#FanFest15: VIPs Plan To Dishearten Best Bros Around One More Time
November 30, 2019
by Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
For most of two decades, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) tag team division has been one of its strongest. The tag team titles have switched hands 43 times, more than any other since 2000, including five in 2019 alone.
Coming into the year, Kris Kash and Shane Starr held the straps having defeated Bubba the Bulldog and Dennis Gregory for the Commonwealth’s most coveted tag team titles. On February 16, the VIP combination of Shawn Blanchard and Tommy Faime returned to the top of the heap. In May, the newly-minted Best Bros Around—Mitch Napier and BROhemoth—scored the championship for the first time.
It looked as if Napier and BROhemoth were going to have a serious run with the titles, but after Faime retired, Blanchard and Martin reclaimed the most successful version of the VIPs. They defeated the Best Bros on August 10 and became five-time champions (astute observers know that Blanchard and Faime held the belts, as did Martin and Shane Starr for a short time a decade ago). Two weeks later, Napier and BROhemoth reclaimed their winnings in the Brawl in the Borough II Main Event Ambulance Match in Verona. The very next week, Martin and Blanchard once again won the straps at Spirit Hall, and extended their record-breaking reign as six-time champions.
Since then both teams have remained sharp. Blanchard and Martin, who infamously didn’t defend their pre-2019 tag team championships often or successfully, bested Yinza and “Big Country” Matt McGraw, Kash and Starr in Millvale, Shane Starr and Anthony Alexander on a Sunday afternoon for All Summr in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, the Best Bros in Imperial, Justin Sane and Anthony Alexander in Sheraden, Joey Quervo and Yinza in Sharpsburg, as well as Yinza and McGraw again, this time in Brackenridge.
Napier and BROhemoth have defeated “The Gavel” David Lawless and Officer Dan Murphy in Millvale, “King” Del Douglas and Joey Quervo at Spirit, Zak Hunter and Lucio Deveer in Sharpsburg, and Deveer alongside Malaki Gage in Brackenridge. Napier also had a couple of less-than-fruitful challenges to Dennis Gregory and the KSWA Heavyweight Championship. The Best Bros did team with Starr and Alexander in an impromptu eight-man victory in New Kensington against the VIPs, Del Douglas and Harley T. Morris.
Now KSWA Owner Bobby O and the Championship Committee have declared that the VIPs will defend against the clear #1 Contenders, The Best Bros Around at KSWA FanFest. “The two best tag teams in the entire state of Pennsylvania will battle at its biggest stage, FanFest,” said Bobby O recently.
The 15th KSWA FanFest/Toy Drive is Saturday, December 7 at Spirit Hall in the Lawrenceville neighborhood 242 51st Street, in the city of Pittsburgh, 15201. All front row tickets are sold out. Remaining general admission tickets are $10. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with bell time at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 412-726-1762. Card is subject to change.