January 11, 2011
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
For years the primary mantra of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance has been “The KSWA is about opportunity.” Never is that more true than the “Battle Bowl” battle royal, this year to be held Saturday, January 15 at the Home of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville Moose.
Every Megastar on the KSWA roster is invited to participate in this unique event, where the last three combatants are guaranteed a title shot for the organization's three primary straps: The KSWA Heavyweight, Golden Triangle and Tag Team Championships.
Oftentimes, a championship opportunity leads to title change following Battle Bowl.
But before that, the current and reigning KSWA Heavyweight Champion, The Latin Assassin, will address the KSWA Krazies. Latin will talk about defending the region's premier title against Ali Kaida at a remarkable FanFest. Before an amazing crowd of 425, Latin held off the rampaging Ali Kaida. He is expected to also talk about who might be next in the KSWA land of opportunity.
Ali Kaida is expected to take on Biker Al (along with Gentleman Joe Perri) later in the evening. This match between rule breakers and brawlers might be a treat for fans. Biker Al, a former and several time Tag Team Champion takes on another former and several time Tag Team Champion. Gentleman Joe, who used to manage Ali Kaida during the International Thugs dominance, assuredly has something up his sleeve.
The new KSWA World Tag Team Champions, VIP founders “The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard and “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin have hand-picked their first challengers: Mike Buda and The Great Toyota. The Great Toyota has (in a way) taken the rookie Mike Buda under his wing the past few months, but it's yet to be seen whether there's chemistry with this unusual team. Buda has some technical savvy and The Great Toyota is all about martial arts, many of which haven't successfully translated to the KSWA. They challenge Blanchard and Martin, the duo who sabotaged Kris Kash and Shane Starr's title reign but luring legendary manager James J. Dillon over to their side. Martin and Blanchard have gone on record as saying that the Tag Team Championship will stay in their possession until they retire.
In more Single's competition, Shane Starr will challenge the brand-new and first-ever KSWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion, “Ice Man” Tony Johnson. Johnson won the new gold during a gauntlet match at FanFest. Shane Starr has never held a Single's Title in the KSWA, but he's been a tag team champ twice. Starr has been working out and losing a great deal of weight to qualify for the Jr. Heavyweight Championship. Both of these competitors and young and the excitement of the new belt will make this match one to remember.
Starr's partner, Kris Kash, gets a shot to regain the Golden Triangle Championship, now held by Anthony Alexander. These one-time friends know each other in-and-out inside the squared circle. Alexander is on top of the world after sending Big Mike Malachi into retirement and unbearable since wrestling “The Franchise” Shane Douglas in September. Kris Kash held the Golden Triangle belt twice in 2009 and would like to have it back. Alexander, also a two-time GT belt holder, is considered by many to be the best Golden Triangle Champion of all time. This match will have it all.
And Battle Bowl 3: All of the KSWA Megastars will enter this battle royal and the last three remaining competitors will get shots at gold. The ultimate winner of the match gets a shot at the KSWA Heavyweight Championship sometime within 2011. The other two runners-up get shots at the other belts.
KSWA Owner Bobby O will be in attendance as well. See the most revolutionary concept in Pittsburgh Pro Wrestling: The Battle Bowl, this Saturday, January 15. Bell time has been pushed back to 8:00 p.m. To accommodate Krazies who are coming from watching the Steelers payoff game. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids. Card is subject to change.