KSWA Returns "Home" For A Massacre/J-Ru Strap Match, Heavyweight Title Goes "Fatal"
June 3, 2015
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
It might be the most heated tag team rivalry in the rich history of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance. For months, J-Ru and Bobby Badfingers, collectively known as “Deeds,” have been chasing the largest tag team championship duo—“Big” Mike Malachi and Jack Massacre—in KSWA history.
Along with Mayor Mystery, J-Ru and Badfingers have been scoring points against “Big and Bigger” but have yet to score a knockout punch. The next step in this classic rivalry goes down this Saturday when J-Ru and the 7-foot-tall Jack Massacre go one-on-one in a “Strap Match.” The stipulation is extreme for the crafty set of veterans. Despite Massacre towering over J-Ru, the Instigator from Charleroi cannot be counted out in this match. J-Ru was the Megastar knocked into the ring this past Saturday night as referee Justin Smith was counting both teams out. “Deeds” picked up the count-out win and have put a kink in the armor of the KSWA World Tag Team Champions.
Conversely, Bobby Badfingers will face Malachi in single’s action on Saturday. This should be a good test of endurance and physicality for both men, as in the grand scheme of things; they match up fairly well in the area of size, speed and power. Mayor Mystery will be conspicuous by his absence, after being planted by Massacre with a powerbomb at the Tidioute fundraiser several weeks ago.
The most prestigious Single’s championship in the commonwealth is on the line in unique fashion this Saturday night. In a Fatal Four Way, 6-Time Champion Shawn Blanchard will defend against former champion Shane Starr, Kris Kash and the two-time former KSWA World Champion “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin. The KSWA Championship Committee made the announcement for this match early in the week. As expected, the Championship Committee “has been closely monitoring what has transpired thus far during the KSWA Krazy Tour and feel that both owners Bobby O and Tommy Faime cannot make an unbiased decision regarding these four competitors and this was the reason for this announcement.” Blanchard, as expected, didn’t like the announcement. He announced on social media that “Enough is enough!” Blanchard expressed disenchantment with the match, despite the fact that’s basically how his running mate—and June 6 opponent—won his second title at FanFest in 2011. As a result, bookies in Bloomfield have made Lou Martin the favorite in his contest.
After successfully defending the most coveted single’s title in the city of Pittsburgh on Saturday against Harley T. Morris, Kaida must defend against the sneaky veteran Sniper. Along with J-Ru, Sniper is one of the most experienced wrestlers currently in the KSWA who have never tasted gold. That may change on Saturday as Sniper is trying to re-establish himself after losing to Lord Zoltan. Sniper is the kind of experienced professional that might give Kaida a difficult time in the ring. This might be a more competitive defense that some may be lead to believe. Some observers say Sniper is due a big win.
The NEW KSWA 5-Star Champion, Super Ginger, is still reeling after winning his first title in Pittsburgh. Understandably the underdog in a match that also featured now-former 5-Star Champion The Jester, Tony Johnson and Jay Flash, Super Ginger is now the top of the technical wrestling world. While the muted Megastar rarely—if ever—talks, he is gearing up his first defense against Ric Rumsky. Rumksy’s appearances in the KSWA have been extremely spotty since his surprise return at Battle Bowl; however, he does bring the experience, enthusiasm and electricity that may rival Ginger’s. It will be interesting to see how the 5-Star division unfolds in a post-Jester reign.
“Nasty” Nick Crane is set to return to action this Saturday and he has his old nemesis—Lord Zoltan—in his sights. This rivalry between “Canada’s National Treasure” and the “Brawler From Bourbon Street” will never seemingly end. It is actually a testament to both athletes. Lord Zoltan’s trickery never grows old and Crane will always try to best the KSWA Hall of Famer.
“King” Del Douglas takes a break from chasing La Lucha all over the continent for the elusive “Mexican Heavyweight Championship” to take on Justin Sane. Plus, Sane somehow successfully encouraged the Championship Committee to set a re-match. Douglas defeated Sane fair and square in the middle of the ring on Saturday, but Justin says he has something to prove. While these Megastars have met plenty of times in the past, their fundamental disagreements have never been settled. This is a rivalry built on mutual respect.
The KSWA returns for a Saturday Night of action this week, June 6 at the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids and $15 for prime Mezzanine. Card is subject to change. For more information, 412-726-1762.