ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer, pictures by Tony Knox
ASW move into 45th year of promotions
In the picture: Gangrel, Jushin Liger, Adrian Severe and new champion Thunder.
ALREADY easily Britain’s longest established wrestling organisation, All Star has now moved into a 45th year of presentations and will be pulling-out all the stops to continue featuring the best of British talent as well as outstanding campaigners from around the world. Globetrotting stars featured during 2014 included a summer tour by Japan’s Wrestle-1 champion Seiki Yoshioka and a Croydon appearance in October for legendary star Jushin Liger who made an emotional return to the Fairfield Halls arena where he first hit the headlines for All Star as a teenager when billed as Fuji Yamada back in the late 1980s. Stateside battlers Sam Adonis and the ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz featured and were joined for an impressive first tour by Dave Finlay junior, son of the original ‘Belfast Bruiser’ Dave senior. Europe was well represented by stars including big Max Moran from Austria, Belgium’s ever controversial Lord Robin and new German contender Hans Hoffman who is set to return in the New Year. Fans can also look out for another Continental threat Adrian Severe who comes from Munich and will see his first UK action in Superslam events at the Butlin’s resorts through the Christmas period – and warning bells are already ringing because vampire warrior Gangrel will be arriving in February! The sabre toothed 250 pounds heavyweight battler has been regular visitor to ASW rings in recent years after first hitting the headlines with the then World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1990s before a return to its World Wrestling Entertainments (WWE) successor after the millennium including WWE Raw’s 15th anniversary event in 2007. British stars who made an impact with WWE in the USA are now back in All Star action with Oliver Grey (aka Joel Redman) a stand-out summer star while Welshman Barri Griffiths who campaigned as Gladiator Goliath before heading off to the USA as Mason Ryan returned to ASW action at Leamington earlier in November and could return in the New Year. There was also major upset in All Star’s last public bill of 2014 at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls on Friday November 21 when metal masked force Thunder pinned Dean Allmark to become Superslam champion! The three way clash also involved Sussex heavyweight Danny Driscoll but it was the power packed Thunder who emerged as victor.
Oliver Grey is 2014 Butlin’s Belt champion!
Photo check (l to r): Oliver Grey, James Mason, Mason Ryan and the UK Hooligans.
SUPERSLAM competition levels were taken to new heights with the Butlin’s Belt presented by the management at the famed holiday centres to be contested in eight man knockout events at the Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead resorts. Now at the end of an explosive series lasting six months, action star Oliver Grey has been declared overall champion for 2014. The Devon-born campaigner first made his name as Joel Redman before heading off to the United States and two years of battles in the WWE NXT Division as Oliver Grey, including time partnering fellow Brit Adrian Neville, previously known on this side of the Atlantic as PAC, as NXT Tag Champions. Since coming home in May this year he has continued to campaign for ASW as Oliver Grey and quickly made his mark in Butlin’s Belt events winning a succession of ‘Money in the Bank’ tournament finals – and will be back on the Butlin’s beat through the Christmas and New Year period before starting a fresh Butlin’s Belt campaign as we move into 2015. Once again Superslam action will be a prominent part of the festive programme at the three main Butlin’s resorts, the action including appearances by Dean Allmark, James Mason, T.J.Stomper, Warren Brady, UK Hooligans Roy and Zack Knight, starting with events at both Bognor and Minehead on Saturdays December 13 and 20. Skegness opens on Saturday December 21 and following dates are: Christmas Eve (December 24) at Minehead; Boxing Day (December 26) at Bognor Regis; Sunday December 28 – Minehead; Monday December 29 – Skegness; New Year’s Eve ( December 31) – Minehead; before winding-up on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2015) with bills at both Skegness and Bognor Regis. All Star’s 2015 programme begins on Thursday January 15 at the Milton Keynes Theatre with action on Saturday January 17 at the Alban Arena in St.Albans, both with a 7.30pm start, and then there’s afternoon action at Bournemouth Pavilion on Sunday January 18 with a 3pm bell time. All Star return to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre with a 7.30pm start on Friday January 23 and then Croydon’s Fairfield Halls is in the spotlight on Saturday January 10th with a 3pm Gallery Arena event before a Sunday afternoon spectacular at the Hexagon, Reading, next day, Sunday January 25, from 3pm. All Star complete their January run at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, on Friday January 30 and will be at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, on Saturday January 31, both starting at 7.30pm. Further information on All Star presentations into 2015 can be found on the ASW Facebook page at All Star Wrestling U.K. while late line-up news is never far away from the Wrestlecall phone hot line, updated every Monday on 09068-121884, call cost 60p per min.
Big All Star Training School plans for 2015
A picture from an All Star School training session at BebingtonCivic Centre.
DEMAND for top class tuition remains as high as ever and 2015 will mark the start of year nine for the All Star Training School still operating from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Bebington Civic Centre on Merseyside. Since it all began in 2006 the school, under head trainer Dean Allmark, has produced a whole string of students who have gone on to appear in the professional ranks with recent public show debutants Rufus Jacobs, A.J.Silver, Big Kahula, Justin Sane and girls prospect Sammi Rae following in the footsteps of previous discoveries including Ringo Ryan, Carl Curtis, Andy ‘Air’ Anderson, Ben Levy, Caden Lay, the Davies brothers Adam and Simon, Luke Hardy, Tyson Taylor, Jack Union and ‘Young Wrestler of the Year’ title winner Sean Morel. The All Star School has forged strong links with education authorities in the Wirral and has 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 fun, food and the live wrestling experience up close and personal with guest ring stars. For details of trial training sessions or party bookings the number to call is 07738-330316.
FOR all the best wrestling flavour Christmas Gifts, including latest WWE merchandise at bargain prices, visit All Star’s on line shop at amazon.co.uk and look for Superslam Wrestling. A range of top items is also available at every All Star live event around the country as well as at the Butlin’s resorts.