Dave Hebner death and Obituary, former WWE and IMPACT referee Passed Away – cause of death

Hebner first served as a professional wrestling referee in the Richmond, Virginia area in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, he started working for the World Wrestling Federation, where he hosted many historic matches such as WrestleMania III’s Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat and WrestleMania V’s Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan.

Perhaps his most memorable appearance was at the WWF Main Event on February 5, 1988, when he was assigned to officiate at the WWF World Heavyweight Championship bout between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. Andre beat Hogan as Ted Dibias locked Dave in the closet and Hebner’s twin brother Earl switched places. Earl Hebner quickly counted to three as Andre held Hogan, although Hogan clearly raised his shoulders. The competition and the WWF champion were therefore awarded to Andre. The Hebners both won $2,500 for the contest.

Ahead of WrestleMania IV, WWF sought to expand the story of the “Evil Twins” referee with a kayfabe “investigative report” published in the promotion’s flagship publication, WWF Magazine. The article uses a fictional backstory to build sympathy for Dave, claiming that he has been a victim of crimes by Earl in Dave’s name since he was a child. In a 2001 interview with WWF Raw magazine, Dave Hebner stated that the angle quickly dropped after Earl broke his ribs with a kick (as part of the aftermath of the Hogan-Andre match during the Main Event). As a result, the storyline was shifted to having Earl cope, who was the referee when Randy Savage defeated Ted DiBiase at WrestleMania IV to win the tournament final for the WWF Championship.

After retiring from refereeing following knee replacement surgery, Hebner became a street agent. He worked as a road agent until his contract was terminated in July 2005.

After his release, Hebner debuted Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in an episode of TNA Impact! On December 17, 2005, performed at Team 3D and The Diamonds in the Rough.

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