Hall of Fame Continues "Home Grown Class" Adds Multi-Time Champion Bobby Badfingers As 36th Inductee
February 24, 2020
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
On March 24, 2018, Bobby Badfingers, then the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) 5-Star Champion, abruptly announced his immediate retirement from professional wrestling. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and doctors told him that he couldn’t continue. He had to instantly vacate the title.
An emotional Badfingers—then one of KSWA’s most dreaded bad guys—would later say that he was surprised to be inundated by texts, social media messages, emails and telephone calls from supporters and fans just moments after the announcement. He shouldn’t have been startled, as he was flooded with well-wishes from the KSWA Krazies in attendance for that Joe Abby Memorial Tournament during intermission and after the event. It was emotive night as Badfingers’ family, including his wife, Sheri (the two met while both were enlisted in the United States Navy), took in the evening.
It was a sudden closure of a championship-laden career for Badfingers, who made his debut in the KSWA on June 27, 2009 at one of the Obey House events in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood. It was there he defeated “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo.
The Bad To The Bones Badfingers would win most one-on-one contests in those early days, but lose some of the tag team matches. His first regular tag team partner was Biker Al. On July 31, 2010 in his adoptive home town of Mongahela, PA, Badfingers defeated Shawn Blanchard as part of a fundraiser for the area’s football and cheerleader organization. But something more profound occurred. Suddenly, the fans started to cheer The Windy City native Bobby Badfingers.
On Saturday, September 4, 2010 Badfingers won the Officer Paul Sciullo Memorial Battle Royal. By the end of that year, it was Badfingers and then tag team partner Mitch Napier who bested the Blood Beast and Lord Zoltan at FanFest. Being in the fans’ good graces would not last long. Badfingers was back to breaking rules by the advent of 2011.
On May 7, 2011, Badfingers won the KSWA’s Golden Triangle Championship after it was vacated due to Anthony Alexander’s shoulder injury. Badfingers entered into a career-defining feud with Jay Flash. The two would face off in tag team and other matches over the next few months, but their FanFest, 2011 match is still regarded by many fans as one of the best in KSWA history. Flash defeated Badfingers for the title; however, that wouldn’t be the end for Badfingers.
Badfingers would prove to be a good, steady hand for the KSWA Championship Committee over the next few years. He would win and lose, but would always be well-regarded the hunt for gold. He nearly won the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament in 2013, but he was a part of Mayor Mystery’s stable for most of the remainder of his career.
Badfingers won the 5-Star Championship for the very first time on December 7, 2013 at FanFest as part of a Gauntlet Match when he pinned Kris Kash. He’d defeat Kash in a rematch at Jack Massacre by double count out. In May, 2014 Joe Quervo got the duke by disqualification. In a Fatal Four Way at FanFest, The Jester defeated Badfingers and a pair of other Megastars for the victory.
J-Ru became Badfingers’ tag team partner for a while and the two rose up the ranks toward championship gold. They posed a formidable threat to then-champions Jack Massacre and Mike Malachi. In single’s competition, Badfingers’ fortunate sank, but he remained a top competitor wherever he went.
On March 26, 2016, Badfingers, Tommy Faime, Jay Flash and Vinnie Stone defeated Shane Starr, Jack Massacre, Mike Malachi & "Iceman" Tony Johnson to win the Joe Abby Memorial Trophy. It was a return for Stone, who returned to the KSWA right after J-Ru left. Almost immediately, Stone and Badfingers won the KSWA tag team championships from Kris Kash and Shane Starr. The two went on to defeat established veterans like The Jester and Lord Zoltan as well as The Latin Assassin and Jack Massacre.
Stone and Badfingers taunted The Jester so much that the jokester had to find someone to team with at FanFest 2016. The Jester stunned the KSWA Krazies when none other than the iconic Hall of Famer, T-Rantula answered the call. The two would defeat Badfingers and Stone for the tag team titles on Western Pennsylvania wrestling’s grandest stage.
Badfingers would not best Mitch Napier in advances for the Golden Triangle Championship but he would fare better against incomparable veterans like Lord Zoltan and Lucio Deveer as well as upstart Trick McSorley alike. At FanFest 2017, the more “serious” Bob Badfingers defeated Five Star Champion Justin Sane, "Big Country" Matt McGraw, YINZA & "The King" Del Douglas in a Wild Card Scramble Match to win the championship.
The Five Star Championship win ignited a feud with still-newcomer Yinza, the Pittsburgh Luchadore. The two battled over the next few events with Badfingers getting the duke. On March 3, 2018 at the Pioneer Hose Company No 1 and Pittsburgh Spirit 12U Premier Girls Fast Pitch fundraiser, Yinza, Trick McSorley and "Big Country" Matt McGraw defeated Badfingers, Shawn Blanchard and "Dr. Devastation" Lou Martin. It would be Badfingers’ last hurrah in the squared circle.
Since his retirement Badfingers has served as an Ambassador for the KSWA, attending events and representing Pittsburgh’s official professional wrestling organization and has served as represented the KSWA Kommissioner’s office in Gentleman Joe Perri’s stead.
Joined in the crowd by his family, Badfingers was surprised to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by KSWA owner Bobby O during the organization’s 20th anniversary event on February 22. The date was also Badfingers' 48th birthday. Joined by KSWA veteran “Big” Mike Malachi, Badfingers becomes Pittsburgh professional wrestling’s 36th member of Independent professional wrestling’s longest-running Hall of Fame.