ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer, pictures by Tony Knox
All Star Rumble Rampages Continue
Star names (left to right): Dean Allmark, Johnny Storm, Doug Williams and Thunder
ALL STAR continue with a series of over the top rope rumbles including a first big bill in the Portsmouth area for several years as a Sunday afternoon event as Superslam hits the Southsea Pavilions on March 29th when no one will be more eager to impress than Hampshire local star Jake McClusky. Portchester-born McClusky, dubbed ‘Mister Moonsault,’ will be one of the lighter rumble entrants but maintains a tremendous ring presence with top rivals including Wirral-based Dean Allmark, now bidding to re-establish himself as All Star Superslam title holder, and Devon-born heavyweight contender Oliver Grey last summer’s UK stand-out star when coming home after a two year stint with the WWE’s NXT division in the United States. There will be a Pyramids debut for Blackpool’s blond ‘Yes Man’ J.D.Bryant and new Finnish invader Vito Peru while the line-up also features fast climbing West Country contender Charlie Garrett and Sussex sizzler Danny Driscoll from Battle, near Hastings. Tickets are on sale at the Pyramids on Clarence Parade, Southsea, with bookings and information from 0239-279-9977. Rumble reputations will be at stake again on Tuesday March 31 with a 7.30pm start at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon, where fans may have to pinch themselves to recognise Marty Scurll who has adopted a ‘no more Mister Nice Guy’ image and a much more direct and aggressive approach. Others on view include Welsh force Caden Lay, James Mason, Doug Williams, Josh Faulkner, Oliver Grey and Vito Peru. For bookings call the Towngate Theatre on 01268-465465 with tickets for this – and all other All Star March and April shows – including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children. All Star then welcome April with a rumble at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend, on Thursday April 2 with a line-up including Jonny Storm, Chuck Mambo, Dean Allmark, Jake McClusky, Doug Williams and Tony Spitfire. For bookings call the Woodville Hall on 01474-337774. Further information about all the events will appear on All Star’s website: www.superslamwrestling.com with a late line-up check available from the Wrestlecall phone hot line on 09068-121884, updated every Monday and with calls costing 60p per minute.
Steve Grey in ring to mark Croydon milestone
Left to right: Steve Grey, James Mason, Drew McDonald presentation and Mason Ryan.
NOT ONLY is All Star celebrating a record 45 years in wrestling during 2015, it is also the 30th aniversary of the start of ASW’s long association with the top venue in the South East, the Fairfield Halls at Croydon. To mark the milestone in the next big bill on Friday March 27, one of the Fairfield’s true wrestling legends, former lightweight champion Steve Grey will be returning to the ring to make a special presentation to James Mason who has clocked-up more Croydon outings than any other wrestler. James made his All Star Croydon debut against Jimmy Ocean on October 12, 1993 and has gone on to incredible 90 appearances in solo matches against top stars from home and abroad plus many tag bouts, often partnering Dean Allmark. Bermondsey-born James, who first stepped through the ropes aged just 14, credits Steve Grey as the man who has taught him most in the ring and second in the Croydon appearance list with 80 bouts is another man who made a teenage debut, Robbie Brookside, now working with WWE in the USA. James Mason will also figure in the Croydon main event when going into a three way Superslam title clash against Oliver Grey and belt holder Thunder. Starting at 7.30pm the programme includes a potential tag sizzler as UK Hooligans Roy and Zak Knight take on the intriguing combination of Doug Williams and Marty Scurll, others on view including Dean Allmark, Jake McClusky and Jonny Storm while top ladies action is on the cards as Sweet Saraya takes on Kay Lee Ray in what is the Scots sizzler’s last home appeareance before going off to the USA to tour with top girls promotion Shimmer. Tickets are on sale at the Fairfield Halls Box Office, telephone 0208-0688-9291.
FANS at All Star March events dug deep to raise money in memory of Scottish heavyweight star Drew McDonald who lost a battle with cancer early in February. A magnificent £1,000 was raised and in our picture Mal Mason and Steve Barker are seen with Drew’s partner Monika after they handed over the cheque on behalf of All Star during the Northern Wrestlers’ Reunion at Oulton, near Leeds, on Sunday March 8.
THERE has been a change of start time to 2pm when All Star return to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, for a Sunday afternoon bill on April 26 and confirmed for a return to British action is Mason Ryan, the Welshman who continues to be in big demand on the independent circuit in the United States since finishing a two year stint with WWE. Born Barri Griffiths, he was trained for wrestling by the late Orig Williams and at the Bebington-based All Star School and first made a wrestling impression here as Gladiator Goliath following appearances in the revived Gladiators television show. For Dartford bookings call the Theatre on 01322-220000.
Haven Championship New Summer Highlight
Left to right: Oliver Grey, Kid Fite, Tyson T-Bone, Zak Knight
LAST SUMMER’S introduction of wrestling’s latest glittering prize, the Butlin’s Belt, brought a fresh competitive edge to All Star Superslam presentations at the Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead resorts. Now, for 2015, there will also be new regional championships when wrestling returns to the Haven Holiday Centres in the peak summer period. Four man knockout tournaments will feature at each of more than 30 Haven Centres with the country split into five areas, East Anglia, the North East, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall and Southern England. Already Norfolk-based Hooligans Roy and Zak Knight have confirmed they will be looking for success in East Anglia while Kid Fite could face tough competition in Scotland from B.T.Gunn and the ever improving Kenny Williams; Caden Lay and Tyson T-Bone could be the men to watch in Wales while on the south coast T.J.Stomper and Justin Starr look likely to be on course to renew old rivalries with newcomer Charlie Garrett another major threat. Oliver Grey, declared the outright winner for 2014 after a string of super consistent performances, will be defending the Butlin’s Belt when All Star weigh-in with a dozen events through the Easter period starting with bills at Bognor Regis and Skegness on Saturday March 28. There will more Bognor action on Tuesday March 31 and at Skegness on Thursday April 2 with subsequent dates: Saturday April 4 – Skegness and Bognor; Tuesday 7 – Bognor; Saturday 11 – Bognor, Skegness and Minehead; Wednesday 15 – Bognor; Saturday 18 – Bognor.