Rudy Charles


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  1. 1 Career

Daniel Engler (born November 20, 1977) is an American professional wrestling referee, better known by his former ring name, Rudy Charles, best known for his time as a referee in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he was the promotion’s senior referee. Also has worked in 2011 with SWE, Supreme Wrestling Entertainment, in Wisconsin. In July 2013 Charles joined WWE at their Performance Center as a referee for WWE NXT. He is currently signed to WWE.


Charles trained as a referee under former United States Wrestling Association referee Mark Vance, whom he met at a wrestling show in the Evansville Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum, and refereed his first match on July 6, 1996.

In 1997, Charles enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard, and underwent four months of training.

Charles joined TNA shortly after its inception in June 2002, and was quickly named senior referee. In addition to working for TNA, Charles runs a high school football website, along with his brother.

Rudy Charles was the wrestling referee for the season three premiere of Pros vs Joes.

Rudy Charles has run several family oriented wrestling promotions in his hometown of Evansville, IN. He has run shows at the historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum (former home to the USWA), the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fairground (home to the Frog Follies classic car festival) and the CK Newsome Center, an urban community center for inner-city children.

Rudy currently has a show on called The Rudy Charles Talk Show. His guests so far have been: former TNA/WWE referee Mike Posey, wrestlers such as Mike Rapada, Mike Rapada Jr., Steve-0, Matt Boyce, and Shawn Shultz.

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