|Underground Wrestling Federation|
Official logo of UWF (circa 2012)
|Founded||January 2, 2012|
|Defunct||March 16, 2012|
|Type||Hybrid with original characters|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California|
|Parent||National Wrestling Alliance|
Underground Wrestling Federation (UWF) was an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2012 by Lenny Cross. Based out of San Francisco, California, UWF ran biweekly events throughout the region of northern California with a two-day tape delay on local television stations across the western portion of United States. Instead of a separate name for their shows, UWF promoted each event in numerical order and, on occasion, a tagline following the name of the card (e.g. UWF 1: The Pilot for the first show).
In late-December of 2011, an idea of running a wrestling promotion came to the mind of former wrestler-turned-trainer, Lenny Cross. At the time, he was serving as a mentor to numerous wrestlers who came across his Northern California ranch, dubbed the Underground Wrestling Compound, to work their way into the industry. More importantly, the training facility was an affiliate for many promotions tied to National Wrestling Alliance throughout northern California. Cross ultimately chose to expand his school, thus conceiving the plan to create his own promotion. The affiliation with NWA, however, deceased when Cross chose not to have his new-found promotion under the NWA umbrella. Within the ensuing weeks, Cross carried out the process of starting his own wrestling company.
On the night of March 16, the day after holding the company's third show, it was ultimately decided to shut down the promotion due to the lack of revenue and horrendous backstage atmosphere as majority of the scheduled wrestlers on a card ended up no-showing for their matches.