KSWA FanFest/Toy Drive 2012: Bruno Comes Home

November 24, 2012
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist

In two weeks, 12 years of earnest, hard work, diligence and unparalleled passion culminates when the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) welcomes “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino back to professional wrestling in Pittsburgh.

KSWA FanFest and Toy Drive 2012 is scheduled for the KSWA Arena. Bell time is 7:30 with all tickets priced at $5.

Sammartino, the two-time WWWF World Heavyweight Champion (with a combined 11-year reign with the title) who made a habit of selling out venues like the now-flattened Civic Arena, makes his first significant Pittsburgh appearance since being honored with a Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award in March of this year. Since that time Sammartino has picked up his ring at the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York. It was during that May weekend that Sammartino announced that he was retiring from all personal appearances outside of Western Pennsylvania.

The KSWA was the only professional wrestling organization in the country to be well-represented in Amsterdam when Sammartino collected his ring. More than a dozen KSWA Megastars and their families attended the ceremony, which also featured Domenic DeNucci be inducted by Sammartino (who had been inducted in the Hall of Fame’s first class 11 years earlier). The KSWA is also proud to announce that DeNucci will be on hand for FanFest as well.

This year’s induction ceremony had even more of a Pittsburgh theme, as Lord Zoltan served as the event’s emcee.

“It was a huge coup for us when Bruno said ‘yes’ to FanFest,” announced KSWA Owner Bobby O in early August. Bobby O announced Bruno’s participation in August, and since that time the KSWA offices have been inundated with telephone calls, emails, twitter bombs and facsimiles.

Last year, George “The Animal” Steele sold out the KSWA Arena. FanFest 2011 was also special because several well-known wrestlers—including “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe, Davey O’Hannon, “Battman” Tony Marino and DeNucci made surprised, unannounced appearances following a “roast” of DeNucci earlier in the day.

Sammartino and DeNucci will be signing autographs and meeting fans at Pittsburgh Pro Wrestling’s largest event. Ticket prices are slashed as a way to encourage Krazies to buy toys to give in the Toy Drive. Thousands of toys have been donated to needy Allegheny County children in recent years because of the generosity of the KSWA faithful.

Tickets are going fast. Check www.kswa.net for more information on the event. More details about FanFest are coming and will be announced as soon as possible.