After The Bell: Referee Tony Stabile
What can we say but we have been fortunate to work with some of the best referees in the indies. We are happy to have Tony Stabile join our officiating team and take the time to go after the bell with us and give us a look at what makes him tick.
How old were you when you saw your first live wrestling match?
Probably 12 or 13. Then WWF, and later WCW, would go to The Palace in Michigan. Fond memories of a lot of shows there.
Where did you begin your training and who trained you?
I trained under Truth Martini at The House of Truth in Detroit Michigan. Can’t say enough good things about the school. After my training was “finished”, me and my bud Tony Vegas would still be up there all the time. The House was just the place we always wanted to be.
What is your entrance music? Any reason for picking this song?
Well as a referee, I don’t have any entrance music, but if I ever did, it would totally be “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. I think I’d have to edit it to give it a more workable intro, but damn does that track get me pumped! “TUUUUUURN AROOOOOUND! BRIIIIIGHT EYEEEES!” Me and Mr. Haystacks love it.
Who are some of your influences or people that you look up to in the business?
I like to think every ref I’ve ever watched has influenced me in one way or another. Every show I’m at is a learning opportunity. I’m glad to be working with truly some of the best in the business, so there is always so much to learn.
Who would your dream match be against?
If I could work in a match with anybody, that is a tough question. To be honest, it is well known that I am a complete fan of comedy wrestling. Guys like Colt Cabana, Grado immediately spring to mind. I’m always impressed and blown back by the stuff these guys can do. Dr. Cube is another one for me. I have done some work with Kaiju Big Battel in the past, but I really want to actually officiate a match with him. Scary thought, I know. And I’ll say Undertaker as well, that’s a good answer. I would imagine my career would be in a pretty good place for that to happen, ha.
Other than the dream match opponent, is there anyone that you haven’t worked with that you would like to one day?
I’m so grateful to the people I have worked with and continue to do so, that I really do consider myself lucky to be where I’m at. I’m just going to continue to do my thing, work as much as I can, and eventually, I’ll be able to have had a match with everyone!
What is something that not many people know about you?
Well, I have no sense of smell, at all. That always seems to confuse people. Like if it comes up, people always doubt me. Like, why would I lie about that? Believe me, it would be freakin’ cool to have my smell back, but until then I just got nothing. But to be fair, it does make long car rides and locker rooms more bearable. Success!
Finish this statement, if I wasn’t involved in wrestling I would be….
Oh, I don’t know, working some job I don’t like, having a career in a field and saving for retirement, more free time to see my friends and family. But hey, who needs that?! Let’s make some wrestles!