Bull Rope Match II Between Blanchard & McGraw, Officer Murphy Poses Big Challenge For Alexander
May 8, 2018
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
At Cinco de Mayhem, former 6-time Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Champion Shawn Blanchard faced off against “Big Country” Matt McGraw in the group’s first-ever “Bull Rope Match.” Since the contest ended with Blanchard absconding McGraw’s prized black cowboy hat, the KSWA Championship Committee has deemed a “return” match is necessary. And that means “More Cowbell.”
Blanchard and McGraw have battled frequently since the big man from Imperial, PA joined the ranks of Pittsburgh’s only professional wrestling organization. The Bullrope match, part deux, takes place at MJ’s Saloon, not far from McGraw’s stomping grounds. McGraw hopes to get a decisive win and perhaps regain his favorite hat.
KSWA Champion Mitch Napier continues to face unique competition, including last Saturday’s “Five Way Scramble” that also featured “Flyin’” Ryan Burke, Zak Hunter, Lucio Deveer and Sly Scarpone. The contest featured challengers Napier hadn’t faced before, but the reigning, two-champion held on. This Saturday he will face the winner of an over-the-top-rope battle royal. His challenger could be someone he has faced frequently, not at all or somewhere in between.
“Team Don’t Care” showed that they lived up to their name Saturday night, dispatching of three other times—the reunited Mike Malachi and Jack Massacre, T-Rantula and The Jester, as well as the #1 Contenders for tag team gold, Kris Kash and Shane Starr. This time, the Lost Boyz lace up their wrestling boots to challenge for the championships team-versus-team. And while Mayor Mystery always has Bubba the Bulldog and Dennis Gregory ready for anything, KSWA Owner Bobby O continues to guide Kash and Starr into a positive direction. The always physical Gregory and Bubba have their hands full with the former two-time tag team champions.
Current Golden Triangle Champion “Double A” Anthony Alexander had a very hard-fought battle against Harley T. Morris (with the perpetually-interfering David Marbell) in a Table’s Match. Now, he has his first challenge from “Officer” Dan Murphy. One-half of “Lawless and Order,” Murphy has looked good in matches against KSWA Champion Mitch Napier, as well as BROhemoth. The KSWA Championship Committee, which is all about opportunity, is giving Murphy a shot against one of the most successful champions in Pittsburgh indy wrestling history in Alexander. This really is a battle of the big men. Double A is 6’5,” while Murphy perhaps even a little taller. Murphy weighs in at 303, while Alexander continues to marvel at 245. This promises to be a keen contest between two big Megastars.
The Jester defends the 5-Star Championship against “Flyin’” Ryan Burke. Burke earned a challenge at January’s Battle Bowl. He cashed in that chance last month when then-champion Bobby Badfingers abruptly announced his retirement. The Jester and Burke battled for the vacant 5-Star Championship with The veteran Jester winning out. Well, the KSWA Championship Committee liked Burke so much that they issued a rematch. Both young Megastars can fly, and with the outdoor atmosphere at MJ’s, the Krazies can expect to see some top-rope action.
A six-man tag team match with T-Rantula, Yinza and Justin Sane taking on Lord Zoltan, “King” Del Douglas and Jack Massacre. There is no love lost between T-Rantula and Massacre. The same can be said of Zoltan and Sane, who battled over the 5-Star Championship the last time they were at MJ’s. Add to that Yinza’s continued efforts to be recognized by the KSWA Championship Committee and desire for championship gold, as well as Douglas’ complete disregard for any of that particular pomp. Interestingly, Douglas is only absorbed with providing his opponents with as much misery as possible.
The KSWA returns to MJ’s Steel City Saloon, 682 Cliff Mine Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108 this Saturday. Bell time is 7:00 p.m. All tickets are $10. Card is subject to change.