March 30, 2010
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
It was a proud day as Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Owner Bobby O lead a group of Megastars to Pittsburgh City Council on Monday, March 29 to receive special recognition celebrating a decade as the city's premier professional wrestling organization.
The owner, along with KSWA World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Blanchard, fellow VIP member Lou Martin, the legendary Lord Zoltan, new KSWA Hall of Famer Dominic DeNucci and Ring Announcer Trapper Tom, stepped to the forefront to thank City Councilman Bill Peduto, City Council, and the KSWA Krazies for the proclamation that denoted Saturday, March 27 as “KSWA Day in the City of Pittsburgh.”
The acknowledgment was well-earned, and a long way from when the group started with its first event in February, 2000. Since those humble beginnings, the KSWA has put on more events with each passing year, entertained more fans and hosted many fund raising events for local charities and individuals. The organization prides itself on the fact that has collected nearly 1,500 toys in its annual holiday toy drive; however, organizers are most proud that the KSWA provides a product that fans of all ages can enjoy.
Bobby O and Peduto pointed out DeNucci's legacy and also promoted the annual Deaf Wrestlefest fund raiser for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf that Lord Zoltan has piloted for so many years. This year's Deaf Wrestlefest is set for Sunday, May 2, the day following the next KSWA event, Saturday, May 1 at the home of professional wrestling in Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville Moose.
Peduto told how “every Saturday meant wrestling” in his extended family. He spent many nights with his “5'7 or 5'8”” grandfather who “was 6'2”” whenever he watched DeNucci and the other Studio Wrestling stars on television. Peduto was also surprised to see the long-time fan favorite DeNucci in City Council chambers.”I've surprised people here (in city council), but I don't think I've ever been surprised before,” added Peduto.
The event was so joyous that Blanchard and Martin were able to keep any acrimony with Bobby O to themselves. In addition, the lights were able to stay on when Lord Zoltan talked to the front of the room.
Trapper Tom briefly took the microphone just to say that the proclamation is “The Main Event” of the day in the KSWA.