Indy Focus: referee Derek Sharp
Jan 5, 2011 - by Atlee Greene
Weight: 157 lbs
Hometown: Michigan City, IN
Trained at the Platinum Wrestling Worldwide Dojo plus seminars from Steve Corino, Greg Valentine, Larry Sweeney, Keith Walker and Marty Jannetty
Revolution Championship Wrestling South Bend IN
NWA Underground Union, MI
EVOWrestling Logansport, Indiana
Platinum Wrestling Worldwide Michigan City, IN
World-1 Jackson NJ
ARW- Merrillville, IN
NWA-Brew City Wrestling – Waukesh, WI
NWA Supreme – Mattoon, IL
Heartland Wrestling Entertainment – Paducah, KY
Beat Down Wrestling – Niles, MI
CHRW – Walbash, IN
Global Championship Wrestling – Walbash, IN
CWM Grand Rapids, Michigan
C. R. A. S. H Beaufort, North Carolina
USAW South Bend, Indiana
G. O. U. G. E Wrestling Charlotte, North Carolina
Q: When did you become a wrestling fan and how?
DS: My mom was a huge fan and when she and my dad divorced in 1978 my mom moved back to San Antonio and started going to local shows. My mom started dating a ref (of all things) that later went on to wrestle
Q: So itâ€™s safe to say you have been attending wrestling shows for a while?
DS: Yes sir since the age of three.
Q: Did you get to attend any of the World Class Championship Wrestling Shows and what was that experience like?
DS: Yes! The Von Erich’s were bigger than life! At intermission [during a show] Kerry came out for a autograph session my jaw dropped when I met him. I was around 8 or 9 at the time. I also remember seeing a young Mick Foley at the show.
Q: Who were your favorites growing up?
DS: Mostly guys that I saw at shows I went to like the Von Erics, Chris Adam, Tiger Conway Jr. once I got older it was guys like HBK, Flair and Shane McMahon (The guy is really underrated)
Q: What is your favorite wrestling match
DS: That’s a tough one. The first HBK VS Undertaker match 9Wrestlemania 25) or Hogan vs. Warrior at WM (Wrestlemania 6)
Q: What is your favorite event?
DS: Any of the old ECW PPV’s
Q:Which ECW PPV stands out to you the most?
DS: Heatwave 1998 Taz vs Bam Bam Bigelow
Q: First impressions of the business when you started training?
DS: I grew up in one way or another with wrestling being a part of my life. There were a few different times throughout the years were my mom looked into running shows. Wrestling was always around but I had never been a part of a show so I knew it was going to be hard. I also figured that my age at the time going in to training (31) that I would be helping behind the scenes or with graphic work or some other task. I got my break when companies full time ref stepped down. I was asked to fill the roll and the rest they say is history.
Q: Was it intimidating to break into the business at age 31 where most come in so young?
DS: Kinda. I knew I was starting from the bottom so I had a lot of work ahead of me but at the time I was only going to ref for the local company I really didn’t get it to bad. Once I started working outside of my local [promotion], It was a bit more intimidating as far as what I was doing in the ring.
Q: How has life been on the Independent scene?
DS: Not bad. My travels have afforded me the chance to work in nine states. Working as a ref is really a roll for an ego-less person. You play an important part in the match but at the same time the focus in the match is between the two wrestlers in the ring. Luckily, I’m a pretty chill guy and can roll with that fact.
Q: Who are some of the notable names you have worked with?
DS: I have also been fortunate enough to referee matches that featured names such as Colt Cabana, Marty Jannetty, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Steve and Colby Corino, Zach Gowen , D-Ray 3000, “The Australian Sensation” Craven, Josh Raymond (Abercrombie) , Jimmy Jacobs, Larry Sweeney, Wayne “The Maniac” Mattei, Mickie Knuckles, Trik Davis, Diego Corleone, CJ Otis, Steve Boz, Derek St Holmes, Billy Roc, Sami Callihan, Roxie Cotton, Shawn Cook, and Keith Walker.
Q: Do you believe Kayfabe is dead?
DS: Never heard of the term, or have I ?
Q: Any TV/Media appearances:
DS: I’m on a hand full of DVD but that’s about it
Q: What are your future plans?
DS: To work as much as I can and hopefully to get a few more states off the list this year. I believe that through hard work and the right attitude, your work will get noticed and people will be aware of who you are and what you do. I would like to take the steps needed to get on the radar of those who run Ring of Honor. Working for Ring of Honor is a major goal of mine more so than WWE or TNA.
Q: Are there any other states or countries you are looking to work in 2011 or the future?
DS: Who knows what 2011 will bring but I would really like to work a show in San Antonio TX. I lived and grew up in SA for 28 years so I have a lot of friends and family that I would like to see me in action. I would like to get out to New York, I got out as far as New Jersey and hope to scratch NY off the list . I also hope to make my way out to Australia, I have friends who work for and run one of the Top promotions in Perth, All Action Wrestling. So hopefully 2011 is the year I go International.
Q: When and where was your last match and what was the result?
DS: Dec 18th for my home promotion Revolution Championship Wrestling in South Bend IN . The match was a four man scramble match between Ryan Epic, Brutus Dylan, Kenny Kage and Hank Calhoun for the RCW Heavyweight title that was vacated by Colt Cabana. Ryan Epic defied the odds to come the new RCW Heavyweight Champion
Q: Where can we see you next?
DS: This Saturday January 8th for my home promotion Revolution Championship Wrestling, or on the net at www.revolutionchampionshipwrestling1.com. I would also like to add a Huge Thanks to all the fans that support Independent wrestling and a Thank You to you Mr Greene. For booking info i can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
– You can check out Derek trying to maintian order in a match between Colt Cabana vs. Hank Calhoun
– Derek has worked in Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina,Texas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you are in South Bend, IN this Saturday night (1/8/11) make sure to check out Revolution Championship Wrestling’s “New Beginings” at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on 61601 Ironwood Drive. Derek will be in action along with the rest of the wrestlers on the card.
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