IWF Wrestling School Open House Saturday, May 20 at 2 pm

WWE Hopefuls Can Tour Famous Training Facility in Nutley, NJ

IWF Wrestling Centre in NUtley, NJ

Posted: May 1, 2017


(NUTLEY, NJ)- Four days a week, men and women from all walks of life travel to Nutley in the hopes of becoming a WWE Superstar.  From college students to accountants, Independent Wrestling Federation makes championship dreams come true for aspiring grapplers.

The nationally-accredited IWF Wrestling School at 75 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, NJ hosts an Open House Tour & Registration Session on Saturday, May 20 with a guided tour at pm.  Tour starts on-time and runs 30-minutes.

Kevin Knight, a 20-year professional, teaches students the moves needed to be successful in the sports-entertainment industry.  39 IWF graduates received WWE tryouts with 11 gaining full-time employment, both in the ring and behind the scenes.

“Since 1999, we train prospects from 20 states and nine countries who compete in matches across the world,” said Knight.  “Many also appeared in TV shows and commercials.”

Famous graduates include WWE Superstar Darren Young from Union, and WWE Referees Shawn Bennett from Butler and Danilo Anfibio from Woodland Park.  The school is endorsed by Legends and Guest Coaches Tito Santana, Honky Tonk Man, John Bradshaw Layfield, Bushwhacker Luke, Tom Prichard and more.

During the Open House, visitors can tour the facility and gain an insight into training classes, as well as register for upcoming programs.  The next Adult Beginner Session starts the week of June 1, and Youth Clinics for ages 13-17 take place May 13-14 and June 10-11.

IWF Centre features a wrestling ring, martial arts room, dressing rooms, merchandise store, party room and more amenities.  The school was located in Woodland Park until 2012.

IWF produces Live Events where students showcase skills for family and friends, and hosts Birthday Parties where guests are treated to dinner and a show.  For information, find IWF on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram @WrestlingIWF.





20th Annual LOUD & PROUD Event to Benefit Relay For Life!

Tickets On-Sale Now as WWE Legends & Local Stars Unite for Charity!

IWF LOUN n PROUD April 8, 2017 at Nutley Rec Center 

Updated: March 28, 2017


(NUTLEY, NJ) ~ Get ready for adrenaline-charged excitement as Independent Wrestling Federation presents a family-friendly Live Event Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30 pm to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay For Life at Rec Center, 44 Park Avenue, Nutley, NJ.

Headlining IWF’s action-packed 20th Annual LOUD & PROUD extravaganza are WWE Hall of Famer Tito SantanaWWE Legend Tommy Dreamer, Nutley’s Master of Chaos Kevin Knight, North Arlington’s Golden Boy Michael Cammett, Fifth Element Roman Zachary, Heartless Hellraiser Dracko, Outlaw Shane O'Brien, Phat Daddy Biggie Biggs, Shawn Donavan, International Icon Galindo, First-Class Justin Adams, Mad Dawg Jenkins and more.

“Relay For Life is a spectacular display of how our community continuously comes together to fight for a cause we truly believe in, and this promises to be our biggest year yet with your help,” said Mauro G. Tucci, Commissioner of Parks & Recreation.

This event will be a sports experience that delivers edge-of-your seat thrills and is affordable for the entire family.  Tickets are $25 and $20, and available at, or Rec Office weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  For information, call 973-284-4966.

Doors open 6:30 pm for All-Access FanFest with Wrestler Meet & Greet.  Supporting the event are Parks & Recreation Department, IWF Wrestling School & Party Place, 1450 WCTC-AM, Busted Open on Sirius XM, and Clinical Sports Labs.

You will witness the unexpected and unforgettable as the best of sports and entertainment collide to create a memorable event,” said Kevin Knight, who serves on Relay Leadership Committee.  “Fans of all ages will enjoy our unbelievable athleticism and energy!”

See the Live Event leading up to LOUD & PROUD on Saturday, April 1, 7 pm at IWF Centre, 75 Franklin Ave, Nutley.

Independent Wrestling Federation, established in 1998, produces Live Events, hosts Birthday Parties, and trains WWE and NXT stars in Nutley.  For information, find IWF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube @WrestlingIWF.



