The name Aubrey Edwards has been on the tip of many peoples tongues after she made history at AEW’s All Out this past weekend. Edwards was the first female to ever referee a world title match on a pay-per-view.
She officiated the first-ever AEW World Heavyweight Championship match, featuring “Hangman” Adam Page and the eventual winner, Chris Jericho. The day after All Out, Edwards announced via Twitter that she signed to a full-time deal with All Elite Wrestling.
“Yesterday was huge, but today is too! Today I’m officially a full-time referee for @AEWrestling. This was a long time coming, but I needed to close the doors on my previous job before saying anything. Now I yell at people to pay my bills. What is life? “
Edwards is affectionately known as “Gearl Hebner,” an homage to one of the most well-known referees in all of professional wrestling—Earl Hebner. She began her career just two years ago when she made her debut at 3-2-1 BATTLE! in her hometown of Seattle.
Edwards worked for ECCW, DEFY, WCWC, and WWE. Most notably, she was one of the two female referees, along with Jessika Carr, who officiated for NXT and during the Mae Young Classic.
AEW announced in May that they had signed Aubrey Edwards but she had previous contracts to finish up before becoming full-time with the company. Hopefully, the success of Aubrey Edwards will open doors for other women referees looking to begin a career in what has always been a male-dominant field.
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