October 30, 2012
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
While news of Super Storm Sandy continues to dominate news by moving around the East, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance prepares to take its own show on the road, just a bit northeast, this Saturday night. The KSWA returns to the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department Station 265 at 1611 Main Street for a fundraiser.
Recently KSWA World Champion “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin was fined $500 attacking Ring Announcer Trapper Tom and stealing his belt to lash Ric Rumsky. The KSWA Championship Committee fined Martin and made Rumskey the Number One Contender for the North Side native’s belt at FanFest. Martin has since made a paid advertisement on KSWA TV and issued a $1,000 “bounty” on Rumskey. He wants the Bell Aire, Ohio, resident to be taken out of the December 8 equation. The 6’5”, 293-lb Blood Beast has answered Martin’s call for this Saturday night. If Blood Beast is able to take Rumskey out in one-on-one competition, he will bring the bounty back to the Legion of the Apocalypse.
Martin may also be looking too far ahead. The two-time champion will defend the KSWA World Title against “Rock n’ Roll” Dave Diamond. Diamond has not fared too well in recent outings, including an October loss to “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo. However, Diamond has not had a bad 2012. Kommissioner Gentleman Joe Perri assured Diamond that he would get a shot at gold this year after the Rock n’ Roller defeated Ali Kaida in a street fight earlier this year. The KSWA is all about opportunity, said Gentleman Joe to Diamond Dave not long after his most impressive win to date. While the match will never go down in KSWA lore as a star-maker, Perri did appreciate Diamond’s halting of the Afghani Assault Weapon, hence the title shot. At press it remains a long-shot, but it is possible that FanFest could be headlined by a “Rock n’ Roll” Dave Diamond v. Ric Rumskey match for the World Title. Just think of that for a minute.
With VIP anchor Lou Martin preoccupied, Ali Kaida will once again team with “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard in tag action. Kaida and Blanchard will face Mitch Napier and the 7-foot-tall Jack Massacre. All four Megastars have had outstanding years and each team has had issues with the other. Blanchard certainly sees serious challengers for the KSWA World Title in Massacre and Napier. In fact, he has tried to take both men out of action. Kaida has had problems with Napier and especially Massacre. This will be a hard-hitting match with Kaida and Massacre, with top-shelf technical expertise from Blanchard and Napier.
In other tag team action, The Mercenaries—“Nasty” Nick Crane and Sniper—are healed and ready to face Jay Flash and “The Ice Man” Tony Johnson. The experience factor easily goes to the Mercenaries, who have worked together for a number of years, but Flash and Johnson have worked enough with each other to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The pure athletic edge goes to Flash and Johnson, while the Mercenaries are one of the best tag teams to wrestle in the region. Bloomfield odds makers have this match as a toss-up.
Five Star Champion Jonny Axx defends his title against Super Ginger. Ginger is still reeling from his Casket Match loss against The Blood Beast before Halloween. That’s all good and well for Axx, because he doesn’t consider Ginger to be a viable candidate to his championship. Will Ginger register an upset against Axx, or will the Cleveland, Ohio rapscallion hold onto his treasured trophy?
One of the most heated rivalries in the KSWA this year has been between “The King” Del Douglas, The Jester and the KSWA World Tag Team Champions, Party Gras. The Millvale duo has worked diligently all year to rest the tag belts from Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane, but to no avail. In single’s competition, a Lord Zoltan/Jester match has captivated crowds. The KSWA Championship Committee has decided the two face-painted wrestlers have not had enough of one another, so they will face off one more time. Might The Jester record the biggest single’s win of his short career and best the KSWA Hall of Famer?
In the Main Event, Sharpsburg’s own, “The Future” Shane Starr will defend the Golden Triangle Championship in a Triple Threat Match. Starr will defend against “The King” Del Douglas and the heavy-hitting Bobby Badfingers. Both Douglas and Badfingers have held the Golden Triangle Championship. In fact, Badfingers successfully defended the GT belt at last November’s Sharpsburg VFD fundraiser. Starr has brought a new energy to the belt since winning it at Millvale Days. Starr says he’s looking forward to the match in front of his home town crowd.
The KSWA Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department, 1611 Main Street, Sharpsburg fundraiser is this Saturday, November 3 with a special 7:00 p.m. bell time. All tickets are $10. Card is subject to change.