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.

I'll be talking wrestling as part of Tavern Talk 716 on Monday, March 23rd at Magruders on Broadway in Depew.The show st...
02/20/2020
magruders.org

I'll be talking wrestling as part of Tavern Talk 716 on Monday, March 23rd at Magruders on Broadway in Depew.

The show starts at 8 pm and is followed by trivia.

Some friends from Empire State Wrestling - ESW may be there, too. Stay tuned!

http://magruders.org/

"Magruders Banquet house is synonymous with excellence. Our approach is simple, good food, personal service, in a warm friendly atmosphere. We want each of your experiences at Magruders to be memorable. Whether your visit is for a funeral luncheon, or a milestone birthday party, wedding shower, rehe...

If you missed TID The Season 2019, you can catch it later today on IndependentWrestling.TV! Myself and many other Buffal...
01/02/2020

If you missed TID The Season 2019, you can catch it later today on IndependentWrestling.TV!

Myself and many other Buffalo wrestling talent appear along with some of the biggest national indie wrestling stars. Check it out!

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.

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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!

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General information

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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It all started as a name for a created team in an NCAA Football video game. Over time, it morphed into its own entity - 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 and Keysa Park where he grew up, and now his currently stomping grounds in the West Drullard neighborhood. 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.

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one of the Best I ever worked with !!