It's Historic: Malachi Challenges Blanchard For The State's Most Prestigious Prize
August 17, 2015
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
This Saturday Night matchup between the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Blanchard, and former Heavyweight Champion “Big” Mike Malachi is one of the most historic in the city of Pittsburgh’s elite professional wrestling history.
As everyone in the Krazyverse realizes, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Sports Attraction in Pittsburgh,” has been an anchor of the KSWA since its inception in 2000. In his defense, Blanchard’s first KSWA Heavyweight Title reign started on August 4, 2000 (four years before Ben Roethlisberger joined the Steelers, five years before Sidney Crosby laced up for the Penguins and nine years before Andrew McCutchen took a glove into centerfield for the Pirates).
Blanchard and Malachi (who won the Keystone State’s most prestigious title on November 9, 2002), are two of only four Megastars to hold the titles as far back as President George W. Bush’s first term (Lou Martin and Tommy Faime are the others). In fact, Blanchard may be the only reigning Heavyweight Champion in the World to have held the same promotion’s title today as well as during the last President Bill Clinton administration.
Malachi won the gold and continued to hold it for 449 days. Back in the early days, the KSWA only held matches occasionally and Malachi also found himself in tag team turmoil as well. In addition to being the KSWA Heavyweight Champion, Malachi and “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime won the KSWA tag team titles on May 17, 2003, only to lose them on the same day. Malachi successfully defended the KSWA’s top prize against Ali Kaida and Tommy Faime in 2003 before being bested by “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin for his first reign on January 24, 2004. It’s interesting to note that of this coming Saturday, Malachi and Jack Massacre, once shown prominently on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, will be KSWA tag team champions for an astonishingly similar 449 days.
Interestingly, current Golden Triangle Champion Lou Martin first held that same title during the Clinton Administration. Martin won his first Pittsburgh-specific title on November 18, 2000, only 11 days after the Bush v. Al Gore Presidential Election. Election officials were still counting “hanging chads” when Martin had his hand raised over “The Misfit” Jeff Lockhart. Now, 15 years later, Martin faces Ric Rumsky, who defeated Martin in a non-title matchup at the Teamster Temple on July 11. KSWA Owner Bobby O, impressed with Rumsky’s feat, declared that this match will be for all the marbles in Pittsburgh.
Fans of the professional wrestling scene in the Steel City are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the local giant legend, T. Rantula, in the KSWA ring. Long considered one of the trail blazers for wrestlers in the Pittsburgh area, T. Rantula debuts with 26 years of in-ring experience. Initially the 6’10”, 360 pound beast was to take on another area stalwart, Dynamite Dean, in a Special Attraction match; however, Dean was recently injured and is on the shelf. The KSWA Championship Committee remains diligent in having T. Rantula face a formidable foe on Saturday.
J-Ru will team with Sniper and “Nasty” Nick Crane to take on the 7-foot tall Jack Massacre, Shane Starr and Kris Kash in what promises to be a memorable six-man tag team match. J-Ru and Massacre have been feuding for all of 2015 and the Mercenaries have set their sights on Kash and Starr. The former “Lost Boys” have once again found success when they tag together. This match features technical prowess, flight and all-encompassing power all in one bundle.
Party Gras—Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane—will take on the new team of “King” Del Douglas and Harley T. Morris with the “Mad Genius” David Marbell. Zoltan and Sane hope that their success parlays back into the tag team title scene. The unlikely teaming of Douglas and Morris may actually prove to be challenging for opponents. Douglas, the long-time veteran, could show a lot to the young and quickly-improving Morris. In addition, with Marbell toiling at ringside, anything can happen.
Jay Flash will also be in action as well select other Megastars. This Saturday the KSWA returns to the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30 and tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids and $15 for Mezzanine, which gives you the best view of wrestling in Pittsburgh. Call 412-726-1762 for more information. Card subject to change.