Veteran's Day: Some Of KSWA's Most Decorated Champions Have Also Served The United States Military
November 12, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
This Veteran’s Day Weekend, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA), Pittsburgh’s professional organization, looks back at some of the Megastars—past and present—who proudly served in the United States Military.
Not all Veterans have served in the past. In fact, current in-ring troublemaker Dennis Gregory still plies his daily trade with the United States Air Force Honor Guard. While Gregory is one of the most versatile, hardest-hitting and physical Megastars of this or any era, away from the squared circle, Gregory is a true-blue American Patriot.
The “Baddest Man in the KSWA,” wasn’t always a Bruiser from The Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. Bobby Badfingers is a U.S. Navy Veteran. As a younger man and before training for professional wrestling, Badfingers served in the Navy (along with his wife, Sheri).
Another Air Force Veteran who currently works for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs is former tag team champion Bosco Baracus. The in-ring fan-favorite turned International Thug (and held tag team gold) before returning to his heroic ways. From 2003-2006, Baracus was one of the KSWA’s most feared in-ring competitors. Unfortunately, injured forced him to step away from the limelight.
The very first 5-Star Champion Johnny Axx was a proud member of the United States Army. An aficionado of hardcore-style wrestling before coming to the Steel City, Axx entered the KSWA at the same time as his longtime friend and sometime foe Jack Massacre. Injuries and other intellectual interests removed Axx after a short, yet memorable two-year career in Pittsburgh professional wrestling.
The late Mike Buda, who had trained in the KSWA, was a member of the U.S. Army who spent time in Baghdad, Iraq. Buda had a couple of matches in the KSWA before passing away suddenly at the age of 32 in 2014. Mike Budziszewski has family and friends who attend KSWA events to this very day.
The KSWA honors all of the men and women who have served, and continue to serve this great country.