Top 10 KSWA Highlights of 2014: #4—Shane Starr’s Championship Run

December 26, 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 4: Shane Starr Holds Up Commonwealth’s Most Prestigious Title

On December 7, 2013, “The Future” seemed to arrive when Shane Starr defeated “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin for the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship in front of a packed FanFest/Toy Drive crowd. The first-ever Title v. Title match featured Golden Triangle Champion Starr in a death grip against the two-time World Champion, Martin.

When Starr’s hands’ were raised in victory, the landscape of the KSWA changed, perhaps forever. Immediately, Starr was present in the community, first hosting a pizza party along with longtime friend Kris Kash, at St. Raphael’s School in Morningside. He would then find his way to fundraisers and community events throughout the Pittsburgh region all year long. It wouldn’t take long for pictures with Starr and Krazies—young and old alike—holding the KSWA World Title would appear all over social media. In May, Starr and other Megastars marched in Lawrenceville’s Memorial Day Parade.

Inside the squared circle, Starr dealt with many challenges, including former champion Martin, unstoppable monsters like Bulldozer, nefarious challengers like “Nasty” Nick Crane and formidable old foe “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard. Crane, who has never tasted KSWA gold, came precariously close to upsetting Starr on February 22. On April 12, Starr barely got by Bulldozer, who succeeded him as Golden Triangle Champion. Martin tried unsuccessfully three times to regain possession of the title, but lost each time. Blanchard, who tries to avoid having his shoulders pinned to the mat at all cost, shared a double count out with Starr on June 28, and lost by disqualification the second day of Millvale Days on September 13.

However, no one gave Starr fits like “The Instigator,” J-Ru. Charleroi’s Most Wanted J-Ru won a shot at the KSWA World Title at Battle Bowl in January. He held off, prompted a bonus opportunity from Starr in May (in which J-Ru lost) and continually egged on the champion for the calendar year. The two met at FanFest in front of a massive, ruckus crowd. Starr seemingly had J-Ru primed in the Sharpsburg Sharpshooter for submission, found the bell called for by KSWA Co-Owner Tommy Faime. Starr’s 2014 doesn’t end without controversy, but it does conclude with a whole new Battle Bowl right around the corner!

This list will soon continue with Number Three…

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