Industry’s Top Heavyweight Championship Run Endures Summer Heat and Premier Challenges
September 22, 2021
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
It had recently been noted that Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Heavyweight Champion Anthony Alexander had been climbing the ranks of all-time history. This coming Saturday, Alexander will have held the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s most coveted championship for 657 days. Unless something unforeseen occurs, that will stretch seven more days, because for once, he won’t be putting the strap on the line.
As another sweltering Millvale Days came to a conclusion this past weekend, the 6’4,” 250-pound Alexander had once again defeated The Wild Man from West Virginia, The Beastman, in front of hundreds of suburban Pittsburgh wrestling fans. Less than 24 hours prior, Alexander had bested another 350-pound-plus giant in BROhemoth in front of even more Krazies.
In fact, Alexander has defended the KSWA Heavyweight Championship, this his second time, in some of the balmiest weather in recent vintage. All of the 2021 KSWA Summertime events have been in the elements, and Alexander has defended a premier belt arguably more than any wrestler…on the planet.
“I only think it's the right thing to do,” Alexander wrote in an email this week. “If you're the champ then you are the face of that company. You should defend that title every single show.”
The KSWA offers more championship opportunities than most independent promotions, and assuredly more than any television product. Alexander is at the forefront of that and he’s glad for the chance.
“It would have been interesting to see how Double-A’s title run would have played out had there not been a COVID interruption,” noted KSWA Owner Bobby O. “That being said, he has done a tremendous job defending the title against anyone and everyone.
“This year has been anything but routine with our Outdoor Tour, but Double-A has responded to every challenge that we have presented to him,” continued the owner.
Alexander has defended against top-notch opponents. Officer Dan Murphy, another 300-pound-plus contender, has upped his individual game in Main Event matches against Alexander. Long-time foe and crafty veteran “The King” Del Douglas always pushes Alexander to the limit.
On August 21 in Verona, Douglas fell to Alexander. But right after that, the KSWA Champion teamed with Lou Martin and Shane Starr to defeat Douglas, Harley T. Morris & BROHemoth in an Ambulance Match.
And before that, Alexander defeated “The Professional” Harley T. Morris at JB’s Roadside Bar and Grille in the champion’s childhood hometown.
As previously noted, Alexander has also successfully defended against leading challengers such as Dennis Gregory and Bubba the Bulldog.
If the successful defenses are to continue, Alexander will most likely have to face top tests at MJ’s Steel City Saloon in Imperial, Kinloch VFD in Lower Burrell, Pioneer Hose Co. No. 1, and two events, including FanFest, at Three Rivers Harley Davidson in Glenshaw. It’s the busiest schedule in Independent Professional Wrestling.