Pomp, Circumstance, Toy Drive And Lanny Frattare Highlight 5th KSWA FanFest
December 3, 2010
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
In 2010 the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance has celebrated its 10th anniversary. On March 29, KSWA Owner Bobby O lead a contingent of Megastars to Pittsburgh City Council to accept a Proclamation of historic significance. Two days earlier, Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto stepped into the squared circle and proclaimed March 27th Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Day in the city of Pittsburgh. It was a grand few days for the organization.
It was a culmination of a decade's worth of hard work, providing a family-friendly brand of professional wrestling that has created untold thousands of Krazies in and around Pittsburgh.
For the past five years the KSWA has considered its December showcase—FanFest--its pinnacle of panache. In addition to providing the best card available, the KSWA honors its fans with a gigantic Chinese Auction of items that is second-to-none for any promotion.
The KSWA has actually reduced ticket prices for FanFest and asked its fan base to make up the difference by providing a new, un-wrapped toy for the Toy Drive, sponsored by the Holiday Project, a program of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Family (CYF). In the years that the KSWA has spearheaded its Toy Drive, more than 1,500 toys have been donated to area youth.
For the past two years, FanFest has also been a time for the Krazies to see wrestling legends up close. In 2008, Brownsville, PA native Demolition Ax debuted in the KSWA. Last year, Studio Wrestling staple Dominic DeNucci wrestled in a highly-anticipated match. Both men have been inducted into the KSWA Hall of Fame.
This year, wrestling and managerial legend James J. Dillon, leader of the Four Horsemen, will be at FanFest to accompany the KSWA Tag Team Champions—Kris Kash and Shane Starr—to the ring in a title defense against the VIPs—”Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin and “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard—with their Advisor, KSWA Hall of Famer Frank Durso.
There's also other ways in which the KSWA fans enjoy FanFest. In several past years, loyal fans have been plucked from the crowd to serve as Special Guest Ring Announcer for a match. Most notably, two fans named Wild Bill and Mark (who had produced an Internet television show chronicling the KSWA) were selected.
Last year, however, the KSWA asked Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto and he introduced the combatants of the Lord Zoltan v. Justin Sane match. An excited Peduto promised to return, and he did, a few months later with the city's proclamation.
This year the bar has been raised with another local celebrity. Former Pittsburgh Pirate broadcaster Lanny Frattare—who at 33 years was the longest-running voice in the Major League Baseball team's history—has agreed to step inside the ring. Frattare was best known passion for the game as well as historic catch-phrases like “There's No Doubt About It.”
A tremendous talent and quality individual, Frattare is excited about stepping in front of a live, wonderful audience like the KSWA Krazies.
There are many reasons why the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance has held strong for its first decade, but none no more importance than the fans—the Krazies. And FanFest is a way to celebrate their loyalty and love of the KWSA.
Keystone State Wrestling Alliance's FanFest is Saturday, December 4 at the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville Moose, 120 51st Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $5 each. Card is subject to change.