The wrestling media awaited the arrival of "The Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe to hear whatever his all-important announcement would be. Sharpe discussed the state of wrestling today and how the National Wrestling Alliance, the Japan Pro Wrestling Association, International Championship Wrestling, and the North American Wrestling Alliance all had biases against the current independent competitors. It is all but impossible to find a spot on any of the major company rosters.
"That ends now," stated Sharpe. "I am forming the Independent Wrestling Federation. We will be based in New Jersey and all the wrestlers who can't find work in the so-called major promotions will now have a home. We have an open door policy, but at the same time you will have to prove yourself and keep that roster spot."
"To that end, our first card will feature a 16-team tournament for the IWF Tag Team Championship, and will be held at the Rahway Recreation Center in Rahway, New Jersey. Fans will see the greatest wrestlers they may not even have known about, but these men are ready to show they belong in the ring."
IWF: US AGAINST THEM Rahway Recreation Center Rahway, New Jersey Oct. 6, 2119
"Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe welcomes the crowd to Rahway, NJ and the debut show of the Independent Wrestling Federation. You are going to see incredible tag team action as every wrestler in the locker room is out to prove they are as good as anybody in the world today and want to earn your respect.
Sharpe introduced the Wild Samoans - Afa Jr., Samu and Alofa - and revealed that the tag team championship tournament would be named after one of the greatest wrestling families of all-time.
IWF Samoan Cup Tag Team Championship Tournament
The Spectral Envoy def. The Briscoes
The opening match in the tournament and in IWF history was an interesting one, with the Spectral Envoy being former Mexican tag team title holders and the Bricoes were ECW tag team champions and have been competing in International Championship Wrestling overseas.
The Briscoes took charge against Frightmare. They double-teamed him and nailed the Double Football tackle but Frightmare kicked out. Frightmare kept fighting and was able to turn things around on the outside and Hallowicked put Go 2 Sleepy Hollow on Mark Briscoe. The Briscoes went to work on Hallowicked but he held on and tagged Frightmare. Jay Briscoe kicked out twice fter the Kneecolepsy. Frightmare did the move a third time in a row and the Spectral Envoy upset the Briscoe Brothers!!!
The World's Greatest Tag Team def. The Colony
This match brought in the Colony, former Mexican tag team champions, and the much-heralded World's Greatest Tag Team. Haas and Benjamin looked great in a short match. Benjamin rolled against Fire Ant, hitting multiple moves in the corner to get the pin.
Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw def. The Young Bucks
A pair of high-flying tag teams showcased their talents in this one. Mike Quackenbush held the Mexican Trios titles with Tiger Mask and Jushin Liger. The Jacksons exploded with offense against Quackenbush, but he held strong and got the shoulder up after More Bang for Your Buck. Jigsaw got the tag and laid Nick Jackson out with a brainbuster. The Bucks came back with N'Sync on Jigsaw. A superkick by Jigsaw was followed by a Quackendriver on Nick Jackson. Quackenbush used the Chikara Special but got caught coming off the top rope. Jigsaw put Matt Jackson away with the JignTonic.
Los Ice Creams def. S.C.U.M.
The unusual Los Ice Creams were making their debut while fans were familiar with Corino and Jacobs. Corino had been working in the top North American fed and formed a partnership with Bryan Danielson and CW Anderson.
El Hijo del Ice Cream was immediately taken to task but somehow took the beating and kicked out after the Old School Lariat. After Corino used a foreign object Ice Cream Jr. made the save. El Hijo finally got a tag after a desperation move off the ropes. The fans were stunned but then erupted when Ice Cream Jr. used the Jack & Jill hammer before immediately making the tag and Jimmy Jacobs was pinned after the El Asesino.
The Ice Creams were then attacked out of nowhere by Kevin Steen and beaten pillar to post by S.C.U.M.
Da Soul Touchaz def. The Throwbacks
Another new team for the fans to check out in Da Soul Touchaz, taking on another team that have held the Mexican tag straps the Throwbacks. Sugar and Dasher were on a roll but Acid Jaz hit a move off the ropes and Marshe Rockett used the M-80 on Dasher. Rockett had some good offense but Dasher made the tag. The Touchaz put Sugar down hard but he kicked out after the Remix. Rockett got on a huge roll, Sugar couldn't make a pair of saves and Hatfield went down after a Taker Dive.
3.O def. Philly's Most Wanted
A match that didn't last long and ended out of nowhere. Shane Matthews stunned Joker off the ropes and wrapped him up for a fast pin.
The Osirian Portal def. C&C Wrestle Factory
This was a real good back and forth affair. The Osirian Portal gained the upperhand against Cedric Alexander and Ophidian picked up the win after coming off the top rope.
Los Banditos vs. The Tribe, Double D.Q.
