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XWF working without a deal
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

As tapings continue at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for the new Xtreme Wrestling Federation, behind the scenes work goes on in an effort to land a television deal.

The fledgling company, which began tapings yesterday at Universal Studios, is looking to various networks, cable and syndication companies for a deal. The company is confident that a deal will be reached.

"We wouldn't go over and do this and put this much money into it if we didn't have already some contacts in key positions in different TV networks," says Jimmy Hart, who will be working both on and off-camera with the XWF.

Tapings began yesterday with five different shows and continue through today. Hart feels that it is important to have a finished product to show the various television outlets. "What we wanted to do, we wanted to let them see what we're brining to the table, for their benefit and our benefit," he says.

John Flood, president of the XWF, echoed Hart's statements, saying that, "we thought we'd be in a better position," if they had the product ready for show.

The reaction to the XWF has thus far been positive, largely due to the talent that has been recruited. Wrestlers such as Buff Bagwell, Curt Hennig, and Johnny B. Badd have wrestled at tapings, while Rena Mero (formerly Sable), Roddy Piper, Tony Schiavone and Jerry "The King" Lawler are also going to be part of the on-screen product.

"We thought it was very important to have established stars for credibility," says Flood, who was the former president of NFL Properties.

There is, however, a large amount of younger wrestlers who have signed on with the company. Names like A.J. Styles and Chris Daniels have hilighted independant league matches for quite some time, and they have now found a home with the XWF. "A.J. and Chris have been fabulous," Hart says. "They're humble, they're great, and bless their hearts, they've worked so hard."

While the name "Xtereme Wrestling Federation" may have some fans thinking along the lines of table-breaking, chair-smashing leagues like Xtreme Pro Wrestling and the now defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling, Hart says that extreme is just part of the name, not the attitude. "We just put the 'X' on there because a lot of things out now have 'X' on them," he says, noting that their 'Xtreme' means "excitement, fun, having a good time."

"We thought, why not just have some fun with this and we'll call ourselves the XWF."

  • Results from the XWF tapings yesterday in Orlando, Florida:
    • TAPING #1
    • The Demon d. Barry Horowitz
    • Jimmy Snuka Jr. (w/Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka) d. "The Sarge" Buddy Lee Parker
    • Harris Brothers d. The Kingpins
    • Josh Matthews (of WWF Tough Enough fame) d. AJ Styles
    • Carly Colon d. Cuban Aassassin
    • Konnan d. Vito DeNucci
    • TAPING #2
    • The Wall d. Mr. Jones (Virgil/Vince)
    • Norman Smiley d. Knuckles
    • Dresdin d. Barry Horowitz
    • South Philly Posse (Public Enemy) d. Power Company
    • Vapor (w/Sonny Onoo) d. Lex Lovett
    • Greg "The Hammer" Valentine d. Jake Damien
    • TAPING #3
    • Rey Gonzales d. Kevin Northcutt
    • Big 2 Fuli d. Mean Mike Morgan
    • Buff Bagwell d. Big Vito
    • Maximum Force d. Caged Heat (Simon Diamond/Johnny Swinger)
    • British Storm d. Horace Hogan
    • Hale d. Marty Jannety
    • Kid Kash wins an eight-man Battle Royal to become the first XWF Cruiserweight champion. Others in the match included Chris Daniels and AJ Styles.
    • Nasty Boys d. Shane Twins. Legion of Doom did a run-in post-match.
    • Vampiro d. Curt Hennig (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)
    • TAPING #4
    • Konnan/Rey Gonzales d. Juventud Guererra/Psychosis
    • Jerry Lawler d. Diamond/Swinger
    • Hale d. Knuckles
    • Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) d. Norman Smiley
    • Shane Twins and LOD was thrown out when Nasty Boys ran-in.
    • Curt Hennig (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) d. Buff Bagwell
    • TAPING #5
    • Dresden d. Marty Jannetty
    • Josh Matthews d. Horace
    • Shane Twins d. South Philly Posse. LOD and Nasty Boys ran-in post match.
    • Jimmy Snuka Jr. (w/Jimmy Snuka Sr.) d. Vapor (w. Sonny Onoo)
    • British Storm.Curt Hennig d. Buff Bagwell/Vampiro
  • Other news from XWF tapings includes that Rena Mero (Sable) will act as XWF Owner and Roddy Piper will act as XWF Commissioner. Tony Shiavone and Jerry "The King" Lawler appear to be the commenting team, while Dave Penzer will be the ring announcer. "Mean" Gene Okerlund is also with the company in an on-camera role.

    More on the XWF


  • Nov. 12, 2001: XWF releases roster
  • Oct. 25, 2001: Hogan-Hart promotion a go
  • June 1, 2001: Jimmy Hart: Universal deal still alive


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