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Friday 27 January – NEW BRIGHTON Floral Pavilion (7pm) AB: 0151-6660000

Saturday 28 January – ST.ALBANS Alban Arena (7.30pm) AB: 01727-844488

Sunday 29 January – BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion (3pm) AB: 0844-5763000

Friday 3 February – HANLEY Victoria Hall (7.30pm) AB: 0844-8717694

Saturday 4 February – DARTFORD Orchard Theatre (1pm) AB: 01322-220000

Sunday 5 February – CHELTENHAM Town Hall (3pm) AB: 0844-576-382382

Friday Feb 10 – TELFORD Oakengates Theatre (7.30pm) AB: 01952-382382

Friday Feb 10 – HULL City Hall (7.30pm) AB: 01482-300300

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ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE

Writer: Russell Plummer – Photos: Tony Knox

Knight dynasty in the 2017 spotlight

Pictured: Ricky Knight, UK Hooligans, The Henchmen and James Mason.

ALTHOUGH he has campaigned out of Norfolk for many years, wrestling star Ricky Knight’s has family roots in St.Albans and intends to make his mark when facing top home heavyweight talent James Mason in one of the featured clashes of an All Star bill at the Alban Arena on Saturday 28 January. Knight heads a real wrestling dynasty with his wife campaigning around the world as Sweet Saraya; daughter Paige is a top WWE talent in the United States; sons Roy and Zack Knight form leading tag team the UK Hooligans and now Roy’s own teenage son is making his mark campaigning as Ricky Knight junior. The Hooligans will also be in action at St.Albans renewing a blistering rivalry with Midlands pair Benton Destruction and Jim Diehard, alias The Henchmen. Starting at 7.30pm, the programme brings international action with Harlem Bravado, the man who styles himself as ‘Mister USA,’ likely to need all his experience and guile when opposed by spectacular Mexican luchador Flying Eagle. Tickets, including a £45 family offer for two adults and two children under 16 are now on sale at the venue and can also be booked by phone to 01727-844488. The Hooligans will also be in action at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, the previous night, Friday 27 January, when figuring in a knockout event against the Lucha Eagles, The Rockets (Tony Spitfire and A.J.Anderson) and the Henchmen while the top solo spot will see Dean Allmark making the short trip from his Wirral home to defend the All Star Superslam Belt against Stateside challenger Harlem Bravado. The action begins at 7.30 with tickets on sale at the venue and bookable by phone to 0151-6600000.

Tag tests for the battling Hooligans

Facing the camera: Jonny Storm, Jodie Fleisch, Oliver Grey, Xia Brookside.

ALL STAR’S run of late January bills continues with Roy and Zak Knight again on tag trail when facing the exciting pairing ‘Wonder Kid’ Jonny Storm and partner Jodie Fleisch during a Sunday 29 afternoon line-up from 3pm at the Pavilion Ballroom in Bournemouth. The programme also brings international heavyweight action with a four man knockout event involving transatlantic visitor Harlem Bravado, Devon Destroyer Oliver Grey, the ever consistent James Mason and Big City Brawler Brandon Thomas. The girls are not forgotten either with much travelled Coventry lass Jetta, back in action after a spell out of the ring, opposing teenage sensation Xia Brookside who won the ladies final of last year’s ‘Most Dynamic Newcomers’ event staged in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, to mark the 50th anniversary of Kendo Nagasaki ending the unbeaten of fellow masked man Count Bartelli. Two further solo contests will complete the action and tickets are now on sale at the Pavilion box office and can also be booked by phone to 0844-576-3000. Talking of Hanley, All Star’s first Victoria Hall bill of 2017 is on Friday 3 February from 7.30pm with a featured tag knockout tournament when the Hooligans clash with Jim Diehard and Brandon Thomas, the Lucha Eagles from Mexico and a new pairing of Howard Drake and Ringo Ryan. There will be a solo test for locally born Dean Allmark and while Oliver Grey targets James Mason. For bookings and further information call 0844-8717649.

 Gangrel set for 10 All Star tour dates

Top stars (l to r): Gangrel, Harlem Bravado, William Regal and Johnny Saint.

WRESTLING legend Gangrel starts his 2017 British tour at Telford’s Oakengates Theatre on Friday 10 February and will then be seen on Monday 13 February at the Beck Theatre, Hayes; Wednesday 15 at Gravesend Woodville Hall; Thursday 16 at the Playhouse Theatre, Epsom; Friday 17 at Dudley Town Hall; Saturday 18 at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable; Sunday 19 at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon; Tuesday 21 at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe; Wednesday 22 at Aldershot Princes Hall and Thursday 23 at the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, and with a 7.30pm start time at all venues. Gangrel will feature in both solo and tag team contests having lined-up fellow American globetrotter Harlem Bravado as his partner. Sabre toothed ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel made his name with the WWE’s WWF predecessor and today there’s major British influence as WWE look for emerging talent from around the world. William Regal and Robbie Brookside are already much respected coaches and after being joined by Dave ‘Rocky’ Taylor, former lightweight legend Johnny Saint has now gone across the North Atlantic for a six month WWE coaching stint. North Wales-based Johnny’s brilliant technical ability saw him reign as undisputed world champion through two decades and, quite clearly his reputation has preceded him to the United States.

Big year begins for Training School

In focus (l to r): Dean Allmark, James Drake, Ringo Ryan and Carl Curtis.

ALREADY 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for British wrestling and the message from the All Star Training School is clear – there really is no better time or place to get yourself on the wrestling map! Monday and Tuesday evening sessions take place each week at the school’s new base at Neston in South Wirral from 5pm to 8pm on either night and with a fee of £10 per session on a pay as you go basis. The school now operates from Evolution House, Longacre Road, Clayhill Industrial Park, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 3RL and Head Coach Dean Allmark will be going into his 11th year of teaching at the Monday night sessions while a new trainer will welcomed to take charge on Tuesday nights. Harlem Bravado has wrestled all over the world including in China, for Noah pro wrestling in Japan and was a regular for DGUSA and Ring of Honour in his home country of the USA and also recently debuted for TNA. He is also a respected trainer at the High Spots School in Carolina. ‘We are delighted to welcome Harlem to the teaching staff on a permanent basis giving us added depth and versatility with his American wrestling style and great promo skills,’ said Dean. The All Star School started in April 2006 and one young man who was there from day one, Liverpool lad Ringo Ryan, was a natural and an instant hit with the trainers making a professional debut in July 2006 at Rhyl Town Hall. He has since featured on hundreds of All Star shows, also wrestling overseas in Ireland, Germany and Denmark. Recently he was in action in the WWE British Tournament at Blackpool when another ASW school product Sam Gradwell and Blackpool’s James Drake, who previously campaigned as J.D.Bryan, were also involved. Tyson Taylor weighed 21 stones before he joined the Training School in March 2007 and with lots of determination debuted in December 2010 then tipping the scales at just 13 stones! Carl Curtis, another head turner who joined the school in September 2010, is described by Dean as one of the most naturally gifted athletes so far seen. Also back in Britain as one of the WWE commentators was Kent-born Nigel McGuinness who hung up his boots after a long career in the United States at the end of 2011 after finally campaigning as Desmond Wolfe for TNA.


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