• Legendary WWF Referee Passes Away
We are saddened to report that legendary WWF Referee Dave Hebner has passed away at the age of 73.
He was the twin-brother of fellow legendary referee Earl Hebner.
Dave was the referee for many legendary matches in the history of the World Wrestling Federation, including Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania 3 and Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage at WrestleMania 5.
After retiring as a referee, he became a Road Agent for the company and worked for WWE till 2005.
The most famous moment of Dave’s WWF career came on the February 5, 1988 episode of WWF The Main Event, where Andre The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Championship by ending the Hulkster’s 4-year long title reign.
The twin-referee angle was done in this match, where Ted DiBiase locked Dave in a closet and Earl Hebner was switched in his place, who did a fast count and made Hogan lose, despite Hogan’s shoulder being up.
Both of them then stood in the ring at the same time and everyone was shocked.
2-Time WWE Hall Of Famer X-Pac tweeted the following about Dave’s death:
“I’m sad to learn of Dave Hebner’s passing. He & his brother Earl are two of the nicest people I’ve ever crossed paths with in Pro Wrestling. #RIPDaveHebner
Also, everyone is using Earl’s picture in their posts on Dave’s death. It’s not that hard to tell the difference & it’s kind of lazy tbh.”
Greatest Pro Wrestling angle ever. pic.twitter.com/47QBNCk8CA
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) June 17, 2022
RIP Dave Hebner
May 17, 1949 – June 17, 2022
• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (June 17, 1999) – WCW Thunder
On this day in 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW The Bash at the Beach 1999’ PPV.
The match-card of the show can be found here:
1. Bobby Duncum Jr. & Curt Hennig vs. The Texas Hangmen
2. Disco Inferno vs. Scotty Riggs
3. Evan Karagias vs. Prince Iaukea
4. Brian Knobbs & Hugh Morrus vs. La Parka & Silver King
5. Booker T vs. The Barbarian