Alexander Quietly Ascends Ranks As One Of KSWA’s Longest-Reigning Heavyweight Champions
August 16, 2021
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
As Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Heavyweight Champion “Double-A” Anthony Alexander prepares to defend the Commonwealth’s most coveted title in his hometown for the second time this year, he will reach historic lengths of consistency.
Alexander defeated Dennis Gregory at FanFest on December 7, 2019 after an intense rivalry. When this Friday, August 20, 2021 arrives on the calendar, he will have been at the top of the heap for 623 days. That’s the 3rd-longest reigning KSWA Heavyweight championship for the most tenured professional wrestling organization in Western Pennsylvania.
[Like other independent wrestling organizations, the KSWA was shelved for more than a year; however, others like the NWA’s Nick Aldis, continued to count the days. So, this count is legitimate.]
Since that initial Heavyweight Championship win, Alexander has defended the title in a rematch against Gregory at Battle Bowl, 2020. And he battled another top-notch competitor in Edric Everhart at the KSWA’s 20 anniversary event in February, 2020.
And then the lights went dark for 1 year, 2 months, and 22 days.
When professional wrestling action returned to the Pittsburgh region on Friday, May 14, Alexander debuted at JB’s Roadside Bar & Grill in West Deer. He generously opened up to any Megastar. The Open Invitation was immediately accepted by Beastman. The two had a very physical contest but Alexander was able to retain.
The very next day, the KSWA Championship Committee served up the always-competitive Bubba the Bulldog at Langley American Legion Post #496 in the city of Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood. It was a tough order for Alexander to face a veteran villain like Bubba less than 24 hours after defeating the 411-pound Beastman, but The Prime-Time Player was up to the task.
On July 11 at MJ’s Steel City Saloon, Alexander once again took on rival Gregory. The two had another hard-fought, high-impact match. While Dennis nearly embarked on another “Year of Gregory,” it was Alexander who prevailed.
At Brawl Under the Bridge 6 on July 17 under the Homestead Greys Bridge, Alexander took on Beastman in another wild battle. In front of a record-breaking crowd of more than 800 frenzied Krazies, the two headlined one of the most intense evenings in KSWA history. Alexander was victorious, but the two are not finished.
On August 14, at Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg, Alexander took on another powerful giant in Officer Dan Murphy. The lawman went toe-to-toe with Alexander in a power-filled outing, and fell victim to the Prime-time Cancellation like so many others.
Recently, Alexander surpassed Mitch Napier’s 617-day run as KSWA Heavyweight Champion, leaving only “The Face of Pittsburgh” Lou Martin’s two separate runs of 735 (2011-2013) and 798 days (2004-2006). Conversely, Alexander’s first time as KSWA Champion lasted 588 days (2007-2009).
Alexander will defend the KSWA Heavyweight Championship this Friday, August 20 at JB’s Roadside Bar and Grille. Bell time is 7 p.m.