Stephon Smith

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Stephon Smith
Stephon Smith in 2023
Born (1989-08-21) August 21, 1989 (age 34)
Baltimore, Maryland
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Stephon Smith
Stephon J. Baxter III
Rump Thump

Stephon Smith (born August 21, 1989) is an American professional wrestling referee, and former professional wrestler signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW),[1] and has previously worked for the National Wrestling Alliance, Ring of Honor, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and WWE.[2][3]


Smith began his career in 2007 on the independent circuit. He had a short professional wrestling career under the ring name Rump Thump, notably holding the OVW Television Championship.[4][5]

Smith signed with WWE in October 2019 and began refereeing on NXT.[6] He was released on August 6, 2021, and joined All Elite Wrestling in February 2022.[7][8] He made his AEW pay-per-view debut at Revolution.[9]


  1. ^ "Released WWE employee signs with Tony Khan's AEW". February 26, 2022.
  2. ^ Gunier, Robert (February 26, 2022). "Former WWE Referee Stephon Smith Signs With AEW". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  3. ^ Neumann, Sean (March 14, 2023). "AEW's Stephon Smith Nearly Quit The Wrestling Business Before Becoming A Referee". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  4. ^ "Ohio Valley Wrestling TV" OVW TV #788 (TV Episode 2014) - IMDb. Retrieved May 12, 2024 – via
  5. ^ "Stephon Smith: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  6. ^ "Former WWE NXT Referee Stephon Smith Comments On His Release". August 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "Stephon Smith, NXT Referee, Released By WWE | Fightful News". Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  8. ^ SP3 (February 16, 2022). "Former NXT Referee Stephon Smith Appears On AEW Dark". WrestleTalk. Retrieved May 12, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Stephon Smith Discusses How He Got An Opportunity To Join AEW | Fightful News". Retrieved May 12, 2024.

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