KSWA Top 35 Megastars Of All Time, Injury Stops “Prime Time” At #5
September 1, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The 5th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time had one of the greatest careers in the organization’s history. Some say it was an injury that halted a legacy that would have easily put him further up on this heady list.
He started his career in the organization’s second year, with a loss on January 26, 2001 to the Kazmanian Devil and Billy Rich in a match for the “KSWA Pittsburgh Title.” On that same card, he and Billy Rich tagged together and lost a Triple Threat tag team match for the KSWA Tag Team Championship to La Lucha and Soul Fighter (Shane O’ Shea and The Great Toyota made up the other team).
On April 28, 2001 he and Billy Rich—now calling themselves “The Prime Time Players”—won Tag Team gold. They would hold onto the belts for more than a year, but back then the KSWA did not run a regular schedule. Because of travel problems, he didn’t even defend with Rich. Skippy Hawke filled in and the belts changed hands.
At 6’4,” and 265 lbs., this Megastar was a muscular phenom best destined for a Single’s career anyway. He would unsuccessfully try for the Tri-State and Golden Triangle Championships early on in his career. On October 3, 2003 he would battle The Latin Assassin for the then-vacant Golden Triangle Championship. They would continue to feud over the belt, and this Megastar would win a non-title matchup in November, 2004.
Then on February 19, 2005 he won the Golden Triangle Championship from The Latin Assassin. He would successfully defend the championship 10 times before the strap was unified with the Tri-State Championship on August 26, 2010. In that match he defeated “Mr. 8x10” Michael Cruz, “The Snakeman” Deven Michaels and “Big” Mike Malachi. He would defend the “new” Golden Triangle Championship six more times (often times while also chasing Shawn Blanchard for the KSWA World Title). On January 20, 2007 he won Battle Bowl and an official opportunity at the World Title. The very next month he would lose the Golden Triangle Championship to Justin Sane and others in a Fatal Four Way. He had defended the belt more than any other Megastar.
Throughout the rest of 2007 he would battle a litany of top-notch Megastars. He would wrestle classic contests against Blanchard on several occasions. On December 1, 2007 he would win KSWA Heavyweight gold at FanFest. He would defend the top prize in the Commonwealth 14 times, three against Blanchard, before losing it to his old foe.
In early 2010, he would rebuke his legions of fans and join Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin in the VIPs. The fans literally turned their backs on him when he walked to the ring in a show of protest and disgust. It was clear that the response from his once-beloved fans cut into his psyche’.
On September 4, 2010 he would lose a match to “The Franchise” Shane Douglas in the Paul J. Scuillo Memorial Wrestling event. On September 18, 2010 he would defeat his one-time, long-time friend Justin Sane for the Golden Triangle Championship. At FanFest on December 4, 2010 he put the Golden Triangle Championship up against “Big” Mike Malachi’s career, and won.
All told he would successfully defend the Golden Triangle Championship four more times before injuries took over. Some would say he had a chronic shoulder injury. Others said that the he feared the “Baddest” Man in the KSWA, Bobby Badfingers, and that's a major reason why he never even attempted to come back. His stellar, one of a kind career was cut sadly short. He was one of the best. He is “The Prime Time Player,” “Double A” Anthony Alexander.