Matt Hardy to compete in Union

By: By Derik Vanderford -
Courtesy photo Matt Hardy

UNION — A current worldwide pro wrestling superstar will compete in Union for the first time this Saturday.

World-renowned pro wrestler Matt Hardy will wrestle Chase “Cauliflower” Brown for the Trans-South Wrestling (TSW) heavyweight championship this Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Union County Fairgrounds. The bell time for the event is 7:30 p.m.

Hardy made a visit to a TSW event in Union in 2012, during which he met with fans, signed autographs and provided opportunities for photos. This time, he will compete in the ring.

“We’ve had some of the legends of wrestling come and participate in the shows, but this time, we have a current superstar who is on TV every week coming to wrestle for our championship,” said TSW Senior Referee Tracy Rash. “This is somebody who has been competing for the TNA Impact Heavyweight Title worldwide for the past couple months, so this is huge that he’s going to wrestle here in TSW this weekend.”

Hardy gained notoriety during his time in the WWE when he and his brother, Jeff, were a tag team and participated in historic “Tables, Ladders and Chairs” matches. Hardy is a nine-time tag team champion, having held six World Tag Team Championships, one WWE Tag Team Championship, one WCW Tag Team Championship, and one TNA World Tag Team Championship.

Hardy has also won various championships in singles competition, having held the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, as well as the U.S. title, European title, Hardcore Championship and Cruiser-weight Championship. Hardy has held a total of 14 championships between WWE and TNA. His signature maneuver is known as the “Twist of Fate.”

Since the match between Hardy and Brown was signed, both wrestlers have posted video interviews on social media, which can be viewed on the TSW Facebook page ( or on TSW’s Twitter page (@WrestlingTSW).

Hardy said he was unsure of Brown’s persona since he has a degree in philosophy, plays a guitar, and comes to the ring eating cauliflower.

“Do you have multiple identities?” Hardy asked. “I’m going to ‘Twist of Fate’ all of that insanity out of you free of charge, Chase Brown. I’m going to fix you up free of charge.”

Brown replied that Hardy is missing the fact that he (Brown) has no character or “gimmick.”

“I’m real,” Brown said with a grin. “I’m a unique and beautiful snowflake.”

Brown also mentioned that when he was a rookie, he once shared a locker room with Hardy, and Brown claimed Hardy looked over his head and would not speak to him when he tried to shake Hardy’s hand.

“On Sept. 5, Matt Hardy is going to have to come to Union, and now he’s going to have to look me in the eye,” Brown said. “When he does that, bad things can happen to him.”

Saturday’s wrestling card will also include a match in which former champion Deon Johnson and mystery partners will take on the “Big Business Army” managed by “Big Business” James McHone. Other wrestlers scheduled to appear include “Superhuman” Peter Kaasa, Kameron Kade, and more.

Saturday’s event will be held in memory of one of TSW’s biggest fans, Rose Bogan, who passed away last week. She rarely missed an event, and Brown and Johnson both served as pall bearers at her funeral on Sunday. Brown, Johnson and others involved in TSW said Bogan will certainly be missed, and the joy she exhibited at the monthly wrestling events will live on.

Advance tickets for Saturday’s event will be available for $7 (for all ages) while supplies last at Buffalo Pawn & Gun. At the door, admission will be $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Courtesy photo Matt Hardy photo Matt Hardy
Saturday’s event in memory of Rose Bogan

By Derik Vanderford

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or