ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer with pictures by Tony Knox
Dawn of a new era for Croydon wrestling
In focus: (l to r): American Avalanche, Dave Mastiff, Hooligan Roy Knight, Thunder.
WRESTLING has been a major crowd pulling feature since the Fairfield Halls were opened in Croydon during the 1960s and Europe’s longest establisher promoter All Star is set to move the action into a new era when returning with a evening spectacular on Saturday April 26. Start time is 7pm and fans are promised a succession of surprises and exciting new features before and after the super-charged main event, a Street Fight in which one of Britain’s hardest-hitting heavyweight stars Dave Mastiff challenges the two-ton ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz. It is a sequel to the Fairfield’s February bill from All Star when the two men figured in a bitter after match confrontation and had to be separated by other wrestlers.Originally from Nebraska, but now campaigning out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the ‘Avalanche’ has been battling his way around the world since first making an impression back in the time when the WWF re-invented itself as the all-powerful WWE. Mastiff, the ‘Human Hate Machine’ from the West Midlands, has an equally direct approach and earned global recognition after an extended spell in the United States campaigning for the WWE’s Ohio Valley Wrestling outlet. Tag team action is also on the Croydon agenda as the country’s most dynamic combination the UK Hooligans, consisting fo Norfolk-based brothers Roy and Zak Knight, face the globetrotting ‘Hollywood Blondes’ a new and fiercely competitive pairing of 25 year-old Sam Adonis from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his partner, the equally well travelled ‘Surfer’ Chuck Mambo. There will also be top solo action including a ladies showdown, plus a matching that sees popular Superslam title holder Dean Allmark giving away a lot of weight and facing one of his toughest tests to date when the man coming from the opposite corner will be metal masked force Thunder, now again making his mark in British rings after a lengthy campaign on the Continent from a base in the German city of Hannover. Tickets including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16 can be bought now at the Fairfield Halls box office, telephone: 0208-688-9291.
Top names heading for Skegness rumble!
In focus (l to r): Max Moran, Dean Allmark, Robbie Dynamite and James Mason.
ALL STAR are ready to Rumble with a cracking event at the Embassy Centre, Skegness, on Wednesday April 9, featuring top home and international talent and winding-up with every man for himself action when the only way out will be over the top rope! The line-up headed by two formidable international stars, the 390 pounds ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz and Austrian muscle machine Max Moran. Recent tours have brought ‘Avalanche’ action in mainland Europe, Croatia, the United Arab Emirates, Puerto Rico and Mexico – while just as determined to make an impression will be the 6ft 2in tall Moran who hails from the city of Graz and has been campaigning around Europe and further afield through the past six years. The Embassy programme starts at 7pm with a string of home favourites just as eager for action including Wirral-based fans’ favourite and Superslam title holder Dean Allmark; South London-born heavyweight star James Mason; ‘Seconds Out’ Tony Spitfire from the North East and muscular Potteries powerhouse Robbie Dynamite. There will also be a major threat from North Wales in the shape of fast climbing heavyweight Caden Lay and equally eager to shine will be Bull Power, a heavyweight on the comeback trail after a previous successful tour to the United States was cut short by a serious injury just as there was a WWE contract in the offing. Also adding his usual bewildering aerial element to the proceedings will be masked Mexican-style luchador El Ligero. The usual £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16 is available and tickets can be booked at the Embassy Centre box office, tel: 0845-6740505.
Who will be Gravesend King of the Ring?
Gravesend entrants (l to r): Sam Adonis, Bull Power El Ligero and Chuck Mambo.
EIGHT top wrestlers, including home stars and a formidable trio of international globetrotters, will enter the Gravesend Woodville Hall wrestling ring on Thursday April 17. When the dust settles seven bouts later, the evening’s ‘King of the Ring’ will be crowned – and even the competing wrestlers will be kept in suspense until the very last minute as the draw for the quarter final matches does not take until the programme starts at 7.30pm. Leading a major transatlantic challenge will be the ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.Neuz and 25 year-old action ace Sam Adonis, while Austrian force Max Moran provides a European threat. A string of home favourites will also be ready for action including Wirral-based favourite and Superslam Championship holder Dean Allmark and his bitter rival, long-reigning British mid-heavyweight number one, Robbie Dynamite. Another threat comes in the shape of fast climbing campaigner Bull Power and also out to catch the eye will be El Ligero while keen to impress when making a Woodville Hall debut will be blond haired surfer Chuck Mambo. Tickets including a £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16 are on sale at the Woodville Hall box office, telephone 01474-337774 with ticket price for cash buyers inclusive of booking fee.
All Star set for Assembly Rooms action!
SUPERSLAM action from All Star Wrestling will go ahead as scheduled at Derby Assembly Rooms on Friday 30 May. Dozens of Assembly Rooms events have had to been rescheduled after a massive fire in the adjoining multi-storey car park on March 14 destroyed the the venue’s plant room, but for All Star it will be ‘Seconds Out’ as planned for the late May event. All Star managing director Brian Dixon commented: ‘Derby has had a tremendous following for wrestling down the years, right back to the days when local promoter Frank Woodhouse featured stars from the ‘World of Sport’ era. We are delighted our 30 May event goes ahead and will be announcing a cracking line-up towards the end of April.’