May 24, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
A new day is dawning on Saturday, May 31 as the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) anchors its ring post to the Teamster’s Temple in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. It’s “Mayhem 2014.”
KSWA World Heavyweight Champion Shane Starr, who will join other Megastars for the Memorial Day Parade in Lawrenceville on Monday morning, officially ushers in the “New Era” on Saturday.
For 93 events, dating back to the very first KSWA “Mayhem” on August 14, 2004, wrestlers had called the KSWA Arena home. Over the past decade, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance sanctioned more than 650 matches, featured nearly two dozen title changes, welcomed 17 Hall of Famers, three Allegheny County Council members, two long-time, legendary tag team managers, and one city of Pittsburgh Mayor among countless KSWA Krazies. But now the time comes for a change.
Starr will address the Krazies as Bobby O regains control of Pittsburgh’s professional wrestling organization after a 9-month Shawn Blanchard ownership. The new era will also include the opening rounds of an intense tournament to crown a brand new KSWA Golden Triangle Champion. The KSWA Championship Committee had extensive debates over who might be serve the greater Pittsburgh area as its Golden Triangle Champion. Starr, who was the last Golden Triangle Champion, relinquished the valuable title as a way to provide an opportunity for someone else. He had held the prestigious title since September 14, 2012. He won the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship on December 7, 2013 in a title-versus-title match with Lou Martin.
Since its introduction on August 26, 2000, some 16 Megastars have held the Golden Triangle Championship. Justin Sane won a Battle Royal to grab the strap for the first of a record-breaking five times. That first win was short-lived as “Big” Mike Malachi bested Sane in a match for the belt on that same night.
Downtown Pittsburgh is “colloquially” referred to as the Golden Triangle and Pittsburgh is made up of proud citizens. It’s that pride and honor that elevates the Commonwealth’s most important wrestling promotion and adds prestige to its individual titles. With the KSWA World Heavyweight title proved time and again to be the most influential single’s title in the state; it’s only natural that the second most powerful title represents that republic’s second biggest city. With a population of 306,211 people in the city limits, the KSWA Championship Committee has declared that Pittsburghers—like the 12,702,379 with the state’s limits that are represented by Shane Starr—need a champion of their own.
The first round of the Golden Triangle Championship features familiar foes in Kris Kash versus “The King” Del Douglas. Both of these Megastars have battled before and each is a two-time former Golden Triangle Champion. Douglas’ former ward, The Jester, will battle “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin, himself a former Golden Triangle Champion, in first-round competition. Two former KSWA World Championships who have never held GT gold—“The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard and Mitch Napier will also face off in first-round action. Two others, the Detroit heavy-hitter Bulldozer and “Ice Man” Tony Johnson will try to put their impression on the Golden Triangle Championship.
Once the first-round it complete, the much-anticipated tournament advances to “Heatwave Havoc,” also at the Teamster’s Temple in Lawrenceville on June 28.
The Five Star Championship will be defended on May 31 when Champion Bobby Badfingers defends against the unlikely “Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo. Upon hearing of the Championship Committee’s appointment of Quervo to the match, Badfingers went ballistic, charging disrespect. He said that his defense to Quervo, who has been on an impressive winning streak in recent months, is an “insult” and “ridiculous.” Badfingers’ manager, Mayor Mystery, has been uncharacteristically quiet about the impending “Bad” era and Quervo matchup; however, certainly the Mayor of Parts Unknown has something up his tuxedoed sleeve.
The KSWA World Tag Team Champions—Edric Everhart and Tyler Cross—are now “former” VIPs but they still hold the most prestigious tag team titles in Pennsylvania. The duo continue to ply their trade elsewhere as a way of keeping sharp, in advance of the most important matches of their careers: defending KSWA Tag Team Gold. The duo feel as if they are at the top of their game and as a result, have decided to open an Open Challenge Match to any two members of the KSWA locker room for a title defense. They don’t care if the opponents are Shane Starr and a partner of his choice, or even anyone currently in the Golden Triangle Championship tournament. Cross and Everhart feel confident that they have beaten everyone on the KSWA roster and will continue to do so until they decide to retire.
That challenge could even open up to Party Gras—Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane—as they have been recruited by “Mr. Puniverse” Bob Atlas to take on the Mercenaries—“Nasty” Nick Crane and Sniper, along with their partner The Blood Beast. This 6-man tag team explosion promises to showcase power, shenanigans by Party Gras—and not much finesse. The Mercenaries—who have long held a disdain for Party Gras—are no fans of Bobby Atlas, either. Crane in particular has highlighted Canada’s dominance in hockey, and he even held court in the dugout when the Toronto Blue Jays recently came to PNC Park. The Mercenaries say it’s only a matter of time until they shelf Party Gras—and now Atlas—for good.
KSWA “Mayhem” is Saturday, May 31 at the Teamster’s Temple, 4701 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh, 15201. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids and bell time is 7:30. Card is subject to change.