Jarkaster

Jarkaster The Official Online Home of Referee D.J. Jarka
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It all started as a name for a created team in an NCAA Football video game. Over time, it morphed into its own entity - similar to a personal branding. Jarkaster is the nickname given to Lancaster, New York by D.J. Jarka, as a play off of his fondness and homerism toward his hometown. It's actual definition is sort of an ongoing process. It's most strongly linked to neighborhood around St. Mary's where he grew up, and now his currently stomping grounds closer to the Keysa Park area. However, it can be more broadly used to reference the whole town and/or village, as well. Jarkaster has also gained an association of sorts as a mythological city-state with global influence and an ethos reflecting that of that of D.J. Other places D.J. has resided have been given similar nicknames: Jarkalo, Jarkawanda, South Jarkawaga...but none of them quite stuck like Jarkaster.

Wrestlebash is about one week away. This will be the biggest Western New York indie wrestling show of the year. I previe...
11/15/2019
The Jarkaster Journey: #Preview Empire State Wrestling Presents Wrestlebash X - ProWrestlingPost.com

Wrestlebash is about one week away. This will be the biggest Western New York indie wrestling show of the year. I previewed this huge Empire State Wrestling - ESW event for Pro Wrestling Post.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-preview-empire-state-wrestling-presents-wrestlebash-x/

The Jarkaster Journey: #Preview Empire State Wrestling Presents Wrestlebash X In his latest Empire State Wrestling Preview, DJ looks at Wrestlebash X.

Empire State Wrestling - ESW manager Brother Christianson quietly stepped aside from wrestling after ESW's September eve...
10/24/2019
The Jarkaster Journey - Brother Christianson and his Last Testament - ProWrestlingPost.com

Empire State Wrestling - ESW manager Brother Christianson quietly stepped aside from wrestling after ESW's September event.

This is a retrospective on his time on the indie wrestling scene. Give it a read!

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-brother-christiansons-last-testament/

The Jarkaster Journey - Brother Christianson and his Last Testament In the latest Jarkaster Journey, DJ looks at Brother Christiansons career.

In this edition of The Jarkaster Journey, I go over reffing a match that saw two wrestlers die and then resurrect, plus ...
10/04/2019
The Jarkaster Journey: Overdrive - ProWrestlingPost.com

In this edition of The Jarkaster Journey, I go over reffing a match that saw two wrestlers die and then resurrect, plus a brawl that went all over the fire fall at Empire State Wrestling - ESW!

Check it out on Pro Wrestling Post!

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-overdrive/

The Jarkaster Journey: Overdrive In the latest edition of the Jarkaster Journey, DJ returns to share his thoughts and experience during Overdrive.

I'm really pleased to finally get Jonny "Freakin'" Puma on Inside the Empire!As one of the founders of Empire State Wres...
09/27/2019
Jonny Puma - Part I

I'm really pleased to finally get Jonny "Freakin'" Puma on Inside the Empire!

As one of the founders of Empire State Wrestling - ESW, Puma holds a bevy of knowledge on ESW's history and on WNY indie wrestling as a whole, among many other great stories.

There's so much to go over, that Puma's story will be broken down over multiple episodes. So stay tuned to your favorite podcast streaming feed for future episodes on his career!

https://eswwrestling.podbean.com/e/jonny-puma-part-i/

The newest episode of Inside the Empire features one of the founding fathers of Empire State Wrestling - Jonny Puma! Puma goes into great depth not just on the beginnings of ESW, but also his own career and the early days of independent wrestling in Wester...

This Saturday's Empire State Wrestling - ESW event called Overdrive will greatly shape the card for WrestleBash coming u...
09/26/2019
The Jarkaster Journey - #Preview Empire State Wrestling Presents Overdrive - ProWrestlingPost.com

This Saturday's Empire State Wrestling - ESW event called Overdrive will greatly shape the card for WrestleBash coming up in November.

I previewed this critical event in my latest piece for Pro Wrestling Post, which includes exclusive quotes from many of ESW's top stars.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-preview-empire-state-wrestling-presents-overdrive/

The Jarkaster Journey - #Preview Empire State Wrestling Presents Overdrive In the latest Jarkaster Journey, DJ previews Overdrive.

