LOUD & PROUD Preview on TAPinto.net (March 2019)
IWF FIREPOWER June 10 Preview in Nutley Sun (May
IWF LOUD & PROUD Featured in Nutley Journal (April 2018)
IWF LOUD & PROUD
Featured in Nutley Sun (January 2018)
LOUD & PROUD Featured in Nutley Sun (April 2017)
IWF LOUD & PROUD
Featured in Nutley Journal (March 2017)
IWF Featured in Nutley
Journal Newspaper (December 2016)
in Pioneer Times Newspaper (December 2016)
for Cub Scout Pack 141 in Nutley Journal (June 2016)
IWF Event for Cub Scout Pack 141 in Star-Ledger (May 2016)
IWF Wrestling Preview in Nutley Sun (March 2016)
IWF Wrestling Featured in Nutley Journal (March 2016)
Kevin Knight in NUTLEY NEIGHBORS
Magazine (Jan. 2016)
LOUD & PROUD in Nutley Journal (May 2015)
IWF LOUD &
PROUD in Nutley Sun (May 2015)
IWF at Nutley Community
Expo - Nutley Journal (March 2015)
IWF at Nutley
Community Expo - Nutley Sun (March 2015)
IWF and Relay For Life in Nutley Journal (March 15, 2015)
Nutley Journal: IWF LOUD & PROUD Preview (Feb 26, 2015)
Nutley Journal: IWF
at Relay For Life Kickoff (Feb 12, 2015)
IWF's Michael Cammett in The Observer (August 13, 2014)
Local Celeb Wrestler Keeps It Real, Offers Chance
IWF Featured on NorthJersey.com (March 1, 2014)
IWF LOUD & PROUD in Nutley
Sun (February 27. 2014)
IWF LOUD &
PROUD in Nutley Journal (February 27. 2014)
For Life & Kevin Knight in Nutley Sun (Feb 27. 2014)
Kevin Knight in Nutley Journal (April
Posted: April 26, 2013
IWF LOUD & PROUD Photos
in Nutley Sun (April 25, 2013)
Posted: April 25, 2013
IWF LOUD & PROUD Preview in Nutley Sun (April
Posted: April 4, 2013
IWF LOUD & PROUD Preview
in Belleville-Nutley Patch
Posted: February 18,
IWF Relay For Life Fundraiser in The Observer
March 14, 2012
For Life Event Featured in Nutley Sun
Relay For Life Fundraiser in Nutley Journal
Kevin Knight in Nutley Sun (August 4,
IWF Wrestling School in Nutley Sun (October
IWF Wrestling School in Nutley Sun (October
IWF in Passaic Valley Today (August 5, 2010)IWF in Paterson's Italian Voice (August 5, 2010)
BackSportsPage.com Feature Story on Kevin Knight
Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:54PM
By J.D. Mowery. Photos courtesy Brian C. Reilly.
PHF WALK RAISES $30,000 AS 300 PEOPLE WALK TO FUND A
NJ – Over 300 people took part in the 2009 PHF WALK & Family Fun Day September 13, 2009, as the Pediatric Hydrocephalus
Foundation, Inc. raised over $30,000 in their signature event.
A Knight’s Tale
University of Arizona
IWF Wrestling School teaches hopefuls all the right moves
Wrestler Stars in Burger King Commercial
The Observer, National News at a Community Level
Posted: March 15, 2006
(WEST PATERSON, NJ) - IWF Wrestling Champion Kevin Knight appears in the new Burger King TenderCrisp Chicken
commercial airing nationwide. Knight recently participated in the filming of a new Burger King television commercial,
which began airing nationwide the week of March 6.
Filmed in February in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Knight plays
Burger King’s new TenderCrisp Chicken mascot. Knight is a Nutley High School graduate, attended William Paterson University,
operates the IWF Wrestling School in West Paterson, and performs periodically for World Wrestling Entertainment.
Knight auditioned for the part in New York in January, as the Hungryman Production Company sought a 6-foot 4-inch, 240-pound
wrestler to don the chicken suit. Knight won the part and was flown to the legendary Stan Winston Studio in Los
Angeles for a costume fitting, then traveled to Brazil for a week of shooting.
“It was 104-degrees the first
day of shooting, we were in the middle of a sweltering valley in Rio and I was in a chicken suit that weighed 20 pounds and
had a 4-foot 5-inch, 80-pound midget stuntman strapped on my back ... now that’s entertainment,” Knight said.
From Emcee to Businessman, Nutleyite Trains Wrestlers for Big Time
Part-time Job Leads to
Career as Wrestler, Wrestling School Founder
Nutley Sun Newspaper, July
by Brian Smith
(NUTLEY, NJ) - While the moves in wrestling leagues such as the WWE are staged
and the outcomes predetermined, the effort and training a wrestler must put in to arrive on wrestling's biggest stage are
anything but easy.
