Most people who have met Antrone Brewer know him as a Thomson firefighter, not as "Da Fireman," his professional wrestling alter ego.
Brewer, who works for the City of Thomson Fire Rescue Department, has been wrestling for more than a year. He travels across Georgia, and particularly in the Atlanta area, to compete.
This Saturday, Brewer will step into the ring for the first time for his hometown audience at the first Fall Brawl, an event he organized.
The event will take place at Norris Elementary School. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first match will begin at 7.
It will include eight matches featuring athletes from the independent wrestling circuit, including both former and potential WWE wrestlers, Brewer said.
He met most of them while traveling and competing. Many are coming to Thomson from other cities and states, one as far away as Chicago.
Their characters range from a bodyguard to a skateboarder to a biker.
"You want to pick something that people can relate to when they come out there," Brewer said. "The goal is to relate to the fans so they have someone to get behind and cheer for."
He said he started out as a "good guy" but, over time, has transformed into more of a villain.
"It's the fans that decide who's good and who's bad, and if they like you they're going to cheer for you," he said. "My persona is totally different than the guy I'm really like. I'm hoping nobody will hold it against me."
The matches vary from a triple threat match pitting three wrestlers against each other, a tag team match with two wrestlers on each team and single matches.
The most important aspect of wrestling is entertaining the crowd, Brewer said.
"When I get a reaction from it, I'm happy," he said. "If I get a reaction, I'm doing my job. That's the best part of it. It's such an adrenaline rush."
Wrestlers will sign autographs and be available for photos after the matches are over. There will be a concession stand and a merchandise booth.
The event is sponsored by local businesses, and all proceeds will go to local charities.
Plenty of general admission tickets are still available, but the ringside floor seats are almost sold out, Brewer said.
Floor seating is $12. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children younger than 4 are free. Tickets can be purchased at Hogie Joe's and The McDuffie Progress or online at ticketbud.com with the keyword "Fall Brawl."
For more information, contact Brewer at (706)986-9445.