Empire Wrestling Federation
|Founder(s)||Bill Anderson and Jesse Hernandez|
The Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF) is an independent wrestling promotion based in San Bernardino, California. It is owned and operated by Jesse Hernandez). The EWF is also tied to Hernandez's wrestling school, The School Of Hard Knocks. The EWF is the longest running promotion in Southern California, running continuously from 1996. The EWF is a former affiliate of the National Wrestling Alliance.
- 1 History
- 2 School of Hard Knocks
- 3 Current champions
- 4 Defunct Championships
- 5 Annual events
- 6 Charity Events
- 7 Staff
- 8 References
- 9 External links
EWF was founded in 1996 by Bill Anderson and Jesse Hernandez. it saw its first show in May 1996 at the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino as Bobby Bradley defeated Tom "Zuma" Howard to become the first EWF Heavyweight Champion. In 1999 Bill Anderson left the EWF and formed his own promotion and wrestling school, the International Wrestling Council in Riverside, California. In June 1996 a tribute to "Superstar" Billy Graham was held.
Several EWF wrestlers from the past have gone on to national fame, including Rico Constantino, Awesome Kong, Louie Spicolli, Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, Shelly Martinez and Melina Perez. In 1997 Chris Jericho and Lee Marshall of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) mentioned EWF on WCW broadcasts and Marshall attended a show in Hemet, California. Other pro wrestling stars have made appearance at EWF shows including Mando Guerrero, Peter Maivia, Ludvig Borga, The Honky Tonk Man, Tony Atlas and Tom Brandi. Many EWF wrestlers appear as jobbers on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) broadcasts, and at the 1999 Royal Rumble the orderlies sent to apprehend Kane were performed by the EWF roster, including then owners Bill Anderson and Jesse Hernandez.
School of Hard Knocks
The EWF School of Hard Knocks is owned and operated by Jesse Hernandez and is currently located at the American Sports University, 399 North "D" Street in San Bernardino, CA. The School of Hard Knocks became the Official Training Facility of the National Wrestling Alliance in 2007 and has trained countless students from such countries as Canada, France, Australia, India, Great Britain, Russia, Mexico and others, in addition to those students who come to the school from all regions of the United States. The EWF's School of Hard Knocks has sent several wrestlers to the WWE, TNA, NWA, ROH and other prominent promotions across the globe including Melina (WWE), Rico Constantino (WWE), Frankie Kazarian (TNA, WWE), Awesome Kong (TNA, AJW, WWE), Rocky Romero (NWA, ROH, NJPW, AAA, CMLL), Ricky Reyes (ROH), Alex Koslov (CMLL, AAA) and Shelly Martinez (WWE, TNA). The School of Hard Knocks also has served as the training area for Chris Jericho (WWE), Layla (WWE), Eve Torres (WWE), Rhaka Khan (TNA), Lena Yada (WWE) and others, who looked to brush up on their in-ring skills.
|Championship:||Current champion(s):||Date Won:||Won From:||Location:|
|EWF Heavyweight Championship||Mike Maze||December 5, 2014||Juan Roman I||Covina, California|
|EWF American Championship||Richie Slade||October 18, 2014||Brandon Gatson|
|EWF Tag Team Championship||Mega King & Tyshaun Prince||January 9, 2015||The Fallen Empire
(Ryan Taylor & Mondo Vega)
The EWF Cruiserweight Championship was introduced in 2004 and was won by Liger Rivera in a 4-Way match. It was defended from 2004 until is was retired in 2011. It had been featured in the EWF's Match of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. Ray Rosas was the last EWF Crusierweight Champion.
The Empire Wrestling Federation currently holds two annual events, the Great Goliath Memorial Battle Royal and the Inland Title Series. The Great Goliath Memorial Battle Royal, held in honor of the wrestler who trained Jesse Hernandez, the EWF's owner and promoter, has been held during the EWF's Anniversary Show in May since 2006. The winner is awarded a trophy or plaque and is granted a shot at the EWF Heavyweight Championship.
