J-Ru To Defend After Historic Win, Helsel To Accompany Martin, Everhart To Challenge Kavod

July 21, 2022
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest

The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance returns to “Rumble At The River” in Franklin Park, seven days after J-Ru upset Anthony Alexander to become the 16th man to hold the KSWA World Heavyweight Championship.

[Western Pennsylvania's longest-continuously-running professional wrestling organization has teamed with the The River Community Church to benefit the Light of Life Rescue Mission.]

The match, between the longest-reigning KSWA Heavyweight Champion in the legendary promotion’s history and the #1 contender with a long personal and successful history, was the very first time the most coveted prize in the Commonwealth changed hands outside of the City of Pittsburgh.

Alexander has cashed in his rematch clause and it comes as the ink is still dry in the history books. Might Alexander join more rarified air by reclaiming the title for a third time? Only Shawn Blanchard’s six times at the top of Pennsylvania’s wrestling mountaintop.

Now that J-Ru has accomplished his prestigious goal, what will he do to hold onto the famed title? Never at a loss, J-Ru assuredly has plans for Alexander and the entire KSWA locker room.

The Golden Triangle Championship will be defended with “The Face of Pittsburgh” Lou Martin defends against Shawn Blanchard, who will be accompanied by his royal manager, “King” Del Douglas. The two had a heated match under the Homestead Grays Bridge in Homestead last Saturday. Martin, who had the assistance of KSWA Hall of Famer T-Rantula last week, will have host Pastor Mark Helsel watching his back this weekend.

Blanchard is determined to win back the Golden Triangle Championship; however, Martin is more dedicated to representing Pittsburgh as “The Face” for a long time to come.

The KSWA Tag Team titles will be defended Saturday in a rematch from Brawl Under the Bridge. Over the past year, “An Officer and a Gentleman” Harley T. Morris and Dan Murphy have cemented themselves as a team to be taken seriously. Last week, Justin Sane and “The Ram” Anthony Drake partnered for the first time. The speed and resilience of Sane and the brute strength of Drake make a formidable team and one that should be revered. A win would mean a first-time championship for Drake and Sane would return as one of the most successful tag team champions in KSWA history. However, Morris and Murphy have no interest in giving up their place as the premier team in Pennsylvania.

The Five-Star Championship, which was defended due to a vacancy last weekend, will be defended by its last two claimants. “The Regent” Joshua Kavod won a Triple Threat match that was originally supposed to be a Fatal Four. Unfortunately, former-champion Edric Everhart wasn’t able to defend the title over the past several events. KSWA Owner Bobby O agreed that the championship needed to be defended at the highlight of the summer.

But now, Everhart is back to regain the title he never lost, and Kavod is the Megastar he defeated for the belt. This promises to be a highlight of an already-stacked evening of excitement.

Another battle of frequent-foes will be the showdown between Shane Starr and “The Enigma” Lucio Deveer. Deveer, who was a favorite in the Brawl Under the Bridge Main Event “Homestead Street Fight”, looks to continue with the momentum that led him to several challenges for the KSWA Heavyweight Championship. These two men are familiar with each other and well-suited for a hard-hitting affair.

Sin Born and “Big Country” Matt McGraw provided shock-and-awe offense last Saturday Night, and are set to face off in singles competition at this event. And youngster Tyler Grayson will take on the always-cantankerous Cleveland Bruiser. Grayson took the brunt of offense from the others in the Homestead Street Fight. He will be looking for momentum going into KSWA’s FanFest season.

KSWA Wrestling presents “Rumble At The River”, this Saturday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. at The River at Franklin Park, 2365 Wharrey Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for kids. For more information, call 412-726-1762. Card is subject to change.

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