Legends Lord Zoltan And Honky Tonk Man To Face Off At FanFest/Toy Drive
December 1, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
Legend v. Legend. The headline says it all, and kids all around Allegheny County are going to benefit.
The legendary Lord Zoltan, the brawling trickster from Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, is set to take on the Greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time, The Honky Tonk Man. The match will take place as part of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) FanFest/Toy Drive on Saturday, December 6 at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville.
The matchup is of historic proportions. Zoltan, born Ken Jugan in Glassport, PA, has been wrestling since November, 1975. Already a long-time fan and wrestling photographer, the then-17-year-old eagerly jumped at the chance to wrestle in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Laws dictate that a wrestler can’t enter the ring in Pennsylvania until their 18th birthday. Regulations are different in West Virginia. He would promote his own shows, referee and wrestle in others, and hone his skills while holding down day jobs in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, Roy Wayne Farris was earning his B.S. degree in Education from the University of Memphis. He also coached football at Munford High School in Munford, Tennessee. He entered the squared circle in 1977 and started make a name for himself in Memphis Championship Wrestling a year later. He would spend most of the next nine years in that territory. He would wrestle his real-life cousin, Jerry “The King” Lawler often.
Jugan would be the first to wrestle for the World Wrestling Federation, as himself, in 1983. While he almost always lost, Jugan was a good foil for several “names” of the era, including Tito Santana and Andre the Giant. He was instrumental in starting a feud between Sergeant Slaughter and The Iron Shiek (he wrestled—and lost—to both in early 1984). We would also wrestle for the now-defunct National Wrestling Alliance until its dissolve in the early 90’s.
Farris entered the WWF in 1986 as a fan-friendly Honky Tonk Man. After he started addressing fans on TV in a derogatory fashion, he turned into a cocky villain. In June, 1987, Honky Tonk Man, by nefarious means, upset Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, for the Intercontinental Championship. He’d hold onto the belt for one year, two months and 27 days before losing it to the Ultimate Warrior.
Jugan, as Lord Zoltan, has toured the country and Canada, since 1992. Farris, as Honky Tonk Man, has toured around the world, since 2000. Over that time the men have become friends.
However, friends sometimes just have to wrestle. “Honky and I have worked several times,” said Jugan recently in an email. “First time was at the Butler County Fair. [We] worked in Kittanning.” The two have also wrestled in tag team and other matches in Ohio and West Virginia over the years.
The FanFest match could very well be the first time the two have faced off in Pittsburgh.
For newer fans, Honky Tonk Man says that current WWE star Daniel Bryan borrowed Lord Zoltan’s “Yes” chant. Zoltan long ago incorporated it into a “Yes. No.” chant. “I actually stole the YES-NO chant from (the recently departed) Ox Baker but improvised on it.
“We have a little bit of a history, continued Zoltan. “He is a great guy once u get to know him.”
Former WWE superstar Hacksaw Jim Dugan is also scheduled to take on “Nasty” Nick Crane in a USA v. Canada match.
The KSWA works every year with the Allegheny County Holiday Project to donate toys to needy kids throughout Allegheny County. The organization has donated thousands of toys since 2009.
Fans are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to KSWA FanFest/Toy Drive 2015. Bell time is 7:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids, and special, $15 VIP Mezzanine tickets are going fast. Call 412-726-1762 for more information.