Top 10 KSWA Highlights of 2014: #3—Impact In The Community & Beyond
December 29, 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 3: Fundraisers, Appearances And The Masked Superstar
Most of the highlights of this installment has nothing to do with in-ring action.
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) is constantly visible in the greater Pittsburgh community and 2014 had to be its busiest and most impactful year yet. Megastars, including KSWA World Champion Shane Starr, Kris Kash, “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard and “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin often joined KSWA Owner Bobby O at fundraising junkets, including two for Special Olympics the Allegheny County Police Polar Plunge. Leading up to the September 27 fundraiser at St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Morningside, the Megastars visited for autographs and pictures. A contingency of Megastars, including “The King” Del Douglas, Bobby O, Starr, Sniper, Martin, and then-5 Star Champion Bobby Badfingers were among those who celebrated Memorial Day by marching in the annual Lawrenceville parade. The group also turned up in remarkable numbers each year for the Millvale Days parade.
Blanchard, Martin, Starr and Kash also joined Bobby O for appearances at the Horror Realm convention in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. Members of the organization were also among the most-well-represented at the premier of the independent horror movie “Pro Wrestlers v. Zombies,” at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont on March 26. The movie stars among others, former guest Shane Douglas, future FanFest/Toy Drive guest “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, as well as long-time friend of the KSWA Cody Michaels.
On May 17, the KSWA was once again the only professional wrestling organization anywhere to be on hand to honor a hometown wrestling hero when “The Masked Superstar,” aka Bill Eadie was among those inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Amsterdam, New York. For many of the Hall and Museum’s 13 years, the KSWA has sent representatives. In 2012 the group was the only federation to have a large contingent when Pittsburgh’s Dominic DeNucci was inducted and Bruno Sammartino ceremonially picked up his ring. This year the honor was even more personal.
KSWA Owner Bobby O presented Brownsville, PA native Eadie with a proclamation recognizing his induction into the exclusive club. Commissioners Al Ambrosini, Vince Zapotosky and Angela M. Zimmerlink signed the document, which touched on Eadie’s career and wished him congratulations. The long-time veteran, KSWA Hall of Famer and former KSWA tag team champion, shed a tear as family members looked on. Eadie then headlined the PWHF induction ceremony before a sell-out crowd.
The KSWA has been the most active-in-the-community independent wrestling organization from coast-to-coast and its historic 2015 will see even more bustle.
This list will soon continue with Number Two…