ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
Writer: Russell Plummer – Photos: Tony Knox
Another summer sizzler from All Star
Facing the camera: The Bravado Brothers, The UK Rockets and Oliver Grey.
ALL STAR have another big summer show coming-up at the Princess Theatre, Torquay, on Monday 22 August with an American style Rumble feature when no one will be more eager to impress than Devon’s own heavyweight globetrotter Oliver Grey who takes on home and overseas rivals in an event where the only way out of the ring is by being thrown over the top rope! Grey, now based in Exeter, started his wrestling career as Joel Redman and while also working in Devon as a forester but things really took off when he spent two years in the United States with WWE developmental territory NXT. Torquay rivals will include US visitor Harlem Bravado; Finnish ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro; 24 year-old Charlie Garrett from Bath; plus North East tag team specialists ‘The Rockets,’ consisting of Tynesider A.J. Anderson and Middlesbrough action man Tony Spitfire. A ladies clash is another feature of a programme starting at 7.30pm as Bournemouth’s Connie Steele, daughter of ring legend Klondyke Kate, opposes Hampshire star Alexis Rose. Tickets are now on sale at the Princess Theatre box office and bookings can be made by phone to 0844-8713023. Moving towards the autumn, All Star have two September dates, one at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon, a long popular Essex wrestling venue and with a 7.30pm bell time on Friday 16 September and with tickets on sale at the venue or bookable by phone to 01268-465465. All Star break fresh ground on Saturday 24 September with a debut show at new Southampton venue the Engine Rooms in West Quay Road. The action begins at 6pm and booking enquiries should go to 0871-2200260. There’s a full programme for All Star during October with details available on the Calendar page of this website.
Sam Adonis stripped of Superslam title
Pictured l to r: Sam Adonis, Dean Allmark, James Mason and Nathan Cruz.
ALTHOUGH originally expected back in Britain for summer action, Sam Adonis is continuing a blistering run in Mexico but has been stripped of the Superslam title for failing to make a defence in British rings during the past six months. The Pittsburgh-born heavyweight star will be returning in October for the first anniversary of the triumph when he overcame Mason Ryan and P.N.Neuz at Croydon – but will have to start all over again and challenge a new champion. All Star confirm that leading contenders will battle it out in a title decider at Rhyl Town Hall, the number one wrestling hot spot in North Wales before the end of August. This year’s Rhyl opener was watched by WWE personality William Regal who was making a flying talent spotting visit to Europe. The Midlands-born campaigner was a Rhyl regular during the early years of his career through the 1980s and into the 1990s before he first headed across the North Atlantic. All Star took over the Rhyl wrestling reins after the death of legendary locally based promoter and ring star Orig Williams in November 2009. A string of top contenders are lined-up for Town Hall appearances in the coming weeks, among them Wirral-based Dean Allmark who is also head coach of All Star’s Bebington-based Training School from which graduates including Ringo Ryan, Ace Anderson, Carl Turner and Welsh hope Caden Lay have been seen in Rhyl. Fans can also look out for one of Britain’s most consistently successful heavyweight stars in the shape of South London-born James Mason while a complete contrast is presented by Humberside force Nathan Cruz, long dubbed wrestling’s ‘Prima Donna’ because of his temperamental approach. While never afraid to let opponents, officials and members of the public know just what he is feeling, Cruz can always be relied upon to deliver a fiercely competitive ring performance. Tickets for Rhyl can be bought in advance at the Tourist Information Centre, The Village, Rhyl, or purchased at the Town Hall door from 6pm on tournament nights.
Ring of Honor’s War Machine impress
Foreign invaders: The War Machine, Adrian Severe, Vitto Puro and Juvenile X.
EVEN with Sam Adonis away, the summer has produced its usual influx of talent from Europe headed by Austria-born, Germany-based Adrian Severe who overcame a leg injury at the beginning of the year to go to the United States for the for the WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic series. Another Continental force more than making his presence felt is the heavyweight from Ulm, Germany, who styles himself as Juvenile X and back for more action is Finland’s Vitto Puro. Ring of Honor tag combination of Hanson and Rowe, better known as the War Machine, have been making their presence felt in Superslam action at the Butlin’s resorts and are looking to return to Britain during October. Their partnership started in 2014 after a meeting in a Top Prospect Tournament final and they signed contracts with ROH and struck-up a bitter rivalry with the Killer Elite Squad of Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer. Last December War Machine defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship but then lost out to The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) back in May.