Bubba, Scarpone And VIPs Defend, Imperial's McGraw Looks For Gold, Beastman, Hunt And More Angle For Competition
August 13, 2019
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) returns to MJ's Steel City Saloon on Saturday, August 17 for another evening of outstanding professional wrestling action. In addition to the already-announced Special Attraction Match featuring Ray Lyn and Zoey Skye, the KSWA Championship Committee has arranged a night of incredible opportunities.
The Golden Triangle Champion Bubba the Bulldog puts the city's most treasured title on the line against the formidable challenge of Yinza, the Pittsburgh Luchadore. Bubba has proven himself in recent months to not only be arguably the best KSWA 5-Star Champion in the title's history, but now he's upped his game to the Golden Triangle Championship. Originally from Pittsburgh's Greenfield neighborhood, Bubba the Bulldog has earned his way into the upper echelon of professional wrestling in the Commonwealth. In unseating three-time former champion Anthony Alexander, Mayor Mystery's hot property is poised to ride the second-half of 2019 as the Commonwealth's second most important strap keeper, behind only his bestie, KSWA Heavyweight Champion Dennis Gregory. But standing in his way is the surging Yinza. A fan favorite through and through, The Pittsburgh Luchadore has become much more than polkas and pierogis. Yinza has added aggression and perseverance to an ever-expanding physical repertoire. Both competitors are very competitive and physical. This promises to be a match fans will not want to miss.
The former Golden Triangle Champion Alexander will once again face Lucio Deveer. The two met in a hard-hitting match earlier this summer and Alexander got the win. Both Megastars are favorites with the fans, and the KSWA Championship Committee has continued to stretch "The Enigma" with matches that increase business. This time, Deveer, who continues to fine-tune and improve, faces Double-A who continues on the road to Golden Triangle redemption.
The VIPs--Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin--who have cemented their position as the Pittsburgh region's top tag team in the past 20 years--are quick to defend their brand-new belts against a talented team in "Big Country" Matt McGraw and the iconic T-Rantula. McGraw looks to impress before his home-town contingent and he thinks he will be able to with his tag team partner T-Rantula. T-Rantula certainly won't mind returning to the top of the KSWA tag team mountain, a position he formerly held with The Jester some time ago. With McGraw and T-Rantula, you have two of the toughest and strongest wrestlers anywhere in the state. The physicality of this matchup will be off the charts.
In another tag team matchup of consequence, the now-former tag team champions are still the Best BROs around. Mitch Napier and BROhemoth will team up against Kris Kash and Shane Starr is a dream contest for fans of tag team wrestling. Four of the KSWA's top athletes will go head-to-head in a match the KSWA Championship Committee will be watching as second-half-of-2019 match making will be assessed. Not only do "The Best BROs" have a rematch clause in their back pocket, a fine showing here would keep them high on the list of competitors regardless of who holds the belts. And the same goes for Kash and Starr, who have an argument to join the VIPs as the finest team to dominate tag team wrestling in Pennsylvania over the past two decades.
The vaunted KSWA 5-Star Championship is on the line in a Fatal Four-Way contest. Worthy and brand-new champion Sly Scarpone defends against "The Rev" Ron Hunt, "The Gavel" David Lawless, and "The West Virginia Hammer" Harley T. Morris in a match that qualifies as a Main Event in nearly any arena. Scarpone, who won the 5-Star belt against Bubba the Bulldog in Brawl Under the Bridge 5, is still riding high from the applause his victory earned. Now comes the hard-part in holding off all of the challengers looking to improve their resumes. Hunt has impressed in his outings with "King" Del Douglas and Lawless remains on the prowl for gold. Then there's former 5-Star Champion Morris, who has held his own in recent years from experienced challengers such as Justin Sane, Mitch Napier and Anthony Alexander. No one is hungrier than Morris to get significant gold back around his waist. Scarpone, who promises to be a fighting champion, has his work cut out for him the first time through the curtain.
The Beastman returns to the KSWA and will take on a challenger near his own enormous size in Officer Dan Murphy. Beastman has looked good in his frequent KSWA returns and Murphy has the need for an upset win of sorts to look good traveling toward a busy few months. Beastman and proven to be an unstoppable force in and out of the squared circle, but if there's anyone that can come close to all of that power, it's Murphy. This will be a crazy, all-out brawl between two of the KSWA's largest and most combative men. It should not be missed.
Two old KSWA warriors meet Saturday night when Justin Sane takes on "King" Del Douglas. In nearly 20 years on the KSWA roster, Justin Sane has not looked better than he does right now, which is saying much for the multi-time champion. In addition, few have had more experience than Douglas. To say that these frequent foes are ready for each other is an understatement. Sane was once part of one of KSWA's most dominate tag teams in Party Gras, and Douglas remains a key player in any team he's in. However, this time its one-on-one competition. The Haddonfield, Illinois native faces off against the King of Millvale in a match that Bloomfield bookies cannot call in 2019.
The KSWA returns to MJ's Steel City Saloon, 682 Cliff Mine Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108 this Saturday night, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. All tickets are $10. For more information, call 412-726-1762. Card is subject to change