Monday, September 1, 2014KSWA Top 35 Megastars Of All Time, This Multi-Time Champion Took The Group International At #4
September 2, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The 4th Top KSWA Megastar of All Time built his way up the wrestling ladder and carried the promotion to never-before-seen heights when it really mattered.
Scheduled on the very first KSWA card on February 18, 2000, this “Original” Megastar would defeat “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime in their debut match. Throughout the rest of the promotion’s first year, this wrestler would battle Shawn Blanchard for the KSWA Heavyweight Title, but would always fall short.
Things would be different in 2001 as he and Soul Fighter won the KSWA Tag Team Titles against the Iron Side Crew on February 24. They would lose the belts on January 19, 2002 during a three-team battle. Later that year, on September 21, 2002, he would defeat longtime friend and fellow Mexican “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo for what was then the vacant KSWA International Title. He would successfully defend just once before the International Belt was unified with the Pittsburgh title.
The fan favorite would then feud with Biker Al and Ali Kaida. He would lose a “Mexican Hardcore Match” to the Afghani Assault Weapon during the inaugural KSWA Arena show on August 14, 2004. Later that same night, Biker Al won a Battle Royal designed to crown new tag team champions. On October 9, 2004 Biker Al chose this Megastar as his tag team partner and new champion. They would defeat formidable challengers Ali Kaida and Joey Quervo twice before losing the straps to Del Douglas and Tommy Faime on August 20, 2005. Biker Al would abandon his partner, thanks to the VIPs, and this hearty Megastar would battle Faime and Douglas alone. In some of the first mainstream coverage the KSWA ever received, the match was detailed in a Front Weekly cover story. This was only the beginning of this Megastar’s meteoric rise.
On December 3, 2005 he and Justin Sane would kind of turn the tables on Douglas when Faime retired for a second time, leaving the “King” all alone. He and Sane would defeat the International Thugs, but then lose the belts to them in September, 2006.
However, on July 22, 2006, during the first-and-only “Wrestle/Rock,” something unusual occurred. This wrestler made KSWA Heavyweight Champion Shawn Blanchard tap out in a non-title matchup. A few other matches led up to FanFest 2006. At that time, attendance was rising and a buzz was being created around the city. Leading up to the grandest of all KSWA stages, a second, much larger Pittsburgh newsweekly cover story hit the streets on November 10, 2005. Unlike The Front story, the Pittsburgh City Paper featured a masked hero flashing his familiar “Double-L” hand signal. The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance had officially arrived on an International scale.
At FanFest on December 2, 2006, before a ruckus, 330-plus crowd—with The Latin Assassin stopping Frank Durso from interfering—this Megastar—a humble workhorse, defeated Shawn Blanchard by submission for what immediately became the KSWA World Heavyweight Title. The cheers reverberated throughout Lawrenceville and down the Allegheny River to the Confluence with the Monongahela to form the Ohio. Most observers say that was the greatest individual moment in KSWA history. A politicking Blanchard would force a Triple Threat rematch the next month, and he would pin Kris Kash and once again be the KSWA Champion. Blanchard never pinned this Megastar.
On December 1, 2007 after battling The International Thugs throughout most of the year, the “Mexican Connection”—this wrestler and Joey Quervo—would defeat Mike Malachi and Ali Kaida for the tag belts. They would hold on until May 3, 2008. This megastar would become the only wrestler to hold the KSWA World Tag Team belts four times with four different partners.
He would hold the Golden Triangle Championship one time, by winning on December 6, 2008. This FanFest win came over Mike Malachi; however, he would lose the belt to Ali Kaida on February 21, 2009. He would battle on for a few more months before really scaling back his appearances after defeating old foe Biker Al February 20, 2010.
At FanFest on December 3, 2011, Ric Rumsky promised the Legion of the Apocalypse that he would have a “surprise” tag team partner after months of being targeted by the group. When this Megastar’s music hit in the KSWA Arena—which featured more than 500 fans—the place erupted. The duo was victorious.
He would appear from time-to-time, including Battle Bowl 6 on January 11, 2014. While still slowing great athleticism, the all-time great did not finish in the winning brackets.
In 2013, when “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime was inducted into the KSWA Hall of Fame, this Megastar was also asked, but politely declined. He is “The Mayor of Mexico City,” La Lucha.