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Photo by Kim Eubanks|Raven PhotographyThird-generation pro wrestler Tessa Blanchard will step into the ring for what will be her third match in front of a live crowd (her first in South Carolina) this Saturday at Union County Fairgrounds.
Photo by Kim Eubanks|Raven PhotographyThird-generation pro wrestler Tessa Blanchard will step into the ring for what will be her third match in front of a live crowd (her first in South Carolina) this Saturday at Union County Fairgrounds.
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UNION — Trans-South Wrestling will present a card of pro matches under the picnic shelter at Union County Fairgrounds.


After an indoor event during hot temperatures in June, TSW’s next event will take place outside, at the request of both wrestlers and fans.


“That metal building gets really hot,” said senior TSW referee Tracy Rash. “If it was that warm in June, I would hate to see what July would be like.”


The matches are set for a 7:30 p.m. bell time this Saturday, July 5, at the fairgrounds.


During last month’s TSW event, manager Tessa Blanchard (who local fans love to hate) introduced a new coalition of wrestlers she called the “League of Intrigue,” deeming herself as their “enabler.” The group cornered fan-favorite Alex Avgerinos, and Avgerinos was then joined by newly-crowned TSW Tag Team Champions — Deon Johnson and Dirty — to even the odds. The altercation prompted this Saturday’s main event, which will be a six-man tag match pitting the League of Intrigue (Jaxson James, Kameron Kade and Michael Frehley) vs. Johnson, Dirty and Avgerinos.


Blanchard debuted as a manager in TSW earlier this year, but she was surprised last month when the announcement was made that she would have to compete inside the ring. Initially irate, Blanchard eventually regained her composure and said her opponent — Amanda Rodriguez — should not take this Saturday’s match lightly.


“I’m extremely serious about my wrestling career,” Blanchard said. “Amanda Rodriguez wants to step in my way, so I will do what I need to in order to knock her out of my way.”


Saturday’s match-up will be Blanchard’s third match in front of a live crowd.


Blanchard has been mentored by her father — original member of wrestling’s Four Horsemen, Tully Blanchard — as well as her step-father — another NWA wrestling legend Magnum T.A. (Terry Allen). Blanchard is also the granddaughter of legendary wrestler/promoter/trainer Joe Blanchard. Blanchard’s in-ring training regimen is led by longtime wrestler George South in Charlotte. South has helped several second-generation wrestlers — including Richie Steamboat and the late Reid Flair — get their start in the ring.


“Most fans think these kids have it easy — that the name is going to live on,” South said. “But most of the times it’s the opposite. They are under a lot more pressure. I want to make sure everyone understands Tessa has achieved everything so far on her own. You can’t teach heart.”


TSW has also scheduled the return of NWA legend “Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez for Saturday’s line-up, as well as a match featuring wrestler and local radio personality Jeff Lewis Neal.


This Saturday’s event will be TSW’s last event in Union until September, as the promotion will go on the road to Gaffney for its next two events. A limited number of advance tickets are available while supplies last at Buffalo Pawn & Gun. When advance tickets are sold out, tickets will still be available at the door at the event.


For more information, visit facebook.com/transsouthwrestling.

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