IWF Grads Shawn Bennett & Danny E Anfibio referee for WWE - 2015
IWF Ladies on WWE RAW from Hartford & Money-in-the-Bank
from Boston - June 2014
Former IWF Heavyweight Champion "Dante Dash" joins
Updated: May 1, 2012
(WOODLAND PARK, NJ)- Former IWF Heavyweight Champion and IWF Wrestling
School Graduate Dante Dash has joined the WWE NXT Florida Championship Wrestling event roster.
was undefeated in his first 35 bouts, and held the Heavyweight and American Titles simultaneously. He is the only man
to ever accomplish that milestone.
Dante was signed by WWE in September 2011 and began training at FCW in October
2011. He becomes the sixth IWF Wrestling School Graduate of Kevin Knight to sign a professional contract.
Established in 1999, IWF Wrestling School in Woodland
Park, NJ, teaches hundreds of prospects from 20 states and nine countries. This year marked the 12th Anniversary of
the famous facility, recognized as the premiere training school in the Northeast by countless wrestling and news media outlets.
IWF American Champion
Real Deal Flex Freeman provided Security on WWE Monday Night RAW June 13, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, with
Randy Orton & Christian. And Former IWF
Tag Team and Junior Heavyweight Champion Dangerous Danny E mixed it up with Snooki and Trish Stratus on WWE Monday Night RAW March 28, 2011.
Fady joins WWE Developmental
Training Program FCW in Tampa, FL in July 2010
Master of Chaos Kevin Knight appearance as EMT Official on WWE SmackDown, August 7, 2009 @ Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, with CM Punk and Jeff Hardy.
IWF Graduate Fred Sampson wrestles at WWE Raw @ Continental Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (Jan 2006)
Sampson with Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels on WWE SmackDown @ Albany, NY (March 2005)
Kevin Knight, Travis Blake, Fred Sampson, Aaron Stride & Roman as
Security Guards w/ Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Batista & Eric Bischoff on WWE Raw (MSG 2004)
Fred Sampson & Roman as Druids for The Undertaker at WrestleMania 20 (MSG 2004)
IWF Wrestlers Appear
in 2003 WWE Survivor Series TV Commercial:
Cena, Ron Simmons, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio, JBL, Big Show, Hurricane, Kurt Angle & Dudleyz take on IWF in WWE Survivor
Series commercial. IWF Wrestlers as Football Players...Kevin Knight (#64), Fred Sampson (#58), Shawn Donavan (Assistant
Coach), Roman (#38), Brandon Young (#28).
Posted: September 25, 2003
Vernon, NY) - Picture it…a struggling football team needs to be toughened up, so their coach surprises them with a
scrimmage against a menacing practice squad made up of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars.
premise of the upcoming television commercial to promote the WWE "Survivor Series" pay-per-view, slated for November.
On September 10, Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF) wrestlers Kevin Knight, Roman, BoneCrusher Fred Sampson, Shawn
Donavan and Brandon Young participated as members of that struggling football team in the film shoot to create the commercial
at Memorial Stadium in Mount Vernon, NY.
WWE superstars who took to the gridiron opposite the IWF'ers were Kurt
Angle, The Big Show, Chris Benoit, The Dudley Boyz, The APA, John Cena, The Hurricane and Rey Mysterio.
commercial shoot was definitely a tremendous learning experience for me and a very enjoyable one at that," said Roman.
"I was overly impressed at the attention given to every detail of the production and when a scene was not quite good
enough, there was an effort to immediately shoot a better scene."
Back to the commercial. After the coaches'
locker-room pep talk falls on deaf ears, the struggling football squad hits the field only to see the larger-than-life WWE
grapplers salivating at the chance of dishing out some unnecessary roughness. At kickoff, all hell breaks loose.
The carnage sees Roman fall victim to Kurt Angle's ankle-lock. Sampson and Young receive a double choke-slam courtesy of
The Big Show. Roman gets caught in Chris Benoit's crippler cross-face while John Cena hits the FU on Donavan. Faarooq blindsides
Sampson with a shoulder tackle at the water-cooler, while Rey Mysterio takes out Roman with a head-scissors. Last but not
least, Knight feels the wrath of The Hurricane's reverse neck-breaker.
"Having the opportunity to work with
Ron Simmons (Faarooq) during the scene where I was getting water on the sidelines and received his patented football tackle
was great," said Sampson. Of course, Simmons is a former collegiate all-American football star from Florida State.
However, the most devastating scenes saw Brandon Young receive the clothesline-from-hell by Bradshaw, and a 3-D through
a table from The Dudley Boyz at the 50-year-line.
Making all the stunts difficult was the fact that the IWF performers
were dressed in full football gear and had to receive the moves on a grass field that was slightly softer than concrete. But
the production crew and WWE superstars made sure that safety was a top priority.
"These guys always present
themselves in a professional manner in everything they do," Shawn Donavan commented. "Getting to do this was incredible
because you get to learn how things work behind the camera."
A production crew and support staff of about
35 individuals spearheaded the 12-hour day of filming, and the footage will be edited down into a thirty-second commercial
that airs world-wide starting in mid-October.
"Everything WWE does is first-rate," said Knight, who plays
the role of the quarterback in the commercial. "From their wrestling product to their television production, the WWE
is arguably the best entertainment company in the business."
Brandon Young offered a similar observation after
the shoot, saying "I'm that much smarter about the business as a whole because in a way, I saw why WWE is so successful,
and that's because they go the extra mile to make all the little things count in everything they do."
as using this experience as a learning tool to make it to the next level, Sampson added, "All of the WWE superstars are
in phenomenal shape and witnessing that first-hand gives me more motivation to train harder in the hopes that I get to work
with WWE again soon."
Behind-the-scenes footage of the commercial as well as interviews with WWE and IWF wrestlers
will air on an upcoming episode of "WWE Confidential" on Spike TV.
The IWF is pleased to continue its
working relationship with WWE. In June, Knight and Roman wrestled at the Raw and Smackdown TV tapings at Madison Square
Garden. Knight and Roman are slated to compete at the Raw TV taping October 21, 2003 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and at the Smackdown
TV taping October 22, 2003 in Albany, NY.
Kevin Knight & former WWE Diva Dawn Marie
during her first-ever match after training @ IWF Wrestling School (Feb 2001) Courtesy: Star-Ledger