Aubrey Edwards
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Edwards on AEW Dynamite in 2022
Birth nameBrittany Aubert[1]
Born (1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 35)[2]
Seattle, Washington[3]
Alma materDigiPen Institute of Technology[4] (BSCS)[5]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Aubrey Edwards
Gearl Hebner
Billed height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Trained byChris Samuels
Steve West[6]
Debut2017

Brittany Aubert (born March 9, 1987), better known by the ring name Aubrey Edwards, is an American video game developer and professional wrestling referee currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).[7][8] She is also the promotion's project coordinator and the co-host of AEW Unrestricted with Tony Schiavone.[9][10]

Career

Video game industry

Aubert has a background in software engineering and computer science, having previously worked in the video game industry as a producer.[11][12] Aubert was previously employed by 5th Cell, where she worked on the Scribblenauts video game series for more than six years. She started out as a tool programmer for the series' inaugural title and eventually became lead producer of the Wii U launch title Scribblenauts Unlimited.[13]

Aubert is involved with the ongoing development of AEW Games.[11][12]

Professional wrestling

Aubert joined independent promotion 3–2–1 BATTLE! as a referee, initially going under the ring name Gearl Hebner.[citation needed] She began working with other Washington-based promotions such as DEFY and Without a Cause, utilizing the ring name Aubrey Edwards.[citation needed]

In 2018, Edwards made appearances in WWE, working as a referee for the Mae Young Classic[14] and WWE Evolution.[15]

In August 2019, Edwards made history at AEW's All Out by becoming the first woman to referee a professional wrestling world championship match on pay-per-view.[16] She signed with AEW on September 1, 2019, becoming the promotion's first full-time female referee.[16][17]

Personal life

Aubert is bisexual.[18][19] Before becoming a professional wrestling referee, Aubert practiced classical ballet for 21 years.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Meet Brittany Aubert, the Game Producing, Pro-Wrestling TV Star". digipen.edu. DigiPen Institute of Technology. January 19, 2021. Archived from the original on May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  2. ^ Aubrey Edwards [@RefAubrey] (March 9, 2022). "35... I started my day by listening to NPR and drinking cold brew. A perfect start on the back half of my thirties. Watch a special Aubrey-birthday edition of #AEWDynamite tonight on TBS at 8/7c" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Aubrey Edwards' Profile on "WrestlingData.com". Archived from the original on July 14, 2022. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  4. ^ Edwards, Aubrey [@RefAubrey] (January 18, 2020). "Small world! I graduated from DigiPen" (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2020 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Edwards, Aubrey [@RefAubrey] (March 4, 2020). "I have a BS in Computer Science! You can have a degree and count to 3!" (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2020 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Tessier, Colin (June 21, 2020). "Aubrey Edwards On Her Stint As A WWE Referee, Her Training School And More". Wrestle Zone. Archived from the original on November 9, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  7. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (June 25, 2020). "Aubrey Edwards Changed Her Name To Limit Confusion With Britt Baker". Fightful. Archived from the original on March 1, 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  8. ^ Sulla-Heffinger, Anthony (May 6, 2020). "AEW's Aubrey Edwards is the trailblazing referee you don't want to mess with". Yahoo. Archived from the original on July 14, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Carroll, Chuck (January 16, 2020). "'I'm Not Taking Anybody's Crap,' Says Aubrey Edwards, Female All Elite Wrestling Referee". CBS Miami. Archived from the original on March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  10. ^ Dudley, Joshua (February 25, 2020). "'AEW: Unrestricted' Tells The Stories Behind Their 'Elite' Wrestlers". Forbes. Archived from the original on February 27, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Olson, Benjamin (September 24, 2019). "Bellevue resident referees title match". Bellevue Reporter. Archived from the original on August 6, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Trainor, Daniel (June 18, 2020). "Aubrey Edwards Confirms She's Working On AEW's Video Game". Pro Wrestling Sheet. Archived from the original on November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  13. ^ Marcus Stewart (December 23, 2020). "AEW's Aubrey Edwards On Her Journey Through Game Development, Pro Wrestling, And AEW Games". Game Informer. Archived from the original on January 22, 2022. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  14. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (June 18, 2020). "Aubrey Edwards: I Wouldn't Be Successful In WWE, Referees Don't Have Personalities There". Fightful. Archived from the original on May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  15. ^ a b Ounpraseuth, Jason (May 7, 2020). "AEW Referee Aubrey Edwards On WWE Not Signing Her During Her Time With The Company". Wrestling Inc. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  16. ^ a b Lambert, Jeremy (September 1, 2019). "Aubrey Edwards Signs Full-Time With AEW". Fightful. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Thomas, Jeremy (September 1, 2019). "Aubrey Edwards Joins AEW Full-Time as Referee". 411MANIA. Archived from the original on May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  18. ^ Aubrey Edwards [@RefAubrey] (July 20, 2020). "Fun fact: I wear bright red lipstick for matches that have a significant meaning. As a bisexual woman, officiating @SonnyKissXO vs @CodyRhodes was _very_ important to me" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Aubrey Edwards [@RefAubrey] (June 16, 2021). "Thanks @AEW for giving us a platform. I don't talk about my sexuality often, but visibility is important, especially during #pride I'm Bi. I like guys, I like girls, and I like every beautiful combination in between. Love is love" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022 – via Twitter.