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The EWF has its roots in the living room. The first recorded shows were in February 1999—with Steve Sharpe (Insomniac), Flash, Chico, Smut, G-Pimp, and Masked Midget as founding members. On March 13, 1999, Steve Sharpe and Smut held the first match in what would become the EWF Arena, on a show that was aptly titled "Barnyard Deathmatch 99".
Over a series of shows in April 99, Psycho King, JC Digits (then known as Chain), Woolpuller, Jobber, and Garbage Man joined the roster. The EWF was in full swing.
1999 was the year of Insomniac (now known as Steve Sharpe). He held the EWF title for 195 days that year over the course of three title reigns. Insomniac's major feuds over the belt were with Psycho King, Smut, and Chain—who all won the EWF Title once in 99. 1999 was also a very strong year for Woolpuller, who dominated the mid-card and held the TV title for 105 days.
The most memorable shows from 1999 were:
All-Day Double Header (April 17, 1999)
Debut of Chain & Woolpuller
Psycho King vs. Insomniac triple-stack tables match
Psycho King vs. Smut barbed wire match
TV Title Tournament (May 22, 1999)
Tournament to crown the new TV champion
Insomniac, Smut, Woolpuller, Jobber, Chain, Psycho King, Garbage Man, & Masuku participating
Cage Match Show (September 11, 1999)
Insomniac vs. Chain in the first (and only) cage match in EWF history
To The Limit 99 (November 5, 1999)
Chain vs. Smut in a ladder match for the TV Title
Insomniac vs. Psycho King in a weapons match for the EWF Title
In early 2000, the original group started to fracture. JC Digits (Chain), Psycho King, and new performer Korrupt left the organization after the Hardcore Hell 2000 show on March 3. JC Digits and Korrupt were the EWF and TV champions at the time, and they were stripped of the belts.
The TV title lay dormant for almost all of 2000, but the EWF Title was brought back with a tournament at the "Revolution" show on April 21, 2000 (now known as Revolution I). The finals of the tournament were held on a later show (May 26), where Smut defeated Insomniac to be the first champion of the Revolution era.
April to September of 2000 has come to be known as Revolution Season 1. Smut was the champion for this entire period, and primarily feuded with Insomniac. Some new faces emerged during the early Revolution days—namely G-Pimp and Kamikaze along with a rise to the top of the card for EWF original, Chico.
The most memorable shows from early 2000 and Revolution Season 1 were:
Y2 Kaos (January 1, 2000)
Insomniac vs. Smut in a classic EWF title match
Hardcore Hell 2000 (March 3, 2000)
The final show before Psycho King and JC Digits departed
Psycho King vs. Insomniac
JC Digits vs. Smut (EWF Title Match)
Revolution I (April 21, 2000)
Opening rounds of a tournament to crown the new EWF champion
Insomniac, Smut, G-Pimp, Woolpuler, Kodiak, Brothaman, Jobber, and Masked Midget participating
In September 2000, the EWF started holding its first regular television tapings at the EWF Arena. The show (filmed for upload to the internet) would be known as "Revolution TV", keeping the name from the popular Revolution I show from April, and leading the post-1999 EWF to be known as the "Revolution Era".
The Revolution TV tapings started what is now considered as Revolution Season 2 (September 2000-May 2001). Insomniac began using his real name, Steve Sharpe, Smut continued to be a strong EWF Champion, and the likes of G-Pimp, Kamikaze, and Chico were rapidly climbing the ranks. Other new (or newly prominent) wrestlers to become permanent mainstays during this time period were Cletus, Brothaman, Villain, Overkeal, Masked Midget, and the Sushi Bah tag team.
On December 30, 2000, EWF held a very memorable show with the To The Limit 2000 event. On that night, the TV Title was reinstated after nearly a year of inactivity, when Chico fought Kamikaze for the new belt. Chico won the TV Title and went on to hold it for a record 336 days. In the main event, G-Pimp became EWF Champion for the first time by defeating Smut and Insomniac in a three-way weapons death match. This ended Smut's control over the EWF Title, which he held for nearly the entirety of the year 2000.
Revolution Season 2 was a major growth period for EWF. Large crowds started showing up at the EWF Arena to take in the action, and the skill of the wrestlers was becoming top notch. G-Pimp's title reign (lasting from December 2000 through May 2001) is one of the best in EWF history. Chico held the TV Title during this entire period and had many classic battles. The tag team rivalry between Big Pimpin' (G-Pimp & Chico) and Triple Threat (Steve Sharpe & Kamikaze) produced some of the best tag team matches in the entire history of the EWF.
The most memorable shows from Revolution Season 2 (September 2000-May 2001) were:
To The Limit 2000 (December 30, 2000)
Chico vs. Kamikaze to reinstate the TV Title
Smut vs. G-Pimp vs. Steve Sharpe in a weapons deathmatch for the EWF Title
EWF 2-Year Anniversary (March 24, 2001)
Chico vs. Steve Sharpe (TV Title Match)
G-Pimp vs. Smut in a weapons death match for the EWF Title
Good Friday the 13th (April 13, 2001)
Big Pimpin' (G-Pimp & Chico) vs. Triple Threat (Steve Sharpe & Kamikaze) in an infamous tag team battle
Revolution II (May 18, 2001)
EWF Title #1 Contender Tournament featuring (Steve Sharpe, Smut, Kamikaze, & Chico)
G-Pimp vs. Steve Sharpe where Sharpe won the EWF Title for the first time in over 500 days
After a brief hiatus during the Summer of 2001, the EWF returned in September with Revolution Season 3. Steve Sharpe was coming off of victory at Revolution II and was entering his 4th EWF Title reign. Revolution Season 3 would end up being the last era of the classic "EWF Arena Days". It featured epic shows with the largest and wildest crowds in EWF history, and contains many of the most memorable matches that were ever held by the EWF.
