KSWA At 19: Gregory Faces BROhemoth, Napier & Lawless To See Who Won Battle Bowl, "Rev" Gets Golden Opportunity At Alexander
January 22, 2019
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
Now the longest-running professional wrestling brand in Western Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) has always been a place of opportunity for the Megastars that make up the city of Pittsburgh’s official Professional Wrestling organization. And for the 19th anniversary event, the stakes have never been higher for the most coveted title in the Commonwealth.
Current title holder Dennis Gregory has his hands full with the charging powerhouse that is BROhemoth. More than a year ago, the Bronamaly was in a heated feud with then-KSWA Heavyweight Champion Mitch Napier. Now BROhemoth gets another shot at the Pennsylvania mountaintop as he challenges at Spirit Hall. Gregory is always led by his manager, Mayor Mystery, who has assured all observers that the current KSWA Heavyweight Champion has nothing to worry about. What that means is anyone’s guess, but it will be interesting.
The two most recent KSWA Heavyweight Champions—“The Gavel” David Lawless, Esquire and Mitch Napier—will settle who is next in line for the title. At last month’s Battle Bowl, Lawless and Napier were the last two standing on the apron of the ring before a loud, sold-out crowd. Whose feet touched last when they both fell from the position in a heavy heave may never be determined. That’s why KSWA Owner Bobby O decided to have a one-on-one match to decide who holds the opportunity for the most sought-after championship in the State and beyond. Both Megastars feel slighted as they way they lost the KSWA Championship and are at the top of their games. This will assuredly be a “Match of the Year” candidate before it’s even held.
The Golden Triangle Championship is on the line as the current titleholder, “Double A” Anthony Alexander takes on a unique challenger in the seasoned, yet Pittsburgh fresh “Rev” Ron Hunt. Hunt has successfully wrestled in well-respected regional outlets throughout Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has even been featured on a national level; however, this will be his debut match in the KSWA and it is a big one. The KSWA Championship Committee has thought enough of this talented new Megastar that he has earned an opportunity at the city’s biggest prize right after Battle Bowl. Hunt did take part in Battle Bowl and faired well, just missing out on some of the title opportunities. Hunt should prove a distinct challenge to the veteran Alexander, who has carved out one of the most impressive Golden Triangle runs in the city’s history.
Another Champion who has done his title well is Bubba the Bulldog. Like Gregory, accompanied by Mayor Mystery, Bubba has cast open challenges to anyone in the KSWA locker room. In January, Zak Hunter, formerly of Team 12 Gauge, answered the call and gave Bubba an unorthodox challenge. Hunter, who has excelled as a tag team combatant, provided a different offense to the loud-mouthed Five-Star Champion, but in the end, it was Bubba who had his hand raised into the Lawrenceville sky. Who is set and confident enough to make that march across the Spirit Hall floor and into the Dog Pound?
The KSWA Tag Team Champions—Kris Kash and Shane Starr—take their fine-tuned offense against another team of Pittsburgh lore—VIPs Shawn Blanchard and Tommy Faime. Faime is a former two-time KSWA tag team champion (and none with the VIPs). He was last a tag team champion with a pre-King Del Douglas in 2005. Blanchard is a former three-time KSWA tag team champion (all as a founder of the VIPs). He and Lou Martin were the very first KSWA tag team champions in 2000 and they’ve also won them in 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, Kash and Starr have been tag team champions three time, and Starr was once a VIP with a stake in the belts back in 2009. Any way you look at this showdown, it has historic connotations. All four of these former KSWA Heavyweight Champions are leaders in the tag team division. It is not one to be missed.
A couple of big-time Grudge matches take place as well. When Team 12 Gauge imploded following their final loss to Kash and Starr for the tag team titles, Zak Hunter put a boot to Harley T. Morris’ chin. That act has not been ironed out, but the first chapter of this feud begins Saturday, February 16. Will it be the final chapter? Probably not as these two Megastars have passion and desire inside the squared circle. Their once-flourishing tag team is now a partnership by the wayside.
Another Grudge Match is in the tag team division. One time dominate tag team champions—Big Mike Malachi and the 7-foot-tall Jack Massacre team up once again to face off against one of the only teams that could face them for size—T-Rantula and “Big Country” Matt McGraw. Massacre and Malachi attacked T-Rantula following Jack and T’s one-on-one contest in January. When that double team occurred, “Big Country” arrived to even the odds. Now, the KSWA Championship Committee has directed that these two enormous teams line up.
The Joe Abby Memorial Tournament is in March, and the Megastars are finding their spots for the prestigious event. A Qualifying Match is set for February 16 as “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin, Officer Dan Murphy, Lucio Deveer and The Beastman all enter the fray during the first days of Spring. No one has more experience in the Joe Abby Tournament than Lou Martin, but he certainly has his hands full in this contest with the Enigma Deveer, the rule-bending lawman Officer Dan and the forever unpredictable Beastman.
The King Del Douglas takes on “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo and other Megastars are in action at the KSWA’s 19th anniversary event on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and bell time is at 7:00 p.m. Front row seats are $12, general admission is $10. Spirit Hall is located at 242 51st Street in the city of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Card is subject to change. Call 412-726-1762 for more information or to buy tickets early.