Lord Zoltan: Pittsburgh's Most Important Indy Wrestler Comes Home

by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer
July 16, 2009

Lord Zoltan, the long-time independent professional wrestler whose career dates back to the days of Studio Wrestling, is set to join the locker room of Pittsburgh's Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA).

KSWA Owner Bobby O made the announcement last week, after Lord Zoltan made a triumphant return to Pittsburgh professional wrestling at the promotion's Independence Day celebration at Arsenal Park in the city's Lawrenceville neighborhood.

The special guest appearance saw Zoltan team up with VIP member “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard against La Lucha and (at the time) KSWA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Alexander. While Zoltan and Blanchard did not get the win, more than 250 fans were on hand to see the legendary Lord Zoltan in the ring. Despite being an egregious rule-breaker, many cheered the Bourbon Street brawler for his decades in the business.

It was then Zoltan decided he wanted to work in Pittsburgh again.

Zoltan learned the business as a youngster, working as a photographer for WIIC-TV's Studio Wrestling until it went off the air in 1972. He would later try his hand at promoting wrestling events before entering the squared circle himself. In the early-to-mid 1980's he would work matches against many of the WWE's top talents, including Tito Santana, Eddie Gilbert, B. Brian Blair, and as a tag team member in a handicapped match against Andre the Giant. A 1984 matchup with Zoltan and the Iron Sheik is easily available for viewing online.

Since that time, Zoltan has worked for countless promotions and held several regional championships. Not even a recent health scare could keep Lord Zoltan away from the ring. Away from the ring, Lord Zoltan has organized, promoted and hosted extraordinarily successful “Deaf WrestleFest” fundraisers for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

With all due respect to Bruno Sammartino and Kurt Angle, it's quite possible that Lord Zoltan might be the most “important” professional wrestler to hail from this region in 25 years. Bruno has been retired for nearly that long and his appearances are spotty at best. Angle is undeniably the most successful current, active wrestler from the area; however, Lord Zoltan has “given the most back” to the industry in a quarter century.

“We are very excited and proud to have Lord Zoltan in the Megastar locker room,” noted Bobby O. “We just don't know what he has in store for us.”

Lord Zoltan is scheduled to be at the KSWA's “When World's Collide” event at the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh, the KSWA Arena @ the L V M, on August 29.