AEW Referee Earl Hebner was recently on Apter Chat. Hebner rhapsodized about getting to referee Cody & Dustin Rhodes’s emotional battle at Double or Nothing, a match which Hebner had a personal connection to.
Transcriptions by Dominic DeAngelo at WrestleZone
It was a great experience and a lot of thoughts and a lot of pressure because I knew those two boys when they were kids. Matter of fact, their dad was the one that gave me this job.
Dusty is the one that gave me a job at the NWA in Charlotte with Jim Crockett Promotions and seeing those kids grow up and being with them in Double Or Nothing, it was a great match, but I was in there with two great kids, two great friends and honestly, it was like family.
Hebner also discussed the feeling in the AEW locker room, ahead of the event. He even used the “prison” analogy that keeps floating around.
There’s a happiness. Joking, laughing, it’s not like you’re in prison anymore. It’s like you’re enjoying what you do and you do it the best that you can do when you’re not under pressure and they give you the lead way. They give you the keys and you go with it.
Finally, Hebner discussed whether or not he’d officiate the AEW World Championship Match on Aug. 31st.
I’m gonna leave it up to AEW. They can choose whoever they want. In all honestly, I’d like to see one of the other refs get the opportunity to do that because I’ve been there and it would give them a great honor and myself too, but I would rather see a new, somebody else besides Earl Hebner.