ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
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Fatal four way summer action at Butlin’s
Pictured (l to r): American Avalanche, Sam Adonis, Oliver Grey, Dave Finlay jr.
ALL STAR Wrestling summer action at the Butlin’s resorts in Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis has moved up a gear with the start of new style Fatal Four Way events at all three centres. Eight top wrestlers, including outstanding stars from home and abroad, now first contest four solo bouts before the four winners go into a ladder match decider with new Butlin’s Superslam Belt suspended above the ring to act as the ultimate incentive. Wrestlers from a massive 2014 international summer invasion force will get their chance to shine with the threat headed by US heavyweight trio ‘Southern Saviour’ John Skyler, Pennsylvania’s blond bombshell Sam Adonis and the ever awesome 320 pounds ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz. Colourful brothers Harlem and Lance Bravado, hailing from Draper, North Carolina, are bidding to build on 2013 success here while there’s an exciting Mexican challenge from the masked combination of Super Nova and El Ecentrico, together with a European threat posed Team Hoffman, a new tag combination named in honour of legendary German campaigner Horst Hoffman who won countless tournaments during the 1950s and 1960s. Although it was first feared a knee injury sustained in Tokyo at the beginning of the month might delay his arrival, rising Japanese heavyweight contender Seiki Yoshioka from the fast emerging new organisation Wrestle-1 has defied the doctors and has started a first UK tour. Stars battling for Britain include Oliver Grey who is receiving tremendous receptions since returning from a long spell n the United States, latterly on the WWE’s TNX circuit. Hailing from Devon, he will be remembered from wrestling here as Joel Redman and currently forms a squad along with Dave Finlay junior, son of the original ‘Belfast Bruiser’ Dave Finlay; the 20 stones metal masked force Thunder; and new tag team contenders ‘The Rockets,’ the energetic pairing from the North East consisting of Tony Spitfire and A.J.Anderson.
Top campaigners boost Haven cards
Lining up (l to r): Dean Allmark, Thunder, Little Legs B.T.Gunn.
VISITORS to Haven Holiday Centres throughout England, Scotland and Wales are again seeing the very best of wrestling action thanks to All Star and with the challenge headed by Superslam champion Dean Allmark, fresh from a successful title defence in Japan. Also delighting the fans with ever-consistent displays is South London-born heavyweight favourite James Mason while new Welsh discovery Kaden Lay continues to add to a growing fan following. At the other end of the weight scale, wrestling’s mighty midget Mark ‘Little Legs’ Sealey will be putting his own highly individual and entertaining slant on Haven action and seems to have become especially adept at winding up South Coast heavyweight wild man T.J.Somper. Other stars from the top weight division include Midlands ‘hate machine’ Dave Mastiff, tattooed force Tyson T-Bone and the aggressive northerner ‘The Juice’ C.J.Banks. Still only 18, Londoner Josh Faulkner has boosted his weight to a solid 18 stones and is pulling out all the stops to earn wider recognition while just as eager to impress is 20 year-old New Zealander Jay White. Another man who always has great rapport with fans is ‘Party’ Marty Scurll, the dynamo from Cambridgeshire who was a winning finalist on ITV’s ‘Take Me Out’ a couple of years ago. Not so lucky is Scotland’s Davey Blaze, also a ‘Take Me Out’ participant earlier in 2014. He was also seen in the BBC1 documentary ‘Insane Fight Club’ that was watched by more than two million viewers but is currently sidelined through injury. Even with Davey out of action there is still a big Scottish element on the Haven circuit with eye-catching displays by another teenager Kenny Williams and regular appearances by hard-hitter T.J.Rage, heavyweight B.T.Gunn who is back from action in Spain and Ireland while Kid Fite is going well after high profile meetings with world class opponents Paul London and Prince Devitt earlier in the year. East Coast Haven venues are also being treated to outings by the UK Hooligans, brothers Roy and Zak Knight, and there will be no let-up while the summer season of weekly presentations at the Haven venues runs through to the beginning of September.
International clashes at Skegness
Facing the camera (l to r): UK Hooligans, The Rockets, Bravado Brothers, El Ligero.
SKEGNESS is gearing-up for a summer spectacular on Thursday July 31 when All Star Wrestling parade top international talent at the Embassy Centre with a line-up headed by a tag team sizzler as new German force Team Hoffman go head to head with battling Norfolk brothers Roy and Zak Knight, alias the UK Hooligans. The programme begins at 7pm and solo action will surely see new Japanese sensation Seiiki Yoshioka’s credentials put to the test by in a meeting with the awesome Thunder while Dave Finlay junior bids to make an impression against American globetrotter John Skyler. Tickets are on sale at the Embassy Centre box office, telephone 0845-6740505. The Town Hall at Rhyl will be the wrestling hot spot of the North Wales coast each Tuesday through to August 26 and the next line-up on Tuesday July 29, with a 7pm bell time, sees ‘Rockets’ A.J.Anderson and Tony Spitfire facing American invaders Lance and Harlem Bravado while in a major solo clash Mexican-style luchador El Ligero goes after the new Russian threat who styles himself as Vladimir. Tickets are available at the door each Tuesday evening and can also be bought in advance from the Rhyl Tourist Information Centre, telephone: 01475-337480.