A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin
by Josh Martin
By: Josh Martin
Referee Matt Bennett officially joined the ECWA in July 2006 at the recommendation of fellow referee
Paul Turner. Since joining the promotion, Matt has done an exceptional job in the officiating
department. Since he is modest and soft spoken, most of our fans have not had a chance to get to
know more about Matt, since he has only been with the ECWA for a short time. I had the opportunity
to catch up with Matt and ask him several questions to capture an in depth look at this talented
Ring Name? Matt Bennett
Height? 5' 10"
Weight? 175 lbs.
Character hails from? Butler, NJ
Birthdate? (month & day) October 25th
Years Pro? 5
Trained by? I am a graduate of Kevin Knight's Camp IWF in New Jersey
where I was helped greatly by Roman
Zacharko, Biggie Biggs, AJ Sparxx, and Dylan Black. I also have participated in
with Dr. Tom Prichard, Al Snow, The Honky Tonk Man, Stevie Richards, Little
Guido, Tito Santana, and
acting/character/speaking workshops with MSNBC Producer and Professional Actor
Favorite ECWA wrestlers you like to referee for? Frederick of Hollywood,
Ace Darling, Valedictorians, Heavyweights, & Scotty Charisma
Favorite ECWA matches you have officiated? Bryan Logan defeating Mike
Tobin for the ECWA Mid-Atlantic Championship was a very good match.
Dan Eckos, Sean Royal, and The Guy With Red Hair defeating Rob Eckos, Billy Bax,
and Frederick of Hollywood also stands out to me. As an official, I am required
to stay impartial during a contest but looking back, I can say that it was great
to see Dan finally show up his older brother Rob when he pinned him to win the
How long have you been in wrestling? I have been in wrestling for about 5 years. I have been consistently working various independents
almost every weekend now for about four of those years. Prior to that I only refereed shows at the
wrestling school before branching out to other organizations as well.
What made you want to get into wrestling? I always wanted to be involved in wrestling in some sort of way. As a referee I am able to be
physically involved but the focus isn't all on me. Wrestling appeals to me because of the mixture
of athletics and entertainment. It's all about making an audience leave their problems behind and
getting them into the emotions of a match or storyline
When did you join the ECWA? My first show with the ECWA was in July 2006
How did you joining the ECWA come about? Paul Turner and I are both
referees for Jersey All Pro Wrestling in New Jersey. At one of their
events, Paul and I were talking and he told me that the ECWA had a referee
opening. He put me in touch with Jim Kettner and I was brought in based on
Paul's recommendation. I would like to publicly thank Paul here for helping me.
What do you like about the ECWA? I like all aspects of the ECWA.
Management is not only great to work with, they also put on some of
the most professional shows I've ever been involved with. The locker room is
full of great guys. They all know their wrestling and everyone is very down to
earth. When I first started working for the promotion, they welcomed me with
open arms and made me feel like part of the ECWA family.
What do you think about the ECWA fans? They are awesome. They are very
dedicated to the ECWA product and I think that their involvement
makes for a better show. Everyone involved in an event will provide a better
show when they know that the crowd they are in front appreciates what they are
doing. After the shows I like to mingle around as the fans talk to the
wrestlers. I enjoy seeing how they interact with their favorite ECWA
What have been your favorite ECWA moments? I am rather new to the ECWA.
One moment that will live forever in my head was the recent return of the
Cheetah Master. I had heard rumors in the locker room about him and how loved he
was by the fans. The reaction he received was unbelievable and unlike anything I
have ever witnessed. I was ringside helping Referee Paul Turner to the back
after he was thrown out of the ring. I remember telling Paul how amazed I was by
the crowd response as I helped him up.
Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? Wrestling
needs that one break out star to make it popular in the mainstream public again.
If/when that happens; we will all be seeing better houses and more
opportunities. Don't get me wrong, wrestling is doing fine now, but
another boom period like the one in 1998 would help all of us in the world of
Favorite Food? Italian food, dishes with a lot of chicken, and my
grandmother's home cooking
Favorite music? I would say that I am a fan of about 80% of all music. I
can't get into or enjoy country or most types of rap. All other types I can
usually find something that I like.
Favorite band/artist? This changes weekly so I really can't give a
definite answer. Billy Joel is old school amazing and can always lift my spirits
when I'm in a bad mood.
Favorite colors? Blue, Grey, and Black
Favorite sports team? I don't follow sports enough to have any true
favorites. I tend to cheer for the home teams or the underdogs.
Favorite athlete? My younger brother, Brandon Bennett, who excels at
Soccer, Baseball, and Basketball
Favorite wrestlers? Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Hiro Matsuda, Bret Hart,
Jake Roberts, Mr. Perfect, and Chris Candido
Favorite TV shows? Real World, The Simpson, Family Guy, and MTV's True
Favorite movies? I don't see many but I think the newest Rocky movie is
great. I am also a big fan of the old movie "Lean On Me" about the story of
Principal Joe Clark of Paterson, NJ
Favorite actors? Dane Cook, Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, and Morgan
Favorite actress? Drew Barrymore
What sports do you like to watch? I enjoy watching basketball, football,
and hockey. I usually only watch sports when I'm with a group that wants to see
What sports do you like to play? I've never really been an athlete; I'm
more into going out and shooting pool when I feel like being competitive
What hobbies do you have? I enjoy surfing the internet, spending time
with the people I care about and watching funny stuff such as comedic movies,
stand-up comedy, and cartoons such as Family Guy and The Simpsons. I have also
acquired an addiction to the Guitar Hero video games lately and I rock out while
playing that quite often until the middle of the night.
What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time, I watch a lot of
wrestling tapes, trying to pick up on different mannerisms and ways of
refereeing. I also spend a lot of time with my friends. I think we have been to
every diner and eating establishment in North Jersey and could probably review
each one or write a book on it. Sleeping is a big priority and I try to catch a
quick nap most days. I feel that a well rested person can accomplish more then a
person who is tired and dragging throughout the day. The rest of the time is
spent with my family, who are always very supportive of me in everything that I
What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? Besides being a full-time
student at a local university on a full academic scholarship, I do part
time work in the office of an online company and short order cooking for a bar &
What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? My professional
aspirations are to continue refereeing to the best of my ability and hopefully
obtain more experience with a major promotion. I had a small taste by working
the recent TNA house show in Philadelphia. Also I recently refereed on the
Nickelodeon children's network for their WACK Wrestling special. These
experiences were something I will never forget and I hope to have the
opportunity to do them again in the not to distant future. In my personal life,
I hope to successfully finish my education and settle on a job that I am happy
to go to everyday that will provide for me and my family.