July 19, 2010
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The offices of KSWA Owner Bobby O remain locked shut as he continues to work the phones to see what kind of condition The Latin Assassin is in, less than a week before Summertime Bruise.
Recently, the KSWA World Heavyweight Champion was brutally attacked by the VIPs, and shockingly, Ali Kaida. Early reports are that Latin's ankle is broken and Bobby O has not been able to quantify those reports.
Earlier, Big Mike Malachi was taken out of commission by the VIPs. Malachi's shoulder was damaged during the July 3rd event at Arsenal Park. In a related matter, Eric Crouse, the organizer of the Paul Scuillo Memorial events in and around Bloomfield and Lawrenceville (including September 4th KSWA event at the Moose), was beaten down by the VIPs. Crouse's injuries were minor.
That leaves the Main Event this Saturday in shambles. With Malachi and Latin out of the mix, the KSWA Tag Team Champions, Shane Starr and Kris Kash go it alone against the VIPs (Shawn Blanchard, Lou Martin and Anthony Alexander with Frank Durso) and the Afghani Assault Weapon. Those are almost certainly insurmountable odds for the former Lost Boys.
Might Bobby O find a way to level out the playing field? He's not talking or returning messages of inquiry.
The Golden Triangle Championship is on the line when title holder Del Douglas defends against former tag team champion Ric Rumsky. “The King” has never been better inside the squared circle, but he hasn't always been taking on the most qualified of competitors. The Great Toyota and “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo have gotten shots, while guys with better win-loss ratios sit on the sidelines. Add to that the fact that Quervo ran off with Douglas' “King's Ransom” of $10,000 on July 3. The title picture changes Saturday when the charismatic and capable Ric Rumsky hypothetically knocks on the 10-bedroom estate's front door. Rumsky may just give The King the one-on-one challenge of his title reign.
Rumsky's partner in Violence, Inc., Vinnie Stone is a brawler, but even he may take a backseat to the Windy City Ruffian, Bobby Badfingers. Stone is a Pier 6 master of the fisticuffs, but Badfingers breaks fingers and other assorted bones. He is from Chicago. There won't be many tactical, technical moves when these two 250-lb behemoths lock horns. Badfingers' manager, Gentleman Joe Perri, keeps threatening to bring back his legendary “Gentleman's Club” and any incarnation of that group would be more successful with a brute like Badfingers in its fold. Meanwhile, the young Stone has matured into a winner inside the confines of the KSWA.
While the battle between Badfingers and Stone would be one of thunderous rights and boots, the match between Justin Sane and Mitch Napier promises to have a different vibe. Mitch Napier is one of the most technically-sound Megastars around, and Justin Sane, while unpredictable, has an array of mat-skills as well. Napier is a youngster on the move and Justin has been at the top of the card for some time. This match promises to be one the Krazies will remember. Biker Al is set to take on The Great Toyota, who this time last year was under the bullied pinch of Gentleman Joe Perri. Now, Toyota is a brand new Naturalized Citizen and Biker Al is still a linchpin of the Perri stable. Biker Al is still a master of the dirty tactic and The Great Toyota is still trying to transfer his remarkable martial arts skills into that of a mat technician. “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo, who recently stole Del Douglas' suitcase of $10,000, is scheduled to take on an old adversary, “Mr. Puniverse” Bob Atlas. Atlas once again returned from the retirement rolls to an active role in the KSWA. These two Megastars have infamously battled in the past and this will just be another chapter in that storied history.
Also on the impressive card is Alex Arcadian versus The Blood Beast. Arcadian, who is battling injuries, hopes to make it to Summertime Bruise because he wants a shot at the intimidating Beast. Arcadian, who still holds onto a shot at the Golden Triangle Championship, believes that besting the Beast would be a feather in his cap. Meanwhile, the Beast is just on a tear. Arcadian is pound-for-pound one of the strongest members of the KSWA. He will need it to take on the Beast, who is widely considered the KSWA's strongest Megastar.
Summertime Bruise is this Saturday, July 24, at the home of professional wrestling Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville Moose. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Card is subject to change.