Top 10 KSWA Highlights of 2014: #8—Tommy Faime Becomes An Owner
December 19, 2014
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
As the calendar year comes to a close, now is a great time to look at the top moments and highlights of the wrestling year in Pittsburgh. With a historic 2015 right around the corner, let’s look back at a remarkable 2014!
Number 8: “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime Becomes Co-Owner
Much like “Big” Mike Malachi, former KSWA World Champion “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime made a return to the ring during last January’s Battle Bowl. He didn’t fare as well as Malachi, but his surprise return was indeed an interesting development.
On March 29, then-KSWA Owner Shawn Blanchard lost a match (to Kaida) that had him lose control of the company to former owner Bobby O. Bobby O then found out that Blanchard had liquidated some of his ownership and sold his shares to Faime. Faime, an entrepreneur and restaurateur stemming from his days as a KSWA Original, had amassed a portfolio strong enough to bankroll half-ownership. Now a Verified Investment Partner, Faime has as much power in the KSWA as the Chairman of the State Enterprise, Bobby O.
Immediately upon gaining co-ownership status, Faime has been busy booking matches, especially giving preferential treatment to his former VIP co-horts, Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin. Never was this more evident than during November’s Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament at the Sharpsburg Fire Hall. Blanchard administered a pile driver to Kris Kash during his Main Event match with Martin. Martin got the win, namely because Faime reportedly looked the other way during the infraction and counted the one, two, three when referee David Fedor had been accidentally knocked out. The incident instantly became known as the “Sharpsburg Screwjob.” And at FanFest, Faime wandered into the ring and counted challenger J-Ru out in his title contest against KSWA World Heavyweight Champion Shane Starr. Faime’s involved has not yet been quantified.
The move is a fantastic one for Faime, who was KSWA Heavyweight Champion for 511 days in parts of 2001 and 2002. He was also a two-time KSWA tag team champion. His impressive resume was the primary reason he was inducted into the KSWA Hall of Fame as its first “Original” to be inducted in 2013.
With a historic 15th campaign on the horizon for the KSWA, Bobby O and Tommy Faime will assuredly be at the forefront of all major decisions. The KSWA has always been about opportunity, and no one knows that better than Verified Investment Partner Tommy Faime.
This list will soon continue with Number Seven…