“We Are Pittsburgh Wrestling”: KSWA Celebrates 15 Years, Longest Tenure In City’s History
February 12, 2015
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
After 172 recognized events in more than 14 years, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) has officially become the longest-running professional wrestling organization in the city of Pittsburgh’s grand, athletic history.
On Saturday, February 21, the KSWA will celebrate its history and look forward as the Golden Triangle Champion—Kaida—defends the city’s premier championship when he defends against “The Instigator” J-Ru. J-Ru, who last year challenged for the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship, says that it’s time he has some gold around his waist and that the Golden Triangle Championship is as good as any. J-Ru also isn’t “buying” Kaida’s pro-American way of life. The former Ali Kaida has had a long history of going against the Krazies, and J-Ru says it’s time for Kaida to “get real.” Kaida, who won the Golden Triangle Championship against Bulldozer at last December’s FanFest, admits that he used to hate the fans, but will do everything in his power to hold onto the belt.
The KSWA’s 5-Star Championship is on the line as champion The Jester looks to defend against his title against former champion Bobby Badfingers. Badfingers lost the coveted 5-Star belt at FanFest without even being pinned. He has angrily charged that he will regain the title in his first one-on-one opportunity. In addition, Badfinger’s manager Mayor Mystery asserts that the Chicago brawler should never have lost the belt in the first place. Mystery, who has curious powers of persuasion with Kommissioner Gentleman Joe Perri, says that Badfingers should simply be handed the 5-Star Championship at the outset of the evening. That’s not going to happen, according to the KSWA Championship Committee.
The next chapter of the ongoing Bobby O/Tommy Faime ownership battle also takes place at the anniversary event. Faime, and “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard will team up with the KSWA World Heavyweight Champion—Shane Starr—in a “handicap” match against Bobby O and Kris Kash. Faime says that he is “protecting his investment” and vows to protect Starr a month before his championship battle with Blanchard. Bobby O, who has significantly less in-ring experience than his opponents, has teased some sort of movement of his own.
A huge 8-Man tag team match-up will feature the KSWA World Tag Team Champions—“Big” Mike Malachi and Jack Massacre—teaming with “Iceman” Tony Johnson and the legendary Lord Zoltan to take on System Elite (Edric Everhart and Tyler Cross), “Nasty” Nick Crane and 2015 Battle Bowl winner Jay Flash. Flash, who subsequently won a shot at the 5-Star Championship in the Battle Bowl lottery, has shown much displeasure with his former tag team partner—and friend—Tony Johnson. This will also be Flash’s first opportunity to take on Malachi, Massacre and Zoltan. The Krazies will see how much resentment and fate the former “Comic Book Hero” has for his opponents come the 21st.
A feud is beginning to brew between Sniper and Justin Sane. Sane, who won an opportunity at the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship as a result of Battle Bowl, has been targeted by the Mercenary: Sniper. Sniper, who at FanFest defeated “Mr. Puniverse” Bob Atlas—and seemingly returned the dancing machine back into retirement—has vowed to lead the former 5-time Golden Triangle Champion out to pasture. Meanwhile, Sane feels rejuvenated with the Battle Bowl nod and promises to keep fighting.
Ric Rumsky’s improbable return to Pittsburgh professional wrestling continues on 2/21 when he faces “The King” Del Douglas in one-on-one action. Rumsky, who was a tag team championship before departing the KSWA for a while, looks to build off of a Battle Bowl appearance. “King” Douglas says that Rumsky should have remained on the sidelines. Will Rumsky get back to his winning ways or will Douglas be victorious?
And in another handicap match, the Blood Beast takes on Joey Quervo and Super Ginger. There promises to be other surprises and intense action only like the KSWA can provide.
The KSWA 15th Anniversary Event is Saturday, February 21 at the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids and bell time is 7:30. Card is subject to change.