On November 14th, 2001 Hulk Hogan makes his first in-ring appearance since July 2000 when he headlines two days worth of television tapings at Orlando’s Universal Studios for the newly established Xtreme Wrestling Federation. He uses the big boot and legdrop to defeat Curt Hennig.
The idea of the XWF was generated when several wrestling superstars including Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, The Nasty Boys (Knobbs and Saggs) and Greg Valentine were pitched the idea by Kevin Harrington of replacing the then AOL Time Warner owned World Championship Wrestling which was then purchased by rival competitor World Wrestling Federation. The basis of the XWF was to create a wrestling federation showcasing Family Friendly entertainment all while displaying talents of current Wrestling Legends and future superstars similar to the format that was used in WCW Saturday Night / WCW Main Event. The reason was to create a PG style of wrestling that was opposite of what WCW was since the nWo started. In November 2001, filming took place for the new XWF Wrestling Promotion. Present that weekend at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and filmed in matches were Hulk Hogan, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Greg Valentine, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Jimmy Hart, The Nasty Boys, The Road Warriors, Curt Hennig, Buff Bagwell, Jimmy Snuka, Jr., Rena Mero, Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and a host of others. The head writer for the promotion was Colin Bowman, former Editor and Publisher of WCW Magazine.
Jimmy Hart acquired the rights for the XWF for an undetermined amount in 2004. In September 2004, the idea of bringing a special television series about the XWF to The Wrestling Channel and likely other channels thereafter was explored by Hart. During July 2005, the XWF released a three DVD series called In Your Face: The Lost Episodes of the XWF. It featured 19 matches from the original Universal Studios tapings with extras including an interview with Hulk Hogan. The series is hosted by Jimmy Hart and Brian Knobbs.
In November 2008 the XWF re-launched its wrestling website displaying the new logo. In January 2009 it was rumored that there were talks of a possible pay-per-view similar to how Total Nonstop Action and Ring of Honor received their television deals. Also, footage from the XWF “invasion” of Puerto Rico in 2002 was to be released. Additionally, plans were underway to launch a series of matches featuring living legends from 2001, new up and coming talent, as well as having living remaining members make personal appearances for the XWF. A Special Collectors set including a DVD, T-Shirt, autographs, and an actual piece of the ring apron from the 2001 tapings was expected to be released later in 2009.
As of 2011, no further activity from the relaunched XWF has taken place, and the website has been taken down.