Napier To Take On Veteran Foe, T And Jester Take On Hardest Challenge Yet, Kash Cashes In As KSWA Celebrates 100th Event On 51st Street
August 26, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
Much has been observed about the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) history at the big, brick building in the first block of 51st Street, off of Butler Avenue in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. For more than a decade, the KSWA hosted 99 oftentimes momentous events at was once called the Lawrenceville Moose, and now Spirit Hall. The event has hosted a who’s who of public figures, wrestling personalities and historic matches over those years. Wrestling fans became Krazies in that time, and countless memories have been cemented. There isn’t an independent wrestler anywhere who doesn’t want to compete in front of the Pittsburgh crowd, and the KSWA’s exclusive roster has kept the Krazies coming back in record numbers.
It is time to celebrate 100 events.
Mitch Napier is set to defend the most coveted singles title in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when he takes on one-time, former champion “Big” Mike Malachi. Some Krazies might wonder why Malachi is getting a shot at the KSWA championship, even though he “hasn’t been around much” in recent months. In fact, Malachi has only competed in three matches in 2017, despite the KSWA hosting eight cards. Malachi’s last match was a loss against T-Rantula in the Main Event at the Arsenal Park Independence Day feature on July 2. Well, the KSWA Championship Committee has always recognized Malachi’s part-time schedule and don’t hold it against him. Malachi’s first match was on the KSWA’s second card, on May 20, 2000 at the Bloomfield VFW. Malachi is a former Tri-State Champion, two-time, former Golden Triangle Champion, a former three-time KSWA tag team champion, and a former KSWA Heavyweight Champion. Malachi was the fourth man to ever hold the strap when he defeated Shawn Blanchard on November 9, 2002 at the Bloomfield VFW. Malachi’s tag team run with Jack Massacre is the second-longest and some say second most-successful tenure in KSWA tag team history, behind only Party Gras. It’s that resume that has brought Malachi a title shot on this historic KSWA night.
Meanwhile, Napier has carved out one of the most impressive championship runs in Pittsburgh independent wrestling history. Since winning the KSWA Championship at FanFest last year, Napier has defeated Jay Flash, Bobby Badfingers (twice), Lou Martin, Dennis Gregory, David Lawless, Shawn Blanchard, and BROhemoth (in what KSWA observers are considering a “Match of the Year” candidate).
This showdown promises to be a match worthy of inclusion at the KSWA’s 100th event at “The Arena” at 242 51st Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Once the Lawrenceville Moose, now Spirit Hall, for the Krazies, the building will always be simply known as the “KSWA Arena.”
The KSWA tag team titles are on the line as T-Rantula and The Jester defend against ultimate competitors and challengers The VIP’s—Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin. T-Rantula and The Jester have run roughshod on all of their opponents in 2017, but they also face their most daunting challenge yet from Blanchard and Martin. The team of Blanchard and Martin were the very first KSWA tag team champions and they have won them on two additional occasions in their history. The Jester and T have defeated Spear Asylum, The Big Game Hunters, Party Gras, Dennis Gregory and Jay Flash, as well as Harley T. Morris and Zak Hunter (previously one-half of the Big Game Hunters) in their successful reign. However, most would describe their challenge from the original VIPs to be the most threatening yet. Blanchard and Martin have not failed often in championship chases, and they are preparing for a run into FanFest.
The KSWA Championship Committee has agreed to a Non-Title Match for the Golden Triangle Championship, currently held by Tommy Faime. Since winning the second most prestigious title in the state back in FanFest, Faime has successfully defended against Kris Kash, Ice Machine and Harley T. Morris in a Triple Threat match, and Anthony Alexander on July 2. Faime has participated more often in tag and six-man matches in 2017 than defend the strap. This hasn’t stopped the KSWA Championship Committee from granting a Non-Title definition on this contest. Alexander has been a typical, winning machine since his surprising return at the 10th annual Joe Abby Memorial Tournament back on March 25. Alexander is former two-time Golden Triangle Champion who vacated the title in 2010 due to a shoulder injury. Now he hopes to reclaim that gold. It should be noted that these two Megastars wrestled to a time-limit draw at this very venue on August 9, 2004.
A match of interest on September 9 is between Lord Zoltan and Bobby Badfingers. Zoltan, who had competed throughout the summer for the KSWA 5-Star Championship (and held it for a week), clotheslined Justin Sane following his win at MJ’s Steel City Saloon on July 29. The move would seem to have ended Party Gras (much like it was formed in 2011), but the KSWA Championship Committee has scheduled a match between the dastardly Badfingers (who recently distanced himself from Mayor Mystery) and the (as least one-time) fan favorite in Lord Zoltan. The Krazies will have to show up in September to see how this intriguing match goes down.
Kris Kash has decided to “cash in” his Battle Bowl contract for the KSWA’s 5-Star Championship on September 9. The match was changed from a Fatal Four Way to the more apt, and unpredictable Wild Card match. Current 5-Star Champion Justin Sane will now be challenged by “King” Del Douglas, Harley T. Morris, Shane Starr and now Kash. With all of these Megastars bringing different styles the championship party. This will be a hard-hitting, high-flying affair with technical prowess tossed in.
More matches are to be added with more Megastars.
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) hosts its 100th event at what is now called Spirit Hall, 242 51st Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Bell time is 7:30, tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids. Go to kswa.net or call 412-726-1762 for more information.