March 23, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
Last July, then-Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Owner Bobby O lost a Lawrenceville Street Fight to “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard. The stipulation of that contest was simple: the owner gains complete ownership of Pittsburgh’s only professional wrestling organization. Bobby O, who is admittedly not a full-time wrestler, fought a gallant fight, but ultimately lost to the shifty Blanchard. In the eight months since, Blanchard has settled into a laid back and controlling role. That has set the ever-present KSWA Championship Committee into a more active role.
When the Summertime Bruise Street Fight was set it was due to Blanchard’s challenge. Since that time, Bobby O has become the manager of “Mr. Puniverse” Bob Atlas and The Jester. He has also remained a thorn in Blanchard’s side. Now, Bobby O has issued a challenge of his own: a rematch for ownership. And to sweeten the pot, Bobby O has added the stipulation that if he lost, he’d leave the KSWA forever, and have his luxurious head of hair shaved to boot.
However, if Blanchard loses, he gives ownership back to Bobby O and in an added degree of importance, the VIPs must immediately disband.
On March 19, the no-disqualification, no-count-out, there-must-be-a-winner match was set. This match will change the landscape of professional wrestling in Pittsburgh forever.
In addition, the aforementioned KSWA Championship Committee had previously angered Blanchard by replacing “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo in the Joe Abby Tournament with The Jester. The Championship Committee thought that Blanchard was using his powers as owner to manipulate the Abby Tournament and give a purposeful advantage to the finals to his VIP running mate, “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin. There it’s been rumored that the VIPs had reached some sort of an agreement with Bulldozer, who according to Bloomfield bookies, is a decided favorite in his first-round match against Lord Zoltan. Fans of his Lordship think that it’s foolish to overlook the crafty veteran in the first round and insist that he’d never bow to Martin.
Now with The Jester in the contest, there’s a whole new dimension to Martin’s path to Abby history. A onetime second-fiddle, the Jester has come into his own since breaking away from “The King” Del Douglas. A good showing in the Abby Tournament, and a possible win, would mean big things to the Jester.
The KSWA Tag Team Championships are on the line Saturday when VIPs Edric Everhart and Tyler Cross defend against “Ice Man” Tony Johnson and Jay Flash. Johnson, who won a shot at Tag Team excellence at Battle Bowl, is the first Megastar to cash in his opportunity. He chose longtime friend and tag team partner Jay Flash to help in the effort. Flash has reason to seek revenge on the VIPs. Cross tampered with Flash’s ride last month, which resulted in a count out victory in their planned one-on-one encounter. The teams have met many times in the past but this match is of utmost importance. If Johnson and Flash lose, they will simply fall to the back of the tag team division.
KSWA World Heavyweight Champion “The Future” Shane Starr has tag team turmoil of his own. Last month he successfully defended his title against “Nasty” Nick Crane, who promised his homeland that he’d bring the Commonwealth’s most important title north of the border. Canada’s “National Treasure” now says that he and his Mercenaries cohort Sniper will face Starr and a tag team partner of his choice.
5-Star Champion Bobby Badfingers, who won that strap at FanFest, is “itching” to defend his title. Along with Mayor Mystery, Badfingers has been dismissing challengers such as Kris Kash and Jay Flash. Badfingers, who has forced at least two Megastars into retirement at the pure prospect of facing him, seemingly has earned the right to call himself the “Baddest Man in the KSWA.” Mayor Mystery says that no one in the KSWA locker room wants to face Badfingers and face ultimate humiliation at his hands.
“King” Douglas finds himself in a Fatal Four Way, along with “Mr. Puniverse” Bob Atlas and the masked Joey Quervo and El Skeletorious. In addition, “Big” Mike Malachi goes toe-to-toe with the imposing Blood Beast.
The KSWA Hall of Fame ceremony is also set for Saturday, March 29. “Studio Wrestling” announcer “Chilly” Bill Cardille, multi-time champion “Jumpin’” Johnny DeFazio and Chuck Martoni are to be honored in this year’s class. The 7th Annual Joe Abby Memorial Tournament is set for Saturday, March 29 at the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh, the KSWA Arena. Bell time is 7:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids. Card is subject to change.