Top 35 Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Megastars Of All Time: 30-26
August 11, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
In this installment of the Top Megastars of All Time, a lot of focus is put on early wrestlers, some who started with the organization. It also looks at some younger athletes who may vault to higher positions in future lists. Another note: almost of the wrestlers in this slice of history also have had outstanding tag team credentials.
The accounting firm Wheeler, Thornwhistle and Grant continues to pour over data that solidified the list, which has taken on buzz-worthy characteristics. (Editor’s note: unlike the first five on this list, finding photos of this part of the countdown was almost entirely fruitless.
The 30th Top Megastar of All Time is the first of the KSWA Originals to be on the expansive list. In his very first match on that very first event on February 18, 2000 at Peabody High School, he defeated “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin by disqualification. He was also the first to face “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard in his very first KSWA World Championship title defense on August 26, 2000. He also had legendary battles with Justin Sane for the Golden Triangle Championship, which he won on October 28, 2000 and then again on April 28, 2002. His last match was a successful defense of the Golden Triangle Championship against “The Single Threat” Del Douglas on July 12, 2003. Unfortunately he stepped away from the sport and relinquished his title. He is “The Misfit” Jeff Lockhart.
The 29th Top Megastar of All Time did not have a large single’s career in the KSWA. He and his tag team partner formed what may have been the organization’s first great tag team. The duo won the tag team championships on two different occasions, way back in 2003 and then again in 2004 (their first reign lasted only a few months). The 29th Top Megastar lost his first single’s match to the Latin Assassin on July 12, 2003 and he defeated the Great Toyota on March 27, 2004. However, it was those tag team championships that set him apart, especially in the KSWA’s formative years. He is Sam “The Hammer” Slej.
The 28th Top Megastar of All Time was Sam “The Hammer” Slej’s tag team partner. A two-time KSWA Tag Team champion, this Megastar’s star was still climbing in those early years. The Tri-Chi’s were bound to be tag team institutions in Pittsburgh. This Megastar took on early KSWA Megastars like Jake Garrett and “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo. The Tri-Chi’s defeated “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime and “Big” Mike Malachi for the KSWA Tag Team belts on May 17, 2003 and lost them to “The Iron Side Crew” of Shane O’Shea and “The Single Threat” Del Douglas a few months later. The Tri-Chi’s did win their second and last tag team championship from O’Shea and Douglas on January 24, 2004. They would choose to leave the KSWA a few months later and vacate the titles. He is Q.B. Blitzz.
The 27th Top Megastar of All Time is known as a bruiser and tough competitor. While he could take on the best in one-on-one competition, he found most of his success as a tag team competitor. On February 23, 2008, then-Kommissioner Biker Al introduced his “Cousin” to the KSWA. The duo lost to The Latin Assassin and The Blood Beast that first time out, but the feud would continue. His first Single’s win would come against The Latin Assassin (not many wrestlers can boast that). On September 13, 2008, Latin and Beast (who would then be the Tag Team Champions) lost to Alex Arcadian and Ric Rumsky. Biker Al and his cousin would immediately challenge and then defeat the new tag champs and become brand new belt holders in their own right. Later when they lost the tag belts, Biker Al would announce that he bamboozled everyone and this Megastar wasn’t his cousin after all. The Megastar would win the tag team championship twice more, both with Ric Rumsky. He would later turn on Rumsky and nearly end his career. Once healed, Rumsky would come back and settle the score. On July 9, 2011 he would be on the short end of a “Loser Leave KSWA match” against Rumsky. He is “Vicious” Vinnie Stone.
The 26th Top Megastar of All Time would be a protégé of Vinnie Stone. It was under Stone’s tutelage that this Megastar and a few others would cut their teeth in the KSWA. He would be a part of the most successful rookie class in the KSWA since its first year. In his debut at the KSWA’s 10th anniversary bash, he and his other classmates would lose to “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin in a Gauntlet match. He would have most of his success once he was teamed with the wrestler once known as Canadian J.P. Goulet. The two nearly upset Party Gras for the tag team championship at FanFest 2011, but it took “Battman” Tony Marino to call shenanigans. Since that time, he and Goulet took offense to their “Canadian” personas and for a while became VIP’s. On August 17, 2013 the team won KSWA Tag Team gold. They successfully defended the belts three times and had one match end in disqualification before losing the straps in an Open Challenge. He is (Drew Belanger) Tyler Cross.
Next up: 25-21