Battle Bowl IX Sets Up New Year, Napier Defends Against Flash, Spear Asylum Rematch Signed Against T-Rantula And Jester
January 9, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
A new chapter of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) begins this Saturday when professional wrestling in Pittsburgh comes home, and what better way than to kick start a new year than with Battle Bowl?
The Over-The-Top-Rope extravaganza restarts the competitive clock for the Megastars, who are always angling for opportunities are KSWA gold.
In 2009, Shawn Blanchard was the first to win Battle Bowl. The rules of Battle Bowl have only slightly changed over the years. In 2009, Ali Kaida came in third place and Lou Martin came in second. As per KSWA Owner Bobby O, each of the final three winners won a shot at a KSWA championship. Shawn Blanchard became the Number One contender for the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship, Lou Martin and a partner of his choice will get a shot at the KSWA Tag Team Championship and Ali Kaida will go for the Golden Triangle Championship. All three Megastars can redeem their opportunities anytime in 2009.
In subsequent years, the KSWA’s 5-Star Championship was added and sometimes the tag team opportunities were saved and highlighted in March’s Joe Abby Memorial Night. But key chances for championships arrived through Battle Bowl.
In 2010, Anthony Alexander won Battle Bowl II and secured himself as the #1 contender for the KSWA heavyweight title. Alex Arcadian became the #1 contender for the Golden Triangle & The Blood Beast and a partner of his choice is #1 contender for the Tag Team Titles.
In 2011, Lou Martin won Battle Bowl and held onto his chance at the KSWA Heavyweight belt until the absolute final minute of the calendar year.
In 2012, Kris Kash won Battle Bowl. Some years, winning Battle Bowl lead to an opportunity at the KSWA’s top prize; however, that is not always the case. Sometimes some of the other survivors get that chance and Battle Bowl winners get shots at Golden Triangle, Tag Team or Five-Star championships.
In 2013, Shawn Blanchard became the first two-time Battle Bowl winner when he was victorious in the fifth Battle Bowl.
In 2014, “Big” Mike Malachi shocked the Pittsburgh wrestling world when he made a surprising return to the KSWA and upended all of the competition for this historic win.
Up until this part in KSWA lore, all Battle Bowls had taken place at the KSWA Arena. When the building temporarily shuttered, Pittsburgh wrestling moved just a few blocks away to the beautiful Teamster Temple. The venue quickly became the most attractive in all of Independent Wrestling.
In 2015, Jay Flash became the first wrestler to win those particular bragging rights outside of the longtime home of the KSWA.
In 2016, Mitch Napier won the Battle Bowl event, surviving the largest field (30) of competitors ever.
This year the eagerly-anticipated event returns to the former Lawrenceville Moose, now known as Spirit Lounge. Once again, the KSWA Arena at Spirit Lounge returns. For many fans, the move back “home” has been comforting. The KSWA Championship Committee has been hush-hush about this year’s participants. In year’s past, some athletes from the KSWA’s history books have made stunning returns (see Malachi and even his one-time running partner Shane O’Shea in 2014). In addition, some others have debuted, like in 2016 when Pittsburgh Dad actor Curt Wootton held his own against the likes of T-Rantula and Jack Massacre inside the squared circle.
Wrestlers who make rare appearances like former World Champion La Lucha find their way back to Pittsburgh for this exciting match.
KSWA Owner Bobby O and former owner Tommy Faime have made appearances, as have referees and others. Even for a fleeting moment, all have had a chance to become KSWA Champion. The vast majority…have not.
In addition to the Battle Bowl Main Event, the KSWA Championship is on the line when new titleholder Mitch Napier defends against former champion and KSWA Megastar of the Year, Jay Flash. The KSWA tag team belts are on the line as T-Rantula and The Jester defend their new gold against former champions Bobby Badfingers and Vinnie Stone. Plus, the VIPs Shawn Blanchard, Lou Martin and the brand new Golden Triangle Champion Tommy Faime take on Shane Starr and Party Gras in 6-Man action.
More matches will be announced and all will go down this Saturday at Spirit Lounge, 242 51st Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Card is subject to change. For more information call 412-726-1762 or go to kswa.net.