Military Veterans to Receive Free IWF Wrestling Training

‘Freedom to Wrestle’ Contest Gives Wrestling Scholarship

to Veterans at World Famous Training Facility in Nutley, NJ

IWF Military Veteran Wrestling Training 

Updated: November 1, 2016


(NUTLEY, NJ)- To kick off their 20th year, Independent Wrestling Federation partners with Nutley Chamber of Commerce for ‘Freedom to Wrestle’ contest saluting Military Veterans.

Two professional wrestling training scholarships for Veterans will be awarded at the nationally-accredited IWF Wrestling School in Nutley, NJ, with a male and female selected.

In addition, the winners take part in a special Meet & Greet with WWE Superstar Darren Young, an IWF Wrestling School graduate.

Kevin Knight, a Nutley resident and 20-year IWF professional wrestler, will teach the Veterans all the moves needed to be successful in the sports-entertainment industry.

“Men and women from all walks of life travel to Nutley daily in the hopes of becoming a WWE Superstar,” said Kevin Knight, head coach at IWF Wrestling School.  “The military keeps us free so our aspiring grapplers can pursue their dreams.  Now, IWF gives back and provides a special opportunity for Veterans.”

FOX News contributor Steven Rogers, a Township of Nutley Commissioner and Board of Education member, Senior Military Intelligence Officer, and retired Lieutenant Commander of United States Navy Reserves, stated, “Kevin Knight is a role model for every American patriot in this nation.  He continues to do his part to provide our Veterans opportunities to move forward.  This is a program that should be duplicated nationwide.  As a Veteran, I salute IWF.”

Kim Mulligan from WDHA-FM Radio, and Bert Baron from WCTC-AM Radio select the winners.  The vets will be included in 20th Annual IWF LOUD ‘n’ PROUD Live Event April 8, 2017 to benefit Relay For Life, and receive nutritional products from Clinical Sports Labs.

“Veterans are some of the most inspiring men and women around,” said Kim Mulligan, host of The Morning Jolt on WDHA.  “IWF's commitment to Veterans and the community is so genuine.  I'm grateful to be involved with this program.”

“These heroes put their own dreams on hold to defend the very freedoms we enjoy each and every day,” said Bert Baron, host of Jersey Central on WCTC.  “I can't think of a more fitting way to say ‘thank you’ then to afford them this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Clinical Sports Labs CEO Michael Carrubba stated, “Clinical Sports Labs realizes and appreciates the tremendous commitment it takes to serve your Country in the Armed Forces, which is why we are supporting this cause to reward our Veterans.”

IWF Heavyweight Champion Fifth Element Roman Zachary of Manville, NJ, and IWF American Champion Golden Boy Michael Cammett of North Arlington, NJ, will assist in coaching the Veterans.

“The Nutley Chamber of Commerce is always supportive of our Veterans,” said Daniel Leon, Chamber President and longtime community leader.  “We are pleased to help provide them with exciting opportunities within the Township of Nutley.”

Veterans from New Jersey and the New York City area are eligible and can apply by November 23 at  Military ID and proof of service required.  Winners to be selected November 28.  IWF will also donate a limited number of Live Event tickets to applicants.

IWF trains prospects from 20 states and nine countries who compete in matches across the world.  39 IWF graduates received WWE tryouts with 11 gaining full-time employment.

IWF produces Live Events where students showcase skills for family and friends, and hosts Birthday Parties where guests are treated to dinner and a show.  For information, visit, or find IWF on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram @WrestlingIWF.  

Kevin Knight and WWE Superstar Darren Young at IWF Wrestling School Nutley Chamber of Commerce Steven Rogers Foundation Fifth Element Roman Zachary

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IWF on YES Network & ESPN Radio
Posted: November 30, 2015 
IWF Wrestling "Busted Open Wedding" discussed on The Michael Kay Show with Michael Kay & Don LaGreca on YES Network & ESPN Radio 98.7 FM on November 30, 2015.  The wedding ceremony and reception, as well as the match between Master of Chaos Kevin Knight and Fifth Element Roman Zachary in Nutley, NJ, are debated.



A Day in the Life of WWE Superstar Darren Young,
featuring IWF Wrestling School in Nutley, NJ



Posted: February 18, 2015 
IWF Wrestling on MTV2 GUY CODE


WWE Referee & IWF Grad Shawn Bennett at IWF Wrestling School - July 3. 2014
WWE Referee Shawn Bennett visits IWF School Shawn Bennett / Kevin Knight

Tanning Mom Visits IWF Centre in Nutley, NJ on May 29, 2014
Kevin Knight / Tanning Mom / Anthony Patanella
Posted: May 29, 2014
Pictured above are Kevin Knight, Patricia "Tan Mom" Krentcil and Anthony "Stallone" Patanella.  Anthony is an IWF Graduate and is training The Tanning Mom at IWF Centre for her celebrity boxing match June 21, 2014 in Philly.