This is the fourth - and final - installment of the History of Empire State Wrestling - ESW on Pro Wrestling Post.This t...
09/19/2019
A Brief History of Empire State Wrestling Part IV - ProWrestlingPost.com

This is the fourth - and final - installment of the History of Empire State Wrestling - ESW on Pro Wrestling Post.

This turned about to be a much more ambitious serious than I first expected, and hope that anyone that read this articles enjoyed them.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/a-brief-history-of-empire-state-wrestling-part-iv/

A Brief History of Empire State Wrestling Part IV In the latest Jarkaster Journey, DJ returns with the final part of the history of Empire State Wrestling.

This past Saturday, I completed my first double-shot by working for Empire State Wrestling - ESW and A Fair Amount Of In...
08/22/2019
The Jarkaster Journey: Double Shot - ESW and Madmar Entertainment - ProWrestlingPost.com

This past Saturday, I completed my first double-shot by working for Empire State Wrestling - ESW and A Fair Amount Of Insanity in the same day.

Read about how it went in my newest piece for Pro Wrestling Post.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-double-shot-esw-and-madmar-entertainment/

The Jarkaster Journey: Double Shot - ESW and Madmar Entertainment In the latest Jarkaster Journey, DJ discusses Madmar Entertainment.

We sat down with ESW Heavyweight Champion Daniel Garcia at the WNY POD-CON a few weeks ago to record a new episode of In...
08/16/2019
Daniel Garcia - No. 2

We sat down with ESW Heavyweight Champion Daniel Garcia at the WNY POD-CON a few weeks ago to record a new episode of Inside the Empire.

Check this one out and get updated on Garcia's comeback, current happenings and what his future holds.

https://eswwrestling.podbean.com/e/daniel-garcia-no-2/

Daniel Garcia returns to Inside the Empire on this episodes, and this time he does so as the ESW Heavyweight Champion! Recorded live at the WNY POD-CON, Garcia discusses bouncing back from the injuries he sustained from the Buffalo Brothers car accident, w...

My newest article on Pro Wrestling Post is a preview of the next Empire State Wrestling - ESW event Hit Me With Your Bes...
08/15/2019
The Jarkaster Journey: #Preview Empire State Wrestling Presents Hit Me With Your Best Shot - ProWrestlingPost.com

My newest article on Pro Wrestling Post is a preview of the next Empire State Wrestling - ESW event Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Give it a read!

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-preview-empire-state-wrestling-presents-hit-me-with-your-best-shot/

In the latest Jarkaster Journey, DJ preview's Empire State Wrestlings's latest event the upcoming Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

A match I reffed will be on News 8 WROC Rochester one week from today. If you're in the Rochester area, stay up late or ...
08/10/2019

A match I reffed will be on News 8 WROC Rochester one week from today. If you're in the Rochester area, stay up late or set your DVR to catch this episode of Wrestlevision!

Myself and the rest of the Inside the Empire crew will be at the Buffalo Sports Pod-A-Thon in October at Buffalo RiverWo...
08/09/2019

Myself and the rest of the Inside the Empire crew will be at the Buffalo Sports Pod-A-Thon in October at Buffalo RiverWorks.

Our special guest will be Empire State Wrestling - ESW Interstate Champion Frankie Feathers - Pro Wrestler!

Early bird tickets are $40 and give you 4 hours of sports talk featuring many local sports media members, open refreshments, pizza & wing buffet and Buffalo Sports Trivia hosted by Howard Simon from WGR 550!

Proceeds will go toward BB&G Charities: Building, Believing & Giving.

Here is the third, but not the final installment of the History of Empire State Wrestling - ESW on Pro Wrestling Post.Or...
08/08/2019
Empire State Wrestling: A Brief History of ESW Part III - ProWrestlingPost.com

Here is the third, but not the final installment of the History of Empire State Wrestling - ESW on Pro Wrestling Post.

Originally, I thought I could tell a brief history of ESW in three parts. But as I kept writing this one, I felt it was better to turn into a four-part series.

Hope you enjoy it!

https://prowrestlingpost.com/empire-state-wrestling-a-brief-history-of-esw-part-iii/

Empire State Wrestling: A Brief History of ESW Part III In the third installment, DJ discusses the ongoing history of Empire State Wrestling.

