Ah, The I.W.F. The “I” stood for Independent which we though was super clever when we were twelve. In the late 90’s up until the early 2000’s my friends and I were obsessed with pro wrestling. The Attitude Era with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mankind, and The Rock was a pivotal part of our young lives and lead to some fun and crazy moments.
My friends and I made a backyard wrestling federation. It started out with just three of us messing around in the safety of our living rooms until we were kicked outside. Then we tried to wrestle on the grass in the front yard, but this proved to be a bit too tough as the ground was hard and we were wimps that really and truly didn’t want to hurt the other guy. So we were limited to weak punches and clotheslines and slow fake falls.
We then got the bright idea to use inflatable mattresses to cushion the falls which greatly added to the amount of “slams” and jumps we could do. That is until we popped one. At least we were finally in the backyard away from the normal public so we could work on our silly characters and play out theme music as loudly as we wanted.
Then the turning point happened. My parents got me a big trampoline for my birthday with the knowledge that I was going to ignore all of the WWF’s (now the WWE) plea to not try it at home. Now we could do things like dropkicks and choke slams without the worry of the hard ground and its ability to keep reality in check. We still were wimps when it came to things like weapons and actually hurting the other guy, so before you get worried I can honestly say the worst injury that occurred was a sprained hand, which incidentally was my own. We were never the ones you saw on the news where they were using cheese graters and broken glass.
We did film a lot of it though. This was a time long before we had cell phones so the videos are on actual tape and are sitting in a box somewhere. Maybe one day I’ll try and retrieve the footage to see my teenage self do some very stupid things. One aspect that I have rediscovered though is that I had made a Geocities site for it. I listed all of the wrestlers, put up bios and really showed the world what a terrible speller I was. I though the site was long gone, but to my surprise it has been revived.
For your enjoyment here is the front page of the “Official” I.W.F. site. I’ll link it here just in case the copy/paste doesn’t do it justice and I will be putting up the bios in a separate post.
|INDEPENDENT WRESTLING FEDERATION|
|Hello, and welcome to the I.W.F!!!!!! We are a group that hate rulez, and just want to enjoy life as we see fit. We do what we want, and have a blast doing it!!!!! This part of this fine site will tell of the wrestlers, matches, and current champs. please enjoy yourself, and don’t try this at home!!!|
Mr. Sunday Delight
Type of Matches
Normal–Pinfall, Submission, Countouts, or Disqualification to win. Weapons, low blows, or beating up the ref will get you DQ.
No DQ–pinfall, submission,or countout. Can’t be DQ. Weapons are allowed
Tag–A team match, two wrestlers in at a time, and each can tag in a partner.
Hardcore–pinfall or submission. No rules. Weapons, lowblows, and anything you want to do you can to win.
Handicapped matches–can be three, two, or uhfair match. Usually its a two on one beating, or with special rules.
Tecnical match–Can use submissions, and holds only. The opponent must submit in order to win.
I Quit Match–Beat the hell out of your opponent until they say “I Quit”.
Last Man Standing–Keep wrestling until you, or your opponent can’t get up by the time the Ref counts to ten.
Garage Match–Match takes place in a garage. Anything goes, and must pin to win.
**If both wrestlers can’t get up by the time the ref counts to ten, it’s a double count out.
Bucking Bronco Match–
|Wrestlers Finishers/Trademark movesWar
Mr. Sunday Delight