Great Goliath Battle Royal
|Won By:||Year Won:||Location:||Notes:|
|Ironman Mike Maze||201||Covina, CA||Won the vacant EWF Championship-||Joey Ryan||2012||Covina, CA||Last minute surprise entrant|
|Josh Dunbar/Shaun Ricker||2011||Covina, CA||Both men eliminated each other simultaneously, declared Co-Winners|
|Chris Kadillak||2010||Covina, CA|
|Devon Willis||2009||Covina, CA||Used his title shot at The Covina Classic, winning the match by countout against then champion, Brandon Gatson. Lost their rematch at Knockdown Dragout 3|
|Ryan Taylor||2008||Covina, CA||Used his title shot at The Covina Classic, losing to then champion, Scorpio Sky.|
|Dan "The Man" Kobrick||2007||Covina, CA||Used his title shot at The Covina Classic, losing to then champion, Joey Harder.|
|Cincinnati Red||2006||Covina, CA||Gave the trophy to Great Goliath's daughter, Paloma, and forfeited his right to a title match.|
Inland Title Series/Inland Title Tournament
The Inland Title Series was a round robin style tournament, held at the end of the year. The winner of the ITS was granted a shot at the EWF Heavyweight Championship. In 2010, the format and name of the event was changed. It became the Inland Title Tournament and switched to an 8-Man, single elimination tournament. The winner will be granted a shot at the EWF Championship.
The Inland Title Series returns November 25, 2011 in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Covina, CA. Originally Chris Kadillak was advertised to face Ryan Taylor in the first round but was later replaced by "Project 56" Joshua Dunbar. This was also the first time Scorpio Sky was able to score a win over "Mega King" Tommy Wilson in an EWF ring.
|"Mega King" Tommy Wilson|
|"Project 56" Joshua Dunbar|
|"Handsome" Johnny Starr|
|"Brawlin" Bo Cooper|
|"Brawlin" Bo Cooper|
|"Project 56" Josh Dunbar|
|SoCal Crazy||3-0||Is the only wrestler in ITS history to finish undefeated|
|Matt Jackson||2-1-1||Finished tied for 1st. Chose to stay tied and compete for the EWF Tag Title|
|Nick Jackson||2-1-1||Finished tied for 1st. Chose to stay tied and compete for the EWF Tag Title|
|"Top Shelf" Jeremy Jaeger||1-2|
|Brandon "Nitro" Gatson||3-1-0||Defeated Scorpio Sky in a tie breaker match to win the ITS.|
|Scorpio Sky||2-2-0||Lost to Brandon "Nitro" Gatson in an ITS tie breaker match.|
|Joey Harder||3-0-1||Defeated T.J. Perkins in a tie breaker match to win the ITS.|
|TJ Perkins||2-1-1||Lost to Joey Harder in an ITS tie breaker match.|
The Empire Wrestling Federation is always giving back to the communities it runs in. On March 10, 2012, the EWF put on a show for the students of Thompson Elementary School in Highland, CA. “Honestly, I see this as a way to keep the families engaged and involved,” said Principal Funchess, adding, “This is just a great opportunity for Thompson families to come enjoy a positive event here at the school while supporting academic achievement.” 
In April 2012, the Empire Wrestling Federation will have 2 benefit shows. On April 13, EWF presents Wrestling for Autism and April 14, an anti-bullying campaign and fundraiser for Drew's Voice.
- Owner / Promoter: Jesse Hernandez
- Commissioner: Frank Mott
- Deputy Commissioner: Handsome Johnny Starr
- Senior Official: Nick Lira
- Justin Borden
- Christopher Lee
- Chicko Suave
|"Webmaster" Wade Needham and "The Expert" Matt Sinister||October 14, 2011 – present|
|Kelli Lee and "The Expert" Matt Sinister||July 2, 2011 – October 14, 2011|
|Lalo Gonzalez, Kelli Lee, and "The Expert" Matt Sinister||June 5, 2011 – July 2, 2011|
|Lalo Gonzalez and Kelli Lee||N/A – July 2, 2011|
- Josh Austin 2010-2012
- Benjamin Thomas 2012-presents
- Jake Alexander 2014–present
- empirewrestlingfederation.com http://empirewrestlingfederation.com/the-roster/ewf-championship-history/. Retrieved 13 February 2015. Missing or empty
- empirewrestlingfederation.com http://empirewrestlingfederation.com/the-roster/american-title-history/. Retrieved 13 February 2015. Missing or empty
- http://empirewrestlingfederation.com/ http://empirewrestlingfederation.com/the-roster/tag-title-history/. Retrieved 13 February 2015. Missing or empty
- "Throwing down for grades at Thompson".
||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (September 2009)|
- 1998 "Secrets of Pro Wrestling" Discovery Channel documentary that toured EWF facilities
- Newspaper article on EWF
- EWF newspaper article 2
- Nacho Libre presented by EWF and Krikorian Theatres
- EWF Newspaper article 3
- EWF at HollywoodReporter.com
- Throwing down for grades at Thompson