebner said. "After it all panned out 20 some odd years later, I'm thinking, 'Why'd I do it? Why didn't I just say no?' You know what I mean? There's a lot behind the story and I'm working on a book right now and I'm going to put it all in there.
There's a lot of things that I took in respect for the talent, and Bret, and everything, you know what I'm saying?