ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer – Pictures Tony Knox
Mason vs. Grey decider for Gravesend!
Ready for action (l to r): James Mason, Oliver Grey, DnD’s Cieran Donnelly and Danny Duggan, plus Vitto Puro.
THE long running feud between James Mason and Oliver Grey is to be settled for once and all when the two men go into a ‘no rules’ Street Fight at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend, on Friday 27 May. The popular Kent venue was the place where animosity between the pair first came into the open the best part of 18 months ago and the sparks are sure to fly when they clash again in an anything-goes decider. Devon born Grey picked up plenty of experience of this type of action during his two year spell in America competing in the WWE’s TNX Division but there is no more experienced heavyweight contender in European rings than Mason who originates from South London and is now based in Oxfordshire and looks set to have most of the popular support.
Starting his ring career as a teenager while still at school, Mason was making an incredible 92nd appearance at the venue when the wrestling curtain came down on the soon to close Fairfield Halls, Croydon, in April. More recently he was equally impressive leading a four man tag squad completed by young Londoner Josh Faulkner together with new partnership ‘DnD’ – consisting of fast emerging stars Danny Duggan and Cieran Donnelly – at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford. The Gravesend bill begins at 7.30pm with tickets now on sale at the Woodville Hall box office, telephone 01474-337459 and the line-up brings another outing for ‘DnD’ who take on a ‘Wrecking Crew’ pairing of Finland’s Vitto Puro and Welsh force Caden Lay; Essex action man Jonny Storm renews a long-standing rivalry with Jodie Fleisch and there’s a ladies test for Toni Storm.
British tag team title clash at Epsom
Left to right: Robbie Dynamite & Rampage Brown; Dean Allmark, Toni Storm, Sid Scala.
NEXT month looks set for an explosive opening with All Star back at the Playhouse Theatre, Epsom, with a programme from 7.30pm on Wednesday 1 June, that brings a revival of the recently dormant British tag team championship. Title holders Robbie Dynamite and Rampage Brown decided they are ready to return to the tag trail and in what can hardly fail to be an explosive meeting they will be opposed by top favourites James Mason and Dean Allmark who needed little persuading to take them on. There’s ladies action with Australia’s blonde bombshell Toni Storm, soon to leave our shores to campaign in Japan, facing Xia Brookside the teenage sensation who took the ladies trophy and cash prize in the recent ‘Most Dynamic Newcomers’ event held at Hanley, Stoke on Trent, to mark the 50th anniversary of Kendo Nagasaki’s defeat of masked legend Count Bartelli. Locally-based Damian Ryan, son of drumming ace and long-time ring spokesman for Nagasaki, makes a Playhouse debut taking on ‘Savvy’ Sid Scala, the Londoner who is being described as wrestling’s answer to Del Boy from television classic ‘Only Fools and Horses.’ Tickets are now on sale at the theatre with telephone bookings to 01372-742555.
ALL STAR are ready for another busy summer programme with top action lined-up in addition to the traditional summer runs at the Butlin’s Holiday Centres in Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis, together with weekly dates at more than 30 Haven Centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Once again there will also be North Wales action every Tuesday from late July starting at 7pm in Rhyl Town Hall and earlier there’s big bill in store for Lincolnshire fans at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, on Thursday 7 July, starting at 7pm. Further summer spectaculars follow at the Pavilion Ballroom on Wednesday 17 August and at the Princess Theatre in Torquay on Monday 22 August. Look out for line-up details on this website or via All Star Wrestling U.K. on Facebook.
Sam bringing back Superslam belt!
Pictured: Sam Adonis and Corey Graves; Black Tiger; Johnny Saint.
REIGNING All Star Superslam champion Sam Adonis headed home to the United States early in April for a hard-earned break but was back in action with an extended campaign in Mexico before returning to Britain at the beginning of July! The heavyweight battler from Monroeville near Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania was re-united with his elder brother who now styles himself as Corey Graves and has also recently become an acclaimed commentator with WWE NXT. Graves, who made his ring debut in 2000 was regularly seen on this side of the Atlantic in the opening decade of the 21st century when campaigning as Sterling J.Keenan. He figured in many memorable UK battles against rivals including Doug Williams, Jonny Storm, Jodie Fleisch, Martin Stone, Darren Burridge, ‘Rock Star’ Spud and Germany’s Ulf Herman. Back in the United States as Corey Graves he also had a spell as NXT tag champion partnered by Newcastle-born Adrian Neville who first made his mark in home rings as PAC.
While in Mexico, Adonis made history by becoming the first Superslam champion to successfully defend the title outside Britain when registering a thrilling victory over masked lucha libre star Black Tiger. Sam has been Superslam champion since October 2015 when he defeated James Mason in a Croydon battle of leading contenders after previous holder ‘Thunder’ relinquished the belt while side-lined by a serious knee injury. Adonis has since seen off every challenger including a triple-threat match against ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz and Welsh ace Mason Ryan before an equally explosive one-on-one showdown when the challenger was Rampage Brown.
Lightweight legend Johnny Saint has been in the United States as a special guest for a training event arranged by WWE NXT. Undisputed master of the 10 stones division for over two decades when emerging as the logical successor to Scots hold master George Kidd, the Blackpool-born and now North Wales-based star was welcomed by NXT regulars William Regal and Robbie Brookside who both originally made their names in home action for All Star and, by all accounts, Johnny quickly added a new dimension to NXT training programmes. Johnny has also been a guest coach for the All Star Training School which continues every Saturday between 10am and 4pm at Bebington Civic Centre and still looks in on the regular summer shows at Rhyl Town Hall.