Pittsburgh's "Megastar Of The Decade" Is A Testament To Bombastic Resilience, Grit And Regal Determination
December 29, 2019
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
To be the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Megastar of the Decade is not about overall wins and losses. The Megastar of the Decade might not even have to hold championship titles, even though the KSWA Digest Editorial staff selection, does. In spades.
The KSWA Megastar of the Decade from 2009-2019 has to exhibit grit, determination, a hard work ethic, and leadership skills. Much like respected veteran Joe Abby—who is honored with his own Memorial Tournament in March—the KSWA Megastar of the Decade is a wrestler known for his loyalty, consistency, durability and accountability. His importance to the Independent Wrestling scene in Western Pennsylvania cannot be overstated.
Whether it’s going it alone in an opening event, tagging in a main event, or wrestling somewhere in between, a Megastar of the Decade must be versatile and capable of wrestling green newbies or grizzled veterans, light-heavyweights or iconic giants.
Few Megastars have wrestled in each of the ten years that make up the decade, and fewer have wrestled in nearly—if not every—event.
The professional wrestler chosen as the KSWA Megastar of the Decade is a former two-time Golden Triangle Champion, a former three-time tag team champion (one in the past decade), a former Five-Star Champion, a former Jr. Heavyweight Champion, a former “Mexican” champion, a multi-time Millvale Battle Royal winner, and a winner of the Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament.
The KSWA Editorial Digest staff unanimously-chosen Megastar of the Decade is “The King” Del Douglas.
The competition for this designation was very difficult. Any argument begins with the KSWA Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Blanchard held two of his six championships in this decade, Lou Martin’s second reign was 735 days, and Mitch Napier’s was arguably the most successful in the organization’s history. Independent professional wrestling legends such as T-Rantula and Lord Zoltan have redefined their legacies within the past decade in Pittsburgh. While T-Rantula has really made an impact, his Hall of Fame-recognized stead has not encompassed ten years with the KSWA; whereas, Lord Zoltan began his KSWA career in 2009 and had arguably the most abundant string of victories in his career. Most notably, he and Justin Sane’s “Party Gras” became the most prolific single-reign tag team championship in KSWA history. And with fan voting, Shane Starr’s past 10 years have been highly fruitful.
But few Megastars have had the versatility of the proprietor of a 10-bedroom palatial estate high above Millvale: Del Douglas. In fact, no one has wrestled more matches in the past decade for Pittsburgh’s official and Allegheny County’s most revered professional organization than Del Douglas.
Douglas started the decade with a win over Kris Kash in a lead up to Battle Bowl. He would score victories over the legendary La Lucha, Joey Quervo and others before beating Kris Kash for the Golden Triangle Championship on June 27, 2009 at the Obey House in Pittsburgh’s western neighborhoods. The very next week, Kash won the belt back at the Arsenal Park celebration in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Douglas would stay in contention for the city’s most prestigious title for the rest of the year. A winning streak lead to Douglas regaining the Golden Triangle Championship at FanFest on December 5, 2009 when he defeated Kash again for the strap.
A series of successful defenses included one against Joey Quervo during the KSWA’s 10th anniversary event in February, 2010. Douglas defended on a constant basis until Justin Sane won the title on September 4, 2010 at the KSWA Arena in Lawrenceville during the Officer Paul Sciullo Memorial Wrestling Event’s Lumberjack Match.
Douglas wrestled in a diverse set of matches with wins and losses until he defeated “Iceman” Tony Johnson for what was then the Jr. Heavyweight Championship on September 16, 2011 during Millvale Days. That reign lasted less than 24 hours as Johnson won it back the next day in Millvale.
“The King” continued rivalries with Kris Kash and Lord Zoltan over the next year and a half.
On March 24, 2012 Douglas and The Jester won the tag team trophy for the 5th annual Joe Abby Memorial Tournament against Kris Kash and Jack Massacre.
On April 28, 2012, Bushwhacker Luke, Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane defeated Shawn Blanchard, The Jester and "The King" Del Douglas at the KSWA Arena. On September 15, Douglas won the $1000 Millvale Days Battle Royal.
On December 8, 2012 it was Douglas and his partner The Jester, who stopped the longest-running tag team championship run in KSWA history by besting Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane at FanFest. The duo faced formidable challenges from Jay Flash and Tony Johnson as well as Kris Kash and Shane Starr among others.
