Earl Hebner had the honor of refereeing during All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) latest event, Double Or Nothing. He would officiate the personal clash between Dustin Rhodes and his brother, Cody.
Hebner recently caught up with Bill Apter for The Apter Chat during a convention in New Jersey, and was asked about being involved in the matchup and his thoughts on AEW.
He replied that it was a great experience, although there was a lot of pressure on him because of his history with both Dustin and Cody.
“I knew those two boys when they were kids. Matter of fact, their dad’s [Dusty Rhodes] the one that gave me this job. Dusty is the one that gave me a job at the NWA in Charlotte for Jim Crockett Promotions,” Hebner recalled. “Seeing those kids grow up and being with them in Double Or Nothing, it was…it was a great match. I was in there with two great kids, two great friends, and honestly, it was like family. We got it, it was done, and it was good.”
“I was more nervous about those two guys hurting each other than I was in the ring,” he said. “The ring doesn’t bother me. When I got two great kids—well, men now—in the ring, that I’ve loved all my life, and see them grow up from babies, it was a lot of stress on me. It’s like I was the dad there, separating the boys. I’m glad that I got to raise Cody’s hand and leave ’cause I probably would’ve been in tears at ringside.”
Earl called AEW a “great company” and confessed he feels privileged to be working with them before adding that he believes AEW will “wake up a lot of people around the world, in the wrestling business—especially the WWE. It’s gonna be great now they have some competition.”