Alexander, T-Rantula Face Greatest Foes As Battle Bowl Looms To Set Competitive Clock
January 3, 2018
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
There’s little doubt that the greatest one-on-one feud in Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) history is between two of its most accomplished Megastars: former 6-time KSWA Heavyweight Champion Shawn Blanchard and brand new Golden Triangle Champion Anthony Alexander.
When Alexander shocked the wrestling scene by returning at last year’s Joe Abby Memorial Tournament, Blanchard was none too elated. When Alexander defeated The Enforcer and Jay Flash to earn his first-ever Abby win, Blanchard and the rest of the VIPs took notice.
When Alexander set his sites on the Golden Triangle Championship, “Mr. Tenacity” had the toughest challenge of his reign. Then at FanFest, Alexander achieved the unthinkable—he was once again the Golden Triangle Champion. It’s the third time Alexander has held the city of Pittsburgh’s premier wrestling title, and one that Blanchard has never held.
The history of Shawn Blanchard and Anthony Alexander dates back to July, 2002. The duo teamed up with Billy Rich in a six-man match against Jeff Lockhart, Lou Martin and Tommy Faime. The very first time the two Megastars faced was of a familiar flare. On June 11, 2005 Alexander successfully defended the Golden Triangle Championship. Their second matchup was under the same circumstances a few weeks later and ended with the same conclusion.
Alexander later defeated Blanchard for the richest prize in Pennsylvania professional wrestling on December 1, 2007. The third-ever FanFest Main Event saw then 4-time champion Blanchard lose his longest reign (315 days). Alexander would hold the strap for 588 days (second-only in length to Lou Martin’s 798 days). On July 11, 2009, Blanchard would win his fifth KSWA Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match that also included Kris Kash.
Now comes the next chapter in this rivalry.
Meanwhile, The Jester and T-Rantula face their toughest challenge the thusly-named “Team Don’t Care.” Long-time friends, Dennis Gregory and Bubba the Bulldog, come together once again in hopes of achieving Pittsburgh wrestling immortality. Gregory and Bubba have implanted impressions on their opponents over the past several months.
Reigning two-time KSWA Heavyweight Champion Mitch Napier takes on “King” Del Douglas for the richest prize in the Commonwealth on Saturday. “New Attitude” Bob Badfingers, the brand-new 5-Star Championship, defends against Yinza, the Pittsburgh Luchadore. BROhemoth also takes on the returning Joey Quervo in singles competition.
But all eyes will be on Battle Bowl X, where careers can be defined. The top three finalists earn opportunities for the KSWA’s singles titles. Oftentimes, those who win Battle Bowl punch a ticket for a future shot at the KSWA Heavyweight title, and more often than not, they succeed.
Battle Bowl X is this Saturday, January 6 at Spirit Hall, 242 51st Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. There is a brand-new bell time in 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids. Card is subject to change.