ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
presented by Russell Plummer with pictures by Tony Knox
All Star ready for Dartford Rumble!
Home stars (left to right): James Mason, Leon Shah, Doug Williams and Jamie Farrell.
ALL STAR Wrestling are ready to Rumble, with a first bill of 2014 at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre on Sunday (March 2) that is set to end with every man for himself action when the only way out of the ring will be over the top rope! Starting at 3pm, the programme features a strong force of home talent headed by South London heavyweight ace James Mason; Croydon’s fast climbing ‘mountain of muscle’ Leon Shah; Kent’s own natural athlete Jamie Farrell and Doug Williams, the Kent-based globetrotter who has spent a lot of time in the USA enjoying a spell as TNA Impact’s X-Division champion. There will be a major threat from the other side of the Atlantic headed by ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.News, the 390 pounds globetrotter who originates from Nebraska but now campaigns around the world out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was here last summer and is back and still taking ‘Route One’ in search of more success. Also returned for further British action is 25 year-old blond bombshell Sam Adonis from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
BEFORE then All Star return to Hull on Friday (February 28) with a potentially explosive tag team main event challenge when two contrasting teams battle it out in the City Hall ring with the combination of Humberside force Euan ‘Colossus’ Kennedy and Stixx, from Nottingham’s ‘House of Pain,’ facing the 50 stones East Anglian pairing who style themselves as the ‘Un-Natural Disasters.’ Consisting of one-time ‘Pitbulls’ tag team member Mike Waters from Norfolk and bearded monster Karn, the force from Cambridgeshire encouraged to take the wrestling plunge by Nick Aldis, the British star now hitting the big time in the USA as TNA Impact’s recently crowned world title holder Magnus, the ‘Disasters’ show little respect for anyone and always aim make every pound of their substantial weight advantage count. Starting at 7.30pm, the programme will feature top international stars including the ‘American Avalnche’ and Sam Adonis plus Hull’s own middleweight personality ‘Prima Donna’ Nathan Cruz along with popular Superslam belt holder Dean Allmark from Cheshire and North East action man ‘Seconds Out’ Tony Spitfire.
New Brighton Superslam title sizzler
Left to right, title rivals Dean Allmark and Robbie Dynamite, plus Caden Lay and Ringo Ryan.
WIRRAL-BASED favourite Dean Allmark will be defending his Superslam Championship as All Star Wrestling move into March with a Saturday (1st) bill at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, when in an impressive line-up the man bidding to cause the first major title upset of 2014 will be Potteries powerhouse Robbie Dynamite.The Superslam belt is open to wrestlers from all weight divisions from both Britain and overseas which means that Dean, standing 5ft 10in and weighing in at around 13 stones, regularly finds himself giving away weight. This time, for once, there will be little difference at the scales before battle commences and with Dynamite confident he can emerge as champion. ‘Extreme’ Dean lives, eats and sleeps wrestling, previously enjoying team event success as one half of a title winning ’Dream Team’ combination partnering Stoke campaigner Kid Cool. He also has international experience including bouts on the Continent and in the United States for Total Non-Stop Action (TNA), and achieved a career highlight during October 2010 when first winning the Superslam title. Dean is also head trainer for the All Star Wrestling School which operates from 10am to 4pm every Saturday on Merseyside at Bebington Civic Centre and which has produced a string of graduates into the professional ranks in recent times, two of whom, Liverpool livewire Ringo Ryan and Welsh heavyweight force Caden Lay will be in competing at the Floral Hall. There will be a spot of international heavyweight action with James Mason, long a member of the top division elite, facing the ‘American Avalanche’ P.N.News while towards the opposite end of the weight scale the evening also features fast climbing Tees-Tyne tag combination of Middlesbrough’s ‘Seconds Out’ Tony Spitfire and South Shields speedster A.J.Anderson.Tickets (including a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16) are now on sale at the Floral Pavilion, telephone: 0151-666-0000
Over the top rope thrills for Grimsby
Pictured from the left: ‘American Avalanche,’ Sam Adonis, UK Hooligans and James Mason.
MORE Rumble mayhem is on the cards in an All Star event at the Auditorium, Grimsby, on Friday March 7 featuring top home and international talent and winding-up with every man for himself action. All Star’s early 2014 bills have been well supported and the return to Griimsby will see Sam Adonis and the ‘American Avalanche’ taking on all comers. Recent tours have brought ‘Avalanche’ action in mainland Europe, Croatia, the United Arab Emirates, Puerto Rico and Mexico while Adonis is just as much at home competing in the British wrestling environment and hailing from Pittsburgh proudly marches into the fray carrying a stars and stripes flag as the strains of ‘Born in the USA’ ring around the arena. The Auditorium programme starts at 7.30pm with a string of home favourites ready for action including Wirral-based action man and Superslam title holder Dean Allmark; South London-born James Mason, North East action man ‘Seconds Out’ Tony Spitfire and the long-reigning British mid-heavyweight title holder, Stoke muscle machine Robbie Dynamite. Coming form Norfolk will be the explosive family combination the UK Hooligans, consisting of brothers Roy and Zak Knight with the latter back in action after a winter lay-off with a knee injury, while equally distinctive is T-Bone Tyson, the tattooed heavyweight force from the Welsh borders. Tickets are now on sale at the Auditoium box office, tel: 0844-8713016.
THE March run of All Star Superslam events continues at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, on Saturday 8th from 7.30pm; followed by an afternoon bill from 3pm at the Westcliff Theatre, Clacton on Sea, on Sunday March 9th. The Beck Theatre at Hayes is in the spotlight on Friday March 14th, with a 7.30 start, and this is the time when the action begins the following night, Saturday March 15th, at wrestling’s Potteries hot-spot, the Victoria Hall in Hanley, Stoke on Trent. Later in the month All Star hit Sevenoakes in Kent with a Friday 21st presentation at the Stag Theatre (7.30pm) and next night there’s North East action from 7pm at the Sports Centre, Blyth. Then comes a Friday March 28th line-up at Ipswich Corn Exchange; the spotlight turns to the Princes Theatre, Torquay, on Saturday March 29th with a 7pm bell time before there’s an afternoon spectacular in Essex at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon from 3pm on Sunday March 30th.