Wrestling fundraiser Saturday

By: By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — Pro wrestlers will help raise money for amateur wrestlers this Saturday night at Union County High School as Trans-South Wrestling will present a line-up of matches in the school gym.

Trans-South Wrestling will hold a special fundraiser event for the Union County High School wrestling program beginning at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Union County High School gym. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Union County wrestling team.

Saturday’s main event will feature Chase “Cauliflower” Brown defending the TSW Heavyweight Championship against Harlem Bravado. Bravado has made his name in pro wrestling primarily as a tag-team wrestler — one half of the Bravado Brothers — along with his brother, Lance. The team was successful in Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan, as well as various independent promotions throughout the country. Harlem said he looks forward to his first trip to Union, where he plans to win the TSW heavyweight title from Brown. Brown said TSW is his home promotion, where he’s had his most notable successful title defenses.

“I take pride in the fact that no one works harder or puts more into this than I do, and that’s why I have that belt around my waist,” Brown said. “I love TSW and Union County. Everyone has been wonderful to me since I moved here, and that’s a big part of why I’ve had successful defenses against the likes of Matt Hardy and Steve Corino here in Union. This match on Saturday will definitely be another huge milestone for my career.”

Also scheduled for action — and to address the TSW promotion and fans — is former champion and Union native Deon Johnson. Johnson is a former fan favorite who was a Yellow Jacket wrestling and football standout during his time as a student at Union High School. In October, Johnson — who currently resides in Clinton — made insulting remarks about Union and the TSW fans after attacking Brown from behind.

“Everybody was shocked at Deon’s attitude change,” said TSW senior referee Tracy Rash. “He has been the one constant since the promotion started, and he’s always been so good to everyone. It broke my heart to hear him say it was only because he was being paid money.”

Brown also commented about Johnson.

“Right now, my main focus is on defeating Harlem Bravado and keeping this championship, but somewhere down the line I’m going to confront Deon,” Brown said. “He doesn’t have to attack me or verbally attack the fans. If he thinks he’s that much better than all of us, then I guess we should set up a match somewhere down the road. If he wants to try to prove he’s better than me in the ring, I’d be happy to oblige him.”

The card will also feature tag-team champions Eric Adamz and Black Angel, popular tag team “Chemical Z,” Kameron Kade, “Southern Savior” John Skyler and more.

All students (grades K-12 and college) will be admitted into the event for $5 each. Non-student tickets are $10 at the door and $7 in advance at Buffalo Gun and Pawn; from a UCHS wrestler or coach; or by calling (864) 251-0109. The student tickets will only be available at the door, and high school and college students will need a student ID to receive the student admission price.

For more information about Trans-South Wrestling, visit facebook.com/TransSouthWrestling.

Look for coverage of the UCHS wrestling team’s success thus far this year in an upcoming edition of The Union Daily Times or at www.uniondailytimes.com.

TSW to raise funds for UCHS wrestling program

By Derik Vanderford


Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.