After Impressing At Battle Bowl, "The One" Brings His Competitive "Strong Style" To Pittsburgh And Spirit Lounge
February 13, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
When the doors opened at Spirit Lounge in Lawrenceville on Saturday, January 14, 2017, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) ushered in a new era. Pittsburgh’s professional wrestling organization had returned “home” to the former Moose Lodge, where more than 90 events took place over a decade.
A new era also means new faces, new talents and new competition.
In addition to long-time veteran Dennis Gregory, a number of others made their debut in front of a capacity crowd. Arguably the most unique addition was MV Young.
“The One,” MV Young has wrestled in a number of regional groups over the past four years. In fact, this time last year he was gearing up for a three-week, 9-city tour of Europe for an “International Contest” hosted by LDN Wrestling. (Editor's fun facts: MV remains on the roster page to this day, and the acronym LDN apparently doesn’t stand for anything). LDN is one of Europe’s premier professional wrestling companies.
“I toured last year and have another venture there forthcoming,” he said recently via email.
But for the 198-pound athlete originally from Lower Burrell and now residing in Lawrenceville, Young is ready to make a statement in his home town.
“I am extremely dedicated, passionate and driven,” he continued. Young utilities a Japanese-inspired “strong style” inside the squared circle. Puroresu is the Japanese term for strong style, which emphasizes hard, full-body strikes, and in Young’s case…suplexes.
Young has taken his craft seriously. He trained in Orlando under Scott Hall and Pittsburgh’s own Larry Zbyszko, as well as current cruiserweight Lince Dorado. The 22-year-old has traveled extensively up and down the east coast. He trains at a local, Lawrenceville gym and jumped at the chance to compete in the KSWA during Battle Bowl. There the competitive clock resets, and Young was prepared to make an impact.
“I moved back to Pittsburgh because I wanted to prove myself where I grew up,” he said.
During battle Bowl, Young was sandwiched in the Battle Royal between KSWA stalwarts Lou Martin and Del Douglas. Once inside, Young was treated to a series of overhand chops by the legendary KSWA Hall of Famer T-Rantula. The heavy sternum shots had to be a stern realization for Young.
“The One” held on throughout the second-half of Battle Bowl. Showing no fear or intimidation, Young got into a toe-to-toe brawl with former KSWA Champion Jay Flash. The two similar-sized, athletic Megastars traded blows, and in a shocking turn of events, Young landed a super-kick and was successful in tossing Flash over the top rope and onto the Spirit Lounge floor. MV Young had made an impression.
Out of 30 participants and in his first Pittsburgh appearance, Young made it to the Final 6. Right after eliminating Flash, “The One” was eliminated by “Big” Mike Malachi.
Enthralled by Young’s initial showing and his potential, the KSWA Championship Committee has locked Young up for February 18 for a return to Spirit Lounge. In what promising to be a hard-hitting and exciting match, Young is set to take on long-time veteran Dennis Gregory. Gregory, who also debuted in the KSWA at Battle Bowl, is eager to climb the competitive ladder of Pittsburgh’s KSWA. Both wrestlers had strong showings at Battle Bowl and this showdown of talent is the logical next step.
The KSWA 17th anniversary event is Saturday, February 18 at the KSWA Arena 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, $8 for kids. For more information, call 412-726-1762. Card is subject to change.