March 11, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
For the past several years, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) has taken part in both the Spring and Fall editions of Horror Realm, the premier movie and entertainment convention of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. At each convention, Megastars have appeared to sign autographs and meet with Krazies, new and old alike.
Traditionally, former 5-time KSWA Champion and current promotion owner “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard and his fellow VIP founder, “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin have been anchors of the festival. Former owner Bobby O and The Blood Beast have also made appearances over the years.
While Blanchard did represent the most important independent professional wrestling organization in the Commonwealth, new standard bearers Shane Starr and Kris Kash made quite an impact with the scene as well all three days of the event. Throughout the weekend, Starr and Kash talked with fans, inked autographs and sold photos.
Starr, who defeated “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin for KSWA World Heavyweight Championship at FanFest, was also the Golden Triangle Champion. He recently and begrudgingly relinquished the Golden Triangle Champion as to give another Megastar a chance for the title. Starr has also held the Jr. Heavyweight Championship, as well as two reigns as tag team champion; one with Kash.
Kash, who held the Tag Team straps with Starr in 2009, has also been a fighting 5-Star Champion and a two-time Golden Triangle Champion. Last November, Kash won the inaugural Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Cup. Since their arrival in the KSWA on August 20, 2005 as “The Lost Boyz,” the duo have remained important cogs in the KSWA wheel.
The duo even took extensive time talking with another featured Horror Realm guest, Pittsburgh’s own “The Franchise” Shane Douglas. Douglas, who also signed autographs and took pictures with fans, was publicizing a “Pro Wrestlers v. Zombies” movie in which he has roles as a star, producer, and fight choreographer. Douglas, the famed ECW, WCW, WWE and TNA wrestler, has made two appearances at the KSWA Arena. He visited with fans at one event, leading up to the September 4, 2010 showdown with “Double A” Anthony Alexander. Douglas earned the victory in that hard-fought battle that took action throughout the KSWA Arena.
“The Franchise” graciously gave the still-young Megastars advice about the sports industry, and he talked about the history of Studio Wrestling, his trainer—KSWA Hall of Famer Dominic DeNucci—future plans and he did not rule out the possibility to returning to the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh someday.
In past events, George “The Animal” Steele and the leader of the Four Horsemen—J.J. Dillon—have attended Horror Realm. In an interesting aside, J.J. Dillon on Saturday, December 4, 2010, Dillon accompanied then-KSWA tag team champions Kash and Starr to the FanFest ring. They lost the titles to Blanchard and Martin when Dillon turned on his wards, setting up a VIP win. Kash would later say that the Horror Realm weekend was “a win” and he was looking forward to the next event, which is already set for August.