May 7, 2010
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The Diocese of Pittsburgh recently announced that it was going ahead with plans to close St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School in Lawrenceville; however the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) and the SJN Office have decided it will celebrate the legacy of the school with a previously-arranged benefit event. (Proceeds from the event will now go toward a school-wide party honoring students, parents, staff and faculty).
St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School opened its doors as a new entity on August 28, 1989 and is a consolidation of Our Lady of the Angels, St. Matthew’s, and St. Lawrence O’Toole parishes. Students come from many local communities including Lawrenceville, Garfield, Stanton Heights, Bloomfield and Polish Hill.
The Main Event will feature members of the VIPs—”The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard and “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin—in tag team competition against Kris Kash and SJN Alum Shane Starr. The duo of Blanchard and Martin say that they will take out the reunited former tag team of Kash and Starr. Kash and Starr were just young upstarts when the VIPs persuaded Starr to turn on his partner. A few years later, the VIPs turned on Starr. An uneasy alliance of the former Lost Boys has turned into a leap of faith and trust.
The new KSWA Heavyweight Champion The Latin Assassin will have his hands full in his first defense of the title. Latin is set to defend against Ali Kaida, who has become more ruthless than ever. The Assassin just succeeded through the most difficult and hard-fought match of his career against Shawn Blanchard, now he has to face Kaida, who is more brutal than at any time in the KSWA. Ali Kaida was the Number One contender for the gold when Anthony Alexander held the strap and he's been on a rampage since. Latin will certainly have his work cut out for him.
In other action the KSWA Tag Team Champions, Vinnie Stone & Ric Rumskey will take on “Bad Blood,” the team of Bobby Badfingers and The Blood Beast. Ric Rumsky and Vinnie Stone have been defending the tag belts in remarkable numbers and Bad Blood looks like they are poised for excellence. The pure power and brutality of Bad Blood makes for an interesting challenge for the champs, a duo that's both proficient technically, but also capable of brawling.
The Golden Triangle Championship is on the line when “The King” Del Douglas defends against Justin Sane. Douglas has been impressively defending his “crown” even though he hasn't been wrestling top-tier opponents. That changes on May when he takes on the crafty—and crazy—Justin Sane. Justin, a former Golden Triangle Champion, has looked markedly better inside the squared circle these past few months. Could he be poised to recapture the gold, or is Douglas at the top of his game and unwilling to bend in the slightest?
A dynamic “Winner Takes All” Battle Royal will take place at St. John Neumann's. KSWA rookies like “Iceman” Tony Johnson, J-Flash, Keith Haught, “The Thunder Bay Bomber” Drew Belanger and Mike Buda will face Bobby Badfingers, The Great Toyota, The Blood Beast, Lord Zoltan, Alex Arcadian, “King” Douglas, Joey Quervo and the returning “Mr. Puniverse” Bob Atlas in this contest. It promises to be a popular match, especially with Atlas' surprise return to action.
In another contest, Big Mike Malachi will take on VIP member Anthony Alexander. Malachi is coming off of a specular contest in which he bodyslammed 411-lb Bulldozer. In addition, Alexander is on a tear of his own. More streamlined than ever, Alexander is ready for this classic battle of the big men.
Lord Zoltan will take on Alex Arcadian in single's competition as well. The veteran Zoltan faces Arcadian for the first time. Zoltan is a workman who doesn't disappoint in the ring and Arcadian is a younger Megastar on his way up, now in the singles ranks. This will be a contest of contrasting styles. It'll also be one you won't want to miss.
The St. John Neumann's wrestling event is Saturday, May 15 at St. John Neumann's School Social Hall, 250 44th St. in the Lawrenceville neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Card is subject to change.