#KSWA200 "King" May Finally Reach The Top Of PA Wrestling Hierarchy By Beating Kash
March 19, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
When observers talk about the longevity of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) and its athletes, they often mention Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin as the most valuable anchors of the federation. Surely, the original and founding VIPs have the most matches since the KSWA’s inception in 2000, but the third most active Megastar in the group’s history may not be who you think.
Technically, a KSWA Original, Justin Sane was not featured on that first event at Peabody High School, but he was in the first match of the second outing. However, Justin Sane is not the third most active wrestler in KSWA history.
Incredibly, that distinction—just barely—goes to “King” Del Douglas. At approximately 190 matches (Sane’s number is about 186), Millvale's finest export is the third most assiduous wrestler in KSWA history. Even though he has been extremely prized to the federation, Del Douglas has only received five World Title shots (against three different title holders) in his prodigious career. (You could probably attribute that lack of perceived ambition to his close ties to the VIP’s. Almost an auxiliary member, Douglas has never challenged Shawn Blanchard during any of his six runs with belt. Douglas actually did lose to Martin when Lou was the champion on September 17, 2005 in Millvale. But that was when Martin was friendly to the fans.
That changes on March 26, when Douglas challenges KSWA World Champion Kris Kash for the most prestigious Single’s Title in the Commonwealth. It should be noted that Kash is next in line for most appearances after Blanchard, Martin, Douglas and Sane.
[While never confused with one of the most technically-savvy wrestlers to don the tights, Del Douglas is always to be considered a threat in the ring. The Single-Threat/Stat Tracker/King is a hard-hitting, resilient, bare-knuckle survivor who clutches, claws, fights and blasts his way to untold victories. Whether in singles competition or tag team extravaganzas, Douglas is a formidable foe. While a multi-time singles champion, “The King” is also a tag team specialist with three tag team title reigns to his resume. Douglas has been tag team champions with Shane O’Shea, Tommy Faime and The Jester. With his non-stop cheerleading (see: “Jester-Style” mantra), it cannot be argued that Douglas is the best apron supporter working anywhere in wrestling today.]
Kash and Douglas first met one-on-one on August 25, 2007. Kash was victorious. To put that in perspective for baseball fan Kash, Matt Morris got his 8th win, Matt Capps his 13th save and Jose Bautista clubbed two home runs in the Pirates’ win over the Houston Astros and lead-off hitter Craig Biggio that same day. The Jim Tracy-led Buccos were 57-71 after that victory. (Houston’s Phil Garner-led squad were 53-73.)
On September 14, 2007, Douglas and then-VIP member Shane Starr defeated Kash and Lou Martin in their first tag-team face-off. The two would face off frequently over the next few months and years, with Douglas gaining a distinct advance in singles matches.
The year 2009 was an interesting and unprecedented one for Kash and The King. On February 21, 2009, then-KSWA Champion Anthony Alexander successfully defended against Kash and Douglas in a Triple Threat match.
The summer of 2009 saw Kash win the Golden Triangle Championship on June 6, and immediately lose it to Douglas on June 27. During the annual visit to Arsenal Park on July 3, Kash regained the Golden Triangle Championship by besting Douglas. Douglas would not reclaim the title in their first rematch; however, Douglas would win the GT title back at FanFest in December.
The twosome would meet in tag and specialty matches a couple of times over the next few years. On October 15, 2011 they would meet again one-on-one for the first time since FanFest 2009. Douglas was triumphant. Kash would win a rematch one month later.
They would face one another in tag matches over the next two years, but they wouldn’t meet in singles competition again until November 11, 2013 in an early round of the Marion Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament. Kash would win that first match as well as the entire tourney.
A year later in the Marion Ferraro Sr. Memorial tournament, Kash would defeat Douglas again.
Now after a storied history, the two Megastars hook up again on Saturday, March 26, at the Joe Abby Memorial Night and KSWA’s 200th event. This historic event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Teamster Temple in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh.