Thomas Machlay (July 9, 1947), known as Tommy Young, is a professional wrestling referee best known for his time in the National Wrestling Alliance and Jim Crockett Promotions.


Tommy Young started out as a referee in 1973 for the National Wrestling Alliance and Jim Crockett Promotions. By the 1980s, Tommy was the Senior Referee for Jim Crockett Promotions and refereed most of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship matches. He had a style of sliding while starting the three count that made it look like he was giving his all to be in the right place at the right time to give a timely count on the pin. He often used facial expressions to show his pain if he was knocked down or his frustration over the villains cheating.

Tommy severely injured his back in 1989 but eventually returned. He appeared briefly in 1998 in the World Wrestling Federation as part of the "NWA" storyline.

Tommy attends wrestling reunion shows and is still active in refereeing, including special matches such as the Rock and Roll Express vs. Midnight Express matches.

Personal life

Tommy has been married to his wife Pam for over forty years. They have six children and two grandchildren.


  • Tommy was named Referee of the Year in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1986.

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