ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer, pictures by Tony Knox
Ryan v Adonis in Bouremouth summer clash
In the picture ( to r): Mason Ryan, Sam Adonis, Kay Lee Ray and Toni Storm
AFTER taking the United States by storm through three years of WWE action, Welsh force Mason Ryan is back in Britain and set to headline a summer spectacular from All Star Wrestling at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Ballroom on Thursday 27 August when opposing transatlantic heavyweight dynamo Sam Adonis. Blond bombshell Adonis, from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, has never looked back since first following in the wrestling footsteps of his elder brother who campaigns around the world as Sterling J.Keenan. Adonis storms into the ring draped in a Stars and Stripes flag and with the strains of ‘Born in the USA’ ringing around the hall then, with hair flying, always takes a very direct approach. The muscular Ryan, alias Barri Griffiths from Porthmadoc in North Wales, first campaigned as Gladiator Goliath, trained by the late Orig Williams, sticking to the name used when he took part in the revived ITV show ‘Gladiators’ during 2009. He keeps himself in tip top physical condition with a style developed from a distinguished amateur career and has also seen action in Japan. The Bournemouth programme starts at 7.30pm and is part of a 45th anniversary tour by All Star, now easily Europe’s longest-estblished wrestling promotion. More top contests include a chance for Jonny Storm to demonstrates his all-round talent in a clash with Marty Scurll, the now bearded East Anglian campaigner who has adopted a much more controversial style in recent times. Further American talent will be on view as ring magician Chad Collyer takes on the Hampshire’s ever energetic campaigner Andy Simmonz. There’s also international ladies action with Australian sizzler Toni Storm facing a tough test from Kay Lee Ray, the flame haired Scottish star who made a big impression in the TNA’s British Boot Camp series last winter, figuring in the final stages of the event in the USA. Tickets, including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children are now on sale at the Pavilion box office, telephone 0844-5763000. Further information about the event will appear on All Star’s Facebook page at: All Star Wrestling U.K.
Top battles signed-up for Rhyl Town Hall
Photo call (l to r): Oliver Grey, USA’s Juice Robinson, Robbie Dynamite, Dean Allmark.
RIVALRIES from competition in WWE’s NXT Division in the United States will be renewed when Britain’s Oliver Grey and recently arrived 26 year-old Juice Robinson line-up on opposing sides in a tag clash during All Star’s summer series at Rhyl Town Hall on a date to be confirmed later this month. Crowds have built steadily since Tuesday evening bills resumed at the North Wales resort last month and Devon-born Grey is set to join forces with Mason Ryan against Robinson, like Grey a former TNX tag title holder, and partner Sam Adonis. Robinson, from Joilet, Illinois, stands 6ft 2in and tips the scales at 220 pounds and has been a professional since a debut in America’s mid-South during March 2009 before moving on to make his mark in in WWE’s Florida Championship Wrestling developmental operation, campaigning as C.J.Parker. More Rhyl ‘needle’ has burst to the fore with Potteries powerhouse Robbie Dynamite returning to the ring with just one man, former Superslam title holder Dean Allmark, firmly in his sights. The pair figured in some explosive matches until Dynamite decided to take a break from wrestling, but now he’s back and every bit as determined and dangerous. There’s Rhyl action still to come on Tuesdays 18 and 25 August starting at 7pm each week and with tickets on sale at the Town Hall doors on the night or in advance at Rhyl Tourist Information Centre, telephone 01475-344515. Three trainees from the All Star Wrestling School have also made the most of chances to impress in the Rhyl bills this summer with 18 year-olds Marcus Holden from Bebington and Ryan Stanley from Little Sutton, Merseyside, pulling out all the stops while there was an impressive debut for 16 year-old girls prospect Sam Rigg against Kay Lee Ray. The Wrestling School resumes training sessions at Bebington Civic Centre between 10am to 4pm every Saturday from 12 September.
Huge crowds for All Star at Butlin’s Centres
Left to right: Davey Blaze, Danny Collins, James Mason and Germany’s Adrian Severe.
ALL STAR Superslam events are currenly pulling in record crowds at the Butlin’s and Haven Holiday Centres with the season at a number of Haven locations extended by an extra week into September to meet the high demand as competition for the five regional Haven belts gets keener all the time. Among wrestlers setting the pace are Charlie Garratt in the West and Wales while US globetrotter Chad Collier and Marty Scurll look to be the men to beat on the south coast. To the east Zack Knight is maintaining a cracking pace but faces a Continental threat from the ever controversial Lord Robin and in the North and North West ‘Yes Man’ J.D.Bryan is holding his own in the face of experienced rivals including Dean Allmark and aerial ace El Ligero. North of the border Glasgow star Davey Blaze, a winning entrant in ITV’s ‘Take Me Out,’ continues a fantastic year of form, while Kid Fite is another big threat having stepped into the ring with TNA stars Davey Richards and Mr Anderson as well as making successful trips to Germany and Denmark. On the Butlin’s beat, Superslam events at the Bognor Regis each Tuesday and Saturday see the Reds Arena packed with crowds of more than a thousand – and this is despite competition from dance group Diversitry who have a weekly Saturday date at same time in another of the site’s theatres. There are Thursday and Saturday lunchtime bouts at Skegness, the latter bringing welcome regular weekend appearances by seasoned campaigner Danny Collins while Wednesday and Sunday are wrestling days at Minehead. Home stars face an on-going foreign treat and while Finland’s Vito Puro and German force Hans Hoffman have completed their tours, Bavaria-based Adrian Severe continues to drum up a storm and has had some toe to toe clashes with James Mason. Also proving tough to beat is Swedish contender Fabian.