Success In Joe Abby Tournament, Golden Triangle Proves Important, A KSWA Heavyweight Champ Makes Top 35 List: 20-16
August 18, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The 20th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is one of only 11 men to hold the most prestigious Single’s title in the Commonwealth—the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship—and the first of that exclusive group to be in this list. While his December 3, 2011 reign only lasted for two minutes, his winning the title was no fluke. The Iowa native bested Shawn Blanchard, The Latin Assassin and Ali Kaida in a Fatal Four Way just to be duped into a Battle Bowl-opportunity-waiting Lou Martin and his Death Certificate. Martin defeated the technical Megastar. Always a part of all Championship chases, this strong man has had a remarkable career since his debut on June 27, 2009 where he bested La Lucha and The Great Toyota in a Triple Threat Match. He won the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament and a $10,000 over the top rope battle royal, both in 2011. On August 17, 2013 he won the 5-Star Championship and lost in the FanFest Gauntlet match later that same year. He hopes one day to get back into that elusive Championship Chase. He is Mitch Napier.
The 19th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is one of the most charismatic wrestlers to ever hit the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance. He began with a class of upstarts that has settled in to impressive KSWA careers. He joined many of them in debuting in a Gauntlet Match against ultimate winner Lou Martin on February 20, 2010. The South Beach Soldier soon formed a promising tag team with “Ice Man” Tony Johnson. The duo frequently came close to Tag Team gold, but he finally found a Single’s Championship with the Golden Triangle Championship on December 3, 2011. The match was previewed in Pittsburgh’s historic New Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, along with a Howard Kernats photograph. That was the culmination of a feud with then-champion Bobby Badfingers. On March 23, 2013 he and Johnson won the 6th Annual Joe Abby Memorial tag team tournament. He has been injured as of late, healing from an ankle injury. He hopes to return soon. He is Jay Flash.
The 18th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is an athlete, who like Jay Flash debuted in a Gauntlet Match that was won by Lou Martin. He was in several losing matches early on but he caught the eye of “The King” Del Douglas. Soon, Douglas would take the youngster under his wing and re-launch him as a manservant/tag team partner. The duo would lose their first match against Alex Arcadian and Justin Sane, but they would fine-tune their attack. Douglas and his sidekick would win the 5th Annual Joe Abby Memorial tag team tournament on March 24, 2012. Association with the King would find him on the losing end in a match against Bushwacker Luke on April 28, 2012. In the last half of 2012 he would find himself in a series of athletic, hilarious and incredible matches against Lord Zoltan. On December 12, 2012 he and Douglas would win the most prestigious tag team titles in the Commonwealth. They would lose the straps on August 17, 2013. On December 7, 2013 he would lose to Zach Gowen in an incredible match, and break off his partnership with Douglas. Since then he has been in the hunt for the Golden Triangle Championship. He is The Jester.
The 17th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time debuted on January 12, 2008 (the last January before Battle Bowl began) and lost to then-Golden Triangle Champion “Mr. 8x10” Michael Cruz. It seems that the two had history in West Virginia before ever setting foot in Pittsburgh. On February 23, 2008 this rambunctious Megastar would lose his next match against Alex Arcadian, who would later become one of his best locker room friends and other half of the “Best Tag Team Evah.” He and Arcadian would nearly win the tag team titles at FanFest in 2008, which would indicate their prominence in that division. Arcadian would defeat him in a one-on-one match in the 2009 Joe Abby Memorial Tournament. Arcadian would suffer an injury and his Megastar would then tag with Vinnie Stone. On September 18, 2009 this wrester and Stone would win the KSWA tag belts, just to lose them the next day to the VIPs. They would successful reclaim the belts once KSWA tag team Championship Demolition had to vacate the titles due to scheduling conflicts. At the 2nd Joey Abby Memorial Tournament on March 27, 2010 he was in a six-man match that included Dominic DeNucci and Frank Durso. On June 10, 2010 Stone and this man would lose the straps and Stone would turn on his partner. On July 9, 2011 the self-proclaimed “Real Deal” would beat Stone in a “Loser Leave The KSWA” match. He would lose the FanFest Main Event against Lou Martin on December 8, 2012. His last match was a losing contest in the Joey Abby Memorial Tournament in 2013. He is Ric Rumsky.
The 16th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is—with the possible exception of Justin Sane—the most prominent “Original Era” KSWA Megastar to never hold the Most Prestigious Single’s Title in the Commonwealth. Then known as the “Single Threat,” this Megastar lost a tag team match with “Blue Bat” against “Big” Mike Malachi and D'Licious on July 13, 2002. On September 21, 2002 he lost in a Fatal Four Way for the Golden Triangle Championship that was won by then-champion Justin Sane. On March 29, 2003 he won his contest against “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard. It’s clear that the early Championship Committee looked up on this Megastar with favor as he was frequently in many title chases. On October 4, 2003 he and Shane O’Shea won the KSWA Tag Team Championship and would lose them in January, 2004. August 20, 2005 he and Tommy Faime would win the KSWA Tag Team Championship. While a tag champion, he would win the first-ever “King of Millvale” Battle Royal on September 16, 2005. That win would change his fortunes forever. Shawn Blanchard would, in a grand ceremony, crown him “The King.” In one of the great moments in KSWA history, the Krazies would immediately and vehemently shout him down. That is a trend that continues to this very day. He would lose the tag belts after Faime retired. He would later become a two-time Golden Triangle Champion, both in 2009. At December 12, 2012’s FanFest he and The Jester would win the Tag Team Championship after chasing Party Gras for months. He became the best “apron cheerleader” in the world, always urging his ward to bring offense “Jester Style!” After losing the belts, the two would split and this Megastar continues to be a royal thorn in everyone’s side. He is Del Douglas.
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