Blog by Mike Leotis
After Tournament of Champions, All Roads Lead to FIREPOWER October 11
Blog By: MIKE LEOTIS
Posted: September 30, 2019
What a time it is to be a fan of IWF Wrestling! We have just come off a fantastic night of wrestling with Tournament of Champions XVI! It was a wild night in Nutley that saw some major developments. Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights of the evening…
Eloy Fiesta was a busy man as he not only wrestled in the Tournament of Champions but also competed in an arm-wrestling contest. Eloy, who looked sharp in his return to the ring, would succumb to a devastating belly to belly suplex by Outlaw Shane O’ Brien in Round 1. Never one to stay down, Eloy would be victorious in the arm-wrestling contest against IWF Women’s Champion Father David. Eloy then took out The Organist Roy Harter, who protested the decision, with a devasting Back Stabber.
IWF American Champion First-Class Justin Adams defended his championship against former NXT Superstar Bull Dempsey. The Big Bull took the champ to the limit, but the champ had an ace up his sleeve in the form of a foreign object which was curtains for the big man. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the rivalry between these two as Bull is out for revenge!
Dark Oracle Sage made his return to the IWF by defeating the high-flying Ean Bush. The contrast in styles made for an excellent matchup. Sage would get the win and advance in the tournament.
Master of Chaos Kevin Knight and Fifth Element Roman Zachary had an incredible first round contest that saw each man dominate portions of this one. Roman Zachary would gain the victory in this one, but it would not be the last time we saw Mr. Zachary on this night.
Southside Slugger Tony Graves took on WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana in another first round match. Graves, who looked impressive in this match, gained a countout victory over the former Intercontinental Champion, with an assist from Roman Zachary. Roman is looking to avenge his loss from IWF Loud and Proud this past April. Is Roman Zachary in the head of Tito Santana? How will the legend respond?
Dark Dragon Kareem West and newcomer Juan Hernandez had an incredible matchup in Round 1. The rookie Hernandez gave the IWF Hall of Famer West all he could handle and nearly defeated him, but the experience of the Dark Dragon proved that West was indeed best on this night.
IWF Heavyweight Champion Heartless Hellraiser Dracko would defend his championship in a Triple Threat Match against two newcomers, Markous, M.D. and VanRondall Seabron. Dracko would make short work of his opponents with devastating clotheslines, suplex's, and spears.
The winners of the first round matches then competed in an 8-man gauntlet match to determine the Tournament of Champions winner. This match saw a lot of twist and turns including tag team partners Roman Zachary and Shane O’Brien facing off against each other. Mr. Mike Winner was beside himself at ringside.
Eventually, the gauntlet match came down to Kareem West and his heated rival Dracko. With an assist from Roman Zachary, Shane O’Brien, and Mr. Mike Winner, Dracko would reign supreme and win the Tournament of Champions. Was this a one-night alliance or is there something more sinister happening with these men? Only time will tell. I can guarantee that Kareem West will not take this lying down.
With all the excitement that was Tournament of Champions XVI, IWF continues to roll in on October 11, 2019 from the Wayne PAL with IWF Firepower. Some matches have already been announced including…
Dark Dragon Kareem West and WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana teaming up to take on Fifth Element Roman Zachary and IWF Champion Heartless Hellraiser Dracko!
WWE Hall of Famer Mr. USA Tony Atlas takes on Southside Slugger Tony Graves.
Former WWE NXT Star Bull James Dempsey and Outlaw Shane O'Brien challenge IWF American Champion First Class Justin Adams in a Triple Threat Match.
Master of Chaos Kevin Knight battles Juan Hernandez.
More matches to be announced in the coming days. I’ll be back with another blog to preview this upcoming event next week but until then, don’t forget to go to campiwf.com to see how you can be a part of IWF Firepower!
WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana Returns to IWF August 25
Blog By: MIKE LEOTIS
Posted: July 15, 2019
Hello wrestling fans! IWF Wrestling is so excited to be coming back to Nutley, NJ on August 25, 2019, for our Tournament of Champions XVI. Tickets can be purchased now at CampIWF.com or at the Nutley Rec Center.
IWF Wrestling is so thankful for all the great wrestlers, managers and legends we’ve been able to work with over the years. One such legend, who will be competing in the Tournament of Champions, is WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana!
Tito has had a long and distinguished career in professional wrestling. Tito is a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and two-time WWE Tag Team Champion. Tito has had many memorable matches and feuds. One such feud was with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine. Tito and Greg had some classic battles over the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The culmination of the feud would come inside a Steel Cage at the Baltimore Arena where Tito would emerge victorious, winning not only the battle but the war.
Tito Santana always fought with pride, honor and passion while in the ring. I always knew to expect a great match when Tito was on the card. I got to finally see Tito wrestle in person during our most recent IWF event in April. Tito wrestled Fifth Element Roman Zachary in a 22-minute wrestling clinic. It was truly one of the best matches I have witnessed in person. Tito would again emerge victorious.
I also got to meet Tito for the very first time. He was kind and approachable. He was a real pleasure to talk with and it only helped cement the respect I had for him.
I’m excited to see what he will do at the IWF Tournament of Champions. Don’t miss your chance to be there on August 25!
About the author…
Mike Leotis is a member of the IWF Wrestling Championship Committee since 2018. Mike is also a member of Wrestler Weekly. Wrestler Weekly, founded by Scottie & Reggie Richardson, is a great resource for all things classic wrestling. We feature the classic wrestling magazines you grew up loving! Come see our collection and talk classic wrestling with us on Twitter @WrestlerWeekly.