Resilient Napier To Defend Commonwealth's Most Prestigious Title Against Hard Hitting Veteran Gregory
May 5, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
For many years, every independent professional wrestler plying his trade in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has yearned for the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Heavyweight Title. In its 17 years of existence, only 13 wrestlers have held the KSWA title in the air.
In more than 17 years, the KSWA Heavyweight Championship has only changed hands 19 times after Skippy Hawke was awarded the first title run by the KSWA Championship Committee. Shawn Blanchard has held the title six times, Lou Martin twice and Mitch Napier twice.
Simply put, it is rare when the KSWA Championship changes hands. In 2011, the belt had its most active era—three title changes in that year.
That’s just part of the prestige earned by the KSWA—Pittsburgh’s only professional wrestling organization. As the commonwealth’s only promotion honored by the state, county and county it resides, the KSWA is the most recognized group perhaps anywhere. It’s that recognition, and in-ring competition that guide most Megastars to a shot at the top.
The most recent challenger is a wrestler with quite a pedigree. Dennis Gregory has held titles in just about any kind of federation on the athletic landscape. Gregory has earned championships in small villages, as well as towns throughout Western Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, at Battle Bowl, Gregory stopped out of the curtain for the first time and onto the Pittsburgh stage. Those who know his pedigree were excited.
Perhaps no one approved the KSWA Championship Committee signing more than Mayor Mystery. The most successful manager in KSWA history has not yet led a champion to the most prestigious championship in Pennsylvania. He quickly reached out to Gregory, as the two have known each other for years. Then it became apparent that Mayor Mystery was going to manage Gregory’s parlay into the major league.
On February 18, Gregory defeated MV Young in one-on-one competition. The match between two hard-hitters was a favorite with the Spirit Lodge crowd. The capacity of Krazies have appreciated both Megastars. Now, the KSWA Championship Committee has seen Mayor Mystery’s way and catapulted Gregory to the top of the competitive heap.
Gregory will take on KSWA World Heavyweight Champion Mitch Napier, one of the toughest and most resilient titleholders in the promotion’s 17-year history. Since winning the gold at FanFest in December, Napier has successfully defended against Jay Flash in a match of gladiator-type physicality. The match left Napier battered, bloodied a bruised. However, the display left the fans, and fellow KSWA Megastars assured that Napier was a worthy Heavyweight Champion.
In February Napier successfully defended against another of Mayor Mystery’s men: Bobby Badfingers. In that brutal contest, Napier took on the KSWA’s most revered brawler. And then in March, in a historical battle between the only two “two-time” KSWA Champions, Napier battled “The Face of Pittsburgh” Lou Martin. That match was one of the best showings from both Megastars in recent times. Napier successfully defended.
Now Napier is set to defend against Gregory as part of KSWA’s return to action on Saturday, May 13 at Spirit Lodge in the Lawrenceville neighborhood within the city of Pittsburgh. In other action, MV Young takes on Jay Flash in what promises to be another hard-hitting match. The KSWA Tag Team titles are on the line as T-Rantula and The Jester defend against Lord Zoltan and the new 5-Star Champion Justin Sane. The Golden Triangle Champion Tommy Faime defends against Ice Machine and Harley T. Morris. Other matches are available at kswa.net. Card is subject to change.
However, one thing that will not change is the action in the Heavyweight Title match.