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The Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF) is an independent wrestling promotion based in San Bernardino, Californiamarker. It is owned and operated by Jesse Lizarraga. 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 also an affiliate of the National Wrestling Alliance.


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 Bernardinomarker 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, Californiamarker. 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, 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, Californiamarker. 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 Traning 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), Rocky Romero (NWA, ROH, NJPW), Ricky Reyes (ROH), Alex Koslov (CMLL) 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 the in-ring skills.

Current champions

Championship: Current champion(s): Date Won: Won From: Location:
EWF Heavyweight Championship Ryan Taylor October 30 2009 Brandon Gatson Covina, Californiamarker
EWF American Championship Liger Rivera May 15 2009 Ryan Taylor Covina, Californiamarker
EWF Tag Team Championship The A-List

June 26 2009 The Young Bucks

Covina, Californiamarker
EWF Cruiserweight Championship Brandon Parker October 30 2009 Chris Kadillak Covina, Californiamarker

Annual events

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:
Cincinnati Red 2006 Covina, CA
Dan "The Man" Kobrick 2007 Covina, CA
Ryan Taylor 2008 Covina, CA
Devon Willis 2009 Covina, CA
The Inland Title Series is a round robin style tournament, held at the end of the year. The winner of the ITS is granted a shot at the EWF Heavyweight Championship.

Inland Title Series


Participant: Record: Notes:
Matt Jackson 2-1-1
Nick Jackson 2-1-1
Johnny Paradise 1-2
"Top Shelf" Jeremy Jaeger 1-2


Participant: Record: Notes:
Brandon "Nitro" Gatson 3-1-0
Scorpio Sky 2-2-0
Ryan Taylor 1-2-0
JT Blackstar 1-2-0


Participant: Record: Notes:
Joey Harder 3-0-1
TJ Perkins 2-1-1
Hook Bomberry 1-2-0
Jason King 0-3-0



  • Karl "Machine Gun" Anderson
  • Kadin Anthony (Rock Of Love)
  • "Pretty" Peter Avalon
  • Jay Blackstar
  • Billy Blade (Rock Of Love)
  • Jade Chung
  • Coconut Joe
  • Chato Cortez
  • Country Bear
  • Brandon Cutler (The Cutler Brothers)
  • Dustin Cutler (The Cutler Brothers)
  • "The Nomad" Damon Divine
  • Dave The Bruiser (2 Faces of Fear)
  • "Project 56" Josh Dunbar (IRA)
  • Omar "Slam" Duncan
  • Espiritu Infernal
  • David E. Jones (Anchors Away)
  • Extreme Loco
  • Brandon Gatson
  • Icarus Eagle
  • Shane Haste (Blitz Team)
  • "Mr. Instant Replay" Matt Jackson (The Young Bucks)
  • "Slick" Nick Jackson (The Young Bucks)
  • Tab Jackson
  • Carla Jade
  • "Top Shelf" Jeremy Jaeger (The A-List)
  • "Zero Gravity" Chris Kadillak
  • Dan "The Man" Kobrick
  • Candice LeRae
  • Liger Rivera
  • Tim Lovato (KOS)
  • "Marvelous" Max Martin
  • Maximo
  • Mecurio Jr.
  • Charles Mercury (Midnight Dynamite)
  • DK Murphy (IRA)
  • Yyan Nakano
  • Orion
  • Johnny Paradise (Midnight Dynamite)
  • Brandon Parker (KOS)
  • TJ Perkins
  • "The Golden Greek" Marcius Pitsonopolous
  • Aiden Riley (KOS)
  • Rocky Romero
  • Ronin
  • "Overnight Celebrity" Roger Ruiz (The A-List)
  • Joey Ryan
  • Sonny Samson
  • "Electrifying" Kiel Steria (Blitz Team)
  • Silver Striker
  • Sindarin
  • Damian Slater
  • SnowCal Chloe
  • Petty Officer Ryan Stone (Anchors Away)
  • Supernatural (2 Faces of Fear)
  • Scorpio Sky
  • Ryan Taylor
  • Terex
  • Mondo Vega (KOS)
  • Kitana Vera
  • Vigiliante
  • Vizzion
  • "Rock and Roll Rebel Soul" Johnny Yuma

Tag Teams and Stables

  • KOS (Mondo Vega, Aiden Riley, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Parker and Tim Lovato)
  • The A-List ("Top Shelf" Jeremy Jaeger and "Overnight Celebrity" Roger Ruiz)
  • Blitz Team (Shane Haste and "Electrifying" Kiel Steria
  • Irish Ruffian Alliance (DK Murphy and "Project 56" Josh Dunbar)
  • Anchors Away (David E. Jones and Petty Officer Ryan Stone)
  • MIdnight Dynamite (Johnny Paradise and Charles Mercury)
  • The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
  • The Cutler Brothers (Brandon and Dustin Cutler)
  • Rock of Love (Billy Blade and Kadin Anthony)
  • 2 Faces of Fear (Dave The Bruiser and Supernatural)

Managers and Valets

  • "Superstar" Shane Andrews (Kitana Vera)
  • Yyan Nakano (Dave The Bruiser)
  • C. Edward Vander Pyle (Joey Ryan)
  • Mondo Vega (KOS)
  • Buggy (Extreme Loco)


  • Justin Borden
  • Christopher Lee
  • Chris Massie


  • Larry Pena
  • Lalo Gonzalez
  • C. Edward Vander Pyle

Ring Announcers

  • Lalo Gonzalez



  • Frank Mott


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