Valiant visits Ellen Sagar

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times WWE Hall of Famer “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant visits with residents of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home on Thursday.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant gets a laugh out of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home Activities Director Donna Nance.

UNION COUNTY — WWE Hall of Famer “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant has visited with fans in numerous places around Union County while he prepares to step into the ring tonight.

Since his arrival in town Thursday afternoon, Jimmy Valiant made various stops around Union County, visiting with fans and promoting the Trans-South Wrestling event which will be held tonight (Saturday, June 6) at the Union County Fairgrounds. Valiant, 72, will step in the ring as part of a six-man tag-team match.

The TSW Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in the main event of the card — Chase “Cauliflower” Brown (c) vs. Ring of Honor Wrestling star Cedric Alexander.

The first stop Valiant made in Union was Ellen Sagar Nursing Home. Several residents of Ellen Sagar who are wrestling fans eagerly awaited Valiant’s arrival. Since one of the biggest wrestling fans at Ellen Sagar happened to be away for a doctor’s appointment during Valiant’s visit on Thursday, Valiant made a return visit to Ellen Sagar on Friday to brighten his fan’s day. Ellen Sagar staff members said they were glad Valiant was willing to take time to visit those who are unable to get out to the matches.

“My favorite thing about being part of the wrestling business for 50 years has always been the fans,” Valiant said. “I’m a people person. I love people, and everyone here in Union has been great. I hope everyone comes down to the fairgrounds Saturday night to give me a hug and watch me team up with Deon Johnson and the Black Angel!”

In addition to Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Valiant also visited with fans at El Poblano Mexican Restaurant on Thursday. On Friday, he made stops at WBCU, Midway BBQ, and Buffalo Seafood House. Valiant praised the quality of food at each of the three restaurants he visited.

“Man, I think I need to come back to Union for all of this great food, whether I’m wrestling or not!” he said.

Valiant will meet and greet fans at Buffalo Pawn & Gun beginning at noon today (Saturday), before going to the Union County Fairgrounds for in-ring action.

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