Posted: May 28, 2014
IWF Live on PIX 11 Morning News IWF Wrestling on PIX 11 Morning News

NEW YORK (PIX11) — After closing its doors, Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF) has reopened an all new center in Nutley, NJ.

IWF is the only school where 31 home-grown talents worked for WWE and TNA, with 11 receiving full-time employment (wrestlers, referees, creative department and television staff).

Since 1999, students from 20 states and 9 countries traveled to train at the world-renowned school.     



IWF's Kevin Knight on WABC 7 Eyewitness News in Support of Darren Young

Posted: August 15, 2013

IWF's Kevin Knight on WABC 7 Eyewitness News



Former IWF Heavyweight Champion "Dante Dash" joins WWE:
Real Deal Flex Freeman  
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.
Formerly known as Real Deal Flex Freeman, he began training at IWF Wrestling School under the direction of Master of Chaos Kevin Knight in September 2010, made his debut on Live Events on October 23, 2010, and graduated from the program on April 23, 2011.
Dash, a resident of Jersey City, NJ, is a former IWF Heavyweight Champion and a former IWF American Champion.  He won the 11th Annual 2010 Tournament of Champions competition, and the 9th Annual 2011 Commissioner's Cup Tag Team Tournament with Kevin Knight.
Dante 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.
Other IWF Wrestling School Graduates to sign a professional contract in the past few years include WWE NXT Superstar Darren Young, FCW Rookie Fady The Bull Rakman, and TNA Superstar Robbie E.
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.  


Posted: November 1, 2011
Kevin Knight @ IWF Final Farewell Kevin Knight / Mrs. Axis Kevin Knight / Mr. Axis IWF FANS!
FINAL Video Clip EVER of IWF Centre, Woodland Park, NJ 10/31/2011


MTV "Jersey Shore" Star Angelina trains at IWF Wrestling School 
Kevin Knight / Angelina of Jersey Shore Kevin Knight / Angelina of Jersey Shore Kevin Knight / Angelina / Flex Freeman
'Jersey Shore' Star Angelina begins Training at IWF Wrestling School:
TMZ on hand as MTV Reality Show Star Hits the Mat with Kevin Knight

Latest News: April 1, 2011
(WOODLAND PARK, NJ)- Angelina from the MTV Reality Show 'Jersey Shore' participated in her first training class with 15-year ring veteran Kevin Knight at IWF Wrestling Training School in Woodland Park, NJ, this past Tuesday evening. photographers and TMZ Live television cameramen were on hand for the training session.  Angelina hit the mat with Knight, IWF American Champion Real Deal Flex Freeman, Hi-Definition Chris Steeler and Bright Lights Jarrett Foster. 
"Angelina was definitely not hesitant to hit the mat and get thrown around," Knight said.  "She survived the first training session and learned some basic falls and takedowns." and TMZ Live will soon feature more exclusive photos and video from Angelina's training sessions.
IWF Wrestling School, established in 1999, trains hundreds of wrestlers and managers from 20 states and nine countries that perform in bouts around the globe.  Darren Young signed with WWE in 2009 and appears on Raw and Superstars.  Fady The Bull Rakman signed with WWE in 2010 and trained at FCW in Tampa.  The Shore Robbie E signed with TNA in 2010 and is a former X-Division Champion.

3/7/2011 by TMZ Staff
Jersey Shore Angelina Kevin Knight 
Forget reality television -- former "Jersey Shore" star Angelina has found her calling ... and we're told, it involves fighting gorgeous women in a wrestling ring while thousands of people watch.

Sources close to Angelina tell TMZ, it all started after her appearance on TNA last week -- Angie had the most incredible time getting choked out by a smoking hot blonde chick ... and now she's hooked on suplexes and sleeper holds.

According to sources, she's already taking her new career ambitions extremely seriously -- in fact, the former "Jersey" girl is all set to begin training next Tuesday at the Independent Wrestling Federation in West Paterson, NJ.

It starts out pretty basic -- holds, how to take a fall, etc. -- but the schedule is pretty grueling ... four days a week.  So far, no word on any long-term deal with TNA or WWE.