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
February 26, 2018:

Event History: #648 from Pro Wrestling All-Stars on February 2, 2018 in Melvindale, Michigan.
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.
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.
from Metro Pro Wrestling on December 9, 2017 in Southgate, Michigan.
from Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling Proving Ground on December 10, 2017 in Warren, Michigan.
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!