ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer
Butlins Belt generates explosive action
International Campaigners: SEIKI Yoshioka, Super Nova, David Finlay Jr. and The Bravado Brothers
FAST becoming one of wrestling’s most sought after prizes, the magnificent new Butlin’s Belt is generating tremendous interest for this summer’s twice weekly All Star Superslam events at the three major resorts. The new-look shows in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness, each involving eight top wrestlers, climax with fatal four way ladder match clashes contested by the winners from four opening solo eliminations. The impact has been such that additional September programmes are being lined-up for Bognor Regis where there are Tuesday and Saturday evening bills through to the end of August with Wednesday and Saturday afternoon action at Minehead and Thursday and Saturday afternoon line-ups at Skegness. As always there is keen overseas competition on the Butlin’s circuit and in addition to regular transatlantic visitors such as Pittsburgh-born Sam Adonis and the ever-awesome ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz, Mexican masked sensation Super Nova is creating a big impression with a combination of speed and ability while young Japanese star Seiki Yoshioka is another force to contend with. The 24 year-old from Tokyo’s Wrestle-1 outfit is pulling out all the stops to earn a crack at Dean Allmark’s Superslam title after a July bid in front of home fans in Tokyo ended with Yoshioka suffering a knee injury, while another newcomer with his sights on ‘Extreme’ Dean’s crown is hard-hitting German Hans Hoffman who has already announced his intention of staying on for the start of All Star’s winter season starting in October.
More colourful stars making their mark include high flying Mexican style luchador El Ligero while back from success in the United States with WWE’s NXT division is Oliver Grey – remembered here from earlier career appearances as Joel Redman. Now devoting all his energies to action on the British scene, Devon-born Grey is producing some outstanding displays. Meanwhile the famous wrestling name of Finlay is being brought back to prominence not by the legendary ‘Belfast Bruiser’ but his 22 year-old son Dave junior. He took his time before deciding to make a bid for ring glory and appeared in Stateside matches partnering his dad before taking Dave senior’s advice to his to come to England and get some really tough and competitive experience with All Star under his belt. The tag team scene has also come to life this summer with international campaigners to the fore including boisterous American brothers Lance and Harlem Bravado whose careers have never looked back since a debut with Ring of Honor during 2008. They hit the headlines in 2011, reaching the final of a ‘RoH’ tag event before losing to ‘Future Shock’ pair Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly. Hailing from the town of Draper in North Carolina, they also spent time in Japan and are now making the heads of British fans turn.
The wrestling heat is also very much on around the Haven circuit with All Star on parade with weekly shows at centres in England, Wales and Scotland through to the end of August where thousand-plus crowds are regularly watching the action at the larger complexes. All Star are also looking ahead to the start of the 2014-15 winter season with bills at top venues around the country starting in October. First up on Friday 3 October is a seasonal curtain raiser at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, where All Star will be exclusive wrestling promoters through the coming months with programmes taking place in the new compact and atmospheric arena trialled in April and June when voted a big hit with fans. Start time is 7.30 and among those on view on 3 October will be Blackpool blond J.D.Bryant, who has an uncanny resemblance to Daniel Bryan, the Stateside star alias Bryan Danielson, who first campaigned here as the American Dragon.
Stars Come Out For Weekly Rhyl Action
KUNG FU Eddie Hammel is a regular spectator at Rhyl Town Hall, along with a former hero of his time Johnny Saint, they are there every week to witness the UK & Europe’s longest running promotion in action! Make sure you are there with them every Tuesday Evening from 6pm at Rhyl Town Hall!