Thumb Wrestling Federation

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Thumb Wrestling Federation
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Created by Larry Schwarz
Voices ofBen Masten
Wayne Grayson
Sean Schemmel
Erica Schroeder
Dan Green
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes92
Production company Animation Collective
Original releaseMarch 4, 2006 (March 4, 2006) 
September 10, 2011 (September 10, 2011)

Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF is an American children's live-action television series. It aired on Cartoon Network in the United States, YTV in Canada, and on the CBBC Channel in the United Kingdom (as well as its former strands on BBC One and BBC Two). [1] It was previously shown on Kids' WB and Nicktoons, in the United States, as well as on networks across Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The show revolves around two rival thumb wrestling teams in the style of professional wrestling, including colorful characters and over-the-top emotions and antics. The protagonists, the Dexteras, wrestle against their rivals, the Sinistras, in the quest to win the coveted TWF title. The wrestling bouts are hosted by two thumb commentators, Dick Thompson and retired TWF wrestler Colonel Cossack. TWF originated as a television series before being licensed for toys, apparel, and collectibles.


Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF is based on large Professional Wrestling promotions such as the World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly World Wrestling Federation). TWF began as short format programming, before growing in to complete half hour episodes.


Before its current state, the TWF was an honorable federation that was led by its older "wise thumbs," with TWF legend Newt Knuckle as its president. Everything was "thumbs up" in the TWF until a rookie thumb wrestler named Pageboy Skull came in and demanded a top spot in the TWF without working his way there or showing respect to any of the elder wrestlers, such as Newt Knuckle, Colonel Cossack (who is now a commentator for TWF), The Stash and Phineas D. Finger.

President Newt Knuckle swiftly denied Pageboy Skull his request, causing Pageboy Skull to revolt against the TWF. Pageboy Skull, who later rechristened himself Senator Skull, rebelled against the TWF and formed a group of renegades called the Evil Sinistras, who were determined to take over the TWF and possibly the world. In response, a group of honorable thumb wrestlers called the Mighty Dexteras formed to defend the TWF from the Sinistras.

As a result of the split, elder thumbs such as Newt Knuckle and Phineas D. Finger disappeared. Others, such as Colonel Cossack and The Stash, simply retired. Now, the Sinistras and the Dexteras do battle on a weekly basis as they compete for the TWF Championship.

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  1. Archived February 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine