Interview with Monster Factory Referee Steve Chaz (Part 1)
For those who have never heard of the Monster Factory, it is a training school in Paulsboro, NJ it is run by Larry Sharpe & Danny Cage. The Monster Factory graduates include: Big Show, Bam Bam Bigelow, Balls Mahoney, Sheamus, D'Lo Brown, Chris Harris, King Kong Bundy, & many others. In 2012, Steve Chaz arrived at the Monster Factory to train to be a referee. Now instead of me spoiling the interview let's get to it:
For the readers who may not know who you are why not give a little background of who you are & how you got into the Wrestling business?
My name is Referee Steve Chaz and I have been in the pro wrestling business for a little under 5 years. I got into the wrestling business as a fluke almost 5 years ago. Yearning to be a pro wrestler since I was a kid, my dreams were crushed when I had an auto accident in my late teens that caused me to put my wrestling dreams on hold. Fast forward 10 years and friend in the business asked if I would be interested in being a referee for his promotion. At first I was hesitant because I never imagined myself wearing the zebra stripes, but I decided to give it a try. I am thankful I did because I have been blessed to work with some tremendous talent and amazing people. I currently work for various wrestling promotions throughout Central & Eastern Pa & South Jersey such as: The Monster Factory, World Wide Wrestling Alliance, Lancaster Championship Wrestling and Valour Pro Wrestling. I currently train at the Monster Factory and strive to fulfill my goal of working for the WWE or TNA someday.
When you were growing up were you a wrestling fan or no and if not where you aware of it? If you were a fan growing up was there any wrestlers specifically who made you say I am going to do this and be like them?
I started watching WCW and GLOW on local stations on Saturdays mornings. One day my friend let me borrow WrestleMania 9 on VHS and after that I was hooked. My favorite wrestlers were: Razor Ramon, Bret and Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin. I used to memorize all of their promos and recite them back and forth and brought up my little brother on it too. We would record ourselves wrestling, cutting promos and imagining ourselves as these larger than life personalities. I always told myself that one day I would be the one in the squared circle. In the late 90s I had the chance to meet one of my favorite tag-teams – The Headbangers. I instantly connected with Glenn Ruth aka Thrasher on a personal level and asked him questions about breaking into the business. After learning the answers I was looking for, I started training with a few other local guys looking to make it big. I was extremely anxious and was eager to begin working toward my dream. After one successful session, I never made it to the second one. I was involved in an auto accident that resulted in herniated discs in my lower back. After seeking medical guidance, my doctor told me to quit thinking about wrestling because if I were to aggravate the injury, I would never walk again. My dreams were shattered until 2008 when my friend in the business approached me and the rest is history. After working for several local promotions and getting enough experience under my belt, I began training at the Monster Factory in 2012. Under the guidance of Larry Sharpe, Danny Cage and a list of guys that is too big to name, I began a new chapter in my pro wrestling career. I finally made it to the place that Glenn Ruth told me about 14 years prior.
Out of all the matches you refereed which was your favorite match and why?
I don’t really have a favorite match, but in my 5 years in the business I have worked with and officiated several former WWE & WCW & ECW superstars and current ROH & TNA star’s such as: Nikolai Volkoff, Ricky The Dragon Steamboat Jr., Devon Dudley, Tom Brandi, Tommy Dreamer, The Patriot, Shane Douglas, Little Guido, Gene Snisky, Christopher York, Robbie E, Balls Mahoney, Scott Steiner, Scott Hall, Belvis Wesley, The Blue Meanie, “The Pitbull” Gary Wolf, Cliff Compton, Glenn Ruth, Tom Prichard, Tito Santana & Jimmy Snuka and ROH newcomers QT Marshall & Rhett Titus.
Part 2 of this interview will be up soon