The Most Exclusive Roster In Independent Wrestling Welcomes Several Newcomers To PGH
May 22, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) features the most exclusive roster of wrestling talent, perhaps anywhere in Independent wrestling. For more than 17 years, the KSWA has utilized athletes who would become “Megastars” above all else.
On that first event on February 18, 2000 at Peabody High School, current Megastars J-Ru, Lou Martin and Shawn Blanchard were on that card. Current Golden Triangle Champion Tommy Faime defeated La Lucha, who still makes an occasional appearance in Pittsburgh, aside from defending the Mexican Championship all throughout his native homeland. Current Five-Star Champion Justin Sane, Mike Malachi and the recently-retired “Nasty” Nick Crane wrestled at the Bloomfield VFW the next month.
Since that time, the KSWA has hosted 218 more events. Megastars such as Blanchard, Martin, Sane, Del Douglas, Kris Kash and Shane Starr have lead the way with in-ring appearances. It should come as no surprise that each of those Megastars have amassed the most wins/losses and title reigns. Blanchard is arguably the most decorated champion in history of Independent wrestling, and Martin is among the most important figures to don tights in the Commonwealth.
In the KSWA’s recent history, (since about 2010), the landscape has changed somewhat. It was that year in which a group of wrestlers debuted, including The Jester, Jay Flash, Tony Johnson, J.P. Goulet and Drew Bellanger. All would become champions in the KSWA, and some would move on to regional promotions. Jester and Flash became multiple time champions since their humble beginnings, and Tony Johnson hopes to some day advance from his current “agent” role after being fired last year.
Even before then, the legendary Lord Zoltan and Mayor of Parts Unknown, Mayor Mystery, joined the ranks and became major impact players in Pittsburgh wrestling. Mayor Mystery has become the most successful manager of Pittsburgh wrestling talent in decades. Other veterans such as Crane (who returned after those early days) and his tag team partner Sniper came aboard. The imposing T-Rantula also jumped on his Harley and found his way to the most important professional wrestling organization in the Keystone State. All have had success since planting roots in Pittsburgh professional wrestling, and T-Rantula rode his way into ABC News at Brawl Under The Bridge.
More recently, veterans like Bobby Badfingers and Jack Massacre have found significant roles in the KSWA, as well as titles runs. Even more recently, Dennis Gregory—one of Western Pennsylvania’s most celebrated athletes—has joined the KSWA fold. Heck, even “Double A” Anthony Alexander—one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of the KSWA—re-emerged earlier this year to much success and aplomb.
Over the past 17 years, each and every wrestling talent in Western Pennsylvania (and oftentimes beyond) have contacted the KSWA because they want to wrestle in front of the Krazies. Usually, because talent and competition are so high in the KSWA, very few additions have been accepted. Opportunities have always abounded, but selective to most. Wrestlers like Harley T. Morris (and “Starmaker” David Marbell), who applied his early trade at small Western PA training ground, has improved greatly from those early days and now regularly competes for penultimate championships. A former Five-Star Champion, Morris finds himself in contention for the KSWA’s top championships.
Then this year, with injuries, retirements, and changes in competitive attitude, a whole new crop of hungry talent has found their way with KSWA Championship Committee favor. At Battle Bowl in January, Gino Slice, Zac Hunter and up-and-coming star MV Young all participated. Both Gregory and Young fared very well and raised their status with the Committee. Young has faced Gregory and Flash in recent months, all to the great excited of many of his Lawrenceville fans.
In recent months, BROhemoth has joined Hunter (collectively known as the Big Game Hunters) and had a fortuitous opportunity at the KSWA tag team championship. Had they upset The Jester and T-Rantula, the bookies in Bloomfield would still be talking.
On May 13, the latest additions to the KSWA fold are Remy Levay and Lucio Deveer. They were the opponents chosen by KSWA Owner Bobby O for Bobby Badfingers and J-Ru. The “Mossburg Militia” had issued an open challenge to any team, and the debuting Levay and Deveer made their entrance. In fact, the team of Levay (who has teamed with The Jester away from Pittsburgh) and Deveer (who has been wrestling all over Western PA for years), got the win over the veterans J-Ru and Badfingers.
The KSWA Championship Committee, Owner Bobby O and Kommissioner and KSWA Hall of Famer “Gentleman” Joe Perri have their hands full in a completely different regard. The roster is diverse with veterans and young Megastars alike. There are hard-hitting giants, strong style devotees, technical experts, physiological specialists and virtually everything between. Filling roster spots and opportunities will be a challenge for those in charge.
The future of wrestling in Pittsburgh is in good hands, and the Krazies are on the edge of their collective seats waiting to see who walks through the curtain next.