LIVE ACTION FROM ALL STAR
Friday October 20 – HANLEY Victoria Hall (7.30pm). AB:08717649
Saturday 21 October – Princess Theatre Torquay (7.30pm). AB:0844-8713023
Sunday 22 October – BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Ballroom (3pm). AB:0844-5763000
Monday 23 October – HAYES Beck Theatre (7.30pm). AB:0208-5618371
Tuesday 24 October – DUDLEY Town Hall (7.30pm). AB: 01384-812812
Wednesday 25 October – GRAVESEND Woodville Hall (7.30pm). AB:01474-337459
Thursday 26 October – ALDERSHOT Princes Hall (7.30pm). AB:01252-329155
Friday 27 October – IPSWICH Corn Exchange (7.30pm). AB:01473-433100
For all of the above events, tickets can be purchased at face value in advance or on the day of the show at the venue Box Office. Bookings online or by telephone incur additional ticket fee and transaction charges over which All Star Wrestling have no control.
ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
Writer: Russell Plummer Photos: Tony Knox
Dean Allmark heads home for title bid
Superslam stars, l to r: Harlem Bravado, Dean Allmark, Oliver Grey and James Mason.
TOP WRESTLING favourite Dean Allmark returns to his Potteries home town on Friday 20 October to challenge for the Superslam Championship at start of a new season of local events from All Star Promotions with a switch from time honoured Saturday programmes to a Friday evening spot on 20 October. It follows the success of a Friday date earlier in the year and also marks the start of an intensive run of matches involving reigning champion Stateside barnstormer Harlem Bravado and top home contenders Allmark, Devon force Oliver Grey and South London-born star James Mason with each wrestler out to pick up points through an eight-day series of matches before the two top scorers meet in a title decider at Ipswich Corn Exchange on Friday 27 October.
Allmark, also head coach at All Star’s highly rated training school now based at Neston, North Wirral, put himself into the reckoning with an impressive New Brighton showing against Bravado last month and will be pulling out all the stops to get back the belt he has held on a couple of previous occasions. Allmark leaned his wrestling locally training with tough teachers Keith Myatt and Chris Curtis at the aptly named ‘Camp of Pain’ before making a professional debut n 2000. Following a breakthrough with All Star, Europe’s longest-established promotion now into a 46 year, Dean enjoyed success on the solo front and also as one half of a title winning ’Dream Team’ tag combination partnering fellow Stoke campaigner Kid Cool. Dean has international experience including bouts on the Continent and in the United States for Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) and last week was in Japan representing Britain in international events in Tokyo and Osaka also featuring Americans Brodie Steele, Mike Hughes and UFW ‘Legend of Doom’ Animal. Bravado also fitted in a flying visit home to the United States in the opening weeks of October to renew the family tag formation with his elder brother Lance. Both men having enjoyed tag team and solo success around the world with appearances for ‘Ring of BravaBravado, younger half of a top tag team combination withsuccess arapfor‘Ring of Honor’ in the USA as well as Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan. The pair also came together for a series of summer matches here last summer before Lance returned home late in July and now Harlem takes his place together with Allmark, Grey and Mason in a four man Hanley knockout event.
Hanley test for Dynamite versus Joe Legend
Facing the camera: Robbie Dynamite, Joe Legend, Adam Maxted and Sean Kustom.
ROBBIE DYNAMITE also has a Victoria Hall date on 20 October when the man known as the ‘Potteries Powerhouse’ faces much travelled American globetrotter Joe Legend who will be making a long overdue return to British rings. Currently campaigning from a base in Germany where is has been training a number of up and coming stars including Swedish time-bomb Fabian Steinbolt who will also be in the Victoria Hall Line-up as super fit Australian discovery Sean Kustom makes his British debut.
Joe Legend also has an intriguing match on Wednesday 25 October at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend, when his opponent in a bill starting at 7.30 will be wrestler turned ‘Love Island’ star Adam Maxted, the Belfast-born campaigner who is currently making a big impression in All Star rings. Start time is 7.30pm, the line-up also includes matches between Oliver Grey and Fabian Steinbolt, plus Dean Allmark versus Jodie Fleisch. Advance tickets are on sale at the venue, telephone: 01474-337459.
Back to Hanley where there is also a 7.30pm bell time, the programme also brings an intriguing team clash when mystery star will be supported by wrestling’s mighty midget, 3ft 6in tall Mark Sealey, the personality-plus campaigner who campaigns as ‘Little Legs’ and has been seen in many films including later releases in the Harry Potter series and the next one in the sequence which is just going into production. They will be giving away a huge amount of weight against Midlands pairing ‘The Henchmen’ consisting of Coventry-based beaded battlers Jim Diehard and Benton Destruction, a combination who have stormed into the tag spotlight over the past 18 months with a succession of ‘Route 1’ performances when they storm into irrepressible action.. Hanley tickets are on sale at the Victoria Hall box office, telephone 0844-8717649, and include a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16.
Reminder: For all of the above events tickets can be purchased at face value in advance or on the day of the show at the venue Box Office. Bookings on line or by telephone usually incur additional ticket fees or transaction charges over which All Star Wrestling have no control.
Xia Brookside facing Scottish challenge
Facing the camera (l to r): Xia Brookside, Kay Lee Ray, Connie Steele and Erin Angel.
XIA BROOKSIDE has rarely been out of the news since returning from action in Germany and then Japan earlier in the year and has just been signed-up to return to Tokyo for a three month stay from the beginning of 2018. All the publicity for Xia has not gone down well with Scots ring siren Kay Lee Ray who aims to make her point after slapping a challenge for a series of October matches against the teenage step daughter of ‘Liverpool Lad’ Robbie Brookside. Still in her late teens, Xia began wrestling under the watchful eyes of Robbie, now a top coach with WWE in the United States, and Darren Walsh at the highly regarded Brookside Wrestling Academy based in Leicester.
Glasgow-born Kay Lee Ray, now 25, also first hit the ring in her teens and made a big impression competing for NXT in the USA before becoming one of 32 top ring divas to feature in this year’s American Mae Young Classic. Xia and Kay Lee cross swords at Hanley on Friday 20 October before battle resumes at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, on Monday 23 October and with the series completed at Dudley Town Hall on Tuesday 24 October; Gravesend Woodville Hall on Thursday 25 October; and Aldershot Princes Hall on Thursday 26 October.
Xia faces another tough match against Connie Steele, blustering Weymouth-based daughter of ladies ring legend Klondyke Kate at Torquay’s Princess Theatre on Saturday 21 October, all shows having a 7.30pm bell time. Connie leaves nothing to chance and showed her grim determination in summer action against Welsh flier Aurora Skye and Coventry’s come-back contender Jetta. Also eager for winter action against Connie and Xia is South Coast sizzler Erin Angel the Southampton-based favourite, now in her mid-twenties, who knows absolutely every inch of the ring.