At 250th Event, The KSWA Continues Its March In History As Martin Challenges Alexander; Kash And Starr, Bubba All To Defend
September 25, 2018
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) is set to host its 250th event this Saturday at the location where more than any other matches have been held—the KSWA Arena at 242 51st Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Some 110 of the KSWA’s 249 events have been held at the former Moose lodge. Now known as Spirit Hall, the brick building a block off of Butler Street has been Pittsburgh’s mecca for professional wrestling—its home—since 2005.
Now in its 18th year, the KSWA is the longest-tenured professional wrestling brand in Western Pennsylvania and the longest running promotion in the city’s history. And with 24 events scheduled in 2018, the KSWA is the independent industry’s busiest. For the KSWA Megastars, Saturday Night is alright for fighting.
In the Main Event, KSWA Golden Triangle Champion Double-A Anthony Alexander defends against long-time foe “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin. The two have matched up countless times over the years and had even briefly teamed up. With current KSWA Heavyweight Champion “The Gavel” David Lawless on leave for this night, the face-off between Alexander and Martin is a time-tested, old-school throwdown. Alexander and Martin both have storied, multiple championship quality careers and this match will be vintage in violence and execution. Both Megastars are at the top of their respective games and are ready for this prominent showing.
The KSWA’s 5-Star Championship has grown in significance over the years. Since its debut in 2012, the 5-Star Championship has been the organization’s most turbulent title. Some 14 Megastars have held the strap, most recently Bubba the Bulldog. From Justin Sane to the Jester, Lord Zoltan and Mitch Napier, many of the KSWA’s most successful wrestlers have boasted a run with the 5-Star Championship. On Saturday, Bubba will come to the ring with his manager, Mayor Mystery to take on the surging Yinza. The Pittsburgh Luchadore has scored some impressive wins in recent weeks, including this past Saturday and Sunday combo in which he defeated both Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin. The KSWA Championship Committee has seen enough of the scrappy Yinza to get a taste of Bubba’s prized possession. One of the KSWA’s most popular wresters, Yinza knows that he will have all of the Krazies in his corner Saturday night.
The KSWA Tag Team Championship is on the line as Kris Kash and Shane Starr will once again take on Team 12 Gauge. The duo of “The Scum Bag” Zak Hunter and “The Pride of West Virginia” Harley T. Morris have worked hard with attempts to gain the most prestigious tag team titles in the Commonwealth, but have so far fallen short. The KSWA Championship Committee has rewarded Team 12 Gauge with another opportunity on this significant night. The team’s grit and determination should be incentive for all tag teams that are hoping to climb to the next level and challenge for championship gold.
There’s a huge 6-man tag team contest with The Jester, T-Rantula and “Big Country” Matt McGraw facing off against “The King” Del Douglas, Jack Massacre and the returning Jay Flash. The teaming of The Jester and T-Rantula with McGraw is interesting. T and Jester were long-time tag team champions and the iconic big man has taken McGraw under his wing in recent weeks. How that team work will compare against the trio of Massacre, Flash and a rejuvenated Douglas has yet to be determined. On Saturday, Douglas scored a spot in the upcoming 6th annual Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament, and the next day, he upset La Lucha for the Mexican War Streets title. Massacre, who hasn’t seen as much action as other Megastars this busy summer, and Flash—who has seen even less—team with one of the promotion’s rolling athletes. All three are veterans who should be able to figure it all out. Regardless, this matchup will be heavy-hitting.
In another hard-hitting contest, the match between Lucio Deveer and Dennis Gregory will be one that fans of that style will appreciate. Both Megastars are among the most physical on the roster. Gregory can also match technical style with the best of them, so this will be a tough one to call. Perhaps Mayor Mystery, who will be in Gregory’s corner, has a plan. Or course he does.
VIP anchor Shawn Blanchard and Mitch Napier will face off in one-on-one competition for the first time in many months. The two veterans also boast physical and technical styles. What Blanchard does better than anyone currently active is his philosophy and shenanigans that keep audiences, referees and opponents in a constant state of confusion. Blanchard, one of the industry’s most durable and calculating competitors, will need to pull out all the stops when facing Napier. The most former KSWA Heavyweight Champion recently dove from Coast-to-Coast for a drop kick, landed hard on the apron and then crashed in a heap to pavement, came back to nearly defeat the current KSWA Heavyweight Champion. The All-Veteran versus the All-American is always one for the storybooks.
Another of KSWA’s most popular wrestlers is BROhemoth. He will face off in single’s competition against “Mr. Tenacity” Tommy Faime. Since coming out of retirement a few years ago, Faime has steamed ahead at a break neck pace. Then comes the youngster BROhemoth who has grabbed the attention of many a Krazy. This match will be between two big, strong Megastars looking to stay in championship contention.
Sly Scarpone will return to the KSWA as well and will take on veteran Joey Quervo. Scarpone is another athlete who has impressed the KSWA Championship Committee with his overhead press slams, surviving Battle Royals by “skinning the cat” and otherwise keeping in step with the best of the Megastars. He will take on Quervo, who always puts up a good challenge. Quervo, a veteran of much resolve, has a sketchy win-loss record, but that certainly doesn’t keep “The Drunken Luchadore” from battling those like Scarpone who are looking to make a name for themselves on the Keystone State’s most substantial stage.
It all goes down this Saturday, September 29. Bell time is 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids. For more information, call 412-726-1762. Card is subject to change.