ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
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Croydon hosts opening 2015 rumble!
Photo check (left to right): Thunder, Oliver Grey, James Mason.
ALL STAR Wrestling promise an explosive opening to their 45th year of promotions with every man for himself over the top rope action at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on Saturday January 10 when a special feature to start the anniversary celebrations will be free admission for children accompanying a ticket buying adult! From small beginnings in 1970 with an opening bill at Marple in Cheshire, All Star founder Brian Dixon has never looked and back since a first event in the mid-1980s, the Fairfield Halls has become the organisation’s premier venue in Southern England. It will be time to rumble at the end of the 2015 Croydon opener which starts at 3pm and heading the line-up, with 12 top wrestlers entering the fray at one minute intervals, will be Thunder, the metal masked force who returns to the scene of his November triumph when defeating Dean Allmark to become Superslam Championship belt holder. Thunder is determined to maintain his momentum but will face some tough opposition including Devon-born heavyweight contender Oliver Grey who was the stand-out star of last summer’s home action when returning after a two year stint with the WWE’s NXT division in the United States. London will be represented by Bermondsey-born heavyweight favourite James Mason who has produced some of the most outstanding performances of his career in both solo and tag team appearances in the Fairfield Halls ring, while pulling out all the stops to maintain his own impressive progress will be 19 year-old Josh Faulkner, the Victoria-based youngster who combines wrestling with conditioning and strength science studies at Twickenham’s St.Mary’s University. Norfolk brothers Roy and Zack Knight, best known as the tag team scene’s notorious UK Hooligans, for once go their separate ways and the line-up will also include South Coast hit-man T.J.Stomper, extrovert contender Warren Brady and Nathan McKenzie, another young man tipped for the top. There will be a Croydon debut for bearded hillbilly heavyweight character Cousin Jake Wyatt, North East action star Tony Spitfire will be on view while one man needing no introduction will be Mexican style masked high flyer El Ligero. Tickets are now on sale at the Fairfield Halls box office with telephone bookings to 0208-688-9291.
Gangrel sets his sights on UK glory
In the picture (left to righty): ‘Vampire Warrior Gangrel, The UK Hooligans and Dean Allmark.
WRESTLING’S legendary ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel arrives to start a British tour for All Star at Milton Keynes Theatre on Thursday January 15 and will be seen in tag team and solo clashes through the remainder of the month before continuing in February after a short trip back to the United States for televised event commitments. A star with both WWF and its more recent successor WWE through two decades, Gangrel joins home force Thunder for a tag clashes against opponents including Norfolk brothers Roy and Zack Knight, better known as the UK Hooligans, who have recently returned from Germany where their aggressive and direct approach won a tournament to decide new European tag champions. James Mason and Dean Allmark are also reviving a previously successful tag team combination. After the Milton Keynes Theatre event, starting at 7.30pm and with bookings to 0844-8717622, the action continues on Saturday January 17 at the Alban Arena in St.Albans (7.30pm) when Gangrel faces a solo test against 2014 Butlins Belt winner Oliver Grey and with bookings to 01727-844488. Then there’s afternoon action at Bournemouth Pavilion on Sunday January 18 (3pm) for a tag battle with Gangrel and Thunder facing the Hooligans. For advance bookings call 0844-57630000. All Star return to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre with a 7.30pm start on Friday January 23 (bookings: 0844-87130170) and then there’s a Sunday afternoon spectacular at the Hexagon, Reading on January 25, from 3pm (bookings 0118-9696090). All Star complete their January run at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, on Friday January 30 (7.30pm start) with bookings to 01732-450175 and will be at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, on Saturday January 31, also starting at 7.30pm and with seats bookable to 0151-666-0000.
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Left to right: 2015 All Star magazine; Xia Brookside and Toni Storm
FURTHER information on All Star presentations into 2015 can be found on the ASW Facebook page at All Star Wrestling U.K. and you can also follow us on our new Twitter account @superslamwrest1 while late line-up news is never far away from the long established Wrestlecall telephone hot line, updated every Monday on 09068-121884 and with calls costing 60p. per minute. A special 2015 edition of the All Star Wrestling Magazine, celebrating the start of a 45th year of continuous presentations around the country, is now available and can be bought for £2 at the sales table at every tournament, along with a big range of WWE and other wrestling souvenirs at value for money prices. The new magazine, with full colour throughout, remembers many of the stars who have featured for All Star down the years and comes right up to date with news of Thunder’s Superslam title success and that of Oliver Grey in becoming first holder of the Butlin’s Belt. New stars trained for the ring by Robbie Brookside, including his teenage daughter Zia Brookside, are introduced while we check on the progress of other fast climbing talent including Josh Faulkner and Charlie Garrett and new ladies invaders, Leah von Dutch from Canada and Australia’s Toni Storm. Also spotlighted is Norfolk’s Knight Dynasty – Ricky Knight with sons Roy and Zack, wife Sweet Saraya and daughter Paige, now hitting the Stateside big time with WWE.
FOLLOWING its usual break through the festive season, the All Star Wrestling School will be back in operation at Bebington Civic Centre every Saturday from January 17 with sessions running from 10am through to 4pm each week. Once again head trainer Dean Allmark will be bringing in a succession of guest trainers as we move towards spring and, as always, there is an open invitation for parents to bring along youngsters for a trial training session. Children’s parties are also another popular feature at Bebington offering a wrestling themed fun-filled experience and details of parties and training sessions can be obtained by calling 07738-330-316.