Indy News #2: IWF, Memphis ratings, Howard Brody

Indy News Update #2 for September 1, 2010
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IWF Wrestling School Open House Tour Tuesday, Sept 7 @ 6:00 pm
New Beginner Class starts Training Tuesday, Sept 7 @ 7:00 pm

(WEST PATERSON, NJ)- Former Independent Wrestling Federation Champion Fady the Arabian Bull (Fahd Rakman in FCW) is the latest IWF Wrestling School graduate to sign with World Wrestling Entertainment. Be the next Raw, SmackDown, NXT or TNA superstar by fulfilling your dream to become a superstar as the training facility hosts a free Open House Tour Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 pm.

Established in 1999, IWF Wrestling School in West Paterson, NJ, trains hundreds of prospects from 20 states and nine countries that compete in bouts across the world.

This year marks the 11th Anniversary of the famous facility, recognized as the premiere school in the Northeast by countless television news and media outlets.

Kevin Knight, a 14-year veteran, leads classes three days a week covering basic holds and high-flying moves. 22 home-grown graduates performed on WWE Raw, SmackDown, and Pay-Per-View events, including Darren Young of WWE Raw and NXT Nexus.

“Wrestlers excel in our program and receive WWE contracts as a result of our first-rate training regimen, coupled with our friendly and safe environment,” said Knight.

IWF School hosts Clinics with WWE Hall of Famers and Legends. Tito Santana, Honky Tonk Man, Dr. Tom Prichard, John Bradshaw Layfield, Young Stallion Jim Powers, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Ken Shamrock, Stevie Richards, Nunzio, and Dawn Marie hosted clinics.

IWF School appeared on CBS 2 News, NBC 4 New York, FOX 5 Good Day New York, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, My 9 News, Pix 11 News, News 12 New Jersey, NBC Telemundo 47, Telemundo International, WMBC-TV 63 News, Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom, Nickelodeon’s WACK, EXTRA, TLC’s A Makeover Story, MSG Metro and WOR Radio 710.

“The local, national and international media coverage we receive solidify’s the fact that we have the best wrestling school in the Country,” Knight said.

School open to men and women ages 18 and up, course length is 6 months, and qualified students can earn a spot on live events after 3-4 months of training. Serious and dedicated individuals in good health are welcome to enroll. For boys and girls ages 12 to 17, we host Youth Clinics in July, August and December.

For prospective students interested in visiting the school, please attend the Open House on Tuesday, September 7 @ 6:00 pm, or attend an upcoming Live Event on Friday, September 24 @ 8 pm or Saturday, September 25 @ 7:30 pm to see the facility, and watch our students and graduates in action. New students can enroll in-person at the Open House, or enroll now in-advance on the IWF website to guarantee your spot at

The New Beginner Class starts September 7, and continues Sundays 12-3 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7-10 pm, and you can attend up to three times a week. We teach success…it’s going to happen to you! Don’t hesitate, join today, and begin a successful career on the road to becoming a superstar. If you have questions or want to enroll, visit

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A look at the first 12 weeks of Memphis Wrestling ratings.

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Former President of the National Wrestling Alliance, Howard Brody is now on The Wrestling Hotseat at

He is one of the reasons that the NWA survived. His story of triumph and tragedy is greatly detailed in “Swimming with Piranhas: Surviving the Politics of Professional Wrestling” and we discuss the contents of the book, the writing process, his career, and the men and women who make the story so memorable, and so much more. We discuss many aspects of his career including:

* Being the first promotion to have professional wrestling in China (no the WWE was NOT the first)
* The Florida wrestling scene and who he thought was the top talent
* Thoughts on the New Heavenly Bodies, The Shane Twins, Scoot Andrews, Lex Lovett, Buck Quartermaine and many others…
* What he would’ve done when TNA wanted control of the NWA World Titles
* An untapped market that could lead a company to be number one in the world
* Memories of Hiro Matsuda
* The Ring Warriors Project and how it would have changed wrestling
* If a product like Ring Warriors could work today
* Writing the book and the emotions he felt writing it
* Thoughts and memories of the late great Luna Vachon including some really funny rib stories that she pulled

and Much More!

This is a very revealing and personal interview, with great insight into one of the unsung heroes of professional wreslting. The book should be required reading and the interview is a great introduction before reading the book!

You can listen to the interview at via streaming flash player or mp3 download for free at

Learn more about Howard T. Brody and buy the book “Swimming with Piranhas: Surviving the Politics of Professional Wrestling” at or at Howard’s personal website


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