Michael "Mike" Sparks (January 30, 1973) was a former referee for World Wrestling Entertainment. During late 2002, Sparks became an exclusive Smackdown referee. He is a second-generation referee as his father, Dave Hebner was also a referee in WWE back when it was still known as the WWF.


Sparks was trained in wrestling officiating by veteran referee Earl Hebner. He went on to begin refereeing matches for World Wrestling Entertainment between 1998-1999. Starting out first on WWE Monday Night Raw, Sparks later on in the year 2002, became part of the Smackdown staff of referees. Sparks spent the duration of his on-screen match refereeing from 2002 until 2004 when he apparently retired or was released from the company.

Personal life

Sparks comes from a family of referees. His father Dave Hebner was a long-time referee along with near-twin brother Earl Hebner. Sparks is the nephew of Earl and therefore cousin of fellow referee Brian Hebner who now officiates matches for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling along with Earl. Mike spent close to six years as a second-generation referee for WWE.

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