UNION — A hot and humid night at Union County Fairgrounds resulted in new tag-team champions, awards for a Dixie Youth team, and lots of athletic and dramatic action, as is expected in pro wrestling.
On Saturday, Trans-South Wrestling held its June event, which featured the finals of a tournament to decide the vacant TSW Tag Team Championship. The winners — and new TSW tag team champions — are Deon Johnson and “Dirty,” who defeated the team of Hunter Thompson and Scotty Mathews.
“I love tag-team wrestling, and I hope to bring more great teams to Union County during our title reign,” Johnson said. “I’m happy to carry on the tradition of the great tag teams like George Becker and Johnny Weaver, Steamboat and Youngblood, and the Rock and Roll Express.”
Dirty said some fans were skeptical because of his past with Johnson.
“I know people wondered about us teaming together since they have seen us beat each other up in the past,” Dirty laughed. “But I have nothing but respect for Deon, and now that we’re a team, there’s no stopping us.”
Just before the main event of the evening, TSW Heavyweight Champion The STRO “Maestro of Wrestling” announced he would not defend his title because everyone in the locker room had already wrestled a match. Then, Chase “Cauliflower” Brown — who had already defeated Eric Adamz via knockout in a surprisingly physical and hard-fought no-disqualification match earlier in the evening — approached the ring and said he was ready to challenge The STRO. The two wrestlers wrestled to a 20-minute time-limit draw.
Saturday’s event also served as an awards banquet for a local Dixie Youth team. During an intermission, players on the TSW Dixie Youth (ages 7-8) baseball team were recognized by Coach Paul Wilkes. As Wilkes called each player’s name, players ran down the aisle toward the ring (in true pro wrestling fashion).
In other action on the card, Alex Avgerinos defeated Jaxson James via pinfall. James and his tag partner Michael Frehley — who was in James’ corner during the match with Avgerinos — received boos from the crowd before the match as they spoke over the P.A., complaining that they had been treated unfairly in the tag team tournament. Following Avgerinos’ win over James, James and Frehley cornered Avgerinos after the bell, and they were joined by Kameron Kade and third-generation wrestling star Tessa Blanchard. Deon Johnson and Dirty came to the ring to even the odds, and Blanchard announced her group would be known as “The League of Intrigue” and her role is “the enabler.”
TSW General Manager Freddie Vanderford announced that Blanchard will have to compete at TSW’s July 5 event in Union. Blanchard will face Amanda Rodriguez in singles competition.
In other matches, Josh Powers defeated Michael Frehley, and Kameron Kade (with Blanchard) defeated Garrett Sinclair.
On Monday, TSW announced the main event of its July 5 event — to be held under the picnic shelter at the fairgrounds — will be a six-man tag-team match pitting the team of Deon Johnson, “Dirty,” and Alex Avgerinos against “The League of Intrigue” Jaxson James, Michael Frehley and Kameron Kade.
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