Late 2001 saw Smut shock everyone by joining his old rival Steve Sharpe in the Triple Threat. At the same time, the Triple Threat kicked out long-time member Kamikaze, who became the "Lone Wolf" and charted his own course towards the main event. Kamikaze and Steve Sharpe would have a memorable feud during the second half of 2001 with several matches being in contention for the best in EWF history.
On December 1 during a Revolution TV taping, both titles changed hands in surprise fashion. Cletus shockingly defeated Chico for the TV Title, ending a 336-day reign. In the main event, Kamikaze was finally able to vanquish Steve Sharpe and became the EWF Champion for the first time.
In early 2002, it was announced that the EWF would be coming to an end. During the final six months, Kamikaze dominated as the EWF Champion and had an incredible feud with Chico that led all the way to the final show. Steve Sharpe, Smut, and G-Pimp went back to their feud from years past, and had several epic battles between each other. The crowds grew bigger and bigger in anticipation for the final event in EWF Arena history, which was scheduled for June 1, 2002.
The most memorable shows from Revolution Season 3 (September 2001-June 2002) were:
To The Limit 2001 (September 29, 2001) -
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Chico vs. Smut in a ladder match for the TV Title
Steve Sharpe vs. Kamikaze in a classic EWF Title match
Revolution TV, Season 3, Episode 4 (December 1, 2001) -
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Chico vs. Cletus for the TV Title, with Cletus winning his first ever singles title
Steve Sharpe vs. Kamikaze for the EWF Title, resulting in Kamikaze's first title reign
Revolution III (May 18, 2002) -
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Chico vs. Steve Sharpe
Smut vs. Brothaman
Kamikaze vs. G-Pimp (EWF Title Match)
G-Pimp vs. Steve Sharpe vs. Smut in a weapons death match
The End (June 1, 2002) -
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Cletus vs. G-Pimp (the final TV Title match)
Overkeal vs. JC Digits (Digits' return to the EWF Arena)
Kamikaze vs. Chico (the final EWF Title match in the EWF Arena)
Steve Sharpe vs. Smut in the final EWF Arena showdown between the two who started it all
The EWF Arena was closed after June 1, 2002 and the wrestling action would never return to the old barn that held packed crowds for 4 years. The EWF as a wrestling organization did return, however, on August 6, 2004 with the "EWF Reunion" show held in Laurel, Indiana. The EWF Reunion started a new era for the EWF—called the "Elite Years"—featuring a full professional wrestling ring and live action held inside large basketball arenas.
The Elite Years saw some former EWF Arena-era performers back in action—namely Steve Sharpe, Chico, Smut, G-Pimp, JC Digits, Cletus, and Overkeal. New faces and professional wrestlers from all over the world started to be booked for EWF events—the most memorable being "Beautiful" Brice Payne from Amarillo, Texas and the "Soccer Hooligan" William McAlvany from Scotland (who formerly performed in the EWF as Korrupt in early 2000).
From 2004-2006 most of EWF's shows were held at a basketball arena in Laurel, Indiana. From late 2005-2009, the majority of shows were filmed at the EWF's training facility in Colerain, Ohio. The training facility tapings were uploaded to the internet as "To The Limit TV", taking the name of a classic annual event from the EWF Arena days. Also during this time, other films were uploaded to the EWF's web site, including the series of episodes known as "One Hot Minute with That Spice Guy".
On April 25, 2009, the EWF held what would end up being the final show in the company's history. It was an outdoor event held in unison with the UWO, a wrestling organization from Hamilton, Ohio that held ties with the EWF (and crossover wrestlers) dating back to 10 years earlier. The event—named "Luke Chain Memorial Show" after JC Digits' late child—featured the best of the UWO and the best of the EWF on the same show at the same time. The night was capped off with a battle royal where the final two competitors entered a singles match. Steve Sharpe and JC Digits were the final two, and ended the show with one of the best matches in EWF history.
The end of the EWF served as the retirement for many of its original wrestlers—including Smut, G-Pimp, and Chico. JC Digits went on to wrestle for several more years with the UWO, while Steve Sharpe and Brice Payne continued wrestling on the independent scene. Sharpe and Payne both retired on the same night (in a match against each other) in Amarillo, Texas on March 24, 2012.
The most memorable shows from the Elite Years (2004-2009) were:
EWF Reunion (August 6, 2004) -
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Tournament to reinstate the EWF Title and crown a new champion
Steve Sharpe, Chico, G-Pimp, Smut, Overkeal, Brice Payne, B-Money, & Dark Slayer participating
EWF 6-Year Anniversary (March 19, 2005) -
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Chico vs. Brice Payne
Steve Sharpe vs. Blade (EWF Title Match)
2005 Invitational Tournament (July 23, 2005)
Open tournament featuring Brice Payne, JC Digits, Smut, Overkeal, Lotus, Crazy J, Cletus, & Logan X
Steve Sharpe vs. Chico (EWF Title Match)
EWF 7-Year Anniversary (April 15, 2006)
Smut vs. Dark Slayer
JC Digits vs. William McAlvany
Steve Sharpe vs. Brice Payne
Chico vs. G-Pimp (EWF Title Match)
Steve Sharpe, Chico, & G-Pimp vs. Smut, JC Digits, & Brice Payne
Luke Chain Memorial Show (April 25, 2009)
Korrupt (William McAlvany) vs Dreconium
Psycho Dreamer vs. Jake Steel
Steve Sharpe vs. Chico vs. Brice Payne vs. Shawn Sanders (the final EWF Title match ever)
EWF/UWO Battle Royal
Steve Sharpe vs. JC Digits