October 1, 2012
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
Whenever the VIPs have looked for help in recent months, they’ve tapped the Legion of the Apocalypse. At Plum Community Day, Shawn Blanchard—in his battle with Mitch Napier—seemed to form an alliance of sorts with the Blood Beast. Now Keystone State Wrestling Alliance World Champion “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin has gone to the anchor of that quartet: Ali Kaida for assistance. The VIPs and Ali Kaida are set to take on Ric Rumsky, Mitch Napier and the 7-foot-tall Jack Massacre in a “Six Man Tag Team Grudge Match” this Saturday at Autumn Annihilation. Blanchard is still not satisfied with the way his feud with Napier has progressed, and Martin has felt pressure from the surging Rumsky. Meanwhile, Ali Kaida remains determined to one-up Jack Massacre. Massacre has more successfully man-handled the Afghani Assault Weapon than anyone in history.
Long-time Krazies remember that Kris Kash and new Golden Triangle Champion Shane Starr have long been tag team partners and close friends. There was a time in which Starr became enthralled with the VIP-style and briefly joined that clique; however, he has since formed a stronger alliance with Kash than ever before. In 2010, the team held the KSWA tag team championship for six months. Now, Kash and Starr—who entered the KSWA in 2005 as the “Lost Boys”—reunite to take on 5-Star Champion Jonny Axx and his Legion of the Apocalypse running-mate Bobby Badfingers. Starr made Badfingers tap out in a recent match and Kash took Axx to the limit in a recent showdown. The power of the Legion and recent team-ups give Axx and Badfingers the advantage in this match; however, Kash and Starr have always picked up their intensity when they work as a team.
Throughout the past few years, Autumn Annihilation has become a showcase of sorts for the other member of the Legion: The Blood Beast and his “Halloween Horror Casket Match.” Two years ago, Blood Beast closed a coffin on Justin Sane, thus ending their feud. Then last year, The Latin Assassin was able to get revenge on his former friend and tag team partner by closing the coffin lid in the Beast. At Millvale Days this year The Blood Beast challenged anyone in the locker room. Interestingly, the Defender of Red Headed Step Children Everywhere, Super Ginger answered the call. Super Ginger’s unorthodox style may just be enough to confuse the always-charged Blood Beast. Might Ginger be able to dance his way out of trouble? Who knows? This year’s Casket Match promises to be one you won’t want to miss.
The KSWA Tag Team Champions—Party Gras—have taken on all comers and have done their best to chase away a number of teams out of the organization. However, only the Millvale Monarchy of “The King” Del Douglas and The Jester have fashioned any kind of constant threat to the tag team throne. Saturday the teams face off again, but this time in single’s competition. The unabashed leader of Party Gras—Lord Zoltan—will face off against The Jester and Justin Sane will battle Douglas in separate matches. The unpredictability of the Jester oftentimes makes Sane look like the British sophisticate he once was. Lord Zoltan will certainly have his hands full with the Jester. Sane and Douglas have battled in the past, but never when the stakes have been this high as the future of the KSWA tag team championship is in question.
“The Ice Man” Tony Johnson is one of the KSWA’s premier young athletes and Sniper is a respected veterans (although still a relative newcomer to the state’s premier promotion). Johnson is athletic and quick, while Sniper is an all-out brawler with a dash of technicality splashed in. The contrast in styles will make this showdown one to watch.
Jay Flash and J-Ru face off in single’s competition. Both Megastars have the potential to be major players in the years to come. Flash already briefly held the Golden Triangle Championship and he’d like to be in that discussion again. J-Ru already fashions himself as a major contender for any strap in the KSWA, including the top gold. With FanFest on the horizon and several spots to be filled, this could be a major stepping stone for either wrestler.
“Autumn Annihilation” is this Saturday, October 6 at the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh the KSWA Arena just off of Butler Street, along 51st Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids. Card is subject to change.