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The IWL was founded by Indigo, and the league held its first card on Thursday, June 5, 1997.
That first card on June 5, 1997, was a 15-man battle royal to crown the first IWL World Champion, which became A-Bomb Bill. The match results were determined by using TNM simulator. A roleplaying board was used to book matches and develop angles. Comments from the announce team of Good Ole James Hoss and Jeff "The Emperor" Bawler typically preceded and followed the TNM match results.
From that first card throughout its three-year existence (1997-2000), the IWL was widely regarded by e-wrestlers and other e-feds as one of the better e-feds in existence.