Top 10 Moments of 2017: #7--Studio Wrestling's "Fighting Cop From Carnegie" Joins KSWA Hall Of Fame
December 31, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
The 10th annual Joe Abby Memorial Tournament and KSWA Hall of Fame night takes on more grandeur and importance each and every year. The year 2017 was no exception. That was when "The Fighting Cop From Carnegie" was able to take one more bow.
With help from his son also named Frank, Holtz joined a burgeoning Pittsburgh Professional Wrestling Class. As a stalwart fan favorite during the days of Studio Wrestling, Holtz was a real-life police officer for Carnegie Borough. He later served as Police Chief.
For his contributions, Holtz was rewarded with a letter of congratulations from Carnegie Borough and Police Department (read by Councilman Michael Sarsfield), as well as a proclamation letter from Allegheny County Council. Councilman Sam DeMarco read the presentation.
Inspired by Holtz, KSWA Hall of Famer and former police officer "Big Bully" Nick Busick (Class of 2015) inducted the Fighting Cop. Prior to the March 25 event at Spirit Hall, famed wrestling journalist and author Bill Apter was the first announced inductee. KSWA Hall of Famer, Class of 2016, Lanny Frattare was on hand to accept a Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Pie Traynor, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer the famed ad pitchman for Studio Wrestling.
In addition to Apter, Holtz and Traynor, longtime KSWA manager and current Kommissioner "Gentleman" Joe Perri received a surprise induction from KSWA Owner Bobby O. At the conclusion of the evening, the de facto Pittsburgh professional Hall of Fame increased to 27 members.
The night itself was remarkable for a number of reasons. The surprise return of "Double-A" Anthony Alexander to the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament pleased the vast majority of the 450 who packed Spirit Hall.