They would successfully defend the most coveted tag team championship in the Commonwealth until August 17, 2013 when they lost to Edric Everhart and Tyler Cross. While Douglas wouldn’t taste tag team gold again in the decade, he frequently was in contention with a variety of partners.
Douglas held positions in every important KSWA tournament, from battle royals, Battle Bowls, and Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournaments. At one time or another, Douglas challenged for every championship available during the last decade.
In 2015 he was one of the very few Megastars to hold a victory of the booming Lord Zoltan. However, at FanFest on December 5, 2015 Douglas was on the short end of a “Hair v. Crown” match against the devilish Zoltan.
On March 26, 2016 at the Teamsters Temple at the 9th Annual Joe Abby Memorial Night (#KSWA200), then-KSWA Heavyweight Champion Kris Kash defeated "The King" Del Douglas for the Commonwealth’s richest prize. He followed that with an April, 2016 victory against Lord Zoltan.
On July 23, 2016, Douglas lost a hard-fought battle against the iconic KSWA Hall of Famer T-Rantula. The match began a rivalry that would continue to this writing.
FanFest 2016 saw Douglas and the Mercenaries take on KSWA Owner Bobby O and Party Gras in a “Loser Retires From The KSWA” match. The Megastar pinned in the contest would be forced to retire, and the loser was “Nasty” Nick Crane.
Over the years, Douglas battled against each and ever member of the KSWA roster, even in matches against friends such as Shawn Blanchard. Many of Douglas’ outings were on the losing end, he would defeat top of the line competitors such as Zoltan on March 25, 2017.
Under the Homestead Greys Bridge on July 22, 2017 at Brawl Under the Bridge 3, Douglas defeated KSWA Five Star Champion Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane in a Triple Threat contest to win the title. July 29, 2017 at MJ's Steel City Saloon in Imperial, PA, Justin Sane once again defeated for a belt Douglas, this time for the Five Star Championship against “The King” and Lord Zoltan.
On September 22, 2018 Douglas won a Battle Royal which was part of a Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser at the Kinloch Volunteer Fire Department in Lower Burrell.
On the very next day, September 23, 2018 at Round Corner Cantina’s inaugural outdoor event, Douglas defeated the legendary La Lucha for the KSWA’s Mexican Championship.
Continuing a unique winning streak and in one of the most remarkable evenings of his career, on November 3, 2018 at the Sharpsburg VFD, Douglas entered the 6th Annual Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament. In the semi-finals, Douglas defeated Justin Sane to advance to the finals of the tournament. In the finals, “King” Douglas defeated Shane Starr to with the tournament for the very first time.
In addition to grooming a young Jester, Del Douglas frequently tagged with the VIPs, Canadian Perfection (JP Goulet and Drew Belanger), as well as others. Douglas was teamed with Lord Zoltan in several tag team contests before the legendary grappler called an end to his in-ring career. More recently, Douglas partner with the up-and-coming “Rev” Ron Hunt before that promising young star pulled back on his career.
In 2019, Douglas was one of the few Megastars to wrestle in each of the promotion’s record-breaking 25 events. He would win against familiar foes such as Joey Quervo and The Jester. He and Hunt defeated The Jester and Justin Sane at the Pioneer Hose Company fundraiser in Tarentum.
Douglas entered into a year-long feud with the Pittsburgh Luchadore, Yinza, but also found success in different venues. On June 29, 2019 at Arsenal Park and the 75th Annual Lawrenceville Fireworks Celebration, Douglas came out on top in the inaugural John "Baldy" McGrane Sr. Memorial Battle Royal.
In August, Douglas upended “Big Country” Matt McGraw at Spirit Hall and on September 29, 2019 at All Summr (Uptown), Joey Hornitos defeated "The King" Del Douglas for the KSWA’s Mexican Championship.
Douglas has defeated Justin Sane in recent vintage, but most recently lost to Yinza at KSWA FanFest.
“King” Del Douglas enters 2020 some 18 years after his KSWA debut. In singles or tag team competition, triple threat, fatal four-ways, five-way scrambles, or battle royals, few Megastars have shown the adaptability of Millvale’s Number One export. Along with Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin, no Megastar has competed in more matches in KSWA history, and few have accomplished more.