Former ECW Producer Launches Hip-Hop Skewed Wrestling Promotion, UWF

Red Cafe x GunplayThere’s the WWE, there’s TNA Wrestling, and tons of smaller others … and now an urban-skewed wrestling promotion is entering the arena, called Urban Wrestling Federation (UWF).

The UWF is set to debut live in New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on June 3 with its “First Blood” event, followed with a pay-per-view special to air later in the month.

The spectacle will feature some of the “toughest thugs in the hip-hop community,” said a press release, including Bad Boy-signee Red Cafe, Uncle Murda, former Terror Squad member Cuban Link, hip-hop legend Melle Mel, Gorilla Zoe, Triple C’s Gunplay, and others.

It will also feature wrestling vets such as Homicide, Ricky Ortiz, Scorpio Sky and Ricky Reyes; and pits rappers and professional wrestlers against one another in the ring, combining “take-no-prisoners’ urban music artists … with extreme style professional wrestlers in order to fight their battles and determine who really are the shot-callers.”

“By combining urban music and professional wrestling, we’ve created the ideal opportunity for dynamic and exciting entertainment while opening an avenue that guarantees higher attendance with new marketing and sponsorship opportunities,” Steve “The Hustler” Karel, UWF developer, said in a press release.

According to Karel, the rappers will not be actually wrestling, per se, but will be actual characters within the storyline of the UWF, as either gang leaders or heads of crews of wrestlers who will actually be doing the fighting.

“They’ll be the gang leaders, or leaders in the hood of the actual urban-based wrestlers and storylines in the goings on of the ring,” he explained. “He will be there, the audience can cheer on or boo the actual artist and his team of wrestlers, along with actually liking the music. That will be part of the storyline of the show.”

“First Blood” goes down June 3, with the PPV to air on June 26. Tickets are available at

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