UNION — Trans-South Wrestling held its final event of the year Saturday night, and wrestling fans at Union County Fairgrounds witnessed a dramatic evening consisting of acrobatic maneuvers, hard-hitting slams and an unexpected ball of fire.
During the main event between champion Deon Johnson and second-generation star Reid Flair, a wrestler who has a history of battles with Johnson — Rick Michaels — came to the ring to interfere.
However, his plan backfired, and Johnson scored the win and retained his title. Following the bell, Flair and Michaels continued to punish Johnson, and Brandon Phoenix (aka Lockhart resident Matt Hudgins) came to the ring to help Johnson — or so most fans thought.
Phoenix joined forces with Michaels and Flair and held Johnson, while Michaels threw a ball of fire toward him. Referees and medical staff came to Johnson’s aid, and while he was burned, he was not severely injured. Michaels and Phoenix will wrestle Johnson and a partner of his choosing at the organization’s next event on Feb. 2, 2013.
Saturday’s card also featured a bout pitting the team of Jake Manning and Stoney Hooker (managed by Chase Brown) against Peter Kaasanova and former Ring of Honor World Champion Davey Richards. After a grueling tag-team contest, Kaasanova got the win.
TSW also featured a Women’s Division match-up Saturday in which “American Woman” Fantasia defeated Darcy Dixon.
Another match on the card featured stars from the Ring of Honor promotion as Kyle O’Reilly defeated Cedric Alexander. Other results included Rick Michaels defeating Brandon Phoenix (before Phoenix’s surprise change of attitude at the end of the night) and the team of Zane Riley and Hunter Thompson defeating Kameron Kade and Aaron Solo.
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