Want to learn more about Chris Cooper? Check out his episode of Inside the Empire - including some hilarious stories fro...
08/02/2019
Chris Cooper

Want to learn more about Chris Cooper? Check out his episode of Inside the Empire - including some hilarious stories from his early portion of his career.

https://eswwrestling.podbean.com/e/chris-cooper/

Chris Cooper is the next guest on "Inside the Empire". As a 3-time ESW Heavyweight Champion and one half of the current tag team champions, Cooper has been an integral part of ESW over the years and goes into detail about his experiences....

Our next recording of Inside the Empire will feature Chris Cooper!
07/24/2019

Our next recording of Inside the Empire will feature Chris Cooper!

The next episode of Inside the Empire will feature one half of the current ESW Tag Team Champions: Chris Cooper!

What questions do you have for one of the most prominent wrestlers in ESW's history?

When Kevin Blackwood enters the ring tomorrow at Limitless Wrestling, he will prove to the world that he's truly "unkill...
07/11/2019
Jarkaster Journey: Kevin Blackwood - Defining UNKILLABLE - ProWrestlingPost.com

When Kevin Blackwood enters the ring tomorrow at Limitless Wrestling, he will prove to the world that he's truly "unkillable".

Read about his road to recovery after the Buffalo Brothers car accident in my newest piece for Pro Wrestling Post.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/jarkaster-journey-kevin-blackwood-defining-unkillable/

Jarkaster Journey: Kevin Blackwood - Defining UNKILLABLE With his impending return to the ring, Kevin Blackwood returns to action for Limitless.

In my newest piece at Pro Wrestling Post, I breakdown the card for tomorrow's Empire State Wrestling - ESW event Tempera...
06/28/2019
The Jarkaster Journey - #Preview Empire State Wrestling Presents Temperature Rising - ProWrestlingPost.com

In my newest piece at Pro Wrestling Post, I breakdown the card for tomorrow's Empire State Wrestling - ESW event Temperature Rising, with a few quotes from some of the wrestlers on the show. I also go in-depth on the highly anticipated match between Brandon Thurston and Daniel Garcia.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-preview-empire-state-wrestling-presents-temperature-rising/

The Jarkaster Journey - #Preview Empire State Wrestling Presents Temperature Rising DJ returns to explore ESW's Temperature Rising.

I'm pumped to announce that Inside the Empire is finally available on Spotify!You can listen to our latest episode with ...
06/26/2019
ESW: Inside the Empire

I'm pumped to announce that Inside the Empire is finally available on Spotify!

You can listen to our latest episode with Will Calrissian plus older ones featuring The Caesar, Kevin Bennett, Daniel Garcia and many more!

By Empire State Wrestling https://open.spotify.com/show/43Cwk4by1IfMsffJLQ1gLe

An inside look on Buffalo-Niagara independent wrestling promotion, Empire State Wrestling! by Empire State Wrestling

This might be the best episode yet of Inside the Empire - the official podcast of Empire State Wrestling - ESW.Will Calr...
06/25/2019
Will Calrissian

This might be the best episode yet of Inside the Empire - the official podcast of Empire State Wrestling - ESW.

Will Calrissian has been a staple of WNY wrestling for over 15 years. He goes into great detail on many hilarious stories from over the years.

If you listen to just one episode of ItE, this is the one to check out. Special thanks to Chris Gullo and Brandon Thurston for helping knock this one out of the park as usual and to guest co-host The Caesar for sitting in alongside on this one.

https://eswwrestling.podbean.com/e/will-calrissian/

The next guest on Inside the Empire is three-time former Empire State Wrestling Champion Will Calrissian. He is joined in this episode alongside special co-host ESW Commissioner The Caesar, regular host Chris Gullo and engineer Brandon Thurston. Calrissian...

Brandon Thurston vs. Fred Yehi at Empire State Wrestling - ESW was one off the most exhilarating matches u ever reffed. ...
06/17/2019
Fred Yehi vs. Brandon Thurston On Free Match Monday - Wrestlezone

Brandon Thurston vs. Fred Yehi at Empire State Wrestling - ESW was one off the most exhilarating matches u ever reffed. Check it out at WrestleZone presented by Powerslam.TV.

https://www.mandatory.com/wrestlezone/news/1103885-fred-yehi-brandon-thurston-free-match-monday/amp?__twitter_impression=true

Fred Yehi faces off with Brandon Thurston in the latest installment of Free Match Monday on Wrestlezone! Fans can use the code WRESTLEZONE to get one month free on https://www.powerslam.tv/ which now features more than 5,000 hours of pro wrestling content!

