Kids Pro Wrestling Makes DVD Debut After Nearly 20 Years

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Wrestling fans can now witness the pioneering events from the first kids pro wrestling league to ever exist.

NWF Films announced today that they have released a new DVD series that features original footage from the major live public events that were held at the Anoka Armory back in 1986 and 1987, which showcased "NWF Kids Pro Wrestling". The NWF was the first of its kind, a group of kids that ran their very own professional wrestling league nearly twenty years ago.

In 1984, most 14 year-olds were watching MTV or playing Atari videogames. Shawn Crossen, however, was not like most 14 year-olds. What began as a dream turned into reality when Crossen and his friends started their very own professional wrestling league, the National Wrestling Federation (NWF). They also shot, edited, and produced a weekly cable television show called "The Kids Pro Wrestling Show", which was viewed by thousands of people each week in cities all across the nation. "We were the pioneers," says former child wrestler and league creator Shawn Crossen. "We were the first group of kids to have done anything like that and be successful with it."

Shawn Crossen, who was the brains behind the successful endeavors of the NWF, has now formed NWF Films. With over 100 hours of NWF Wrestling archives in its collection, NWF Films will start off with the release of four exciting DVD's in a series known as "The Anoka Armory Series". This new series features the four major events that Shawn Crossen promoted at the famed Anoka Armory event center back in 1986 and 1987 where they drew hundreds of loyal fans to witness the live events. The now historic events were the first of their kind that ever featured kids performing professional wrestling in the squared circle.

Unlike "backyard wrestling" which is now so commonly seen today, the wrestling show that Shawn produced was on a much different playing field. "The backyard wrestling leagues that exist today are really based on violence, blood, and pain. But back twenty years ago, the NWF was based on sportsmanship, teamwork, and showmanship" says Crossen. There's something to be said for that, as there was never a negative newspaper article written about the NWF back in those days. The same cannot be said for the backyard wrestling that exists today.

The DVD releases feature footage from the recently published book "Pro Wrestling Kids' Style" (NWF Books, January 2005, ISBN: 1879000121, $16.99), where author Shawn "Crusher" Crossen tells his incredible life experiences in running the NWF Kids Pro Wrestling Show during his teenaged years. It is an in-depth and personal look at the problems and obstacles Crossen encountered on the way to making the NWF a success. The book will inspire children and adults alike and shows just how far a kid with a dream can go.

The four titles: "Superstars Spectacular '86", "Summer Sizzler Extravaganza", "The Fall Brawl", and "Superstars Spectacular '87" have a suggested retail price of $16.99 each and can be purchased through or from the NWF's homepage at

To schedule an interview with Shawn Crossen, or to request a media kit, please contact him at (715) 355-0895 or


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