ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer, pictures by Tony Knox
Grey determined to keep Butlin’s title
Facing the camera (left to right): Oliver Grey, Rampage Brown, Dave Mastiff, Mason Ryan.
THE Butlin’s Belt was spectacularly inaugurated in All Star Superslam bills through the summer of 2014 and first winner OIliver Grey is leaving no one in the slightest doubt that his mission for 2015 is to triumph yet again! The impressive belt, presented by the management of the legendary holiday business, is again being contested at the Butlin’s resorts in Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead with Devon-born Grey facing keen competition from home and overseas contenders. Now 28 and originating from Exeter, he played rugby and was a judo competitor in his teens while also working as a forester with first appearances in home wrestling rings campaigning as Joel Redman before heading off to the United States in 2012 to star as Oliver Grey in the WWE’s developmental territory TNX. There he joined forces with fellow Brit Adrian Neville, best-known to home fans as PAC, to win the TNX tag team championship, a major success when returning to action after being side-lined for a spell with a torn cruciate ligament. After returning home in May last year he decided to stick with the Grey ring name and quickly became summer 2014’s stand-out star with impressive displays against far heavier rivals including the 240 pounds ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz and Superslam title holder Thunder. For 2015 the competition will be just as keen with home contenders including Rampage Brown, bearded Midlands hard man Dave Mastiff and Welsh powerhouse Mason Ryan, now campaigning here again after a couple of years of American success with WWE.
Haven action gears-up with 5 new Championships
Haven photo call, left to right: Jonny Storm, Justin Sysum, Charlie Garrett and Kid Fite.
AFTER the success of the Butlin’s Belt introduced last summer, the 2015 season will gain further emphasis with all of more than 30 Haven Holiday Centres that feature All Star Wrestling presentations figuring in new regional competitions. The Haven management has put up five impressive matching belts which will be contested at centres in Southern England; along the East Coast; in Wales and the West of England; in the North and North West and, north of the border in Scotland. At the end of the summer the five winners will go forward to an autumn final at a venue to be announced in due course. Top talent from home and abroad will be seen with Southern contenders including no more Mr Nice Guy Marty Scurll; the ever unruly T.J.Stomper; all-rounder Andy Simmonz; fast climbing Warren Brady; the ‘Wonder Kid’ himself, Jonny Storm and ‘The Hammer’ Justin Sysum. The action will be equally competitive in Wales and the West where contenders will include tattooed force Tyson T-Bone; Bath action ace Charlie Garrett; the ‘Wild Boar’ Mike Hitchman and Welsh express Iestyn Rees. On the East Coast the UK Hooligans Roy and Zak Knight will both be making solo belt challenges with a European threat from Belgium’s always competitive Lord Robin (Robin Lequime) while eager stars like Joey Osborne and Aaron Frost will be just as determined to make their mark. In the North and North West wins will be hard to pick-up with line-ups including London-born heavyweight force James Mason, Wirral based favourite Dean Allmark, Blackpool’s ‘Yes Man’ J.D.Bryan and high flying Mexican-style luchador El Ligero. Haven Centres action in Scotland attracts some of the biggest circuit crowds and once again it looks as if well-travelled Kid Fite will be the man to beat although there will be no shortage of triers including Glasgow star Davey Blaze who appeared on ITV’s ‘Take Me Out’ and BBC1’s ‘Insane Fight Club,’ plus the ever competitive B.T.Gunn will be in the running again along with Lou King Sharp, the latest young star to emerge from the PBW Academy.
Overseas stars target British events
Left to right: Vitto Puro, Adrian Severe, Hans Hoffman and Hakeem Wakur.
BRITISH rings are again proving a tempting target for wrestling stars from Europe, Scandinavia and further afield with top talent looking for All Star Superslam action. First seen last year and now back to build on the not inconsiderable impact he achieved then is Finland’s tattooed ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro. Hailing from his country’s former capital Turku and proudly wearing the white and blue national flag on his arm, Puro has a direct style that doesn’t involve taking too many prisoners. He is equally at home in solo or team action and is also recognised in Scandinavia as a fully qualified referee. Sweden may not be regarded as a great producer of wrestling talent but one man out to change things is heavyweight flier Fabian, now getting a first taste of competition here. As with many campaigners from Nordic parts, Fabian developed his skills in Germany and is clearly out to match the impact of Finland’s Vitto Puro. Contenders trained in Germany by former British star Steve Wright and his son Alex are also bidding to drum up a summer storm. Bavaria-based Adrian Severe caused more than a few heads to turn in a 2014 UK debut tour and is back along with Hans Hoffman who also impressed last year. They are joined by determined newcomer and ‘Arabian Sandstorm,’ Israel-born Hakeem Waqur who weighs-in at a solid 231 pounds.
Sam Adonis is back with a mission!
Pictured (left to right): Sam Adonis, Chad Collyer, Georgi Sensation and the Tiger Kid.
THE British summer scene would seem a quiet place without a visit by Sam Adonis and, true to form, America’s blond bombshell has returned for a 2015 campaign from which we all know what to expect after he strides into the ring carrying the stars and stripes flag with the strains of ‘Born in the USA’ ringing around the halls. Now 26, Sam has never regretted the encouragement to take the wrestling plunge received from his elder brother who is still campaigning around the world as Sterling J.Keenan. Back too after a break of several years will be Chad Collyer, holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree, who has been appearing in American magic shows and is confident of being able to conjure-up some wrestling success. Chad’s first appearances will come during All Star wrestling events as part of the Route 66 Motor Show at Bournemouth on Saturday and Sunday July 4 and 5. There will be two bouts each afternoon with no additional charge above event admission and with Thunder, T.J.Stomper and Warren Brady among others on view. Both Sam and Chad are also lined-up for an ASW summer spectacular at the Embassy Centre, Skegness, on Thursday 30 July with the action starting at 7pm also featuring Superslam Champion Thunder and Rampage Brown. Two young stars from Italy are also bidding to shine in All Star summer competition with 24 year-old high flyer Georgi Sensation receiving rave reviews for displays against top talent including international ace Joe Legend. There are also glowing reports of masked teenage ace the Tiger Kid who hails from Cantanzaro in Southern Italy and started training when aged just 13, quickly impressing under tuition from hard core legend Sabu and ex-WWE star Paul London.