Empire Wrestling Federation

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The Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF) was founded in 1996 by Jesse Hernandez and Bill Anderson with their first show taking place in May of that year. The EWF owns and operates the School of Hard Knocks training facility, located at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, CA. The EWF is a member of the NWA.

Promotion History

The EWF ran their first event in May 1996 at the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino. The event saw Bobby Bradley defeat Tom Howard to become the promotion's first champion. In 1999, Bill Anderson left the EWF and formed his own wrestling promotion, the International Wrestling Council, and opened his own school in association with the IWC. EWF holds the majority of their events at the Knights Of Columbus in Covina, CA, with other events taking place at the School Of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino along with other shows taking place in various cities in the Inland Empire area of Southern California.

Media and Radio

In addition to live events, the EWF broadcasts a weekly radio show on KCAA 1050 AM in Southern California and episode archives are available on the KCAA website. EWF DVDs are available on the promotion's online store. Video promos are also posted on Youtube featuring wrestlers hyping upcoming events and matches.

Signature Events

  • Anniversary Shows: EWF's anniversary shows are held every May. The anniversary events played host to the Great Goliath Battle Royal since 2006, with the winner of the battle royal is given a trophy or plaque along with a shot at the EWF Heavyweight Championship. The Great Goliath Battle Royal is held every year in honor of Jesse Hernandez' trainer The Great Goliath.
  • Inland Title Series/Inland Title Tournament: The Inland Title Series was a round robin style tournament held at the end of every year with the winner of the tournament getting a shot at the EWF Heavyweight Championship. In 2010 the format was changed to a single elimination eight man tournament. The name of the tournament was also changed to reflect the new tournament format.

School Of Hard Knocks

EWF's training school, the School Of Hard Knocks, is owned and operated by Jesse Hernandez and is located at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, CA. EWF's School Of Hard Knocks is the longest running wrestling training school in Southern California has been responsible for helping launch the careers of several World Wrestling Entertainment, Total Nonstop Action wrestlers, and many longtime Southern California wrestling mainstays.


List of Empire Wrestling Federation employees

EWF Championships

Championship: Current champion(s): Date Won: Won From: Location:
EWF Heavyweight Championship Ryan Taylor October 30, 2009 Brandon Gatson Covina, California
EWF American Championship Terex September 24, 2010 Liger Rivera Covina, California
EWF Tag Team Championship Los Luchas (Phoenix Star and Zokre) September 3, 2010 SoCal Inferno Covina, California
EWF Cruiserweight Championship Ray Rosas June 13, 2010 Brandon Parker Riverside, California

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