KSWA Top 35 Megastars Of All Time Brings Unparalleled History At #9
August 28, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The 9th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time has never been KSWA World Heavyweight Champion, but there’s still time for that opportunity. He is, however, widely regarded as the most important independent professional wrestler to ever come from Western Pennsylvania.
His career was long and distinguished before officially stepping foot in Pittsburgh’s endorsed professional wrestling organization on July 3, 2009. He immediately teamed with Shawn Blanchard against Anthony Alexander and La Lucha, but was not victorious in that Lawrenceville Fireworks Celebration debut.
At first a dark and foreboding specter of sorts, this long-time wrestler became an auxiliary-member of the VIPs. When they needed someone to do shady work they didn’t want to do, they’d call on this face-painted fiend. He would enter into a feud with Justin Sane that would end in a “Loser Wears A Dress For A Year” match at FanFest, 2009. Although he wrestled in singles matches, and sometimes be managed by Mayor Mystery, he would settle nicely in the tag team division, albeit with different partners.
At the end of 2010, he would enter into one of his famed several-event absences, only to return as the secret partner of the VIPs at the Ultimate Survivor Match on June 11, 2011. Instead of partnering with the stable, he turned on them and won the match for Justin Sane’s team. Nine days later he and Sane would win the KSWA World Tag Team championship and form Party Gras. They would hold onto the straps for 75 weeks and successfully defend them 15 times—against all comers—mostly in dancing fashion.
After providing the seminal speech at the “Roast” of Dominic DeNucci on December 3, 2011, this legendary figure would be invited to host the 2012 Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony in 2012. There, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance would honor this Megastar, as well as DeNucci and headliner Bruno Sammartino by being the only professional wrestling promotion on the planet to attend the ceremony in mass.
The next year, the Cauliflower Alley Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, named him the 2013 Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award for his decades of philanthropy work, most notably the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in suburban Pittsburgh.
After losing the belts in December at FanFest 2012, Party Gras has remained in tag team contention, but this Megastar would also launch into ground-breaking matches with The Jester, as well as Lou Martin in several World Title challenges. He has also dodged two different “Loser Wears A Chicken Suit Match” against Martin. On the heels of his 40th anniversary in the business, this athlete continues to keep the VIPs and Mercenaries in check. He still wrestles in many regional promotions from time-to-time, but the KSWA—and Pittsburgh—are his home.
At the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament in 2012 he was the first full-time, still-active wrestler to be inducted into the KSWA Hall of Fame. He was presented with proclamations from then-city Councilman Bill Peduto and then-County Councilman Jim Burn to celebrate his legendary career.
On March 29, 2014 he won the 7th Annual Joe Abby Memorial Tournament by defeating Lou Martin in the finals. Before the match even got started, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto came to the KSWA Arena, jumped into the ring and danced with this Megastar.
It’s believed that his only pin-by-loss was in a match with Martin that was later overturned because the referee didn’t see his leg on the bottom rope. Few athletes in any sport have made such an impressive splash. He would absolutely be a Top 5 Megastar if he had spent more of his lasting career in the KSWA. He is Lord Zoltan.