ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer, pictures by Tony Knox
Big referee grumble from Gangrel
Photo check (left to right): Gangrel, Alex Goldstein, Kay Lee Ray and Xia Brookside
SINCE starting his current British tour ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel complains that referees have favoured his opponents when crucial decisions have to be made and has demanded an American official is brought in to strike a balance and control some future key matches. All Star have acted and fast-climbing Stateside west coast ‘third man’ Alex Goldstein flies in from San Francisco to take charge of his first UK bouts at the City Hall, Hull, on Friday February 13. Goldstein will also be seen at Hanley’s Victoria Hall on Saturday February 14; Bedworth Civic Hall on Monday February 16; Gravesend Woodville Hall on Tuesday February 17; Scunthorpe Baths Hall on Wednesday February 18; Aldershot Princes Theatre on Thursday February 19; Southport Floral Hall on Friday February 20; and finally at the Playhouse Theatre, Epsom, on Saturday February 21, where there’s a bell time of 6pm. Before then, the sabre toothed battler will have to fend for himself in appearances at the Playhouse Theatre, Sevenoaks, on Friday January 30, the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, from 7.30pm on Saturday January 31 and at Telford’s Oakengates Theatre, also from 7.30pm, on Friday February 6. The New Brighton event will see Gangrel going head to head against Dean Allmark after the Wirral-based favourite slapped down a challenge as a result of a clash at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre on January 23 – and fans at the Floral Pavilion can also look forward to championship action as Thunder makes his first defence of the Superslam Championship with a formidable challenge coming from Devon-born heavyweight force Oliver Grey.
HALF TERM week action will bring a series of appearances by Scotland’s fiery haired contender Kay Lee Ray, the Glasgow girl who contested the TNA British Boot Camp series last autumn and went off to the United States to win many new admirers when putting in a great display against TNA ladies legend Gail Kim. Trained by Kid Fight, 22 year-old Kay Lee has pushed herself to the fore north of the border and now looks to make an equally big impression at venues including Bedworth, Scunthorpe, Aldershot, Southport and Epsom. And Kay Lee will not be alone with Xia Brookside, 16 year-old daughter of the original ‘Liverpool Lad’ Robbie Brookside likely to be in her corner at several venues.
German pair coming for Butlin’s action
In the picture (left to right): Adrian Severe, Hans Hoffman and James Mason.
ALL STAR start their 40th year of Superslam wrestling events at the Butlin’s resorts in Bognor Regis, Skegness and Minehead through the school half term period in the middle of February and will continue through the remainder of the year. There will be two shows each week at the three venues through the peak summer season and, once again, All Star will also be providing summer action at more than 30 Haven Holiday Centres in England, |Scotland and Wales from July to early September. The half term run starts with action at both Skegness and Bognor Regis on Saturday February 14 with Minehead weighing-in on Sunday February 15. There are midweek bills at Bognor (February 17), Minehead (February 18) and Skegness (February 19) before another double take at Skegness and Bognor Regis on Saturday February 21, the series finally ending in Minehead on Sunday February 22. In addition to appearances by Gangrel and top home talent, the Butlins crowds will see two German invaders returning to the British fray in the shape of Hans Hoffman, who ruffled quite a few features through the summer of 2014 and Munich-based Adrian Severe who made a Christmas debut here and fully justified the glowing reports from Germany-based former British star Steve Wright that preceded him.
A lifelong wrestling fan who suffered a stroke three years ago has given the thumbs up for a wrestling show at the King’s Hall, Herne Bay, on Sunday February 15 that will raise funds for the Strode Park Residential Home in Herne Bay where he now resides. Adrian Patching (55), started attending wrestling events while still in his teens and was soon involved helping to put up the ring, postering towns and selling programmes, first for Danny Lynch, the Ashford-based heavyweight before working for most of the promoters in Kent, including All Star. The Herne Bay event will wind-up with a rumble with the start list including two of Adrian’s great ring heroes, ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel and top heavyweight favourite James Mason! Tickets priced at £15 adults, £10 children/OAPs – with a special offer family of four tickets at £45 – are now available to personal callers from the King’s Hall Box Office or can be booked by calling 01227-374188.
New 2015 magazine on sale at every hall
Left to right: Charlie Garrett, Dean Allmark and Ben Levy.
A SPECIAL 2015 edition of the All Star Wrestling Magazine, celebrating the start of a 45th year of continuous presentations around the country, is now available and can be bought for £3 at the sales table at every tournament, along with a big range of WWE and other wrestling souvenirs at value for money prices. The new magazine, with full colour throughout, remembers many of the stars who have featured for All Star down the years and comes right up to date with news of Thunder’s Superslam title success and that of Oliver Grey in becoming first holder of the Butlin’s Belt. New stars trained for the ring by Robbie Brookside, including his teenage daughter Xia, are introduced while we check on the progress of other fast climbing talent including Josh Faulkner, Bath speed merchant Charlie Garrett and new ladies invaders, Leah von Dutch from Canada and Australia’s Toni Storm. Also spotlighted is Norfolk’s Knight Dynasty – Ricky Knight with sons Roy and Zack, wife Sweet Saraya and daughter Paige, now hitting the Stateside big time with WWE. For more news check-out our Facebook account at All Star Wrestling U.K. and you can also follow us on a new Twitter account @superslam.wrest1 while late line-up news is never far away from the long established Wrestlecall telephone hot line, updated every Monday on 09068-121884 and with calls costing 60p. per minute.
TWO All Star event dates originally announced for February have been re-scheduled. After severe roof damage sustained in January storms Dudley Town Hall is closed for repairs and a bill announced for the afternoon of Saturday February 14 has been put back to Thursday 29 October with a 7.30pm start. All Star’s February presentation at Pwllheli Town Hall has gone back a month and now goes ahead on Saturday March 7 with a 7pm bell time.
BACK in operation at Bebington Civic Centre every Saturday, the All Star Wrestling School’s sessions run from 10am through to 4pm. Head trainer Dean Allmark is lining-up a succession of guest trainers as we move towards spring and, as always, there is an open invitation for parents to bring along interested youngsters for a trial training session. Children’s parties are also another popular feature at Bebington offering a fun-filled wrestling themed experience and details of parties and training sessions can be obtained by calling 07738-330-316. One of the stand-out new stars to emerge from the Training School, Bolton-based Ben Levy, originally one half of the ‘Lightning Kids’ combination with Birkenhead’s Adam Davis, is making a welcome return to the ring and will be seen in the All Star event at Southport Floral Hall on Friday February 20. Ben would have been back earlier but for suffering facial injuries while working as part of the door team at a Manchester night club.