These teams met just three weeks ago in a match at the UWF Triathlon Survivor Tournament, where the Tribe were victorious. These teams went at it and the Tribe dominated the contest. Still, they didn't win when they had the chance but the Reservation Devastation on Tito Escondido brought Rico Dynamite in. A four-way brawl erupted and both teams were disqualified.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2012 22:03:31 GMT -5 by tystates
IWF: US AGAINST THEM Rahway Recreation Center Rahway, New Jersey Oct. 7, 2119
The inaugural event in IWF history continues on day two of Us Againt Them! The rest of the Samoan Cup will take place to determine the first Independent tag team champions.
IWF Samoan Cup Tag Team Championship Tournament
The World's Greatest Tag Team def. The Spectral Envoy
An exciting encounter to open day two of the Samoan Cup. The Spectral Envoy started out good, but the WGTT put the offense together. Frightmare was blasted repeatedly with double team moves and the Leap of Faith. Shelton Benjamin won with the Paydirt.
Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw def. Los Ice Creams by D.Q.
Mike Quackenbush was a whirlwind of offense at the bell, killing El Hijo del Ice Cream, but the masked Luchador somehow did not go down for good. Jigsaw nailed an enzuigiri and Ice Cream Jr. attacked. The Ice Creams double teamed both opponents and were disqualified.
3.0 def. Da Soul Touchaz
This one had tons of tags from two tag team specialists. Each had some shots at winning but 3.0 came out on top after Shane Matthews slapped on the Boston Crab against Marshe Rockett.
The Osirian Portal received a Bye
Non-Tournament Grudge Match
Los Banditos def. The Tribe
A great match between these two young and up and coming teams. The Tribe were on a roll for a long time, but Los Banditos got themselves into the match. They put the Bandito Badlands on Hawaiian Lion and scored the pin. Yesterday they fought to a double D.Q. and were both eliminated from the Samoan Cup.
Samoan Cup Semifinals
Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw def. The World's Greatest Tag Team
A great matchup that many say might determine the new champions despite this being a semifinal bout. Haas and Benjamin looked great and sustained their offense, but it was Quackenbush turning the match around. Haas was down after the Quackendriver II and Benjamin came in but was met by Jigsaw. Quackenbush planted Haas again and scored the three count.
The Osirian Portal def. 3.0
Another nice contest but the Osirian Portal took control and didn't relinquish it. Ophidian dominated Shane Matthews and the Duat Driver ended the match. 3.0 were attacked after the match by Philly's Most Wanted as the Oririan Portal left and did nothing to help.
Non-Tournament Grudge Match
Adam Pearce def. Masada
These two met a few weeks ago at the UWF Triathlon Survivor Tournament where Pearce won by D.Q. and then pinned Masada in the rematch the next day. This was a great match. Pearce absolutely controlled the long contest but Masada never stopped fighting. A lot of action took place outside but Masada couldn't keep anything going his way. Pearce won with the Jumping Piledriver.
Six-Man Tag Team Match
S.C.U.M. def. The House of Truth
Steen took Elgin to task on the floor and Corino hit the Old School Lariat. Corino crushed him with the Old School Suplex, scoring a three count without any of the other House of Truth members (Rhino/Roderick Strong) getting in the match. All six men started brawling after the bell.
Samoan Cup Final
Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw def. The Osirian Portal
These teams have faced off before in Mexico, in fact it was the Osirian Portal beating Quackenbush & Jigsaw in the first round of the tag team title tournament at Infierno en el Ring back in June.
This one belonged to Quackenbush & Jigsaw. Amasis went toe to toe but Ophidian never got back out of the ring. He took tons of punishment from both opponents but a Black Tornado Slam by Quackenbush ended the match and gave them the IWF tag team titles!
Last Edit: Dec 2, 2012 13:50:02 GMT -5 by tystates
On the heels of "Us Against Them" where Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw became the first Independent Tag Team Champions, Larry Sharpe announced via the official IWF website the next big show.
It will be Best of the Best - 32 men will vie for the Independent Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. The format will be eight, four-way elimination matches in the first round. Those eight winners will see action in a pair of four-man elimination bouts. The championship match will be a one-on-one confrontation.
Best of the Best will take place Oct. 27-28 at the Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus, NJ.
IWF Best of the Best
Bryan Danielson vs. Drake Younger vs. CW Anderson vs. El Generico
Johnny Yuma vs. Sami Callihan vs. Michael Elgin vs. Jerry Lynn
DJ Hyde vs. Adam Pearce vs. Masada vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Willie Mack vs. Joey Ryan vs. UltraMantis Black vs. Rhett Titus
Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Kevin Steen vs. Willie Richardson
Danny Havoc vs. Nick Madrid vs. Mike Bennett vs. Rhino
Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Homicide
Mike Mondo vs. Colt Cabana vs. Brodie Lee vs. Jay Lethal
Last Edit: Dec 2, 2012 20:15:09 GMT -5 by tystates
IWF: BEST OF THE BEST Meadowlands Expo Center Secaucus, New Jersey Oct. 27, 2119
The Best of the Best gathers 32 of the best independent wrestlers the world has to offer to vie for the IWF heavyweight championship.
