The Biggest Match Of The Year Features Three Megastars In Their Prime For The Most Valued Prize In Pennsylvania
December 1, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
For months, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Champion, Jay Flash, has been calling December 3rd’s event, “Flash Fest.” That’s how close the South Beach Soldier has been.
So far, he has been spot on. He’s been able to hold onto the most prestigious title in the Commonwealth, since defeating Kris Kash on September 10. Flash has bested Justin Sane in title defenses. Flash has been on the losing end of tag team matchups since then, but he was victorious in the vaunted “Flash v. Kash 2” on October 15. Flash remains KSWA Owner Tommy Faime’s “right hand man,” and the pride of his power.
It’s been a hard-fought battle for Flash to hold the most important single’s title in all of Pennsylvania. Since his debut on at the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament on March 10, 2006, Flash has worked very to claw his way to the top. At first, he was a plucky fan favorite. Often paired with “Ice Man” Tony Johnson (the two were great friends), Flash tore up his ankle in another promotion and was gone for a while. When he returned, he blasted his best friend in the chin with a super kick (at a FanFest no less) and he’s never looked back.
Quick, strong, dedicated and determined to do anything to win, Flash has positioned himself for a long title run…
If he is able to get by former champion Kris Kash.
Kash’s decade-long pursuit (he debuted on August 20, 2005 at the KSWA Arena) of the KSWA Championship culminated with him winning the strap for the very first time at last year’s FanFest. To many observers, Kash had countless chances and he just wasn’t able to capitalize for the biggest prize in Pennsylvania. Then he pinned Shawn Blanchard during last year’s inaugural “Championship Cavalcade.” The night was momentous for Kash, as he and lifelong friend Shane Starr had also captured the KSWA tag team titles from the Mercenaries earlier in the evening.
Kash defended both trophies successfully until Spear Asylum toppled the Lost Boyz. Then Kash lost to Flash in a staggering development.
Kash hopes to reclaim the championship on the biggest stage, main-eventing the largest event in Independent Professional Wrestling.
They both have to get by former champion Mitch Napier
Napier’s (he debuted on June 27, 2009 at the Obey House of all places) truncated title reign has been well-documented: he was the unlikely winner of a Fatal Four Way exactly five years ago, this coming Saturday. His reigned was immediately ended by Lou Martin, who suckered everyone by holding onto his Battle Bowl opportunity until the very last minute of the entire year. The brilliant move sent shock waves throughout Independent Professional Wrestling and Pittsburgh itself.
Since that day, Napier has won titles, but for a while even lost himself. Once a true-blue, moral man of action, Napier disappeared from the KSWA. When he returned, he was under a hoodie, decked out in jeans and an unsavory attitude. He was surly and stand-offish. Even after winning Battle Bowl this year, he remained a loner, shadow-boxing in the Teamster Temple parking garage. But somewhere along the line he began to soften just a bit.
Then he on October 15 he beat Shawn Blanchard while wearing a muscle shirt and black sweat shirt early in the evening. When Flash clobbered Kash with a metal rod, the familiar “Best Around” theme song hit and the clean-cut, stars-and-stripes singlet-wearing Napier exploded on the scene. He beat Flash with a couple of Sioux Falls Slams and a head butt from the top rope. Along the way, Napier also tossed his Battle Bowl contract at Flash and officially cashed it in. His challenge was not underhanded, like that of the Megastar who beat him.
Napier followed that up by winning the annual Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament. He dispatched of “King” Del Douglas and frequent foe Harley T. Morris on the same night.
Now Napier, Kash and Flash prepare for what is unquestionably the most important match of their veteran-yet-still youthful careers. Flash is the youngest of the Megastars in the match, at 29 years, one month and 24 days. Kash is just a tad older at 29 years, 11 months and 26 days. Napier is the grizzled veteran, at 32 years, 10 months and 10 days. All of the wrestlers are in their prime.
Whoever comes out on top will be positioned to lead the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance well into the new year, or at least until Battle Bowl, when the competitive clock restarts all over again.
KSWA FanFest/Toy Drive is this Saturday at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville. Card is subject to change.