KSWA Top 35 Megastars Of All Time Looks At Humble Beginnings With #10
August 27, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The 10th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time was a trend-setter. From the outset of this chronological list, criteria for inclusion included overall success (championship and otherwise), recent success, longevity, impact on the organization—and in some cases—historical and/or cultural significance. Every Megastar that makes up this list has had a defining moment of his career inside a wrestling ring in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some have started out in the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance, while others have had lengthy careers in regional organizations. Never has the mix of relevance in and out of a Pittsburgh ring been so joined together.
[Here begins the Top 10. After some debate, it was decided to forego the five-unit categories and instead honor the top Megastars individually.]
On Saturday, January 1, 2000, what was then known as the KSWA Board of Directors (the KSWA Championship Committee would be formed years later) had the distinction of naming a budding wrestler as the very first Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Champion. When the belt was created and handed over to this athlete, he was 25 years, four months, and 24 days old.
It was the dawn of a new millennium, the Y2K crisis came and went without as much as a hiccup as some experts believed that digital clocks worldwide would reset to “1900.” Planes never fell from the sky and warehouses of dried goods were safe from looters. Tom Mayor was almost through with his second of three terms as Pittsburgh Mayor. Current Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was a political consultant and ground-level governmental worker looking at a city council seat that he would later win in 2002.
The day after the official creation of the KSWA, Bill Cowher’s 6-10 Pittsburgh Steelers would lose the final game of their 1999 season to the Tennessee Titans by a 47-36 score at Three Rivers Stadium. Most of the 48,025 were on their way home when Bobby Shaw received a 35-yard touchdown strike from Mike Tomczak in the waning moments of that lopsided contest. Gene Lamont’s 78-83 Pittsburgh Pirates were just eight years removed from their disastrous collapse in Atlanta, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were in their first year of ownership under Mario Lemieux. On the same day the Steelers would lose to the Titans, the Penguins would defeat Scotty Bowman’s Red Wings by a 4-3 score in Detroit. The Pens would end up 37-31-8 that year.
At the KSWA’s first official event at Peabody High School on February 18, 2000 in the East Liberty neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh, this wrestler would defeat “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard in the very first defense. Years later, through hard work, determination and keen spirit, this championship would become the most important Single’s title in the Commonwealth. This wrestler would then team with Bob Thomas and win a handicap tag team match against the original VIPs—Blanchard, Lou Martin and Tommy Faime.
On August 4, 2000, this wrestler would lose the KSWA World Title to Blanchard at the Bloomfield VFW. Later that month, on August 26, 2000 he and Thomas would defeat Martin and Blanchard for the KSWA Tag belts at the Candlelight Lounge. In those early days, it was not uncommon to wrestle twice at an event. He would wrestle and defeat La Lucha and The Latin Assassin in one evening on January 26, 2001. His last noteworthy KSWA match would be a loss to Blanchard for the KSWA belt. His career was relatively short, but without him, the KSWA may not be what it is today. He was the very first Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Champion.
He is Skippy Hawke.
Next Up: The 9th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time.