There’s nothing like coming home, and that’s especially true when coming home includes an opportunity to rumble in front of a live audience.
Don’t believe it, just ask Jerry “Tha Chef” Carr, who will return to his native home of Sampson on Saturday, Aug. 6, to face off against the American GI in a Wild Card wrestling match Carr is hoping hometown folks will come out to see. The match will take place at Union Elementary School.
“My entire family is very excited for me to come home to participate in the event, and I’m ecstatic as well,” said Carr during a telephone interview this week.
Wrestling has been in his blood since he was a youngster when, he recalled, his dad, nieces and nephews would wrestle in the back yard. “That’s what got me stoked,” he attested.
He was so excited, in fact, that Carr decided to follow his dream, taking him thousands of miles away from Sampson to learn how to wrestle. All his work, and time away, however, paid off. He now holds the title of MIW Heavyweight Champion.
Carr lived in Ivanhoe in Sampson County for the first 16 years of his life. He then moved to Clinton, joined the Job Corps, where he learned to weld and earned his GED. From there he moved to Charlotte for a few years and then to California where he learned to wrestle.
He made his wrestling debut in 1999 in Texas as a independent working throughout the California promotion Empire Wrestler Wresting Federation, Mayhem Wrestling Entertainment and Mach One Pro Wrestling.
Carr comes full circle on Aug. 6 when he returns to his roots for the wrestling event at Union.
“It’s the only place they can see a true wrestling event live,” Carr pointed out about the event. “Now the only place they can see wrestling is on television.” He went on say he wanted to do something for a community that he fondly remembers.
Carr is the son of the late Simon Corbett and Annie Davis Carr. He has five siblings — Andrew, Simon, Frankie, Gtoe, and Melissa.
When asked how he the received the name “Tha Chef,” he stated he was driving on the freeway one day and it simply popped into his head. It pretty much stuck and soon it took off. “It’s been that way for the last 17 years,” he said of his title.
Music for the Aug. 6 event will be provided by DJP Money, and the announcer will be Andrew Carr.
“I hope folks will come out and join us. I believe they will have a really good time,” Carr stressed.
Tickets for the event ate $10 for adults; kids’ tickets are $5, and children under 6 get in free. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Melony Henderson can be reached at [email protected] or 910-376-2127.