Area show to feature wrestling legends Honky Tonk Man, 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan
Next Saturday, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance's annual FanFest show in Lawrenceville will be headlined by two former WWE legends.
Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for the event at the Teamster Temple at 4701 Butler St.
WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will take on “Nasty” Nick Crane, and the longest-running Intercontinental champion in WWE history, the Honky Tonk Man, will face Lord Zoltan.
Crane, known in local wrestling circles as two-time Championship Wrestling Federation Mon Valley champion and five-time CWF tag team champion, will officially be honored as “Canada's National Treasure.”
Honky Tonk and Zoltan have faced off for more than 25 years, and the match will feature tremendous ring psychology.
I know both and have been lucky to face each in the ring numerous times.
Both are true professionals in the ring and outside of the ring. Even better than being in the ring with both is that I have spent countless hours on car rides with both of them.
Listening to their stories has made the hours fly by, and both have had me in tears from laughing so hard.
“The best part of the event is that fans bring thousands of toys for needy kids as part of the Allegheny County Holiday Project,” said KSWA ring announcer “Tapper” Tom Leturgy.
Wrestling Q & A
Q: Of all of your matches/appearances, who was the most intimidating to you? — Jim, California.
A: I wouldn't say intimidated is the right word, but the only time I stopped and thought to myself how large a wrestler was had to be the first time I met Big Show. I am 6-4 and 260 pounds, and Show made me look tiny.
Q: Is there a standard, guideline, or benchmark that must be reached before wrestling certification is acquired? Is there a nationally accredited training certification that is accepted by all wrestling organizations? — Karim, West Brownsville.
A: While there is no official national accredited training certification accepted, there should be. Far too many people start wrestling not in shape for it. If there were an accredited training certification, most wrestlers on the indy level would not be able to set foot in a ring.
Q: With all of the promotion in schools of no tolerance for bullying, why do promotions go so far to display it throughout their shows? — Robert and Jude, Charleroi.
Most promotions need to establish good guys and bad guys so the fan base can support or jeer wrestlers.
One of the easiest ways to have bad guys be disliked is to have them pick on smaller wrestlers, or those in a position less powerful than they are in.
It happens on all levels, especially in the WWE.
Truth is, the WWE is part of the anti-bullying campaign titled “Be A Star” and does a lot of work with anti-bullying campaigns.
Most times, wrestlers are portraying characters and a perfect example is Stephanie McMahon.
When her character is in power, she exudes being a bully but she is truly one of the nicest people behind the scenes that I have met.
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