EARL HEBNER ON WORKING FOR TNA, BLAMMING LAURINAITIS FOR FIRING The RCWR Show June 5, 2012 News TNA’s head official referee Earl Hebner was recently interviewed on Tha O Show. Several topics discussed were; why he was fired by WWE, if he’d ever go back, whether he’s considered suing WWE & “screwing” Bret Hart. Here’s some of the highlights with Earl Hebner: Earl Hebner on what exactly happened when he and brother, Dave Hebner, were fired by WWE: “Well, I’m going to tell you the truth and whether anyone believes it doesn’t mean a s–t to me. Johnny (Laurinaitis) had a hard-on for my brother. He wanted to fire my brother. I owned a shirt shop in St. Louis. Whatever we had in the shop — and I was not there that often — was legal. It was the same merchandise that WWE bought. “They used me as the scapegoat. I’ve had offers to come back there but I’m not going back there. That’s the whole story. It’s a big lie that I was doing what they said I was doing. Johnny wanted to get rid of my brother and I was the scapegoat when they told me I was making illegal merchandise. “I’ve had offers to come back to WWE but I won’t go back because I feel if I went back there, they’d only be hiring me to get me out of TNA. Because, the ref that myself and (my son) Brian — they’d get us down there, find another loop hole and we’d be out of a job. I love TNA to begin with because they’re truthful, honest and straight up. “There’s so much bulls–t up at WWE it’s unreal. So, I don’t need to go back there. My time is limited. I’ve probably got two years — maybe I could stay to 2014 if I want to stay — but right now, my plans are to leave in 2013.” Earl Hebner on whether or not he considered suing WWE: “No. It’s not worth the aggravation. I’d be wasting my money, spinning on wheels because they got cahoots with this guy, that guy and the other guy. It was better for me to just walk off and say, ‘Thank you very much. I’m gone.’ “I could have fought it but I’m not going to waste my money. All the loopholes that Vince McMahon knows, with all the lawyers and bulls–t, it’d probably cost me more than it was worth. So, the best thing was for me to just leave. I’m glad I did and I’m happy where I’m at. “TNA picked me up out of the the blue and it’s been great there. It’s like a tweeted a while back: When I leave, I’ll leave my boots and my shoes hanging on TNA wrestling ropes. I’ll be finished, I’ll be gone. I will never go back to WWE.” Earl Hebner on a t-shirt he sells that says “Damn Right I Did” that he sometimes wears and shows off when fans chant “You Screwed Bret”: “When they chant that, I pull my referee shirt off and it says, ‘Damn Right I Did’ and I’m making a lot of money off that. “It is what it is. I’m making money off it. They can chant it all night long and it’s making my money. I love it. … It’s great. It’s about 15-years-old. I’m selling anywhere from 50-80 shirts a night at the house shows. We’re going to Canada June 23rd and 24th, I hope I sell 10,000 shirts over there. They can either s–t on them, burn them or keep them. I don’t care. As long as they buy them — that’s all I care about.” Check out the entire interview with Earl Hebner down below. Great news as you can not only listen to new episodes of THE RCWR SHOW & Impact Showdown here and at sister site over at blogtalkradio, but you can also now access the shows on Stitcher SmartRadio! Stitcher allows you to listen to your favorite shows directly from your iPhone, Android phone, Kindle Fire and beyond! It’s on-demand on the go! Don’t have Stitcher? Not a problem as you can download it free today at Stitcher.com or in the apps store. Our latest episodes are always available as no synching is needed…and no memory or storage wasted! It’s the smarter way to listen to radio folks! So try it out now and check out the shows on there by searching for “THE RCWR SHOW”. As always, episodes are available for free in the Itunes & Zune marketplaces. Just use the keywords “THE RCWR SHOW” and be sure to leave comments as it’s always appreciated. Check out all our episodes now by clicking here and here.