Chair City Clash 3 big hit with fans
Wrestling fans packed Thomasville High School's legendary steamy gymnasium Saturday night for an event aimed at improving the lives of local children.
Chair City Clash returned to THS for a third time as Communities In Schools of Thomasville and South Eastern Championship Wrestling renewed a partnership that has helped raise thousands of dollars for children in need. Chair City Clash 3 proceeds totaled $2,135 and will benefit CIS of Thomasville and its efforts to help children be successful in school.
"It was a great show and very entertaining," said Judy Younts, CIS executive director. "The crowd seemed to really enjoy it. A good time was had by all to raise money for our children."
CIS of Thomasville found one of its most supportive community partners after a chance meeting at a local restaurant. Wrestling promoter Henry Dean approached Younts during lunch several years ago and asked how his organization could help the nonprofit. The result has been four events met with local support and fanfare from across the area.
"The crowd was great," Dean said of Char City Clash 3. "They were hot and the wrestlers were tickled to death to be there. All in all it was a successful event."
Chair City Clash 3 featured plenty of action inside the squared circle with some of the industry's biggest names appearing. In a special grudge match featuring Rob "Boogie Woogie" McBride and TNA Gunner, former NWA/WCW champion Nikita Koloff served as the guest referee. McBride scored the win after Koloff served Gunner one of his patented "sickle" moves.
"Gunner kept breaking the rules and Nikita kept getting on him about it," said Dean. "Gunner pushed Nikita and Nikita nailed him. The crowd went nuts, they loved it."
For wrestling fans who attended the event, the smaller venue at THS provided some unique access to the action both in and out of the ring. Local wrestling enthusiast Chaz Brown tweeted with Gunner before the main event and said the interaction with the athletes added a new dimension to his experience.
"He's really a nice guy," Brown said of Gunner. "He was making sure you're really enjoying the show. It was cool and brought it to a different level. It was a lot more personal."
In other action, Arik Royal took home the Carolina Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic Championship following a thrilling triple threat match against Ric Converse and WCW's Rick Steiner.
Scrapyard Dog defeated Ooga Booga, Jimmy Parker upended Scotty Matthews, and Kacee Carlisle beat Alexis Parrish in a women's showdown.
Dean said another event is tentatively being planned for late summer at THS to help the school pay for a new public address system in the gym.
CIS of Thomasville provides a wide range of programs to local children. The nonprofit established a weekend backpack feeding program at Liberty Drive Elementary School, helps children buy glasses and other medical necessities, and numerous mentoring and reading initiatives.
For more information on CIS of Thomasville, call Younts at 474-4233.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.