Words by RUSSELL PLUMMER - Pictures from TONY KNOX

A FANTASTIC 250,000 fans watched All Star Superslam action in the peak six week summer run from the middle of July to the end of August with huge crowds for the twice weekly presentations at the Butlins resorts in Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis along with equally enthusiastic turn-outs for more than 30 weekly events at Haven Holiday Centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Well supported public bills at Blackpool Winter Gardens and the Town Hall in Rhyl added to the totals and even the temptation of the beaches in the hottest summer for years failed to deter wrestling fans from flocking to see events featuring top home talent and a string of overseas visitors from North America, Japan and European centres. Few campaigners created a bigger impression than uncompromising heavyweight force T.J.Stomper (above left) while Robbie Dynamite drummed up storms wherever he appeared, often pursuing bitter rival  Dean Allmark in solo clashes, or in tag action alongside Rampage Brown. A newcomer who regularly caught the eye was London-based 'mountain of muscle' Leon Shah and another who always has plenty to say, 'Prima Donna'  Nathan Cruz (above right), also let his wrestling do the talking with some blistering Butlins performances and along with the Stomper, Shah and Dynamite and other stars will be ready for action when All Star's 2013-2014 winter season gets underway in the middle of October with opening events at the Oakengates Theatre in Telford on Friday 18 and with Saturday 19 bills at Dudley Town with a 3pm afternoon start before there's an evening sizzler on Merseyside at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, with a bell time of 7.30. Other top venues include Skegness Embassy Centre (Wednesday 23); Hanley Victoria Hall (Saturday 26); Croydon Fairfield Halls (Sunday 27 at 3pm); the Beck Theatre at Hayes on Monday 28 October and Gravesend's Woodville Hall on Tuesday 29. All Star return to Scunthorpe Baths Hall on Thursday Ocotber 24 and also back in the schedules are Derby Assemby Rooms on Saturday November 6 (start 6pm) and into 2014 there will be and All Star line-up at The Hexagon, Reading, on Saturday 25 January, starting at 6.30pm. For full details of dates and advance booking numbers click to enter the 'Calendar of Events' section of this website and you can also stay in touch through the 09068-121884 Wrestlecall hotline's weekly updates every Monday, and by visiting us on Facebook at All Star Wrestling U.K.



WRESTLERS who made up All Star's summer invasion force from the United States and European countries are now heading for home and among them will be Sam Adonis who has certainly caused heads to turn during a stay of more than two years. The 24 year-old from Pittsburgh, Penysylvannia, pictured above far left, younger brother of American indie star Sterling J.Keenan, had some epic battles during the summer against home heavyweight force James Mason (seen centre left), the North East's 'Seconds Out' Tony Spitfire and 'Dorset Destroyer' Justin Starr. Sam says he plans to spend some time on home territory in the US but seems almost certain to get itchy feet and head off on his travels again in the future. North America will still have a formidable representation when the new winter season gets under way next month with the 390 pounds 'American Avalanche' P.N.Neuz (centre right) set to return. Europe will be represented in the coming winter by 21 year-old Austrian campaigner Jack Hammer (far right) who made his professional debut in 2010 after first training in the USA with Ohio Valley Wrestling under Nick Dinsmore, formerly WWE star Eugene. Standing six-foot-one and weighting-in at 235 pounds, he arrives here after autumn action in France and will again be looking to make good use of his power slam Jack Hammer signature move.

DESPITE a lot of rumour and speculation in recent weeks that wrestling could return to ITV screens, the company has emphatically denied it has any plans to bring back the sort of action last seen regularly in the late 1980s. 'It is undoubtedly sad news, but true,' said managing director Brian Dixon whose All Star presentations gave televised action a shot in the arm during the final years before then ITV supremo Greg Dyke pulled the plug.





AFTER taking its usual summer break the All Star Wrestling School will be back in action every Saturday from 14 September with sessions each week from 10am to 4pm at Bebington Civic Centre on Merseyside. Head coach Dean Allmark (pictured above left) and his team are ready to welcome trainees old and new and younger potential recruits are welcome to attend with their parents and find all aout the school which celebrated its seventh birthday earlier in 2013. During those seven years a whole string of trainees have graduated into the professional ranks including 'Lightning Kids' Adam Davies and Ben Levy, Simon 'TNT' Davies, Luke Hardy, the always outspoken Ringo Ryan, 'Union' Jack Askew, Cheshire force Tyson Taylor (above centre left), tattooed battler Carl Curtis, the ever energetic Andy Anderson and 19 year-old Sean Morel (pictured centre right) who was crowned 2013 'Young Wrestler of the Year' just a few months back. 'Rollerball' Mark Rocco and Neil Sands are among a number of top stars from the past who have visited the school and more guest trainers will attend during the winter months following in the footsteps of past guests including El Ligero, American globetrotters Sam Adonis and Brodie Steele, Canadian ace Joe Legend plus former home title holder Robbie Brookside.The school is also taking bookings for its popular wrestling themed children's parties with two hours of fun including an inflatable ring, meetings with professional stars and food. For details of parties and the training school the number to call is 07738-330316.

IT will be farewell to Ricky Knight  (pictured above, far right) who hangs up his boots after a last appearance in his native Norwich during October. The self-styled 'Norfolk Knightmare' first came to prominence as one half of the 'Super Flys' tag combination with partner Jimmy Ocean and they were reunited last year when Jimmy came out of retirement to join Ricky as the 'Super Flys' faced 'Liverpool Lads' Robbie Brookside and Frankie Sloan in All Star's 'Night of the Legends' event at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Ricky will still take an active interest wrestling from outside the ring but the rest of the Knight dynasty - Ricky's wife Sweet Saraya, US-based daughter Britani and sons Roy and Zak - all continue to compete.





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