First Round Four-Way Elimination
El Generico def. CW Anderson, Bryan Danielson, Drake Younger
A great opening bout that had the fans immediately vested in the match and the tournament. Younger squared off with Danielson while CW fought Generico. CW and Danielson have been tag team partners with Steve Corino in other promotions.
CW moved over to level Younger with a spinebuster for the first elimination. El Generico knocked off Danielson with a suicide dive.
The last fall looked like CW Anderson would score the huge win. Generico was tough to beat though and managed to pin Anderson with a spike brainbuster to survive and reach the semifinals.
Michael Elgin def. Sami Callihan, Johnny Yuma, Jerry Lynn
The monster that is Michael Elgin simply powered his way to three straight pinfalls. Lynn was the first to feel the spinning sitout powerbomb.
Elgin tossed around Yuma until beating him with a deadlift German suplex. Callihan was no match either as Elgin flattened him with a side slam to win the match.
Masada def. DJ Hyde, Adam Pearce, Tommaso Ciampa
A lot of bodies were left laying during the fight in this match. Pearce looked great, taking on all three opponents. DJ Hyde put away Ciampa with a summoning lariat.
Pearce then fought against both opponents and did very well. Masada finally put him down with a tombstone piledriver. Hyde and Masada fought for a long time with Hyde nearly winning many different times. Masada wouldn't quit and beat Hyde with a backsuplex.
Willie Mack def. Rhett Titus, Joey Ryan, UltraMantis Black
Willie Mack rolled in this one, taking out all three opponents. UltraMantis broke off to attack Mack, but went down to the MDX.
Titus and Ryan worked together against Mack. It didn't matter. Mack eliminated Taylor with the chocolate thunder bomb. Titus was real tough to finish off but finally was pinned after another MDX.
Kevin Steen def. Claudio Castagnoli, Eddie Kingston, Willie Richardson
Willie Richardson didn't last long, going down after the F-Cinq by Steen.
Steen and Claudio then doubleteamed the former Mexican champion Eddie Kingston. It took some time before Kingston was eliminated by Steen's Package Piledriver. Steen immediately went to work and beat Claudio with the F-Cinq.
Mike Bennett def. Danny Havoc, Nick Madrid, Rhino
This one was hardcore with the majority of the match taking place on the floor. Rhino was upset early on and counted out of the ring after an attack by Havoc.
Havoc and Bennett teamed up against Madrid and Havoc beat him with General Order 24. Bennett and Havoc fought to the bitter end but it was Bennett scoring the win after the photo finish.
Roderick Strong def. Homicide, Scorpio Sky, Adam Cole
The action really picked up a notch in this one. Once Sky and Cole got going they never stopped moving, a blur of action and moves. Strong and Homicide tore into each other. Sky took down Cole with an ace crusher/dragon sleeper combo.
Homicide was in bad shape nearly the whole match but he dropped Sky with a lariat. Strong destroyed Homicide but couldn't get the pin. Homicide came back time after time but Strong eventually ended the match with another sick kick (Homicide 9 coins).
Jay Lethal def. Brodie Lee, Mike Mondo, Colt Cabana
The final match delivered 100% for the fans. Cabana did the damage to Mondo but it was Brodie Lee eliminating Colt with a package pildriver.
The Lethal Injection then downed Mondo. Brodie Lee and Jay Lethal tore the rest of the house down to get that last semifinal spot. After an awesome back and forth confrontation Lethal got the win with Lethal Injection.
Best of the Best Semifinals
El Generico vs. Michael Elgin vs. Masada vs. Willie Mack Kevin Steen vs. Mike Bennett vs. Roderick Strong vs. Jay Lethal
Last Edit: Aug 14, 2013 14:51:28 GMT -5 by tystates
Larry Sharpe's IWF was the first promotion to break the huge news. Every major wrestling company will be making announcements shortly as to a huge event that will lead everyone to Wrestlemania!
Each company will hold over the next few months a singles and tag team Iron Man Tournament. There will be 10 wrestlers and 10 teams entered. The winners will go to Wrestlemania to take part in a one-night Iron Man Tournament.
The promotions involved are the North American Wrestling Association, International Championship Wrestling, the Japan Wrestling Alliance, and of course the Independent Wrestling Federation.
Representing the IWF in the Iron Man Tournament will be:
Jay Lethal, IWF champion Masada Bryan Danielson Christopher Daniels AJ Styles Jon Moxley Tyler Black Colt Cabana Adam Pearce Rhino
It's round robin format so each man will face the other nine competitors on the road to Wrestlemania!
In the IWF Iron Team Tournament are:
Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw, IWF tag team champions World's Greatest Tag Team Kings of Wrestling Briscoes The Colony Young Bucks American Wolves reDRagon Crist Brothers Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero
The announcements of these tournament only gets bigger though. In every promotion, every champion involved in the Iron Man will have to defend the championship in every match!
This will be an incredible few months of wrestling, culminating at Wrestlemania IV!