With approximately 100 wrestlers on the WWE's roster, professional wrestling is one of the hardest
"sports" to break into, real or fake. One place a wrestler can cut his teeth with the hopes of making it to the
big-time is Nutley native Kevin Knight's IWF Wrestling Training Program in West Paterson, NJ.
Knight has operated
the program for six years and in addition to training wrestlers, he is also the owner of the Independent Wrestling Federation
that has events in its home center in West Paterson and other high schools and recreation centers in the state. The
IWF has belt holders within its federation and holds from 28 to 30 events each year.
Knight got into wrestling
10 years ago and like many people, used one job as a springboard into another. Knight was a radio and television major at
William Paterson University and while there he did sports and news for WGHT 1500 AM in the mornings. The station was
given tickets to wrestling events similar to the ones his IWF now holds and it was Knight's job to "hype up the crowd"
before the events. While Knight enjoyed watching wrestling, he never thought it would lead to a career in it.
promoters saw the enthusiasm I had in getting the crowd involved, saw I was relatively tall and asked me if I wanted to get
involved," Knight said. "I said 'sure' and there is where it all started."
briefly and started organizing and wrestling in several events at Nutley High School and the Nutley Recreation Center.
While signing autographs after the matches, children, young adults and even adults would ask Knight how to get involved in
wrestling. Knight was intrigued by the numbers of inquiries and began planning and saving.
"People would ask
me how to get started and most of the schools I knew of were dirty and run by sleazy characters so I started planning to open
up a school," Knight said. "It took about four years of saving money but wrestling was popular when we opened and
we are still doing well now."
Even with the WWE's popularity down, Knight's training programs are still flourishing.
He runs clinics for teenagers, and has events at the IWF's home arena this summer and will have two on the road at towns like
Aberdeen and Medford in New Jersey next month.
Twist and Yell:
BY CAROLINA GONZALEZ
Would-be grapplers longing to piledrive, bulldog and body slam can make their ring fantasies come true
at schools like the IWF Wrestling Training School in West Paterson.
Kevin Knight opened the school in 1999 after
a career in public relations and several years knocking around as a wrestler in leagues around the Northeast. Knight has retired
from the ring, but still gets a thrill tagging others in. "People enjoy being involved in an activity they enjoyed watching
as a child," he said of his students.
IWF students -- there are currently about 35 active, and 200 have hit
the mats since it opened -- tend to have the mild-mannered professions of superhero alter egos: college students, teachers,
social workers, Knight says.
Students can take
classes as many as four times a week. Some train simply to keep in shape, but others hope to become the next Stone Cold Steve
Austin. Roman Zachary, 24, of Manville, was in Knight's first class and has performed in WWE shows. Pro hopefuls get instruction
in "scientific" holds and moves like body slams (throwing yourself on your opponent to knock him on his back onto
the mat), bulldogs (grabbing your opponent around the neck and leaping onto the canvas head first) and supplexes (lifting
your opponent over your head and dropping him on the mat).
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Hulk wannabes eye 'Smackdown'
Where aspiring wrestlers go to learn
December 6, 2004
By AMY L. KOVAC, HERALD NEWS
NJ - Tucked behind McBride Avenue at 32 Willow Way stands a cream-colored building that looks like an average warehouse. But
don't be fooled by the bland exterior. Four times a week, the building comes alive with the body slams and faux punches of
the Independent Wrestling Federation.
The center is entering its sixth year. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons,
the center held its annual open house, where the public is able to get a glimpse of the athletics and antics of the center's
members. About 35 men and women are active members of the center, and they range in age from 14 to 45.
members have performed in World Wrestling Entertainment's television shows, including "Smackdown" on UPN and "Raw"
on Spike TV, Knight admits that most will never make it onto television. The training center primarily provides a place for
people to pursue their fantasies, get a good workout and meet others with an interest in wrestling.
Many come long
distances to train under Knight and his assistant trainers - some from as far as Brooklyn and Point Pleasant. All have a love
for the theatrics and physicality of wrestling.
On Sunday, Roman Zachary, an assistant trainer and one of the center's
stars, instructed a group of eight young students during a drill to overexaggerate their movements, to think big.
Dangerous Dan McGuire, a West Paterson native, graduated two years ago from the training center's program and still comes
four day a week to lift weights, watch training videos and practice routines. The 17-year-old senior at Passaic Valley
High School said that his parents didn't care for his love of wrestling, so he works two jobs to pay the monthly fee to participate
in the program.
Meet & Greet: Wrestlers meet Middletown Cub Scouts
Published in the Asbury Park Press 5/05/04
THE JERSEY SHORE'S LARGEST
By MICHELLE GLADDEN, STAFF WRITER