ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer – Pictures Tony Knox
Top stars in Gravesend triple threat action
Left to right: James Mason, Oliver Grey, Josh Faulkner and The Henchmen.
THE scene is set for All Star Wrestling’s final public bill of 2015 at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend, on Friday 4 December when what has become an increasingly hostile feud between James Mason and Oliver Grey is taken to a new level in a triple threat clash that will also involve reigning Superslam title holder, American bombshell Sam Adonis. Pittsburgh-based globetrotter Adonis managed to hang on to the Superslam crown by the skin of his teeth early in November when, as reported below, a three way Croydon clash against the ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz and former WWE star Mason Ryan ended in a ‘No Contest’ verdict. Now he will be pulling out all the stops against South London-born Mason and Devon destroyer Grey who have plenty of issues of their own. Mason has long been one of the most consistent home heavyweight contenders but lost his cool against Grey who hit the international big time during an extended spell in the United States when competing in the WWE’s NXT division including a spell when sharing tag team honours with fellow Brit, Newcastle-born Adrian Neville. The programme begins at 7.30pm and also brings tag team action as The Henchmen, the newest all-heavyweight combination to burst on to the British scene and consisting of bearded hell-raisers Jim Diehard and Benton Destruction, take on a fast rising pairing of 20 year-old Londoner Josh Faulkner who lines-up alongside Sussex sizzler Danny Driscoll. There’s an international showdown with Finland’s ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro facing Blackpool’s colourful ‘Yes Man’ J.D.Bryant while in one of two further contests Liverpool’s classy Zack Gibson goes in against the man known as ‘The Hammer,’ 6ft 1in tall Justin Sysum, the all-round athlete from Gloucester. Tickets, including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children, are now on sale at the Woodville Hall, telephone 01474-337774. Latest event information will appear on All Star’s Facebook at: All Star Wrestling U.K.
Blood spilled in Croydon title clash
In the picture (l to r): Sam Adonis, American Avalanche, Mason Ryan and Charlie Garrett.
MEMORIES of some of the bloody ring battles of the past were revived at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls on Friday 6 November when newly crowned Superslam Champion Sam Adonis took on not one but two opponents in a first title defence – and remained as the proud holder of British wrestling’s most prestigious title when the blood finally stopped flowing! Challenging Adonis were fellow Stateside star the American Avalanche P.N.Neuz and Porthmadog powerhouse Mason Ryan and it was the Welsh star who grabbed the first fall of the match to eliminate the Avalanche. But the 390 pounds Avalanche stayed at ringside and tried to help his countryman when referee Earl Hoskins was knocked down. With Adonis holding Ryan the Avalanche snatched the timekeeper’s bell and stormed into the ring to hit Ryan but after he twisted away it was the champion that took the full force of the metal leaving his head streaming with blood. Although Ryan then grabbed what appeared to be a winning fall, the referee was lying dazed on the other side of the ring and he eventually brought in a ‘No Contest’ verdict. In other matches Charlie Garratt improved his fast climbing rating with a win over Northern Newcomer H.D.Drake before Austria’s Adrian Severe raced to an eight minutes victory over Justin ‘The Hammer’ Sysum. Oliver Grey defeated former Superslam Champion Rampage Brown and Dean Allmark overcame a leg injury to take the verdict over Marty Scurll and joins the evening’s other winners Adonis, Puro, Grey and Garrett to go forward to a Croydon Rumble on Sunday 31 January starting at 4pm in the up close and personal atmosphere of the Fairfield complex’s in the Arnhem Gallery with the rest of the line-up due to be announced at the beginning of January.
All Star headliners coaching in Italy
Facing the camera (l to r): Dean Allmark, Vitto Puro, Justin Sysum and ‘Yes Man’ Bryant.
STRAIGHT after Croydon action earlier in this month, Dean Allmark headed for Stansted Airport to fly out for a week of coaching in Southern Italy for XIW Xtreme Italian Wrestling. There were daily courses in Cantanzaro for the organisation whose rising stars the teenage Tiger Kid and 22 year-old Georgi Sensation saw summer 2015 action in All Star rings. Dean was delighted with the response from course participants aged from 14 years upwards and next up for another XIW coaching series is Superslam title holder Sam Adonis. Meanwhile, head coach Dean is in action every Saturday as the All Star Training School continues to flourish with sessions each week from 10am to 4pm at Bebington Civic Centre on Merseyside. Parents of children interested in seeing what the Training School is all about are invited to attend any session and full details can be obtained by calling 07738-330316.
ALL STAR will be presenting 10 festive period events at the Butlin’s resorts in Bognor Regis and Minehead featuring top campaigners including Oliver Grey, Sam Adonis, Vitto Puro, Tony Spitfire, ‘Yes Man’ J.D.Bryant, Justin ‘The Hammer’ Sysum, Charlie Garrett and James Mason. The bills begin at Bognor Regis on Saturday 12 December with action at Minehead next afternoon. The pattern is repeated on Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 December before a Christmas Eve show at Bognor, Boxing Day action at Minehead and bills at both centres on Tuesday 29 December. Then there are New Year’s Eve contests at Minehead and Bognor action on Saturday 2 January. Sadly, there are no Christmas bills at Butlin’s Skegness this year – a surprising decision by the entertainments staff at the resort where wrestling always pulls in the crowds.