A Decade In The Park: Megastars Ready For 10th Annual Arsenal Park Showcase
June 28, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
It was a hot, sunny day on July 5, 2008 when the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) debuted its “free to the public” show in the heart of Lawrenceville. The Lawrenceville Fireworks Celebration had been entertaining Pittsburgh-area residents for years; however, this was the first time that the city’s professional wrestling organization came to Arsenal Park.
Seven matches were featured that first day, even then including the most exclusive roster in Independent wrestling. The results were: Alex Arcadian defeated Ric Rumsky in the first-ever match at Arsenal Park. “The King” Del Douglas bested “The Drunken Luchadore” Joey Quervo. Tag Team champions The Blood Beast and The Latin Assassin successfully defended against two of the International Thugs—“Big” Mike Malachi and Zero. Anthony Alexander held off a charge by Shawn Blanchard for the KSWA Heavyweight Championship. Justin Sane beat Biker Al, Kris Kash pinned Shane Starr, and Ali Kaida beat Lou Martin in a Lawrenceville Street fight.
Since that day, the matches and event itself have become more successful.
On July 3, 2009, the event took a particularly interesting turn. Kris Kash beat Del Douglas for the KSWA Golden Triangle Championship. Douglas had defeated Kash on June 27 for the same prize. The two would battle over that belt for the rest of the summer. This event also started Lord Zoltan’s stay in the KSWA. He and Shawn Blanchard took on Anthony Alexander and La Lucha in tag team competition. Alexander and La Lucha defeated Blanchard and Zoltan; however, it marked Lord Zoltan’s debut (he would later be joined by Mayor Mystery) and the start of arguably the most spectacular run of his legendary career.
Exactly one year later, the KSWA returned with Ali Kaida winning a battle royal, Del Douglas retaining the Golden Triangle Championship, Justin Sane defeated Drew Bellanger in a USA v. Canada Flag Match, Kris Kash and Shane Starr held off the VIPs in a tag team defense, and The Latin Assassin bested Ali Kaida in a match for the Commonwealth’s most coveted Single’s Title.
The next year featured another milestone, especially for Lord Zoltan. He and Justin Sane, who formed a friendship just prior to their July 2, 2011 appearance, defeated the VIPs for the KSWA Tag Team Championship. It was also the first Arsenal Park singles match for The Jester, Jay Flash and “Ice Man” Tony Johnson. For the second year in a row, The Latin Assassin defeated Ali Kaida in the Main Event, this time a Flag Match.
On June 30, 2012, “Nasty” Nick Crane made his Arsenal Park debut in a losing tag team effort. He and The Jester could not up-end Party Gras for the KSWA Tag Team belts. In the Main Event, KSWA Heavyweight Champion Lou Martin held off a challenge by Mitch Napier. The Arsenal Park stop was on the KSWA’s then-unprecedented “Summer Sizzler” tour. The organization had a packed scheduled throughout the season.
On July 6, 2013, Martin once again successfully defended against Napier. Justin Sane, Lord Zoltan and The Blood Beast defeated Bobby Badfingers, Crane and an Arsenal Park-debuting Sniper in the Main Event. Five Star Champion Kris Kash bested The Jester and Golden Triangle titleholder Shane Starr successfully defended at Del Douglas.
On July 5, 2014, Party Gras and Jack Massacre defeated the Mercenaries and J-Ru. KSWA Champion Shane Starr successfully defended against Lou Martin (who usually held the title in those recent years), Shawn Blanchard bested “Mr. Puniverse” Bob Atlas, Kaida defeated “The King,” and Kris Kash won over Tyler Cross, who had since ditched his Drew Bellanger moniker and faux Canadian heritage.
On June 27, 2015, KSWA Champion Shawn Blanchard, owner of 6 title reigns, defeated challenger Kris Kash. Justin Sane defeated Del Douglas, Jay Flash and an Arsenal Park-debuting Harley T. Morris in a Fatal Four Way match. Lou Martin, then the Golden Triangle Champion, defeated Kaida in a title defense and Big Mike Malachi bested Bobby Badfingers. That event capped a whirlwind for the KSWA, as it boasted five events in June alone that year.
On July 2, 2016, Golden Triangle Champion Lou Martin, then kicking off his successful “Face of Pittsburgh” campaign, defeated Shane Starr in a title defense. That would be the only title defense on that card, which also saw Lord Zoltan defeat Shawn Blanchard; The Jester beat old tag team partner Del Douglas; Napier beat an Arsenal Park debuting Tommy Faime (the Hall of Famer had retired before the KSWA struck up a relationship with the Lawrenceville park organizers), and Jay Flash was in the full throws of his “Giant Slayer” march to the KSWA Championship. Last year, he defeated Mike Malachi.
On Saturday, July 1, 2017 the KSWA returns to Arsenal Park with a card free for Independence Day celebrants. As always, Furries (who are in town for their annual convention) are more than welcome to attend. The card has not yet been set; however, if the past is any indication, the day will be exciting for all. Bell time is 4 p.m.