Dan Tanaka
The journey in becoming professional wrestling referee began on December 29th, 2001.  That evening Dan Tanaka received his first training from the senior official of Northeast Championship Wrestling, Chris Santone just a few hours before the promotions event later that evening. Dan made his debut as he refereed his first series of matches in an American Legion Hall in Natick, Massachusetts.

Dan continued training under local wrestler, TJ Richter at the Squared Circle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, and then the WrestlePlex in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Dan later trained with Slamtech Wrestling University in Pawtucket, Rhode Island under “Brutal” Bob Evans.  Dan also made attendance at seminars lead by wrestling legends for extra training.


Dan Tanaka and Rufferee Diamond BabyDan Tanaka with the late rufferee: Diamond "Baby" (R.I.P.)

Through the years, Dan refereed for prominent promotions of the New England region, including by not limited to Chaotic Wrestling, Wrestling Federation of America, Eastern Pro Wrestling, and New England Championship Wrestling. Dan also went on to referee for Ring of Honor, in matches featured on Ringside Member Exclusive Video On Demand, DVD Bonus Matches, YouTube Exclusives, and even Nationally Televised.

As of July 2015, Dan is based in the Metro Detroit, Michigan area, where he continues the journey, now regularly refereeing for Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling All Stars.

To book Dan Tanaka on your professional wrestling event, interviews for print or podcasts, send an email: dan@dantanaka.com

Dan Tanaka Raising Michael Elgins ArmDan Tanaka raising Michael Elgin's arm.
Screen shot from ROH TV.
Dan Tanaka Kelly KleinDan Tanaka, enforcing rules on Kelly Klein as a cheat move is made on Crazy Mary Dobson.
Photo Credit: Ring of Honor


Site Updates
December 17, 2018:

Event History:
#689 from Macomb County Championship Wrestling on November 10, 2018. Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
#690 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on November 11, 2018. Warren, Michigan.
#691 from Midwest Pro Wrestling alliance on November 17, 2018. Monroe, Michigan.
#692 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on November 18, 2018. Fraser, Michigan.
#693 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on November 30, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.
#694 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on December 3, 2018. Warren, Michigan.
#695 from Macomb County Championship Wrestling on December 15, 2018. Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

Biography:
Promotions worked for in Midwest.

November 3, 2018:

Event History:
#684 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on October 5, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.
#685 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on October 7, 2018. Detroit, Michigan.
#686 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on October 21, 2018. Warren, Michigan.
#687 from Heroes & Legends Wrestling on October 27, 2018. Fort Wayne, Indiana.
#688 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on November 2, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.

Biography:
Promotions worked for in Midwest.
Camps & Seminars.

September 30, 2018:

Event History:
#679 from Midwest Pro Wrestling Alliance on September 7, 2018. Royal Oak, Michigan.
#680 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on September 9, 2018. Warren, Michigan.
#681 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on September 16, 2018. Detroit, Michigan.
#682 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on September 28, 2018. Fraser, Michigan.
#683 from Championship Wrestling League on September 29, 2018. Brighton, Michigan.

Biography:
Promotions worked for in Midwest

September 1, 2018:

Event History:
#674 from Detroit Style Wrestling on July 28, 2018. Wyandotte, Michigan.
#675 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on August 10, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.
#676 from Clash Wrestling on August 11, 2018. Taylor, Michigan.
#277 from Detroit Style Wrestling on August 25, 2018. Wyandotte, Michigan.
#278 from Pro Wreslting All-Stars on August 31, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.

Biography:
Promotions worked for in Midwest

July 23, 2018:

Event History:
#667 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on June 24, 2018. Warren, Michigan.
#668 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on June 29, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.
#669 from International Big Time Wrestling on July 8, 2018. Westland, Michigan.
#670 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on July 13, 2018. Fraser, Michigan.
#671 from Detroit Style Wrestling on July 14, 2018. Southfield, Michigan.
#672 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on July 20, 2018, Melvindale, Michigan.
#673 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on July 22, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.

June 15, 2018:

Event History:
#661 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on May 6, 2018. Warren, Michigan.
#662 from Metro Pro Wrestling on May 19, 2018. Southgate, Michigan.
#663 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on May 20, 2018. Fraser, Michigan.
#664 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on June 1, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.
#665 from Detroit Style Wrestling on June 2, 2018. Wyandotte, Michigan.
#666 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on June 3, 2018. Fraser, Michigan.

May 4, 2018:

Event History:
#656 from Detroit Style Wrestling on April 7, 2018. Wyandotte, Michigan.
#657 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on April 20, 2018. Melvindale, Michigan.
#658 from International Big Time Wrestling on April 22, 2018. Westland, Michigan.
#659 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars & Metro Pro Wrestling on April 27, 2018. Brownstown, Michigan.
#660 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on April 29, 2018 in Fraser, Michigan.

Biography:
Promotions Worked Refereed for in Midwest.

March 24, 2018:

Event Schedule:

Event History:
#652 from from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on March 11, 2018 in Fraser, Michigan.
#653 from Midwest Pro Wrestling Alliance on March 16, 2018 in Royal Oak, Michigan.
#654 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on March 18, 2018 in Warren, Michigan.
#655 from Pro Wrestling All Stars on March 23, 2018 in Melvindale, Michigan.

February 26, 2018:

Event History: #648 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on February 2, 2018 in Melvindale, Michigan.
#649
from Pro Wrestling All-Stars & Metro Pro Wrestling on February 10, 2018 in Brownstown, Michigan.
#650 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on February 18, 2018 in Alganoc, Michigan.
#651
from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on February 25, 2018 in Warren, Michigan.

January 14, 2018:

Event History: #647 from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on January 7, 2018 in Warren, Michigan.

December 30, 2017:

Event History: #642 from Border City Wrestling on December 3, 2017 in Belleville, Michigan.
#643
from Metro Pro Wrestling on December 9, 2017 in Southgate, Michigan.
#644
from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on December 10, 2017 in Warren, Michigan.
#645
from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on December 15, 2017 in Melvindale, Michigan.
#646 from Midwest Pro Wrestling Alliance on December 29, 2017 in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Event Schedule: Events for January and February 2018 starting up.

Biography: Midwest Wrestling Promotions

November 25, 2017:

New website layout!

Schedule: dates for December 2017 added.
Videos: video playlists added. This will be updated regularly as videos become available.
Links: Promotions and Wrestling training facilities added!