Most Unlikely Challenger Surfaces As "Mr. Tenacity" Tommy Faime Challenges Shane Starr For Golden Triangle Championship
November 27, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
Most observers could agree that Tommy Faime has actually earned a legitimate shot at the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance’s (KSWA) Golden Triangle Championship. Since September 27, 2014, "Mr. Tenacity" has launched a post-Hall of Fame “second career” that has seen him chalk up a number of important wins. More importantly, he has looked very impressive doing it, even in business slacks, button up shirt and $145 necktie.
While he hasn’t been a full-time wrestler all of that time, one must remember that the now 49-year-old Faime wrestled three times in 2015 and eight matches in 2016 (seven since July alone), not including Battle Bowl. Prior to the 2014 match, he had one appearance on July 24, 2010 but hadn’t tangled with anyone since August 20, 2005. That’s nine years, one month and eight days, or simpler yet, 3,326 days. Tom Murphy was Mayor of Pittsburgh, Lloyd McClendon managed the Pirates and Brad Eldred played first base. Ben Roethlisberger lead the Steelers to a 17-3 win in the final preseason game of the year against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field. Lou Martin was the KSWA Heavyweight Champion.
It's interesting to note that what was Faime’s last match for nearly five years was the very first for a rookie team of Kris Kash and Shane Starr, known collectively as the “Lost Boyz.” The 18-year-old upstarts defeated “Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard in a Handicap Match on the same night at the KSWA Arena. "Mr. Tenacity" and “Stat Tracker” Del Douglas defeated La Lucha in a Handicap Match for the tag team championship. Faime would retire and relinquish the title.
Faime is a former KSWA Champion, who was the third man to hold the title since the organization was founded in 2000. He held the title from April 28, 2001 to September 21, 2002, and he’s one of the rare Megastars to have won the belt and lost the title to Shawn Blanchard. He held onto the belt for 512 days, a record at the time. In 2013, Faime was the first KSWA Original to be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame.
In 2014 Faime became a Verified Investment Partner (co-owner) of the KSWA when Shawn Blanchard lost his ownership share to Bobby O in an imperative match. Blanchard used a long-lost legal maneuver to hand off his shares to Faime, instead of Bobby O after he lost a match to Kaida.
Since that time, Faime has done everything he could to rejuvenate the VIPs, and help Jay Flash with the opportunities to gain the KSWA World Title. It's been a grand few years for Faime.
Now, Faime believes he has a chance at Golden Triangle Championship, a title he has never held.
Shane Starr defeated Lou Martin for the title on July 23, in a Brawl Under The Bridge match that was showcased on ABC TV. It’s interesting to note that Starr held the championship once before when he defeated Martin for the KSWA Championship at FanFest 2013. Starr relinquished the Golden Triangle Championship so someone else could hold the strap.
Since winning it back in July, Starr has successfully defended against Shawn Blanchard, Mike Malachi, Faime (twice) and Del Douglas (twice). Starr and Faime since set up the match and got the blessing from the KSWA Championship Committee.
Both Megastars are seemingly at the top of their games. Starr has looked impressive in his defenses, while Faime continues to shed weight and look quick, strong and rust-free in the ring. Conversely, he has been distracted by Ice Machine, who he believes is “Ice Man” Tony Johnson. Johnson was fired by Faime in the Spring and Bobby O recently inked the International Megastar to a lucrative contract. Faime has another FanFest match on his mind this year, as his charge, 5-Star Champion Harley T. Morris faces off against Ice Machine in a “Mask versus Ownership” match. If Morris wins, Ice Machine must unmask; however, if Ice Machine is victorious, Faime loses his half of the KSWA.
KSWA FanFest is this Saturday, December 3 at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville. Bell time is 7:30.