December 3, 2013
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
When Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Owner Shawn Blanchard announced that “The Future” Shane Starr up against “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin for a “Winner Take All” match at FanFest/Toy Drive 2013, he assuredly knew it would be an epic affair. Never before has Pennsylvania’s Most Important Single’s Title—the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship—and the Golden Triangle Belt—ever been defended in such a way on one of the sport’s biggest stages.
Like him and his tactics or loathe him, Martin’s second title reign has been spectacular. Since winning the strap from Mitch Napier mere seconds after Napier survived an enormous Fatal Four Way on December 3, 2011, Martin has been an anarchic, albeit successful title holder. Krazies will remember that Napier bested Blanchard, Ali Kaida and The Latin Assassin for the title. Martin cashed in his Battle Bowl opportunity from the previous January and at-the-last-second, defeated Napier with the Death Certificate.
Martin goes into FanFest, 735 days as KSWA Heavyweight champion, the second-longest stint in the organization’s history. Martin’s first run was 798 days. Ten Megastars have hoisted the KSWA belt into the air. Shane Starr is not one of them.
Shane Starr will be the Golden Triangle Champion for 449 days. Since pinning The Blood Beast at Millvale Days on September 14, 2012, Starr has held onto the belt longer than any other KSWA Megastar except for Double-A Anthony Alexander, who held onto the Commonwealth’s Second Most Coveted Trophy for 735 days. Sixteen Megastars have held the Golden Triangle Championship. Lou Martin was the Golden Triangle Champion once, for 69 days in late 2000-early-2001.
Martin’s second title reign has included historic bouts against Jack Massacre, the long-time veteran Lord Zoltan and even his long-time running mate Blanchard. Martin has battled giants and wore a chicken suit as a result of a non-title stipulation. But don’t let the cocksure attitude and eccentricities fool fans. Martin is in the best shape of his career, and is more driven than ever to keep the 10-pounds of gold around his waist.
Starr has clashed with Blanchard four times since winning the belt (including last month’s non-title matchup “The Enforcer” planned as a way to ding up the Golden Triangle Champion before FanFest), “The King” Del Douglas three times, and J-Ru twice to keep sharp. Starr has looked increasingly strong.
This match will go down in KSWA annuals as an important match. Plan on being there.
KSWA FanFest/Toy Drive is this Saturday, December 7 at the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh, the KSWA Arena. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $5, and fans are encouraged to bring a toy for needy children. Card subject to change. Later this week, we preview other matches. The Tag Team and 5-Star Championships will also be defended and feuds will have their next chapters, or conclusions.