ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer, pictures by Tony Knox
Mason Ryan heading for Dartford ring date
In the picture (l to r): Mason Ryan, Nathan Cruz, Jonny Storm, UK Hooligan Roy Knight.
AFTER hitting the headlines in the United States for the past two years, heavyweight force Mason Ryan is making a flying visit home and will be going into action during a Sunday afternoon Superslam Spectacular from All Star Wrestling at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on April 26 when the action begins at 2pm and a string of top campaigners will be seen in addition to 6ft 1in tall Welshman Ryan. A product of All Star’s own Merseyside-based Training School after first being encouraged to train by the late Orig Williams, Ryan became well known in UK rings as Gladiator Goliath after featuring when the popular ITV ‘Gladiators’ series was revived. He then hit the transatlantic wrestling big time with a WWE run continuing into 2014 before touring extensively for American independent promoters since. Other top stars on view at Dartford will include Wirral-based Dean Allmark, now bidding to re-establish himself as All Star Superslam title holder; high flying Mexican style luchador El Ligero; while there will also be an invasion by top tag twosome the UK Hooligans, brothers Roy and Zak Knight from Norfolk. There event also brings an Orchard Theatre debut for Blackpool’s blond ‘Yes Man’ J.D.Bryant and new Finnish invader Vito Peruu while the line-up also features fast climbing West Country contender Charlie Garrett and Sussex sizzler Danny Driscoll from Battle – and no one will need a second glance to spot ring ‘Prima Donna’ Nathan Cruz, the outspoken Humbersider who is intent on following in Mason Ryan’s footsteps to earn himself a chance with WWE in the United States. More contrasting characters on view will be wrestling’s ‘mighty midget’ Mark ‘Little Legs’ Sealey; fiercely competitive blonde bombshell Toni Storm, Australia’s latest contender for ladies honours; while the sparks can always be relied upon to fly when Essex-based pace-setter Jonny Storm climbs into the ring.Tickets, including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children are now on sale at the Orchard Theatre box office, telephone 01322-220000. Further information about the event 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.
James Mason – Oliver Grey: Needle increasing!
Left to right: James Mason presentation, Oliver Grey, Dean Allmark and Caden Lay.
JAMES Mason’s amazing record of more than 90 appearances at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, was marked during All Star’s late March Superslam event by a presention that brought back two of the South London venue’s most popular past stars. Former lightweight title holder Steve Grey was joined by martial arts ace ‘Iron Fist’ Clive Myers who was in the country for a brief break from his present base in Trinidad. No one has stepped into the Fairfield Halls spotlight more frequently than the Bermondsey-born heavyweight who maintains a tremendous level of consistency with his ring performances. Apart from keeping on the pressure as metal masked Superslam Champion Thunder continues to see off all challengers, an intense rivalry has developed between James and Devon-born powerhouse Oliver Grey and they are now set to go head to head in the top contest of an extra All Star presentation at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend, on Friday 19 June. Grey was the stand-out star of last summer’s action are coming home fro the USA and a lengthy spell in WWE NXT Division action before becoming the first holder of the Butlin’s Belt. After a big crowd for All Star’s Easter rumble event in Skegness there will be a summer date at the Embassy Centre on Thursday 30 July and Europe’s longest-established promoter will also be returning to Bournemouth for summer action on Thursday 27 August.
THE All Star Training School continues to flourish with sessions every Saturday from 10am to 4pm at Bebington Civic Centre on Merseyside and, once again, summer bills at Rhyl Town Hall will be a proving ground for some of the emerging talent. In addition to North Wales’ own heavyweight star and former Training School graduate Caden Lay, last year students including Rufus Jacobs, A.J.Silver, Big Kahula, Justin Sane and girls prospect Sammi Rae eagerly seized opportunities to debut in front of a live audience and show just what they had learned from head coach Dean Allmark and his team. For 2015, the opening Rhyl programme is scheduled for Tuesday 21 July from 7.30pm and the top stars of the ring will be at the North Wales resort each each Tuesday through to 25 August. Parents of children interested in seeing what the Training School is all about are invited to attend any Saturday session and full details can be obtained by calling 07738-330316.
Charlie Garrett – Danny Duggan = top new talent!
Facing the camera (l to r): Charlie Garrett, Danny Duggan, Jack Starz and Toby Clements.
ALL STAR continue to give emerging talent a chance to shine and two contenders currently seizing their chances are West Country action man Charlie Garrett and South London shooting star Danny Duggan. Garrett, the 23 year-old from Bath who has been mentored by tatooed heavyweight force Tyson T-Bone, is completely focussed as far as his wrestling future is concerned telling us: ‘I want to continue to make the strides I have over the last years and be the next Beritish wrestler to leave oiur shores and go on to further my career.’ Garrett also forms one half of the ‘Alpha Males’ tag pairing with Welshman Iestyn Rees. Duggan, from Balham, is just as determined to make his mark and impressed in a March debut for All Star at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Despite only starting last year, 24 year-old Danny has made rapid progress benefitting from training with established stars including Doug Williams, Martin Stone and Johnny Kidd while also learning from past ring greats such as Tony Skarlo, Johnny Saint and Marty Jones. Standing 5ft 10in and weighing 208 pounds, he made an international debut in Germany last December and says a a career highlight so far was lining-up alongside former WWE tag champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Equally determined and energetic is Kent campaigner Chuck Mambo who came originally from Newquay, and spent many teen hours looking for the legendary big waves at the Cornish resort’s surfing beaches. Also getting themselves noticed are two products of Robbie Brookside’s Leicester-based wrestling school, 23 year-old Jack Starz and Toby Clements who is now 18. Leicester local lad Jack and stocky Home Counties campaigner Toby have been to Germany to see action in Hannover and wasted little time in making an impression at All Start venues last winter and in Superslam events at the Butlin’s centres.