Battle Bowl Eleven: The New Competitive Clock Begins
December 30, 2018
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
For the past decade, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) new competitive year begins with Battle Bowl. Now in its 11th turn, the Over-The-Top-Rope Battle Royal once again give Megastars—new and old—veteran and fresh starter—opportunities at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s most coveted titles.
Three contracts given and one Ultimate Winner will walk out of Spirit Hall with chances at the KSWA’s singles championships. In addition, one Megastar will receive an entry into Brawl Under the Bridge’s Main Event during the summer.
In the past, the contracts have opened doors to championship reigns. Most recently, “The Gavel” David Lawless successfully triggered his shot at the KSWA Heavyweight Champion at one of the most opportune times in history. He won the belt from Mitch Napier. Lawless subsequently lost the title at the main event of FanFest in a Triple Threat Match featuring Napier and Dennis Gregory. As a result, new KSWA Heavyweight Champion Dennis Gregory, who earned that shot at the title by being a thorn in the side of KSWA Owner Bobby O, will defend the championship Saturday night against Lawless.
As for the Battle Bowl, it is the one time a year in which anyone from upstarts to seasoned veterans have equal shots at history. All year long, professional wrestlers from all over have looked for spots in this event. It’s when guys like Dennis Gregory debuted and almost immediately made an impact. How knows who could be revealed at Battle Bowl come Saturday.
The Golden Triangle Championship will be on the line as current titleholder “Double A” Anthony Alexander takes on “The Enigma” Lucio Deveer. While both Megastars are popular with the Krazies, the KSWA Championship Committee isn’t afraid to shake things up with the roster. And while the Krazies don’t often see fan favorites go one-on-one, there isn’t any reason why athletes can’t receive opportunities.
The KSWA’s 5-Star Championship is once again on the line this Saturday. Successful and reigning champion Bubba the Bulldog was issued an “Open Challenge” for the title. Bubba’s manager, Mayor Mystery, isn’t too concerned about potential challengers, and in fact favors the match. The match might feature a friend of Bubba’s, a new breed challenger or a veteran looking to cement his spot. This will be interesting.
The KSWA tag team champions—Kris Kash and Shane Starr—will team up with Yinza, the Pittsburgh Luchadore, to take on all three VIPs—Shawn Blanchard, Lou Martin and Tommy Faime. Kash and Starr vanquished Team 12 Gauge once and for all at FanFest, and Yinza bested Martin in a Strap Match. That doesn’t mean; however, that tempers have lowered when it comes to these six Megastars.
And in one of the biggest one-on-one contests in recent memory, the 7-foot-tall Jack Massacre (with Mayor Mystery) will take on the KSWA Hall of Famer, T-Rantula. Both men had been sidelined for one reason of another in 2018, but that doesn’t mean that anything is settled between the men who were once friends. In the land of fresh starts, Massacre could look to make a point with the entire KSWA locker room that he means business. Or T-Rantula could once again re-iterate that he always means business.
May of your favorite and not-so-favorite KSWA Megastars will be in action Saturday Night as Battle Bowl II is set. Doors open at 6 p.m., bell time is 7 p.m. Tickets for front-row seating is $12. General admission otherwise is $10. Card is subject to change. For more information and reserve seating, call 412-726-1762.