Competitive Clock Re-Sets For Megastars At Battle Bowl VIII
January 13, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) is a mere few days away from arguably the biggest Battle Bowl (and January itself) in its history.
Battle Bowl VIII promises to the best event yet. At the beginning of each year, the KSWA sticks to its mantra of allowing opportunities for each of its Megastars to plant its footprint on a new year of competition. This year, each of the last four Megastars left in the ring will have chances at KSWA gold sometime in the new year. The winner of Battle Bowl earns bragging rights for winning the competition, and also has a better chance (through the raffle process) of getting a shot at the KSWA World Championship, currently held by Kris Kash.
Megastars from last year’s winner Jay Flash, to the 7-foot-tall Jack Massacre, to the former KSWA Champion Shawn Blanchard, are all among the 30-or-so competitors lined up to compete in Battle Bowl. The KSWA office phones start to light up right after December’s FanFest, as potential participants look into the Battle Royal event. Each competitor has to be tossed over the top rope to be eliminated.
It’s interesting to note that the KSWA Championship Committee has added local actor and popular personality Curt Wootton into the mix. Wootton, as you recall, turned on Justin Sane in his “flag” match against Harley T. Morris (w/David Marbell). The Championship Committee inked Wootton, best known for starring roles in “Bigfoot: The Movie,” “The Mercury Men” and “Pittsburgh Dad” to the rough-and-tumble match. In addition to Wootton, former KSWA Champion La Lucha, former tag team and 5-star champion The Jester, the first-ever Jr. Heavyweight Champion Tony Johnson, and KSWA owners Bobby O and Tommy Faime are also set to compete. In fact, most KSWA Megastars have been eagerly awaiting this match.
Jack Massacre and Jay Flash, “The Giant Slayer” will go one-on-one. Jay Flash has taken on local wrestling legend T-Rantula (and the big man has not been back), and cost “Big and Bigger” their tag team gold. In fact, Flash led an assault on Massacre that kept the monolith out of FanFest. Now, Massacre is back and has his sights on Flash, as well as Mayor Mystery, and the Mercenaries—Nick Crane and Sniper—for their assistance in the attack.
KSWA Owner Tommy Faime has announced that Tony Johnson will participate in a Gauntlet Match. Faime is unhappy that Johnson came back to surprise Jay Flash at FanFest. Flash and Faime were to take on Big Mike Malachi and a “Mystery Partner” who turned out to be the Ice Man. Johnson and Malachi won the contest, which steamed Faime even more. Just this week, Faime announced that Johnson would run the Gauntlet against Sniper, J-Ru and his tag team partner in “Deedz,” Bobby Badfingers. All three are also a part of Mayor Mystery’s stable. This quite clearly stakes the deck against one of the KSWA’s most athletic Megastars. Only time will tell what’s going to happen on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Faime continued to flex his corporate muscles just within the last few days. Former KSWA Champion Shawn Blanchard wanted to invoke his rematch clause. KSWA Owner Bobby O was in negotiations with the KSWA Championship Committee, which refused that order. However and instead, Faime was able to get a tag team championship match for his VIP co-horts, Blanchard and Golden Triangle Champion Lou Martin, against the new KSWA tag team champions—the Lost Boys—Shane Starr and Kris Kash. This could spell doom for the new tag team champions, as Martin and Blanchard have beaten them once before for the tag belts…a long time ago. However, Kash does not have to defend the Commonwealth’s most prestigious Single’s Title along the way.
In a battle of former tag team champions, The Jester takes on the now-hairless “King” Del Douglas. Douglas lost a “Crown versus Hair” match against Lord Zoltan in December. One of the most dynamic tag teams in recent years, Douglas blamed Jester for a single’s match loss to Zach Gowen at FanFest, 2013. The Megastars have been in opposite locker rooms ever since. Now, the two battle it out. Jester remains one of the hottest-young talents in the business today, and Douglas continues to be one of the most revered veterans in Pittsburgh wrestling, and beyond.
In addition, the enigmatic 5-Star Champion Mitch Napier will be in action. Napier, who won the 5-Star title from Super Ginger, has “just wanted to fight.” He says nothing else when asked. His cagey ways left him without a challenger for FanFest, the biggest independent wrestling event of its type anywhere. No Megastar wanted to face him on the organization’s biggest stage. He has not even commented about that unprecedented development. However, the Championship Committee has ruled that someone will have to face the Herculean-like Napier.
All of this and much, much more takes place at Battle Bowl VIII, this Saturday night, January 16 at the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids and $15 for high above the action in the Mezzanine. Any seat is terrific. Card is subject to change.