UNION — This weekend’s Trans-South Wrestling program promises to feature an action packed main event, a special award presentation, and the debut of a masked wrestler whose name has already created a buzz.
Trans-South Wrestling (TSW) will hold its monthly card of wrestling matches at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Union County Fairgrounds.
The main event will pit TSW Heavyweight Champion “Superhuman” Pete Kaasa against Anthony Henry, a wrestler from Augusta, Ga. who has been making a name throughout the southeastern U.S. over the past couple years. Henry competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) from 2005-2008 before he made the decision to wrestle full time. Kaasa said he looks forward to the match.
“Anthony Henry is a great competitor,” Kaasa said, adding that this match will require extra conditioning. “I know he’ll test me because he and I both strive to have the best and most exciting match any time we are on the card. I think fans will really like this one.”
Independent wrestling columnist David Zimmerman discussed Henry in a Jan. 31 blog.
“What fascinates me about this guy at this time is that he seems to be at a pinnacle,” Zimmerman wrote. “When he performs in that ring he is an artist — one of the most fluid performers on the scene with all the right psychology. His matches are punctuated with surprises as well as athleticism.”
Saturday’s matches will also feature the debut of a masked wrestler going by the name “‘The Tinka’ Oogie Brown from out of town.” TSW heavyweight contender “Hardcore” Hunter Thompson said in an online video that he saw the event poster, and he knows the masked man is Deon Johnson, who lost a “loser leaves town” match to Thompson during TSW’s January event. Johnson responded, saying the masked wrestler is a friend of his, not him.
“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” Johnson smiled. “Hunter Thompson is obsessed with me. If he thinks I’m ‘The Tinka’ Oogie Brown from out of town, then he will have to try and unmask Oogie to prove it. I’m going to buy a ticket and sit on the front row.”
Johnson said his friend, the masked wrestler, was named in honor of two individuals — Jarvis “Tinka” Brown of Pacolet and the late Bill “Oogie” Brown, a legendary mainstay of Downtown Union.
TSW will also recognize the 2014 Champion of the Community.
“TSW was started as a way to not only have fun, but also to give back to the community ,” said referee Tracy Gene Rash. “In keeping with that idea, we wanted to start recognizing people who also make it a top priority to contribute to their community.”
TSW recognized Barbara Rippy as its first-ever Champion of the Community in February 2013. Rippy and her husband — the late Dr. Bobby Rippy — began sponsoring a Dixie Youth team in 1969, and continued to do so every year following. In addition to sponsoring the youth baseball team, Rippy has made considerable contributions to USC Union, the Miracle League of Union County and the Lions Club. She is also an active member of Civitan. In June 2013, a tournament named after Dr. Bobby — The Dr. Bobby G. Rippy Memorial Tag Team Tournament —was held to crown TSW’s first tag team champions.
Saturday’s bouts will also include TSW Tag Team Champions Danny Dollar and Brandon Phoenix, Cauliflower Brown, Jaxson James, Kameron Kade, “Puerto Rican Lion” Eric Adamz, Jon Malus and more.
Admission for Saturday’s event is $8 for adults and $6 for children, and advance tickets for all ages are available for $6 each at Buffalo Pawn & Gun, located at 933 Main Street, Buffalo.
For more information about TSW, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/transsouthwrestling.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234.