Global Wrestling Federation
was a professional wrestling
promotion based in Dallas, Texas
. It started in June 1991 and folded in September 1994. At one time its shows were presented on the ESPN
television network. On many weeks, the promotion provided programming five days a week airing at 4 p.m. Eastern with current matches.
The GWF was the last pro wrestling promotion to be seen on ESPN regularly. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the network began to emphasize talk shows
in the mid-afternoon hours, supplanting pro wrestling.
Max Andrews and Joe Pedicino
were the original GWF promoters. The organization was a mix of established names and newcomers, many of whom would launch their national careers after appearances on the daily ESPN show. The original stars included The Patriot (Del Wilkes
), Stan Lane
, Scott Anthony (Raven
), The Handsome Stranger (Marcus Bagwell
of WCW) and Cactus Jack
. In late 1991, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
entered the promotion and took over much of the creative direction of the show introducing The Dark Patriot (a evil version of "The Patriot" played by his brother, Doug Gilbert
), John Hawk (John Bradshaw Layfield
), Jerry Lynn
, and "The Winner" Barry Horowitz
(a character created by Gilbert and announcer Craig Johnson.) Booker T
and Stevie Ray
also wrestled in the promotion as well as the Lightning Kid
(later known as the 1-2-3 Kid, Syxx, and X-Pac in WCW and WWE)
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