April 26, 2010
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The rivalry needs a distinctive winner. For months, The Latin Assassin has chased “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard for the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship. Blanchard, the five-time KSWA Champ, has done whatever he can to hold onto his coveted strap.
On Saturday, May 1, one of the Megastars will say those two unmistakable words: “I Quit.”
The Krazies have been staunchly behind Latin during his passionate charge toward the title. Will their support help when it's most needed, in what is arguably the most brutal of all matches? Shawn Blanchard has been in these matches before, and he's ready to defend what is most dear to him: the KSWA Championship.
Never has this event's title—Mayhem at the Moose—ever been so appropriate.
In other action, there are few names in the annuals of Pittsburgh wrestling that transcend the sport. One of them is Zbyszko. “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko will enter the KSWA Arena at the Lawrenceville Moose to “pay a visit” to an old friend, KSWA Hall of Famer Frank Durso. However, Durso will not suit up for this match, instead he will send two of his VIPs--”Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin and “Double-A” Anthony Alexander--as well as business associate Lord Zoltan into six-man competition against Zbysko, Kris Kash and Justin Sane.
That six-man contest promises to be one for the ages, particularly with Zbyszko and Zoltan in the fray.
Violence, Incorporated, the KSWA Tag Team Champions, have defended their straps like few before them, and the duo from West Virginia just continues to get better. The speed of Ric Rumsky and the power of Vinnie Stone have formed one of the most successful tag team combinations in recent memory. On May 1, they have an opportunity to defend against The Masked Marvels, consisting of “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo and The Great Toyota. While Quervo and Toyota have not been on the winning end of many matchups as of late, their technical skills and veteran instincts cannot be ignored. Quervo, when “on,” can be a handful, and if Toyota could ever put aside his martial arts prowess enough to concentrate on a winning streak, he could be a player.
The Golden Triangle Championship is up for grabs when current title holder “The King” Del Douglas faces one of his toughest challenges to date in “The Future” Shane Starr. Douglas has made sure that he's defended his belt against competitors who are not at the top of their game in recent months, but in Starr he faces a determined game-changer who continues to battle the VIPs. Might Starr take the prestigious Golden Triangle Championship back into his feud with the VIPs?
Over the past few months, Big Mike Malachi has battled Bulldozer in a variety of ways. Whether it be in a Fatal Four Way or Tag Team contest, the two have collided, but not one-on-one. That changes on May 1 in a Body Slam Challenge. The massive 411-lb Bulldozer says that no one can slam him (no one has even come close in the KSWA), while 295-lb Mike Malachi has rarely been slammed in his own right. The winner of this Battle of the Big Men concludes when one is bodyslammed in the middle of the squared circle. This ring-shaking match is one that no Krazy will want to miss.
As for the aforementioned Tag Team division, it has never been so diverse and competitive. A match pitting two of Gentleman Joe Perri's stable—The Blood Beast and Bobby Badfingers—against Mitch Napier and Alex Arcadian will determine the Number One Contender for the KSWA Tag Team Championship. The duo, dubbed “Bad Blood” in some circles clocks in at an enormous 523 lbs, while Arcadian and Napier combined for a shade less than 400 lbs. Arcadian and Napier will have technical finesse on their side, while Bad Blood will come forward with pure power.
KSWA Owner Bobby O booked another interesting match for Mayhem at the Moose. Biker Al will take on the Afghani Assault Weapon, Ali Kaida. Neither Megastar is particularly beloved by the KSWA faithful, and in fact, they may have never faced one-on-one before. Bobby O says that both wrestlers have posed problems in the KSWA and they could both get a taste of their own medicine.
There's plenty more at Mayhem at the Moose, this Saturday, May 1. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. at the home of professional wrestling in Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville Moose, located at 120 51st Street in the city of Pittsburgh. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids. Card is subject to change.