My latest contribution to Pro Wrestling Post previews the next Empire State Wrestling - ESW event.This Saturday, ESW mak...
06/13/2019
The Jarkaster Journey: #Preview ESW presents Deschfest III: Collision in Cuba - ProWrestlingPost.com

My latest contribution to Pro Wrestling Post previews the next Empire State Wrestling - ESW event.

This Saturday, ESW makes its Cuba, NY debut featuring Bushwacker Luke. Read about how this charity event started and what to expect wrestling wise.

https://t.co/7n52fJmoCB

The Jarkaster Journey: #Preview ESW presents Deschfest III: Collision in Cuba DJ returns to share ESW's upcoming Collision in Cuba event.

Here it is.Part 2 of my series on the History of Empire State Wrestling - ESW for Pro Wrestling Post.This installment lo...
06/06/2019
A Brief History of: Empire State Wrestling Part II - ProWrestlingPost.com

Here it is.

Part 2 of my series on the History of Empire State Wrestling - ESW for Pro Wrestling Post.

This installment looks back at the years when ESW existed in spirit but not in actual name: the NWA and NEW eras.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/a-brief-history-of-empire-state-wrestling-part-ii/

A Brief History of: Empire State Wrestling Part II DJ returns with the second part of a brief history of Empire State Wrestling.

06/05/2019

Stay tuned to Pro Wrestling Post tomorrow for the release of my second article on A Brief History of Empire State Wrestling - ESW!

Empire State Wrestling - ESW returns to Rochester this Saturday for The Next Chapter.I preview the event in my latest co...
05/30/2019
The Jarkaster Journey: ESW presents The Next Chapter - ProWrestlingPost.com

Empire State Wrestling - ESW returns to Rochester this Saturday for The Next Chapter.

I preview the event in my latest contribution for Pro Wrestling Post with a few quotes from some of the wrestlers that will be in action.

https://prowrestlingpost.com/the-jarkaster-journey-esw-presents-the-next-chapter/

The Jarkaster Journey: ESW presents The Next Chapter DJ is back to run down ESW, Empire State Wrestling's upcoming The Next Chapter event.

05/18/2019

It was great to be back on the newest episode of Inside the Empire featuring one of my good friends in "this business": Empire State Wrestling - ESW Heavyweight Champion Brandon Thurston!

We go in-depth on Brandon's career, what lured him into wrestling and he answers a slew of fan submitted questions.

https://eswwrestling.podbean.com/e/brandon-thurston/

The Inside the Empire crew will be at the WNY POD-CON this August. Come join us!
05/02/2019

The Inside the Empire crew will be at the WNY POD-CON this August. Come join us!

