Johnson loses ‘Loser Leaves Town’ match

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

January 7, 2014

UNION — After losing a match with “loser leaves town” stipulations on Saturday, one of Trans-South Wrestling’s most popular wrestlers will no longer be allowed to wrestle in Union.

The main event of Saturday night’s TSW event at Union County Fairgrounds was a “loser leaves town” match between former TSW heavyweight champion Deon Johnson and “Hardcore” Hunter Thompson. A controversial finish declared Thompson the winner, and wrestling fans were dismayed at the end of Saturday’s event.

“I’ve never seen a match in person that left fans so heartbroken,” said TSW senior referee Tracy Rash. “Deon is, without a doubt, the most popular wrestler here.”

Johnson said Saturday that Thompson can’t get rid of him that easily.

“I might not be able to get in the ring here, but that doesn’t mean I can’t buy a ticket,” Johnson said. “I plan to haunt Hunter Thompson every time he steps in that ring. I don’t care if I have to hold up signs on the front row.”

Johnson said on Monday that he has received calls and messages from lots of wrestling friends.

“There are people from all over who heard what happened, and now they want to come to TSW,” Johnson said. “I guess they want to seek revenge for me. Hunter pulled one over me. I never would have thought he could keep me out of that ring. But trust me, our issues are far from settled.”

Johnson said a good friend of his has already requested a match with Thompson at TSW’s next event on Feb. 8.

“I don’t want to give it away yet, but Hunter’s in for a big surprise,” Johnson said.

In other action, TSW Heavyweight Champion “Superhuman” Pete Kaasa issued an open challenge, giving anyone in the locker room an opportunity to wrestle for his title. To decide who the challenger would be, TSW held an eight-man tag team elimination match. Two four-man teams wrestled, eliminating one wrestler at a time. Competitors included Michael Frehley, Jett Black, TK Stark, Alex Avgerinos, Eric Bradford, Erik Adamz, Josh Powers, and Erik Thompson. Erik Adamz avoided elimination and was given a match with Kaasa. In the semi-main event, Kaasa defeated Adamz to retain his title.

In other action, “Shooter” Vordell Walker defeated Jaxson James, and Chase “Cauliflower” Brown and Kameron Kade wrestled to a 10-minute time limit draw.

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