May 14, 2011
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
A core of Megastars from the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance descended upon the world famous Mattress Factory of Contemporary Art Museum in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 13. The VIP's--”The Enforcer” Shawn Blanchard, along with “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin, Kris Kash, as well as the Legion of the Apocalypse (Ali Kaida and the Blood Beast) appeared to promote the KSWA to an audience that otherwise might not have found the group.
Along with Trapper Tom, the Megastars were a part of a “Neighbourhood” unveiling. Artists include Glenn Loughran, Ferhat Osgur, Seamus Nolan and Sarah Pierce/The Metropolitan Complex. The KSWA will be partnering with local artist and activist Dawn Weleski later in the summer for a special match during August's “When World's Collide” at the Lawrenceville Moose.
The wrestlers, along with about 100 art denizens were shown a number of exhibits including Yayoi Kusama's “Infinity Dots Mirrored Room,” a mannequin-filled room, walled-in by mirrors.
The Megastars mingled with art patrons about Weleski's ambitious plan to integrate city council issues ranging from jobs, transit and “big box” corporations with flamboyant wrestling characters. Weleski's contribution to the exhibit is a locker room motif featuring video from “Mayhem at the Moose” on several televisions. Her over-the-top wrestling creations added a spectacular flare to the display.
Upon seeing Weleski's creation, patrons seemed impressed. Many also enjoyed interacting with the VIPs and Legion of the Apocalypse. KSWA Owner Bobby O was on important out-of-town business and unable to attend.
The Mattress Factory has been known world-wide for more than 30 years. The “Neigbourhood” runs now through August 21. The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood (North Side) within the city of Pittsburgh.