UNION — Saturday’s Trans-South Wrestling event included an award presentation, a special guest, and a card full of pro wrestling action.
Saturday evening’s pro wrestling event at the Union County Fairgrounds began with a presentation of the second annual Trans-South Wrestling Champion of the Community Award. In February 2013, the inaugural award was presented to Barbara Rippy for her years of dedication to — and support of — numerous events, teams and organizations in Union County. This year’s award was presented to Charles E. Lott, Sr.
Lott regularly attends TSW events with his grandson, Marcus “MJ” Porter, Jr., and he was recognized as a Champion of the Community for his dedication to serving local veterans as well as middle school students. In addition to MJ, Lott’s entire family surprised him by attending the event, as they were aware the surprise award presentation would take place.
Lott volunteers as a mentor at Sims Middle School multiple days each week, assisting administrators, teachers and students.
When Sims Principal Mickey Connolly was asked what Lott does as a volunteer, his answer was simple: “Everything!”
“Mr. Lott wants to help in any way possible,” Connolly said. “He wants to do anything. He monitors the hallways; he works with students one-on-one; he helps out in the library; he helps out in the cafeteria; and he encourages more parents to come out and volunteer. He’s our No. 1 volunteer!”
Assistant Principal Michelle James echoed Connolly’s statements about Lott.
“I love Mr. Lott; he’s fabulous!” James said. “He volunteers his own time to come down here and mentor the students. Sometimes it’s just a nice counseling session, and he’s just fantastic. He’s really working. He volunteers so much for us, and the kids love him.”
A veteran, Lott is also Second Vice Commander of American Legion Post 22, and for last year’s Memorial Day observance in downtown Union, Lott set a personal goal to increase the attendance.
The event also featured special guest Jarvis “Tinka” Brown. Brown, who is disabled, said he had wanted to attend a TSW event for awhile but was unable to do so because of his health. Brown was transported to the event by Ambu Star, since one part of the event was a tribute to him — the debut of masked wrestler “‘The Tinka’ Oogie Brown from Out of Town.”
The masked character was created by former TSW Champion Deon Johnson.
“The name was my idea,” Johnson said, explaining that the ‘Tinka’ part of the character’s name came from his childhood friend Jarvis. “It brought tears to my eyes to see how happy he was to be there, and the Ambu Star employees said they enjoyed themselves as much as he did.”
Johnson said the other part of the name was a tribute to a longtime Union County icon.
“I remember Mr. Bill ‘Oogie’ Brown as a fixture in downtown Union, and I thought it would be nice to use his nickname as a salute,” Johnson said. “I love Union, and everything I do — in and out of the ring — is some sort of tribute to Union County.”
As for the matches, TSW Heavyweight Champion “Superhuman” Pete Kaasa retained his title in a hard fought match against Anthony Henry. In tag team action, Jaxson James and Michael Frehley defeated Scotty Matthews and Jon Malus (with manager Thomas Simpson) via disqualification. Two wrestlers who have been involved in an ongoing feud — Chase “Cauliflower” Brown and Kameron Kade — competed in an “I Quit” match, with Brown getting the win via a double wristlock. In other matches, Josh Powers (with manager Edward R. Matthews) defeated TK Stark, Jett Black defeated “Mr. Sleaze” Erik Thompson, and “Oogie ‘Tinka’ Brown” defeated Eric Adamz.
“Hardcore” Hunter Thompson confronted the masked “Oogie Tinka Brown from out of town” after his match with Adamz. The confrontation resulted in the set-up for a match to be held at TSW’s next event on March 1. Thompson and Adamz will take on “Brown” and his tag-team partner — legendary NWA wrestler Ricky Morton of the Rock and Roll Express.
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