Earl Hebner recently spoke with Sports Illustrated regarding his future, telling them that he is a “free agent.” Hebner told them that he had signed a two year extension with Impact Wrestling in March, but that Anthem Sport has had financial issues which forced him and his son Brian to leave the company.
Highlights of the interview are below.
On his falling out with Anthem/Impact: We thought the new company had it all worked out when they bought it, but theyve been having financial problems. I feel like Ive been paying them. Its been pay cut after pay cut, so I asked for my release. Some of the wrestlers were only getting paid $100 a day. Thats a slap in the face to the wrestlers.
On his son Brian also leaving Impact: My son, Brian, also wanted his release, and then they asked Brian Stiffler to be the senior ref. But the money hed have made there would have been spent on expenses on the road, so he quit, too.
On possibly returning to WWE: I would love to go back to WWE and finish my life in this business right there. Vince McMahon was always good to me, and he gave me the opportunity to be who I am and what I am. I would love to go back and, if nothing else, do one more match to say thank you very much for what youve done for me.