September 2, 2010
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
Every so often the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance hosts a fundraiser that is near-and-dear to our hearts. Last November, more than 400 packed a North Hills gymnasium in the “Drop Kick Diabetes” event for a local man in need of help. That man's friends collected a world-class Chinese Auction and we were the anchor of an event that raised well over ten thousand dollars for a needy man. On Saturday, we do it all over again.
The “Paul J. Scuillo Memorial Wrestling Event” is a huge part of activities honoring one of three Pittsburgh City Police Officers (Eric Kelly and Stephen Mayhle were the others) who were tragically lost in the line of duty. The buzz around this wrestling event has been amazing and the KSWA is doing all it can to make this an unforgettable evening.
The night opens with a pre-event concert by Country sensation Eddie Matthew. Eddie will perform inside the confines of the KSWA Ring and by all accounts he is an excellent performer. The KSWA is proud to have Eddie Matthew “on the card.”
Next up, the Civil Air Patrol Squad 603 Honor Guard will present the colors for a live performance of the National Anthem by Deven Brunsell, a 10th Ward Lawrenceville lad who is extremely talented. This promises to be a stirring rendition for a special event.
During the Lumberjack Match for the Golden Triangle Championship, “King” Del Douglas is set to take on Justin Sane in a rematch of the Teamster's event a few weeks ago. In that match, Douglas was counted out and retained the title in controversial fashion. This time around, 12 City of Pittsburgh police officers will man the four corners and serve as living, breathing barriers, keeping Douglas in the ring and in Sane's clutches.
It's always a great time when the KSWA welcomes its Hall of Famers back into the fold. In addition to VIP “Advisors” Frank Durso (who is always causing havoc), last year's honoree Demolition Ax and one of this year's inductees (along with Donna Christiantello) Dominic DeNucci will be inside the squared circle. DeNucci will tag with Doink the Clown to take on Lord Zoltan and his formidable tag team partner “Nasty” Nick Crane. That assuredly will be a match for the ages.
Demolition Ax and the KSWA Heavyweight Champion The Latin Assassin team to face members of the VIPs in “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin and “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard. Last October, Demolition—Ax and Smash—defeated Martin and Blanchard for the KSWA Tag Team Championship. Ax is elated to be back to get his hands on the VIPs (and old foe Durso) yet again. Oh yeah, The Latin Assassin, while battling a troublesome ankle, may still be at the top of his game. Eric Crouse, who is promoting this extraordinary event along with the KSWA, has obtained a Manager's License for the evening and will accompany Latin and Ax to the ring. KSWA applied to the Commonwealth for the license after being on the end of brutal beatdowns in recent months. Frank Durso tried to block the license from being approved in Harrisburg, but KSWA fans are everywhere.
A Battle Royal featuring many of the KSWA's other Megastars will also highlight the night. What a crowning achievement for someone to earn a win at this event. Big Mike Malachi, Bobby Badfingers, Ali Kaida, The Great Toyota, “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo and others make up the lineup.
And in another terrific tag team match, Kris Kash and Shane Starr are set to defend against “Canadian Perfection,” “Flawless” JP Goulet and “The Thunder Bay Bomber” Drew Bellanger. Should the Canadian team win, they would become the youngest KSWA Tag Team Champions of all time.
And in the Main Event of the Evening, Pittsburgh's own “Franchise” Shane Douglas is expected to race in and take care of VIP-member Anthony Alexander. The KSWA Krazies are still sore that Double-A turned his back on them to join the elite VIPs. Douglas has been scouting out Alexander and he's looking forward to the match.
While cards are always subject to change, this appears to be quite the event for a wonderful cause. As is the case for all KSWA events, this is a FAMILY-FRIENDLY time in which you can yell, scream and laugh with your kids. And at $10 a tix, it's an affordable time out for the entire crew. In case you don't know, there's plenty of parking across the street and within walking distance of a bus route if you need to go that route.
Make sure you're there early. Doors open at 5:30 for Eddie Matthew at 5:45. Eddie will also perform during intermission. There are affordable drinks, snacks, merchandise, a 50/50 raffle and more.
As always, the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville Moose is at 120 51st in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30. Once you check out the KSWA, you'll want to come back...asap. Everybody does. See you Saturday!