04/26/2019

2019 NFL First Round Draft Comments
1. Arizona: Kyle Murray QB Oklahoma - This was a given. Interesting that Josh Rosen wasn’t traded. He still could today, but the longer it goes without a deal, the likelihood he stays in the desert increases. Will there be a competition for the quarterback job between two young prospects? Possibly, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
2. San Francisco: Nick Bosa EDGE Ohio State – This is another obvious pick. Another no-brainer one here.
3. NY Jets: Quinnen Williams DL Alabama – There was some rumors that there was some discussion with Buffalo about trading for this spot for Williams. Jets may have been the one who initiated that dialogue and ultimately decided to make that pick for itself.
4. Oakland: Clelin Ferrell EDGE Clemson – This was the surprise pick. Ferrell has what it takes to be a solid player right away, but was projected to go toward the end of the round. However, earlier in the offseason, some people did think he was a Top 10 talent.
5. Tampa Bay: Devin White LB LSU – One of the worst kept secrets was White going to Tampa.
6. NY Giants: Daniel Jones QB Duke – All the writing was on the wall prior to this pick. I was kind of surprised by how many people didn’t think they’d make this pick. Definitely a reach in terms of projected talent (probably a Day 2 player), but in a super quarterback driven league, it’s unsurprising to see a team jump on one much sooner than they probably should.
7. Jacksonville: Josh Allen EDGE Kentucky – Allen simply falls into Jacksonville’s lap. I bet this was an easy choice for them.
8. Detroit: TJ Hockenson TE Iowa – Lions must have looked at how good Eric Ebron was after leaving the Motor City and felt like they should try to do it again. This obviously adds another weapon for Matt Stafford, but also put more pressure on him. Detroit was sniffing around this quarterback class at the combine.
9. Buffalo: Ed Oliver DL Houston – I don’t remember, if ever, I reacted to a Bills’ pick with “f**k yeah”. As a Buffalo fan, I’m super happy about this one.
10. Pittsburgh: Devin Bush Jr. LB Michigan - Steelers trade up with Denver to take a guy I actually had penciled in to the Broncos. In earlier mocks, I had Bush going to Pittsburgh, so this wasn’t much of a surprise.
11. Cincinnati: Jonah Williams OT Alabama – They need help on the offensive line so this makes perfect sense.
12. Green Bay: Rashan Gary EDGE Michigan – I felt the Packers would be looking to beef up the offensive side of the ball here but they do need pass rush help.
13. Miami: Christian Wilkins DL Clemson – I didn’t expect them to address the middle of the defensive line, but he’s still a good player. I think #TankForTua is on.
14. Atlanta: Chris Lindstrom IOL Boston College – I thought Lindstrom would be the second guard taken off the board. I also felt the Falcons really needed to address the defensive line here.
15. Washington: Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State – Washington ends up valuing Haskins over Rosen. It sounds like Dan Snyder and the front office wanted Haskins, while the coaching staff wanted Jones. If Haskins doesn’t seem to be working out with this offensive scheme, don’t be shocked if Jay Gruden hits the unemployment line.
16. Carolina: Brian Burns EDGE Florida St. – I didn’t expect pass rush here – either offensive line or safety. With Andre Dillard still on the board, I figured they would have pulled the trigger on him considering the rumors they wanted to trade up for him.
17. NY Giants: Dexter Lawrence DL Clemson – A solid player, but I felt the Giants really needed pass rush instead. Lawrence could also have been available in the second round.
18. Minnesota: Garrett Bradbury IOL NC State – I think this was the perfect fit for the Vikings.
19. Tennessee: Jeffery Simmons IDL Mississippi State – Simmons looked like a Top 15 pick before his injury. I figured he would slip to the top of the second round. Interior defensive line is a need for the Titans, but they could woefully use some help in the passing game.
20. Denver: Noah Fant TE Iowa – After trading back with Pittsburgh, the Broncos address the gaping hole at tight end. I guess they gave up on Jake Butt? Unless John Elway pursues Drew Lock on Day 2, he might be content with Joe Flacco at quarterback.
21. Green Bay: Darnell Savage Jr. S Maryland – There was a need in the secondary, so it does make some sense. Look for the Packers to address the offense on Day 2.
22. Philadelphia: Andre Dillard OT Washington State – I didn’t see the Eagles trading up for a tackle. The feeling was either wide receiver or safety with them (especially with Hollywood Brown still on the board).
23. Houston: Tytus Howard OT Alabama State – I nailed the position on this one, just not the player. Deshaun Watson gets some much needed help on the offensive line.
24. Oakland: Josh Jacobs RB Alabama – The rumors proved right on this pick.
25. Baltimore: Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma – Even though I’m not high on Brown, this pick makes a lot of sense. Brown played at less than 180 pounds in college, very Roscoe Parrish-like. I’m not sure if he will be able to hold up at the next level.
26. Washington: Montez Sweat EDGE Mississippi State – I really like Washington trading up for Sweat. There are a lot of concerns about his heart condition which caused him to slide. Otherwise, he has Top 10 talent. I think since he played with the condition throughout college, it may not be as bad as some teams think. Washington may have landed cornerstone players at the two most important positions in football in one round.
27. Oakland: Johnathan Abram S Mississippi State – Abram may be the top safety in the draft and there’s a real need for one in Oakland.
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery DL Notre Dame – Another one that I predicted. It seems like a good fit.
29. Seattle: LJ Collier EDGE TCU – Collier was off my radar, but it does address a glaring need.
30. NY Giants: DeAndre Baker CB Georgia – Giants trade with Seattle and take maybe the best defensive player on the board. If they’re not going to address the pass rush, might as well get better in the secondary, I guess.
31. Atlanta: Kaleb McGary OT Washington – Falcons trade with Rams. Matt Ryan must be very happy with this round as Atlanta really reinforced their offensive line. However, I do wonder if Dalton Risner or Cody Ford may have been better options here.
32. New England: N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State – I thought AJ Brown would go here, but I think Harry is a better overall talent.

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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

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