"Gold And Glory" Are In Focus For Mitch Napier As "The Best Around" Looks To "FlashFest" For Championship Redemption
November 11, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
When Jay Flash picked up the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Championship title, Referee David Fedor stepped in. Fedor wrestled the most prestigious title in the Commonwealth away from Flash and turned to put it back on the time keeper’s table. When that happened, Flash revealed his true, intended weapon, a familiar inanimate object: a steel pipe.
For the better part of a year, the rod has been a constant companion to Flash and/or his personal protector and exponent, KSWA Owner Tommy Faime. With the Head Referee’s head turned, Flash slices the pipe through the Saturday evening air and directly into the rushing skull of Kris Kash. The current KSWA Heavyweight Champion blisters his immediate predecessor and he goes down to the Lawrenceville mat. Flash makes the cover, Fedor turns around none-the-wiser, and the pin in made in 13:31. Jay Flash retains the KSWA Championship with a conk. Not satisfied with simply pinning Kash, Flash goes on a tirade, punching the former champion.
Then, Flash noticed a red singlet zoom across the black mat. Just as quickly, a long-lost, theme blares from the in-house speakers. Flash is hoisted in the air, poised on shoulders, and then dropped hard onto the construction of mat, thin padding, hardwood and steel. The blur had a single sheet of paper. It was tossed into Flash’s face.
Mitch Napier, clad in All-American colors with stars, accompanied by a blaring “The Best Around,” and armed with a Battle Bowl opportunity at the KSWA Championship, was back.
The Krazies in attendance were shocked, smiled ear-to-ear and roared with applause and in approval. The cool confidence, unbelievable strength and unwavering champion of fairness had returned.
KSWA Champion Jay Flash had defeated giants. He defeated “The Biggest Giant of Them All” in Kash; however, he has not yet faced the hero he most likely thought was long ago lost in the history of Pennsylvania’s most recognized professional promotion.
Once face to face, Napier attacks Flash, hoists him high and hits into a Sioux Falls Slam that echoes throughout the Teamster Temple. Napier climbs the top turnbuckle and lands a headbutt onto Flash. Flash is knocked silly. Napier reaches into his tights and pulls out his World Title Opportunity Contract from Battle Bowl. He waves it in Flash’s face and issues the challenge for the coveted championship at FanFest. He says "only 49 days!" To re-emphasize his point, Napier picks Flash up and drives him down again with a Sioux Falls Slam, and leaves. After that, a dazed Jay Flash makes his way to the locker room. Many of the fans in attendance give the Megastars a standing ovation.
The tension involving the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Championship has never been more severe. It goes without noting that the KSWA title is the belt all independent wrestlers in the Commonwealth clamor to grasp. One 13 different Megastars have held the championship since its inception in 2000. The belt has only changed hands 19 times over a 16-year existence. Shawn Blanchard defined his career as arguably Independent Wrestling’s most decorated champions because of his passion for that 10-pounds of gold, has held it on six different occasions. Lou Martin is the only other wrestler to win it more than once.
To be the KSWA Champion puts any wrestler in rarified air and Flash is the reigning super villain, the toast of Independent wrestling.
Moments after the match, as Kash was getting dressed, Napier approached him with hand extended in friendship. Kash, a true champion in his own right, stood and faced Mitch face-to-face. “I didn’t need your help” said Kash. He said that he, not Napier, was going to face the champion at what Jay has coined “Flash Fest.” Napier said that Kash could have his “vengeance” but he was reaping the opportunity and winning “gold and glory” next month.
Flash was confused, worried and battle worn later in the night. He frantically denied Napier from ever getting an opportunity. “This is the only thing that matters and I am still the champion,” Flash screamed. For the record, Flash remains the title holder and as such has certain sway over some opponents. He cashed in some favors with Tommy Faime in picking an easier opponent for his two successful title defenses since winning against Kash on September 10. Flash has been a fighting champion and somewhat sheltered by being in tag team matches as well. While the KSWA Championship Committee may not always agree with Flash’s actions, they do realize that he is the holder of their most sought-after prize.
Later, Napier would say in a video that he “spent the last year thinking I wasn’t the ‘Best Around’ until I got the KSWA Heavyweight Title around my waist. I now realize I have to be the best around to get that belt.” He then declared that at FanFest on December 3 that Flash had better be ready because he will be bringing his best. Then then stopped, smiled into the camera and tossed a Thumb’s Up.
Earlier that same September evening, Napier, still dressed in jeans and undershirt, beat Tommy Faime in one-on-one competition. In recent weeks, Napier had run the table against the VIPs—Faime, Martin and Blanchard. That trifecta may never have occurred before. It may never happen again; nevertheless, there was no hint whatsoever as to what Napier would do next. Or what he had in his backstage duffle bag, aside from a black hoodie. His familiar theme had hit before, but he simply shrugged it off and even appeared miffed at the tune. He talked to almost no one, including when the former KSWA Ringside host David Fedor tried to get a quote. Napier nearly throttled him.
Napier’s year has been interesting. On January 16, the still-brooding Sioux Falls export outlasted all others to claim the Battle Bowl prize, and ultimately the Heavyweight Championship title opportunity he cashes in on December 3. Then the 5-Star Champion, Napier accepted a Best of Five tournament with Kaida. Kaida had been beaten by Napier that same night, but the Afghani Assault Weapon challenged Napier to the winner-takes-all stipulation, and sacrificing that loss. The tournament proved to be invaluable for both participants.
Almost immediately the two former KSWA Champions formed a competitive kinship of sort. For years, Kaida was Ali Kaida, the brawny, suplexing Mad Man from the Middle East. Then he was the one who turned his back on the VIPs and helped Bobby O win back ownership of the KSWA. The move shocked the wrestling world. Since that time, Kaida beat the dominating Bulldozer for the KSWA Golden Triangle Championship and served as a Good Will Ambassador of Mayhem. His series with Napier was one of the highlights of a great KSWA season. On June 18, Battle Bowl challenger Harley T. Morris inserted himself halfway through the best-of-five finale. That didn’t matter as Kaida took the opportunity to defeat both men. Kaida and Napier concluded their in-ring battles with respect for each other. As luck turned out in the end, Kaida injured his shoulder and had to relinquish the title. If Kaida never laces up the boots again, he will go down as one of the most influential KSWA Megastars of all time.
In recent months, Napier has approached the ring from a standard entrance. When he emerged to defeat Super Ginger for the 5-Star belt on August 22, 205, after a disappearance of 1 year, four months and 25 days by wearing a hoodie and mask, storming from the main entrance. Those in attendance didn’t even know who Ginger was to face. Then, the crowd was stunned to see it was Napier.
Napier won the 5-Star belt just like that, but he was different. Instead of the sunny-dispositioned but tough as nails Napier, Mitch just wanted to fight. No one knew where he was and why he came back so suddenly. Fans everywhere wanted their hero back, but he did not return. Until now.
On Saturday, December 3 at FanFest/Toy Drive 2016, one of the most important matches in KSWA history will be waged. It’s Flash versus Napier for the Keystone Wrestling Alliance Championship. ‘Nuff Said.