KSWA Championship Committee's Bold Statement Leads Battle Bowl Field

January 8, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist

The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Championship Committee made history on Thursday when it announced that local actor Curt Wootton would be a part of Battle Bowl VIII on Saturday, January 16.

Wootton, who is best known as a theater actor, star of “The Mercury Men,” “Bigfoot: the Movie,” and co-creator of “Pittsburgh Dad,” was a guest of honor at December’s FanFest. When he accompanied Justin Sane to the ring against West Virginia’s Harley T. Morris (with “The Evil Genius” David Marbell), Wootton supported the former tag team champion. When Sane grabbed Pitt banner in the “Flag Match,” Wootton turned on his veteran grappler. Wootton kicked Sane in the gut and broke the flag over his back. The double-cross was complete. It turns out that Wootton is a West Virginia University alumnus and he sided with Morris and Marbell all along.

The KSWA Championship Committee announced that Sane might have an opportunity to seek revenge on Wootton, Morris and Marbell. However, comeuppance is not guaranteed. In Battle Bowl, any number of “Over the Top Rope” Battle Royal participants may have a shot at KSWA Championship gold. The ultimate winner of Battle Bowl will have bragging rights with the win, as well as a better-than-average chance for a match for the KSWA World Title, which is currently held by Kris Kash.

It’s possible for Sane and Wootton to never meet in the match, in which a new participant enters Battle Bowl every two minutes. Or it’s conceivable that the long-time KSWA Megastar and athletic actor could face off in a long-term scrum.

The winner, as well as three other “finalists” will be the last athletes in the ring at the end of the night. In 2009, Shawn Blanchard won the first Battle Bowl, Anthony Alexander was victorious in 2010, Lou Martin was victorious in 2011, Kris Kash won in 2012, Shawn Blanchard became the first to win for a second time in 2013, Mike Malachi won in 2014 and Jay Flash took the top spot in 2015.

Any number of KSWA Megastars will take place in the battle royal, which serves as a “competitive clock reset” for the organization. The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance, now in its 16th year, is the longest-running professional wrestling promotion in Pittsburgh’s grand history.

KSWA Battle Bowl VIII is scheduled for Saturday, January 16 at the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids, and $15 for the mezzanine, high atop the squared circle. For more information, call 412-726-1762. Card is subject to change.

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