16. Earl Hebner Recalls Being The “Evil Twin” Referee In The Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant Match, Getting Injured In That Match
During a recent appearance on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, legendary referee Earl Hebner talked about being the “evil twin” referee during the Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant match, getting injured in that match & more. Below are the highlights:
Being the “evil twin” referee in Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant’s Main Event title match his first night in the WWF:
“I was nervous. They invented this whole program over about I’d say a good three weeks in Connecticut. But it was great for me that I was the evil twin (and I’m still evil) and if you look at my past record you can tell I’m evil (laughing), I’m actually not I am a nice guy but it worked great for me that they put me on the goal line of working for somebody and I’m not knocking the NWA but to make a life in this business and to make money. It was so quiet or if you want to say it was kayfabed so long and nobody knew anything until it happened. It was so great. It is the way the business should be but today it isn’t like it was when I first started. What a great opportunity for me and it made me who I am today and is one of the main angles that made me who I am today.”
The injury sustained after Hulk Hogan launched Earl over his intended target of Ted Dibiase, Virgil and Andre:
“When he started running and I was in his arms, I was saying to myself that is not the plan. He was supposed to walk to the ropes and throw me in their arms. When he shot me I missed everybody including Andre and when I hit the floor I destroyed my rotator cuff in my right arm.
When I hit that floor it just exploded my whole right arm and rotator cuff and I was out for about eight weeks or nine weeks getting it repaired. When I got to the back I was thinking that this is sure a good way to get into the front door because when I hit that concrete floor and it exploded, brother it was horrible.”