ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer
Superslam Belt to be decided at Croydon
Pictured (l to r): The American Avalanche, James Mason , Sam Adonis and Toni Storm
SUPERSLAM CHAMPIONSHIP holder Thunder has been side-lined by a knee injury which will require surgery and keep him out of action until 2016. All Star Wrestling has acted quickly to declare Britain’s most prestigious and sought-after title vacant and the opening programme of the new winter season at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on Saturday 3 October has been re-arranged to headline with a ladder match clash between South London’s own favourite campaigner James Mason and America’s globetrotting blond bombshell Sam Adonis to decide the new champion. The Croydon programme, starting at 6pm, also includes international heavyweight action as Welsh powerhouse Mason Ryan, in great from since returning from a lengthy stint with WWE in the United States, faces the 360 pounds ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz, a man who has been battling in rings around the world through the last two decades. Both Ryan and the ‘Avalanche’ regard themselves as leading Superslam contenders and one thing is certain, whoever triumphs out of Mason and Adonis will not be short of challengers and metal masked monster Thunder is sure to be looking to re-establish himself as soon as he is able in the New Year. The Croydon line-up also brings a debut for Liverpool’s Zack Gibson, a highly ambitious young man who holds an accounting and business degree from his home city’s John Moores University and will be facing a rival everyone is talking about, Blackpool’s’ Yes Man’ J.D.Bryan. Bearing an uncanny resemblence to a top WWE star Bryan has become a big hit with younger fans and clearly looks to be going places. Two further top clashes complete the programme and include ladies action with Australia’s blonde go-getter Toni Storm. Prices for tickets including a £45 offer covering two adults and two children under 16 have been held at 2014-15 levels and bookings are opoen at the Fairfield Halls box office, telephone 0208-688-9291.
Huge crowds watch Butlin’s Superslam bills
From left to right; Juice Robinson, Sam Adonis, Hans Hoffman, Mason Ryan
ALL STAR summer Superslam events at the Butlin’s resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness attracted bigger than ever crowds through summer 2015 with nearly 60,000 fans watching action including top stars from home and overseas. International invaders included Americans Chad Collyer, blond bombshell Sam Adonis and, first time here, former WWE NXT division star Juice Robinson who is now spending two months in Japan. But All Star hope Robinson, who wrested as C.J.Parker for WWE, will be back towards the end of the year, or early in 2016. Before leaving Robinson faced Butlin’s Belt holder Oliver Grey in a ladder match challenge that was voted the outstanding clash of the whole summer season at Bognor’s Reds Arena. There was also plenty of European and Scandinavian talent on view including Hans Hoffman and Adrian Severe from Germany; ‘Arabian Sandstorm’ Hakeem Waqur; Finland’s ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro; muscular Swedish contender Fabian; Continental masked threat Flying Eagle and, from Italy, livewire Filo Ferrari who was recomended to All Star after being seen at a training seminar in Milan by former World, European and British title holder Marty Jones. Once again there has been huge interest in the Butlin’s Belt series with another burst of action during a run of 17 Superslam shows from mid-October and including the school half term period over most of the country. Oliver Grey has been in commanding form once again but is being given a real run for his money by Wales’ former WWE star Mason Ryan, Yorkshire battler Rampage Brown and from the middle of the weight range, ‘no more Mister Nice Guy,’ Marty Scurll. The October action begins with Superslam bills at Bognor Regis on Saturdays 17 and 24; Skegness also weighs-in on the 24th and there are Minehead events on Sunday 25 and Wednesday 28. Its back to Bognor on Tuesday 27, Skegness on Thursday 29 and Saturday 31 while there’s also another Bognor bonanza on Saturday 31.
Five belt winners crowned at Haven Centres
From left to right; Deano, Warren Brady, Justin Sysum, Hooligan Roy Knight, El Ligero
ANOTHER fantastic six week summer season with All Star events at more than 30 Haven Holiday Centres in England, Scotland and Wales, brought a new incentive for competing stars with the Haven management putting five regional belts on the line. Going clockwise around the UK, the South Coast honours went to ‘ladies man’ Warren Brady who managed to edge out hard-hitting T.J.Stomper while Jonny Storm and no more Mr Nice Guy Marty Scurll also won individual knockout events. In West Country and Wales ‘The Hammer’ Justin Sysum from Gloucester scored his first major success in All Star action finishing just ahead of Charlie Garrett and Tyson T-Bone. In the North and North West former Superslam Belt holder Dean Allmark got his hands on some gold again, although he was pushed all the way by rivals including James Mason and European battler Adrian Severe. North of the Border, where there were 1,000-plus crowds at the Ayr Park, high flying Mexican style luchador El Ligero finished as top man ahead Scots challengers Kid Fite, the ever energetic Davey Blaze and tough nut B.T.Gunn. That leaves us with the East Coast where Norfolk-based ‘Zebra Kid’ Roy Knight came out on top in a field also including his younger brother and UK Hooligans tag partner Zack Knight.
ALL STAR TRAINING SCHOOL’S SATURDAY SESSIONS RESUME
THE All Star Wrestling School will soon be moving into its tenth year and continues to experience high demand for top class tuition under the direction of head coach Dean Allmark, and with guest appearances by other home and visiting stars. The school operates from 10am to 4pm every Saturday from 12 September at Bebington Civic Centre on Merseyside. Since first opening in 2006 strong links have been with education authorities in the Wirral and there is an open invitation to parents who want to bring youngsters along for a trial training session. Children’s parties are another popular feature at Bebington offering a live wrestling experience up close and personal with guest ring stars. The number to call for details of trial training sessions or party bookings is 07738-330316.
All Star 45th anniversary during October
ALL STAR, easily Europe’s longest established wrestling promoter, clocks-up 45 years of presenting top ring action in October and will be marking the occasion with a string of big bills through the month. Brian Dixon presented his very first event at Marple in Cheshire during October 1970 under a Wrestling Enterprises banner and has gone on to stay at the top of the tree through the past four and a half decades, always encouraging British talent down the years as well as bringing in a succession of international personalities. All Star begin the new autumn/winter season with a Saturday 26 September event at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon, with a 7pm start and this programme, plus October openers at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, on Friday 2 October from 7.30pm, and a Fairfield Halls, Croydon, spectacular with a 6pm bell time on Saturday 3 October, will feature North Wales-born former WWE star Mason Ryan, alias Barri Griffiths, in main event action against opponents to be announced shortly. Already confirmed to be staying in Britain through to the end of October are Pittsburg power Sam Adonis and Germany’s Adrian Severe and Hans Hoffman. Full details of the October presentations appear on the Calendar Page of this website, together with start times and and advance booking numbers. After attracting big crowds for July and August weekly presentations, a new addition to the list is a school half term period bill at the Town Hall in Rhyl, North Wales, on Wednesday 28 October when the start time is 7pm.