After 16 Years, Faime Defiantly Looks To Regain The Top Spot In Pennsylvania Pro Wrestling
June 12, 2018
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
The reign of Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Heavyweight Champion Mitch Napier is arguably the most-impressive in current independent wrestling. On June 23, 2018, Napier will have held the Commonwealth’s most important singles title for 568 days, the fourth-longest in KSWA history.
No one is watching that ascent closer than “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime. An original VIP, Faime holds the now fifth-longest reign in the promotion’s 18-year existence at 511 days (April 28, 2001 to September 21, 2002). That tenure landed Faime into the KSWA Hall of Fame. Napier recently passed that mark and Anthony Alexander’s 588-day reign is conceivably in the forefront. [Editor’s note: never mind the fact that “The Face of Pittsburgh, Lou Martin” holds the KSWA’s two longest endurance records. His two title runs lasted 798 and 735 days respectively.]
Now thanks to bargaining with the KSWA Championship Committee, Faime will have an opportunity to up-end Napier on June 23.
Faime recently recorded a promo in which he appeared angry at the match. He called out KSWA Owner Bobby O, Kommissioner Joe Perri and the entire KSWA Championship Committee, yet it appears that his legal team might have made the match possible.
Faime is in the best shape of his career and he feels that he has something to prove, VIP and all.
It’s interesting that Faime was able to land the challenge as he was just recently cleared for action after suffering a shoulder injury at last December’s FanFest. The injury, Faime says, is the only reason why he lost the Golden Triangle Championship to Double-A Anthony Alexander at the biggest Independent wrestling stage of them all: FanFest.
Faime returned to action last month along with Martin at Spirit Lounge and defeated Yinza and Trick McSorley in a two-out-of-three count contest. The shoulder improved, and Faime continues to work his way back to 100%.
Enter this match with Napier. Mitch has been on a roll since winning the belt and has taken on all comers. The two veterans know each other well, and few Megastars have entered the squared circle more prepared than Faime.
If Napier is able to retain, he will almost assuredly become the third-longest champion in KSWA history. If Faime prevails, his will be one of the most remarkable comeback stories in Pittsburgh professional wrestling history. Faime’s climb to holding the Golden Triangle Championship was notable enough, without the prospect of winning the title for a second time. Faime did come close to defeating Napier in his return match in 2016. The Hall of Famer had been away from single’s competition for 8-years. If Faime wins, his reigns would come more than 16-years apart.