This page is now dedicated to musings of Referee D.J. Jarka. Along with reffing professional wrestling matches for Empire State Wrestling and Southern Tier Wrestling, he also works on ESW's social media team, produces ESW's podcast "Inside the Empire" and serves as the promotion's publicist. In August 2018, he started writing for Pro Wrestling Post.
D.J. also reffed for several organizations across Upstate New York, as well as a couple shows in Erie, Pennsylvania and one in Toronto, Ontario, Canada after getting his start in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He also helped out with ring crew for promotions in Ontario as a student and holds some experience in lighting and sound production.
He assisted in referee training in a pre-show setting and at wrestling schools in Western New York. D.J. most recently helped train on several occasions at Grapplers Anonymous in Lackawanna, N.Y.
Jarka's initial training was received at the Buffalo Pro Wrestling Gym under Killer Kumpf.
Here is the complete list of promotions D.J. has worked for along with rough time frames. Some of the matches he reffed for these promotions were featured on regional television networks and streaming services. Sometimes these matches included notable wrestling stars that worked in World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, American Wrestling Association, Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground:
*Empire State Wrestling (New York) - Apr 2011 to present
*Southern Tier Wrestling (New York) - Apr 2016 to present
*Revenge Pro Wrestling (Pennsylvania) - Oct 2018
*Maximum Force Wrestling (New York) - Nov 2015 to Apr 2017
*Victory Commonwealth Wrestling (Ontario) - Mar 2016
*International Wrestling Federation (New York) - Dec 2015 to Feb 2016
*Xcite Wrestling (New York) - Nov 2014 to Mar 2015
*Pier 6 Wrestling (New York) - Jan 2011 to Jul 2014
*Buffalo Championship Wrestling (New York) - Dec 2011, Mar 2013 to Aug 2014
*Ultimate Wrestling (New York) - Nov 2008 to Nov 2012, Dec 2013
*Pro Wrestling Rampage (Pennsylvania) - Aug 2013
*Old School Pro Wrestling (New York) - May 2009 to Oct 2012
*Fighters Passion Wrestling (New York) - Oct 2011 to Jun 2012
*Canadian Wrestling International (New York) - Nov 2011
*Next Era Wrestling (New York) - Jun 2008 to Aug 2010
*Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling (Ohio) - Sep 2008
*New Era Pro Wrestling (Ohio) - Sep 2007 to Mar 2008