|Founder(s)||Bill Anderson and Jesse Hernandez|
The Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF) is an independent wrestling promotion based in Covina, 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 Hall of Fame
- 8 Staff
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
They held their 20th Anniversary Extravaganza at the EWF Arena in Covina, Ca on May 6, 2016.
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 prominent promotions across the globe including Melina, Rico Constantino, Frankie Kazarian, Awesome Kong, Rocky Romero, Ricky Reyes, Alex Koslov and Shelly Martinez. The School of Hard Knocks also has served as the training area for Chris Jericho, Layla, Eve Torres, Rhaka Khan, Lena Yada and others, who looked to brush up on their in-ring skills. The school and some of its students are set to be promoted in the upcoming reality show, "Slam School".
|Championship:||Current champion(s):||Date Won:||Won From:||Days||Location:|
|EWF Heavyweight Championship||Mariachi Loco||June 14, 2019||Raunchy Rico||153||Covina, CA|
|EWF American Championship||Golden Boy Jordan Clearwater||May 3, 2019||Winner of the Great Goliath||195||Covina, CA|
|EWF Tag Team Championship||Che Cabrera & Bad Dude Tito||July 5, 2019||Honesty Is The Best Policy||132||Covina, CA|
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 it 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. Also defunct was the women's championship belt. It has yet to be brought back into the company
The Empire Wrestling Federation previously held two annual events, the Great Goliath and the Inland Title Tournament. The Great Goliath is a battle royal, held in honor of the wrestler who trained Jesse Hernandez, the EWF's owner and promoter, it has been held during the EWF's Anniversary Extravaganza in May since 2006. The winner is awarded a shot at the EWF Heavyweight Championship.
Great Goliath Battle Royal
|Won By:||Year Won:||Location:||Notes:|
|The Decapitator||2018||Covina, CA||He has yet to schedule his title shot.|
|Friar Juan Roman||2017||Covina, CA||Used his title shot against Fidel Bravo in August of 2017 and lost.|
|Dr. Krueger||2016||Covina, CA||Never received title shot due to injury.|
|"Baby Bull" Vance Garayt||2015||Covina, CA||Used his title shot against the Ironman the following month and lost.|
|Tyshaun Prince||2014||Covina, CA||Used his title shot against the Ironman the following month and lost.|
|Ironman Mike Maze||2013||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 Tournament / Series
Up until 2014 the EWF held the Inland Title Tournament. Originally conceived as a Round Robin Tournament it was later changed to a traditional single elimination format. The winner each year would receive an EWF Championship title match.
- 2006: Joey Harder
- 2007: Brandon Gatson
- 2008: Matt & Nick Jackson
- 2009: SoCal Crazy
- 2010: Tommy Wilson
- 2011: Jeremy Jaeger
- 2012: Sugar Sweet
- 2013: N/A No tournament was held.
- 2014: RJ Ruiz
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.” 
Hall of Fame
In 2016 EWF announced its first hall of Fame inductees, who were inducted in its 20th anniversary show in Covina California. The first Inductees were:
Melina Perez Former EWF women's wrestler, and former three-time WWE Women's Champion and two-time WWE Divas Champion. She is also the first woman in WWE history to have held both titles on more than one occasion.
Bobby Bradley (wrestler) The first EWF world champion who held the title three times. Former tag team partner of Christopher Daniels while both were in EWF and also had teamed with Rob Van Dam and Eddie Guerrero in other promotions and has wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling and jobbed for WWE as Bobby Young.
Frankie Kazarian Former EWF world and Tag Team champion who is most famous for wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling where he was Five time TNA X-Division and three time TNA Tag team champion. He has held Ring Of Honor tag team championship once with Christopher Daniels and wrestled briefly in WWE.
The 2017 class included:
Vizzon three-time EWF World Champion and three Time America Champion despite being legally blind.
Awesome Kong Former EWF women's wrestler, Former two time TNA Knockouts Champion, Knockouts tag team Champion, NWA World Women's Champion, WWWA world Women's Champion, and AWA Superstars of Wrestling Women's Champion as well as WWE Diva under the name of Karma. She was Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Woman of the Year in 2008
Jeff Walton long time wrestling promoter and manager
Class of 2018 will be:
Rick Knox Undoubtadly the most famous southern California referee ever
Los Chivos—Four time EWF world tag team Champions
- Owner / Promoter: Jesse Hernandez
- Commissioner: Frank Mott
- Deputy Commissioner: Jake Alexander
- Head of Security: Deek Valor
- Senior Official: Nick Lira
- Justin Borden
- Christopher Lee
|"Mr. Wonderful" Rock Riddle and Bryan White||July 2016 – Present|
|"Webmaster" Wade Needham and "The Expert" Matt Sinister||October 14, 2011 – July 2016|
|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|
|Lalo Gonzalez and Larry Pena||2008-2011|
|Mike Aguirre, Larry Pena, Mad Macintosh, and Lalo Gonzalez||2008|
|Mike Aguirre, Larry Pena, and Mad Macintosh||2007-2008|
- Jessica Walters 2005-2006
- Mike Aguirre 2005-2007
- Lalo Gonzalez 2008-2010
- Josh Austin 2010-2012
- Benjamin Tomas 2012-2015
- Jake Alexander 2014–present
- Brian White 2015–present
- List of National Wrestling Alliance territories
- List of independent wrestling promotions in the United States
- "Throwing down for grades at Thompson".
- "San Bernardino charity wrestling event scheduled for this Friday".
- 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
- Empire Wrestling Federation Official Website
- Empire Wrestling Live Website[permanent dead link]