ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
Presented by Russell Plummer
Fatal 4-way ‘Money in the bank’ deciders!
left to right: Dean Allmark, James Mason, El Ligero, Danny Collins.
AFTER raising the roof with Fatal 4-Way ‘Money in the Bank’ events at the Butlins resorts from early summer through to autumn, All Star are using the same action packed formula for some of the opening events in the new winter season with fans in both Hanley and Skegness set to see eight man battles with the preliminary bout winners going through to the all-or-nothing four way finale. The Victoria Hall programme at Hanley on Saturday October 25 could see a few long-standing rivalries whipped-up as well, the line-up including bitter local rivals Dean Allmark and Robbie Dynamite. There too for a Hanley debut will be 6ft 6in hillbilly character ‘Cousin’ Jake Wyatt plus ever consistent Bermondsey-born heavyweight star James Mason. No one will be able to under-estimate 20 stones metal masked tear-away Thunder while there’s a welcome return to the Potteries agfter a lonmg break by former British and European champion Danny Collins that will bring back memories of his epic clashes with the likes of ‘Rollerball’ Mark Rocco and Dave Finlay in years gone by. And there’s even a link with ‘Belfast Bruiser’ Finlay as his 22 year-old son Dave Finlay junior will also be on view along with Blackpool blond bombshell J.D.Bryant. Tickets, including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16, are now on sale with the number for bookings and enquiries 0844-8717649. Another eight man ‘Money in the Bank’ event is scheduled for the Embassy Centre in Skegness on Tuesday October 28 with a start time of 7pm. This time Superslam champion Dean Allmark looks like having to give away weight against several potential rivals including Tyson T-Bone the tattooed force from the Welsh Borders; German contender Hans Hoffman from Bremen and ‘Cousin’ Jake Wyatt. Also looking for success will be Danny Collins; self-styled ‘Prima Donna’ of the ring Nathan Cruz; metal masked monster Thunder and lightest man on view, but one who can’t be ignored, masked aerial ace El Ligero. Seats can be booked at the Embassy Centre, telephone 0845-6470505.
Grey and Hooligans face tour challenges
In focus – UK Hooligans (Roy and Zak Knight), The Rockets (Tony Spitfire and A.J.Anderson), Thunder and Caden Lay.
EUROPE’S most explosive team combination, UK Hooligans Roy and Zak Knight, will be hitting the tag trail in several All Star Wrestling events through the school half term period at the end of the month, starting in the West Midlands on Monday October 27 with an appearance at the Civic Hall, Bedworth. Although their progress was halted last month when Zak suffered a recurrence of a knee injury, he is now fighting fit again and ready to partner his elder brother Roy against an exciting new pairing from the North East consisting of Middlesbrough-born Tony Spitfire and Tyneside livewire A.J.Anderson who campaign as ‘The Rockets.’ There will be a full supporting programme including Dean Allmark, Caden Lay and a debut for leading ladies wrestling force Leah Von Dutch. Tickets for the event, starting at 7.30pm and, including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16, are now on sale at the Civic Hall box office, telephone 02476-376707. The Hooligans then hit Aldershot on Tuesday (October 28) with a Princes Hall challenge in a bill from 7.30pm also including Dean Allmark, Tyson T-Bone and the awesome Thunder. For tickets call the Princes Hall box office on 01252-500036. Then on Wednesday (October 29) the Knight boys will be in action at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend. It’s another 7.30 start and tickets can be bought at the venue, telephone 01474-337774.
Halloween costume contest at Hayes
Pictured (l to r): Oliver Grey, Hans Hoffman, Little Legs and Leah Von Dutch.
DEVON-BORN heavyweight force Oliver Grey has returned to home action after a massively successful spell in the United States and will be on view for All Star at the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, on Thursday October 30. Now 27, Grey hails from Exeter and originally campaigned as Joel Redman but is sticking to the name used during a two year transatlantic spell with WWE’s NXT division during which time he enjoyed a spell as tag team title holder partnering Adrian Neville. The Folkestone line-up from 7.30pm also includes unstoppable force Thunder, German visitor Hans Hoffman, Dean Allmark and Tyson-T-Bone with other stars on view including Leah Von Dutch, Thunder and Blackpool’s blond bombshell J.D.Bryant. Tickets are now on sale at the Leas Cliff Hall box office, telephone 0844-8713015. Then Grey heads for Hayes and All Star’s special Halloween night event at the Beck Theatre for a programme from 7.30pm, also including the UK Hooligans, that will have an extra splash of colour and sparkle with prizes and a chance to meet some of the wrestlers on view for children coming along in the best Halloween costumes. The winners will be judged by wrestling’s mighty midget Mark ‘Little Legs’ Sealey, the fans’ favourite who combines wrestling with television and film work including the recent Harry Potter series offerings. Tickets, including the special two+two family offer, are available from the Beck Theatre box office, telephone 0208-561-8371.
Farewell to Eli Collins and Ricky Starr
THERE’S sad news from the west country of the death of the man often described as Britain’s number one wrestling fan. Eli Collins, or ‘Mad Eli’ as he was widely known, was a familiar figure around the halls for more than 40 years going back to the days of regular Dale Martin bills at the Royal Albert Hall and shows in Bristol and his native Bath. The uncle of wrestlers Danny and Peter Collins, Eli was in his 80s and through wrestling raised considerable sums of money for charities in the Bath area. Ricky Starr, who brought the style and flair of ballet dancing to wrestling when headlining on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1960s and 1970s, has also passed away in London at the age of 83.