Rain or shine, running early or behind, this will be a night of entertainment as some of the area’s best pro wrestling talent comes to Union County this weekend.
In the main event, the Raging Bull Manny Fernandez takes on the Beastmaster Rick Link in a legends grudge match.
Fernandez is a two-time NWA World Tag Team Champion and enjoyed a career which expanded outside of the United States to Japan.
Link is a 400-pound former AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion.
Fernandez — a Buffalo resident — and Link’s match will be a major event but no more important than the cause for Saturday’s event.
Savannah Cooke — a four-year old Union resident — was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor — which is benign — is attached to the brain stem and requires specialized surgery. She and her family are preparing to incur major costs traveling for Savannah’s medical treatment at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
“I was already tossing around the idea of wrestling events as fundraisers for various groups within the community when I happened to get a call from Amanda Vaughn,” said Trans-South Wrestling promoter Derik Vanderford. “She asked me about putting a fundraiser together the day after we talked to the fair board about holding an event. I took that as a sign that this first event should be for Savannah.”
Cooke’s family will sell food and beverages and every penny of concessions goes directly to Savannah’s medical expenses. TransSouth talent will donate monies towards expected medical expenses.
Former Union resident and Chambertown native — Derrick Greene — “Deon Johnson” tackles Chris Vaughn’s challenge in one of a handful matches at the fairgrounds.
Tickets are still available for a night of action-packed family entertainment suitable for all ages.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and bell time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
SHOWDOWN AT THE FAIRGROUNDS
WHERE: Union County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building
WHEN: Saturday, April 9
TIME: Bell time is 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m
ADMISSION: Ringside tickets $8, Adults $6, $4 Children 12 and under.