Malachi And Massacre's Friendship Morphs Into Body Slam Challenge At The Biggest Event Of The Year
November 26, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
For some, professional wrestling is an endless chain of technical moves between similar-sized athletes more adapt at trading skillful maneuvers. Long ago, it was brutal, hardcore moves. Since the dawn of time, professional wrestling has been defined by larger-than-life behemoths beating on one another with power incomprehensible to the mortal fan.
Welcome back, Body Slam Match.
Ever since Mike Malachi entered the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) in May 20, 2000 he has been a Megastar to contend with. With President Bill Clinton still in office, Malachi defeated Soul Fighter by D.Q. Also on the card that Saturday night at the Bloomfield VFW, the VIPs wrestled three times, including in the final match, KSWA Champ Skippy Hawke and the "World's Strongest Cop" Bob Thomas.
Malachi had a meteoric rise in those early days, winning more than losing. He defeated Justin Sane for the Golden Triangle Championship on August 26, 2000. He was only the second man to hold what would become the city's most prestigious title. He lost it at the very next event to Sane, less than a month later. He won it again eight years later, on February 23, 2008 when he bested Lou Martin after Mr. 8x10 Michael Cruz vacated the title.
On September 21, 2002 Malachi became just the fourth man to ever become KSWA Champion when he defeated then-two-time title holder Shawn Blanchard and Tommy Faime in a Triple Threat Match. Faime, at 6'4" and 290 lbs. himself, and Malachi, at 6'4" and 293 lbs. were two of the largest wrestlers competing in Western PA at the time. (Only T-Rantula at 6'9" and 363) can be confirmed as a larger athlete performing at the time.) He would hold onto it until January 24, 2004 when Lou Martin won it for the very first time.
On May 17, 2003 Malachi and Faime teamed up and won the KSWA tag team championship, but as luck would have it, lost them to QB Blitzz and Sam Slej the very same night. On September 15, 2006 Malachi and his International Thug cohort Ali Kaida defeated Justin Sane and La Lucha for the belts. They'd hold them for more than a year. This time they'd lose to La Lucha and Joey Quervo.
Massacre began with the KSWA in August 2011. Unlike Malachi who has flipped/flopped from being a fan favorite to villain over his 16 year career, Massacre has been favored by the Krazies. He has had opportunities at the KSWA Championship, especially when Lou Martin held the belt, but Massacre has not yet held the most prestigious championship in the Commonwealth. Instead of holding title upon title, Massacre has supported the little guy, like The Jester. Massacre has backed up Kris Kash on a number of occasions and has never failed to help out a friend.
Never was this more evident than when KSWA Owner Bobby O found himself in a quandary on May 31, 2014. The KSWA tag team champions Tyler Cross and Edric Everhart felt that they had defeated every team worth facing and in an act of confidence, offered an Open Challenge. Bobby O introduced a team that had never teamed: Malachi and Massacre. The duo, which weighed in at more than 660 pounds, defeated System Elite and carried the most coveted tag team titles in the Keystone State. They defended the championships and held the straps for the second-longest amount of time on record, 491 days (70 weeks and one day).
Mike Malachi has the only experience with a Body Slam Match in the KSWA. On May 1, 2010, Malachi defeated the 411-pound Bulldozer in a Body Slam Match. The brash Dozer thought that he was the only big man in the KSWA, but he hadn't thought of Malachi. The Irish Bear hoisted the Bulldozer and won the challenge.
Now Malachi and Massacre have split after a number of acrimonious months. Malachi turned on his now-former partner and have faced off. Recently, Massacre body slammed Malachi after he was pushed by T-Rantula. More recently, Malachi tuned up for the body slam match by body slamming T-Rantula in one of the most impressive feats of strength in KSWA history.
Malachi and Massacre are gearing up for a match that defines professional wrestling, and it goes down this Saturday Night, September 3, at KSWA FanFest/Toy Drive 2016. Bell time is 7:30.