Top 35 Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Megastars Focuses On Top 15-11
August 23, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The competition for the Top 15 KSWA Megastars of All Time continues to grow. In this installment there is a rich mix of young and veteran wrestlers, all with lasting or growing legacies. While there is a slant toward high-flyers in this five-member clip, there are also world-class, backroom brawlers.
The 15th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is the highest-ranking member of a rookie class that really started in a Gauntlet Match on February 20, 2010. Although this Megastar didn’t win that match, he was part of a winning 8-man tag team match about a month later. He would lose throughout the first part of that year but would get much better starting with Millvale Days in September. On November 6 he would win the Sharpsburg Battle Royal, and when KSWA Owner Bobby O unveiled a new title at FanFest on December 4, this St. Louis-based wrestler would become the first Jr. Heavyweight Champion. He would also become the first African-American to hold a KSWA Single’s title. He would successfully defend the title until Millvale Days on September 16, 2011, where he’d lose to Del Douglas. He would re-claim the title the very next day. He would lose it to Shane Starr at FanFest later that year. Since then he has been in contention for most KSWA title, especially the Tag Team Championship with Jay Flash. He has been profiled twice in the historic New Pittsburgh Courier newspaper and was the focus of a Millvale Days photograph in 2012 that won its Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Bill Wade a national award. Always a fan favorite, this wrestler has the most pure-technical talent of anyone in his class, and in the entire KSWA locker room. He is “Ice Man” Tony Johnson.
The 14th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man in the Company.” In fact, there’s a good argument that would back up the Windy City Brawler. Upon his arrival on June 27, 2009, he has taken few prisoners. He defeated “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo in fairly easy fashion in that Obey House debut. He would quickly get into more competitive action, and would team with Biker Al from time-to-time. At that time, an unruly rule-breaker, he would curry favor with fans when he bested Shawn Blanchard on July 31, 2010 at the Monongahela Wildcat Football & Cheerleader Fundraiser in Monongahela. He would win a Battle Royal at the Paul Scuillo Memorial Wrestling Event on September 4, 2010. He would then get into a feud with “Double A” Anthony Alexander over the Golden Triangle Championship. After Alexander would retire and vacate the second-most important Single’s belt in the entire State, (many observers say he didn’t want to face “The Baddest Man” any more with that title on the line), he would win it in a 6-man Free For All on May 7, 2011. His change of heart when it came to the fans didn’t last long. Throughout the rest of that year, he and his manager Mayor Mystery would battle Jay Flash for the Golden Triangle Championship. Flash would win it at FanFest on December 3, 2011. He would continue on in hard-hitting matches for the next few years and would win the 5-Star Championship on December 7, 2013. He is Bobby Badfingers.
The 13th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is another of the longest-tenured veterans in Pittsburgh independent professional wrestling to never been World Heavyweight Champion. He made his debut on May 20, 2000, the organization’s second event. He and The Great Toyota took on the VIPs—Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin—in the very first tag team match, which was for the championships. They lost. Later that same year he became the first-ever Golden Triangle Champion by winning a Battle Royal. He would summarily lose the belt to “Big” Mike Malachi that same night. As competition for that strap intensified, he would win it back and lose it again throughout 2000. All told, he would win Pittsburgh’s most prestigious prize five times. In 2004, he’d win the Tri-State Champion and would hold onto it for nearly 7 months. On December 3, 2005 he would tag with the legendary La Lucha and win the KSWA World Tag Team Championship. That duo would hold onto those prizes for more than a year. However, it would take the surprising formation of Party Gras on July 2, 2011 to cement his tag team legacy. For 75 weeks, this Megastar and Lord Zoltan would defend the straps 15 times, the most in KSWA history. Since losing the belts, this wrestler has battled many Megastars, but continues to feud with and antagonize the VIPs. He is Justin Sane.
The 12th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time has taken high-flying to a new level in the KSWA. This Megastar has done nothing but run full-throttle after every opponent in his still-burgeoning career. After his debut on January 14, 2006 in a win against Shane Starr, he has faced every opponent possible and has had some incredible victories. His first title was winning the initial-and-only KSWA Kruiserweight Kup on October 14, 2006. Some 369 days after his debut, this Megastar was pinned in a historic Triple Threat Match in which Shawn Blanchard won the KSWA World Heavyweight title by never defeating then-titleholder La Lucha. Early on this wrestler would team with Starr to become “The Lost Boys.” Then the two would battle when Starr joined the VIPs. On May 2, 2009 he would upset Ali Kaida for the Golden Triangle Championship and then would lose it to Del Douglas. He would win it again from Douglas and then lose it to him. On June 12, 2010, he would befriend Starr again and they would win Tag Team gold. At FanFest on December 8, 2012 he would win the 5-Star Championship and hold it for about nine months. On November 16, 2013 he would run the table and become the first-ever Mario Ferraro, Sr. Memorial Cup winner. He remains one of the most popular Megastars of all time and observers say some day he should be World Champion. He is Kris Kash.
The 11th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time is the second former KSWA Champion to land on the list. Another of the “KSWA Originals,” this Megastar debuted on October 28, 2000 in a loss to then-world Champion Shawn Blanchard in a title defense. He was a staple of those early days, but was learning his craft and preparing for one of the most decorated careers in KSWA history. On October 4, 2003 he won his first Golden Triangle Championship against Anthony Alexander. He would hold onto that strap until February 19, 2005 when he’d lose it to Alexander. On June 11, 2005, his time without a belt would end because he defeated Justin Sane for the Tri-State Title. In another title change, he’d win it from Justin Sane again on April 1, 2006. On June 10, 2006 he would relinquish the Tri-State Title due to injury. His career was in jeopardy and the Tri-State title would be unified with the Golden Triangle Championship. A few months later he would be named Kommissioner of the KSWA. On December 2, 2006 he was the Special Enforcer in a match between La Lucha and Shawn Blanchard for the KSWA belt. He did well in holding off Frank Durso from the match. On January 20, 2007 he would return to the ring and defeat Zero. He would soon battle the International Thugs. In 2008 he formed an unusual, yet spectacularly successful team with The Blood Beast. They would win the tag belts twice in 2008 and 2009 and dominate the division. On May 1, 2010 he became the KSWA World Heavyweight Champion. He would successfully defend that strap for 10 months. His second career-threatening injury occurred on March 24, 2012 in a Triple Threat Match during the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament. He would make a dramatic return during Battle Bowl V on January 12, 2013, and would enter into a feud with J-Ru. This Megastar was injured again in a tag match in which J-Ru and Bulldozer dispatched Jack Massacre for this wrestler. Even though he may never wrestle again, he has had a spectacular career in the KSWA and had a fan base that’s second to none. He is The Latin Assassin.
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