June 2, 2022
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
Simply put, Mayor Mystery is the most successful "Manager of Champions" in Western Pennsylvania's professional wrestling scene. Charasmatic and mysterious, the "Mayor of Parts Unknown" has guided champions, and many of his clients have held every conceivable championship, including the Commonwealth's most prestigious prize, KSWA Heavyweight Championship.
As Mayor Mystery told KSWA Digest last year, the town of Parts Unknown – with its secret location kept secret by its resident and mayor – does indeed have nightly wrestling events, even during the height of COVID-19.
[Mayor Mystery joins James J. Dillon and "Advisor to the VIPs" Frank Durso as the only true managers in the KSWA Hall of Fame. With Mystery and Gregory, there are now 45 members of the KSWA Hall of Fame. The leading independent professional wrestling Hall of Fame in the sport began in 2008 with Joe Abby and Frank Durso. The list--which includes wrestlers and personalities with a true Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania touch--includes Bill Eadie, Dominic DeNucci, Donna Christianello, Bobby "Hurricane" Hunt, Ron Romano, Lord Zoltan, Howard Kernats, Bruno Sammartino, Tommy Faime, George "The Animal" Steele, Bucky Palermo, "Luscious" Johnny Valiant, Chuck Martoni, "Jumpin'" Johnny DeFazio, Bill Cardille, "Big Bully" Nick Busick, James J. Dillon, Lanny Frattare, Eugene Palermo, T-Rantula, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Bill Apter, Pie Traynor, "The Fighting Cop From Carnegie" Frank Holtz, "Gentleman" Joe Perri, Brian Hilldebrand, Angie Minelli, Shawn Patrick, Cody Michaels, Preston Steele, Steve Novak, "Nasty" Nick Crane, Bobby Badfingers, "Big" Mike Malachi, Tom Davenport, La Lucha, Ace Freeman, "The Sicilians", Eddie Faieta, and "Battman" Tony Marino.}
In April, Mayor Mystery officially celebrated his 21st year as a professional wrestling manager in style. In recent months, he has also hosted "The Mayor's Office" an in-ring interview segment that had KSWA Owner Bobby O and Shawn Blanchard as recent guests.
“People wallow in their own stupidity,” he says while riding in the back seat of a brand-new Mercedes-Benz SUV worth north of $330,000. “[In Parts Unknown] we have produced more champions than anywhere else. Some you’ve heard of, and some that you haven’t.”
More recently, Mayor Mystery has helped guide the careers of Bubba the Bulldog and former KSWA Heavyweight Champion Dennis Gregory. The veteran athletes were having the most productive times in recent vintage, thanks largely in part of the guidance of their leader.
The Mayor has also guided the likes of The Beastman, who has come up short in several attempts to unseat KSWA Champion Anthony Alexander.
Mayor Mystery's first wrestling appearance was in a match between Kamala the Ugandan Giant and Jerry Lawler two decades ago. The masked man was so fresh, he hadn't yet grown a mustache and he had a full head of hair. “But I had already been in politics for 60 years at that point,” he claims
Over the years Mayor Mystery has piloted the careers of Sheriff Steele, Kaida, Jack Massacre, and most notably, Class of 2012 Hall of Famer Lord Zoltan. In fact, Lord Zoltan arrived in the KSWA in 2009 and it was a month or so later his cane-wielding groundbreaker arrived on the scene. The two were inseparable for years. When Lord Zoltan became a fan-favorite, Mayor Mystery turned to now-Hall of Famer Bobby Badfingers, as well as “Vicious” Vinnie Stone, J-Ru and others. When Honky Tonk Man came to KSWA FanFest, Zoltan and Mayor Mystery reunited once again, only to have Zoltan turn on Mystery and have HTM Shake, Rattle and Roll the masked man for the victory.
Regardless of who he is guiding to the ring, Mayor Mystery remains the penultimate "Manager of Champions," and like Dennis Gregory, can be called a KSWA Hall of Famer.
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) is Western Pennsylvania and the city of Pittsburgh's longest-continually-running professional wrestling organization at 22 years, and more than 300 events. The Joe Abby Memorial and KSWA Hall of Fame event is planned for June 11 at Three Rivers Harley-Davidson, along Rt. 8 in Glenshaw. Bell time is 2:00 p.m.