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Friday 1 December – GRAVESEND Woodville Hall (7.30) AB: 01474-337459

Sunday 7 January – BROMLEY Churchill Theatre (1pm) AB: 0203 285 6000

Friday 26 January – NEW BRIGHTON Floral Pavilion (7.30pm) AB: 0151-6660000

Saturday 27 January – AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre (6pm) AB: 0844-7717607

Sunday 28 January – BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Ballroom (3pm) AB: 0844-5763000

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Champion Grey hitting rumble trail!

Devon-based star Oliver Grey, recently crowned as the new Superslam Championship holder, makes a long trip to Bromley when All Star open their 2018 programme with a ‘King of the Ring’ rumble trophy event at the Churchill Theatre on Sunday 7 January.

Noted for his high speed ring style, Grey has more than maintained the impressive form he showed throughout a two year spell in the United States with the WWE’s highly rated Florida development territory NXT and his recent run culminated when he ended the Superslam run of American invader Harlem Bravado.

Bravado, younger half of a top tag team combination with elder brother Lance, has enjoyed solo and tag success around the world with appearances for Ring of Honor in the USA as well as Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan won the title at the beginning of 2017 and will be among the stars battling it out with Grey in a programme starting at 1pm.

More foreign opposition will include Canada’s Joe Legend the Toronto-born star who now campaigns from a base in Germany and high flying Mexican lucha-libre star Flying Eagle. Their reputations will count for nothing against rivals including the notorious Henchmen, the tag formation of bearded battlers Jim Diehard and Benton Destruction who find the direct, over-the-top-rope rumble style much to their liking.

Twenty-five year old Belfast based former TV ‘Love Island’ star Adam Maxted will be out to make his presence felt after an impressive return to the wrestling scene where he faced top home and foreign stars in Northern Ireland early in his ring career and just as eager to impress will be North East cyclone Tony Spitfire while Bromley fans will also see the Big City Brawler.

Two more top heavyweights chasing the honours as wrestlers enter the fray at one minute intervals will be ever-consistent South Londoner James Mason, now campaigning from the Midlands, and metal masked monster Thunder who has stormed back to prominence after being side-lined with a knee injury last summer,

Tickets on sale at the Churchill Theatre Box Office, telephone 01474-337459, include a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16. For further information visit the All Star website at: www.superslamwrestling.com or go to All Star Wrestling UK on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT: Russell Plummer tel: 01733-551747 or e-mail: r.plummer@btconnect.com

GRAVESEND

One thing that has always been guaranteed when Mal Sanders is on a Wrestling card is that nothing can be predicted, and that was certainly the case with his final ever appearance in the ring as a Wrestler in All Star Wrestling’s final show at Kent’s number one and longest running regular venue Gravesend’s Woodville Halls.

The show was packed with just about everything with Love Island’s Adam Maxted making a big impression on the fans with a quick victory and proving like his ring music says “I’m your Man”.

Second match out saw a very welcome return to Kent for Mexican mask sensation El Ligero billed to face a selected opponent, and who should appear from the curtains but the wrestler who lost his Superslam Title at the venue the previous month only Harlem Bravado. Their first ever solo meeting in the UK saw action from the first bell and the match swung one way then the other before the American scored another controversial victory.

The man who beat him for that very belt and one of Gravesend’s most popular ever wrestler, new champion OIiver Grey joined forces with the kick box sensation Deano, another wrestler welcomed back, after pulling out of two recent visits to Kent due to injury, the two wasted little time in disposing of the new team of the Towering Inferno and Karl Atlas.

The final match of the night saw another star from reality television with “First Dates” Playboy Lewis Howley, showing his true wrestling talent and in an idea matching facing the Fearless Flatliner in a hugely entertaining match that sent everyone home smiling.

So finally to the Main Event, after 40 years and 106 days since his first ever appearance Mal Sanders, The wrestler billed as “superstar” after he was rocketed to stardom with not only a win over TV Legend Mick McManus, but a month later a defeat of the then European Middleweight Champion to become the title holder in front of millions of Saturday afternoon television viewers from Huddersfield shown on September 9th 1978

At the age of 20 he was riding high with the world at his feet, and soon became a national hero. He saw off all comers with regularity, jealously guarding his title, and in 1979, got a great victory over top Spanish star Chato Pastor at the Wembley Arena spectacular.

In 1981 two wrestlers emerged as serious challengers to Mal`s title, and in another TV showing in March, Dartford ‘s Keith Haward took the belt. Clive Myers was also involved and for the next few years, the title changed hands several times. In the late summer of this year, Mal was devastated when his mentor and great friend Mike Marino was taken ill, and sadly passed away as they drove home from a show in Folkestone. Joint Promotions set up a tournament for the Mike Marino Shield, and fittingly Mal was the first winner, seeing off Pat Patton, John Naylor, and Sid Cooper in the final. It was one of the proudest moments of Mal’s career to be presented with the shield by Mike’s widow.

During the next few years Mal’s sporting nature saw him decline to accept two championships when his opponents suffered injury, Johnny Saint and Alan Kilby being the recipients of his generosity. Not long afterwards though, Mal’s attitude changed, rulebreaking became part of his wrestling armoury and the addition of a glamorous manageress Luscious Loretta completed the transformation. The addition of ‘The One And Only’ as his entrance music was a masterstroke too. The skills remained though, and Mal was a headline act right through the 80s and 90s, and well into the new millennium, until he curtailed his commitments when wrestling went through a decline. He was still being featured regularly on TV, when the plug was pulled in 1988, featuring from Bridlington in July against old nemesis Clive Myers. With a new crop of wrestlers coming through in the last decade or so, Mal has appeared less regularly, but never formally retired

In his last ever match, he faced a wrestler whose career he helped to shape, James Mason, on the 7th April 1987 having enjoyed the excitement of TV Wrestling and he was attending his first ever live show at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, and in the first match of the night who should step through the curtains at the famous South London venue, none other than Mal Sanders. James had started amateur wrestling under the guidance of Lee Bronson, the heavyweight from Balham, and was encouraged to start in the ring.
Fast forward to the summer of 1993, and James had been in training and was part of the ALL Star ring crew travelling the country during his school holidays, and at the tender age of 14 was at Bournemouth. The MC of the night John Harris, said to James “ I hope you have your boots with you lad, go upstairs and get changed, someone hasn’t turned up you are on with Mal Sanders”. And so with James career starting with a match against Mal, His very career ends with the opponent being James.
Outside the ring, and in the dressing room, this naturally funny man has always been great company.

His last ring appearnce saw the return of Loretta, who made the night that little bit more special as his second, and with Johnny Kidd as Mason’s man in the corner it was only for special appointed referee Steve Grey to add to that bit of sparkle.

At the end of the match James made a emotional speach thanking Mal for the guidance he had given him plus said a vote of thanks for the hours and hours of entertainment he had given the tens of thousands of wrestling fans over the years.

Ring Announcer Steve Barker then paid tribute on behalf of the Promoters and the fellow Legends from yesteryear made a special walk around the ring to shake the hands of Mal one by one, leading the pack was Former Heavyweight Champion of the world Battling Wayne Bridges, his wife Sarah, then Scrubber Daly, Tommy Stewart, Neil Evans ( Tom Thumb), Tony Scarlo, Kent Favourite Basil Riley, Bill Beany, Steve Manelli, Bobby Stafford, Frank Rimmer, Paul Wilson, Referees and MCs Mal Mason and Lee Bamber who presented Mal with a boquet of flowers on behalf of All Star.

A great end to Mal Sanders career and to All Star’s final show of 2017.

Review by Steve Barker


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