November 30, 2010
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
The titles date back to May, 2000 and have changed hands 25 times. Some 21 different combinations have celebrated wins as championships (including a brief stint in which Biker Al held the belts himself—before he chose La Lucha as his partner) and two teams (the Prime Time Players—Billy Rich and Double-A Anthony Alexander, as well as the International Thugs—Big Mike Malachi and Ali Kaida) have held control over the titles for more than a year.
Contrast those 21 changes to the 12 the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship has had, and 20 title changes for the Golden Triangle Championship, and you could say that the KSWA Tag Team Championship has been the most competitive division in the organization's first decade.
The first team to hold the titles oddly enough is the VIP's—”Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin and “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard—the same duo that is fighting for the gold at FanFest this Saturday.
The undisputed greatest Tag Team Wrestler in KSWA history is the recently-retired La Lucha. The Mayor of Mexico City has been a champ four times (with Biker Al, Joey Quervo, the long-gone Soul Fighter and Justin Sane). Current Megastars Martin and “Vicious” Vinnie Stone have held the titles three times each (Martin with Blanchard twice and once with Shane Starr—even though the trio did interchange their lineups whenever convenient to them) and Stone has been victorious with Biker Al (who had one time convinced the hoodlum that they were cousins) and at the time, fellow-fan-favorite Ric Rumsky.
The KSWA gold has also drawn the attention of former WWF Tag Team Champions, Ax and Smash, Demolition. With much aplomb, the storied duo stormed their way into the KSWA Arena and decimated Blanchard and Martin in front of a packed house. Demolition's victory in Pittsburgh made international news and sent the VIPs reeling. Sadly, Demolition had to relinquish the titles shortly after winning the gold in October, 2009 because of scheduling conflicts.
Now the 10-lbs of gold once again have caught the eye of a tag team tactician. James J. Dillon, the unquestioned leader of the Four Horsemen (professional wrestling's greatest stable of athletes), has agreed to stand alongside the current title holders, Kris Kash and Shane Starr. The former “Lost Boys” won the titles earlier this year from Stone and Rumsky in what was classified as a battle of fan-friendly Megastars.
Still smarting from the loss the Demolition, Blanchard and Martin have been eager to reclaim the belts. They have wrestled in tag team contests in recent months as a way of fine-tuning their most-experienced of skills. However, current KSWA Heavyweight Champion The Latin Assassin and a returning Demolition Ax defeated the VIPs at the Paul Scuillo Wrestling event at the Lawrenceville Moose on September 4.
In recent months Blanchard and Martin have attacked Kash and Starr, but the Advisor to the VIPs Frank Durso has added his punching, gouging and clawing fists into the mix. When James J. Dillon heard of Durso's continued involvement, he decided to step in.
J.J. Dillon has had a long-standing feud with Frank Durso dating back to the days when the men were around the same age as Kash and Starr. They haven't always seen eye-to-eye and in recent years they agree on even less. This, Dillon devised, was a chance to settle the score with Durso, perhaps once and for all.
Kash and Starr are elated to have Dillon in their corner. Dillon has helmed teams that included Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson and Ric Flair, as well as countless-other incarnations of the Four Horsemen. His expertise in tag team wrestling is legendary to say the very least.
For their part, the VIPs are trying to downplay Dillon's participation. They say that Frank Durso has been the leader of virtually every “meaningful” KSWA champion since the Studio Wrestling stalwart returned to the squared circle a few years ago. In and out of the ring, Durso has left his mark (usually thumb prints around a VIP opponent's throat).
Blanchard and Martin agree that it's only a matter of time in which the KSWA Tag Team Championships are once again around their waists for a record-breaking third time (several teams have held the belts twice but no team has held it three times).
Kash and Starr say that their ascent into KSWA lore is only beginning and their partnership (with the help of J.J. Dillon) is a crowning jewel in their success.
The VIPs (with Frank Durso in their corner) face Kash and Starr (with James J. Dillon in their corner) in a Best Two out of Three Falls Match this Saturday, December 4 at the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville Moose (120 51st Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh). All tickets at FanFest are $5 a piece and fans are encouraged to bring a brand new, unwrapped toy to the event, so underprivileged youth may have a happy holiday season. Card is subject to change.