ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer – Pictures Tony Knox
Sam success sparks Superslam storm
Left to right: Sam Adonis, ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz, Mason Ryan and James Mason.
SAM ADONIS hurled a huge spanner into the Superslam Championship works when defeating James Mason to win the vacant title at Croydon on Saturday 3 October. The South London-born home favourite and American heavyweight force Adonis were nominated to meet in a Fairfield Halls ladder match when Britain’s most prestigious title was declared vacant after metal masked monster Thunder, holder since November 2014, was side-lined by a serious knee injury for which he is now awaiting surgery and is likely to be absent from the ring until into 2016. It took Adonis just under 20 minutes to subdue Mason sufficiently to clamber up the ladder and snatch the belt which had been suspended a tantalising 20 feet above the canvas. That was only the beginning! Within just a few minutes, two potential title contenders had rushed into the ring and the challenges were flying fast and furiously. Fans were shocked when fellow Stateside globetrotter the ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz climbed through the routes to demand a title shot insisting that if anyone was going to take the belt back across the USA for the first time since towering Broady Steele’s reign in 2007-2008, it was going to be him! That was too much for Mason Ryan who stormed forward to point out that he holds victories over both Adonis and the ‘Avalanche’ and was therefore the rightful number one contender. All Star Wrestling settled the arguments by quickly announcing that Adonis would defend the Superslam Belt back in the Fairfield Hall ring on Friday 6 November in a triple threat showdown against both the ‘Avalanche’ and Welsh powerhouse Ryan. Final conditions for the clash, heading a big bill starting at 7.30pm, will be announced nearer the time of the event but tickets are already on sale at the Fairfield Halls Box Office (telephone 0208-688-9291) and include a special family ticket for £45 covering two adults and two children under 16.
Top stars heading for Croydon contests
In the picture (l to r): Rampage Brown, Marty Scurll, Dean Allmark and Justin Sysum.
MORE top action lined-up for Croydon on 6 November includes a heavyweight showdown between two men with very definite championship aspirations of their own. There was an explosive return to All Star rings by Yorkshire-based Rampage Brown, a former Superslam title holder, during the summer and he aims to make his presence felt in a contest with reigning Butlin’s Belt holder Oliver Grey, the West Country-born star who has been consistently impressive since coming home last year following a successful American run with the NXT division of the WWE. There will be no quarter given in another Fairfield Halls featured contest when top favourite Dean Allmark takes on Marty Scurll, the hard-hitter from East Anglia who insists that he is no longer ‘Mister Nice Guy.’ The Scurll approach has certainly taken a tougher and more gritty direction in recent times since he figured in TNA British Boot Camp events and he is confident of fully extending Wirral-based ‘Extreme’ Dean who got his hands on some championship silver wear last summer when claiming the Haven Belt for the North and North West. The Croydon line-up will also include a debut by Justin Sysum, the man they call ‘The Hammer,’ and who marked his arrival on the All Star scene in spectacular style when seeing off a string of more experienced rivals to win the Haven Belt for Wales and the West. Sysum hails from Gloucester and is a former Hammer Thrower, also turning his hand to gymnastics and American Football, and all while securing an honours degree in biology at Southampton University!
FOR Mason Ryan the sound of a wrestling bell will change to church bells on 21 October when his fiancée Julie becomes Mrs Barri Griffiths in a ceremony at Porthmadog in North Wales. It will be a small scale family event with plans for a blessing and larger gathering in the New Year. And Barri will resume his Mason Ryan alter-ego the very next evening to return to ring action in an All Star presentation at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone, Kent, on Friday 23 October when the action begins at 7.30pm.
All Star feature talent from home and afar
Facing the camera: Fearless Flatliner, Adrian Severe, Charlie Garrett and Xia Brookside.
FRIDAY 16 October marks the start of a run of 15 All Star presentations in little more than three weeks – and there are also nine Superslam events spread between the Butlin’s Resorts at Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness through the same period. The programmes will feature current headliners including Sam Adonis, Mason Ryan, Rampage Brown, Oliver Grey, James Mason, Dean Allmark and the ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz with rising stars including Bath-based Charlie Garrett making the most of opportunities to stand toe to toe with established stars. Just as eager to continue progress will be Blackpool’s ‘Yes Man’ J.D.Bryan while there will be a welcome return at some southern venues for Chris Manns, better known as the irrepressible Fearless Flatliner. Germany-based Adrian Severe will be back, along with Hans Hoffman and Finnish ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro. The October run sees All Star back on Merseyside for a Saturday 17 bill from 7pm at the Floral Hall, New Brighton, before next afternoon brings a big bill at the Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth, where start time is 3pm. The new season opens in the Potteries at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, on Saturday 24 October, starting at 7.30pm, there are two seaside bills on Wednesday 28, at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, and Rhyl Town Hall, both will 7pm bell times. Butlin’s action begins at Bognor Regis on Saturdays 17 and 24 October; Skegness weighs-in from the 24th and there are Minehead events on Sunday 25 and Wednesday 28. Its back to Bognor on Tuesday 27, Skegness on Thursday 29 and Saturday 31 while there’s also another Bognor bonanza on Saturday 31.
AFTER impressing during a visit to the WWE’s NXT development operation, Xia Brookside is staying on in the United States. Seventeen-year-old Xia, who impressed in summer appearances for All Star, is extending what was originally a holiday visiting her coach and step dad Robbie Brookside who has now been in a training and talent spotting role with WWE for a number of months.