Historic Former World Champion Jay Flash Enjoys Being Daddy To "Little Jae", Hopes To Return As A KSWA Super Hero
November 13, 2020
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
In 20 years of Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) action, only 15 men have been the World Champion. From September to December, 2016, Jay Flash was the 13th to hold the most prestigious Championship in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
At the time, the “Giant Slayer,” Flash had defeated Kris Kash, “The Biggest Giant of Them All.” Flash had defeated giants such as “Big” Mike Malachi, Jack Massacre and even T-Rantula on his way to besting Kash.
Flash, who began his professional wrestling ring in the KSWA 10 years ago, was originally a fan favorite. Then he turned on his long-time friend and tag team partner “Ice Man” Tony Johnson. Flash became a super villain and turned up the intensity. It ultimately took a return of heroism for Mitch Napier to defeat the dastardliest KSWA Champion of the time in a match that also saw Kris Kash dive from the balcony of the Teamster Temple.
Flash remained at the top of the KSWA card for the next two years. And then at the conclusion of 2018, the former World Champion was gone. Some of the Krazies still asked about Jay Flash and wore his tee-shirt to events.
So, what happened to Jay Flash? Well, for one, a year ago he became a daddy.
Flash started in the KSWA with Johnson, The Jester, Edric Everhart and Tyler Cross. They were recruited by then-KSWA Megastar “Vicious” Vinnie Stone. Each had great success in the KSWA, and while some have moved on territorially, all have returned to Pittsburgh from time to time. “We all showed such passion for the business and we tagged along and set up rings and tore them down everywhere we went,” he noted. “And we were training for a [just about] a year before we started wrestling.”
“Most people know me from KSWA,” as well as a group in nearby West Virginia, noted Flash in a recent email. He has also wrestled in Cleveland. “I took a gore from Rhino!” Always hungry to advance, Flash has dabbled in other regional promotions and had a number of opportunities with Ring of Honor (ROH) wrestling. “There’s still video of me helping up Cedric Alexander…or getting thrown into a barricade by Tommaso Champa!” He also tried to save Kevin Owens from getting put through a table. “Good times,” he jokes.
Before COVID, Flash had been a regular in West Virginia, and had been helping some of the “younger” talent like Stone had done for him a decade ago.
Now back to the future. Flash is understandably protective of his now one-year-old daughter who he playfully calls “Little Jae Flash.” A doting father, he’s already daydreaming about a day in which “Jae Flash” may show up in a squared circle. “It would be cool having a second generation,” he says with a laugh.
The good news for the “family man” is that is day job has continued to support his fledgling family. Wrestling “has never been about the money for me,” he continues. “I love wrestling, I love being a role model more than anything! I love the crowd the fans and just the whole package of what it means to be a wrestler and somewhat even a local celebrity. The fan mail that you get and the messages people would send you really is amazing! I've had people messaging me about how I've helped them battle through some serious sickness.”
What a minute, the “Super Villain” is espousing issues of virtue in a positive light?
“Some [fans] talk about how I was the first wrestler that got them to love it! It’s always been important to me to be a role model to every fan and also be someone that is willing to help the new wrestlers who come in too!”
He continues, “This should be fun and remain fun, cause if it's not fun anymore you shouldn't be doing it anymore. It's easy to lose your love for this when you feel like you're in it alone...but when you feel like people are genuinely trying to help you be better that’s what makes you keep loving this and want to build the future and do the same to others who come in after you.”
Jay Flash hopes that someday he may return to the KSWA ring and be cheered again.
“I do know anything is possible though but for now I’ve just been focused on staying in good health and making sure friends and family are taken care of during these hard times! I’m blessed that this pandemic hasn't hurt me financially or anything like that. But just like in wrestling I am the type of person that believes IF I CAN HELP THEN I SHOULD BE HELPING.”
“Last time when I was the KSWA Heavy Weight Champion I was considered to be the ‘Super Villain’, but when I come back, I'd like to be a better Champion! The return of the ‘Superhero’ of KSWA! A champion for the people, one that can speak to them and for them. Cause fans aren't just fans to me, they are family! I grew up in the squared circle you know? Nothing feels more like home then being in that ring surrounded by Flash Addicts!”