LIVE ACTION FROM ALL STAR
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
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 incur additional ticket fee and transaction charges over which All Star Wrestling has no control.
ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
Writer: Russell Plummer Photos: Tony Knox
Oliver Grey claims the Superslam title
Pictures before and after the Superslam decider with Harlem Bravado, Oliver Grey and American guest Fred Poyser.
DEVON ace Oliver Grey is set to finish 2017 as Superslam Championship holder after claiming the belt from American invader Harlem Bravado during an Ipswich event on Friday 27 October that brought to a climax the most intensive series of title matches in All Star Wrestling’s 46 year history. Top contenders Grey, Bravado, Dean Allmark and James Mason battled for points on seven successive nights starting in Hanley with a four corner match that ended with no verdict. With the added bonus of a Blindfold match between Grey and Bravado at Gravesend, there were wins for Exeter-born Grey at Bournemouth, Hayes, Dudley, Gravesend and Aldershot, and a win for Bravado at Dudley. The ultimate decider, refereed by Lee Canderton, was at Ipswich Corn Exchange where a packed crowd saw Grey come out on top to start his first period as Superslam Champion. Huge wrestling fan Fred Poyser from Taylor in Michigan, USA, visiting the UK England for a wedding, handed the belt to Grey, a situation which left Bravado far from claiming his performances were affected by travel tiredness and jet-lag following a flying visit back to the United States in the previous two weeks. His mood was not improved with a subsequent announcement that he will not be eligible to make a claim for a fresh title shot for two months. Bravado first became champion in January this year defeating Allmark at New Brighton with the popular All Star Training School head coach previously defeating bitter rival Robbie Dynamite after the Potteries powerhouse had edged-out James Mason following a decision to strip American Sam Adonis, long absent in Mexico, of the belt for failing to make a UK defence in the statutory span of six months.
Final match for superstar Mal Sanders
Mal Sanders and James Mason who meet at Gravesend on Friday 1 December.
AFTER a ring career spanning four decades Mal Sanders will be climbing through the ropes for the very last time at Gravesend’s Woodville Hall on Friday 1 December when facing James Mason in a special British style contest that will be refereed by lightweight legend Steve Grey, the Londoner who provided the opposition in Mal’s first ‘World of Sport’ televised contest on Guy Fawkes night, 5 November 1977. The setting was the Reg Maxwell Hall at Aylesbury and in yellow trunks, the blond haired newcomer made an immediate impression demonstrating an arsenal of moves learned in an intensive period of training with ‘Mister Wrestling’ himself, the one and only Mike Marino. Within a year Sanders had pulled-off the impossible delighting a Royal Albert Hall crowd when ending a seven year reign as European Middleweight champion by the redoubtable Mick McManus. There was a successful title defence by Mal at Wembley Arena in 1981 when Chato Pastor came from Spain but was unable to conquer in a bill topped by the famous battle between Big Daddy and North American force John Quinn. Mal also battled for welterweight honours against teenage ace Danny Collins but tragedy struck when Mal was travelling back to London from Folkestone later in 1981 when Mike Marino was taken ill and died at the roadside. Mal later paid tribute to his mentor by winning a Mike Marino Memorial Tournament at Croydon’s Fairfield Hall when rivals were Pat Patton, Syd Cooper and John Naylor. Mal continued to feature right to the end of the ’World of Sport’ era and the 1990s and into the new century but his approach became much more rugged and some contests ended in disqualification. A loyal band of fans stuck with him throughout and will be rooting for a winning sign-off at Gravesend when a number of other stars from ‘World of Sport’ days are understood to be attending along with special guest ‘Luscious Loretta’ who accompanied Mal to the ring as his manageress for many years. The Gravesend action begins at 7.30pm with a line-up also featuring masked Mexican style luchador El Ligero. Tickets can be booked at the Woodville Hall box office, telephone 01474-337459.
All Star set to start 2018 with a big bang!
Stars in the news: Gangrel, Japan’s Utamaro, Mark Rocco and Dean Allmark.
ALL STAR WRESTLING are set to start the New Year with a big series of tournaments with more than 20 different venues scheduled to welcome top home and international talent through January, February and March. The curtain goes up for 2018 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, with a Sunday afternoon show from 1pm on 7 January and the month finishes with big bills; there’s evening action from 7.30pm at the Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton on Friday 26 with a 6pm Aylesbury start at the Waterside Theatre on Saturday 28 before an afternoon spectacular at the Pavilion Ballroom in Bournemouth on Sunday 28. February will see sabre toothed ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel making his annual British visit. Full details together with advance booking numbers can be found in the Calendar section of this website. Please remember that for all events tickets can be purchased at face value in advance or on the day of the show at the venue’s Box Office. Bookings on line or by telephone usually incur additional ticket fees or transaction charges over which All Star Wrestling have no control.
RING legend ‘Rollerball’ Mark Rocco was a special guest at All Star’s October presentation at the Oakengates Theatre in Telford and hopes to be back in Britain to attend further events early in the New Year. A serious back injury ended Rocco’s explosive career in 1991, some 20 years after his debut as a teenager following his father Jim Hussey into the ring. He was one of the first British wrestlers to make his mark in Japan with many tours to campaign in a mask as Black Tiger. Since retiring from wrestling Rocco has lived in Tenerife developing a number of business interests.
ALL STAR’s October events included matches for a string of overseas stars with the still Germany-based Joe Legend making a welcome return along with Swedish force Fabian Steinbolt and Australian newcomer Sean Kustom. Japanese high flier Utamaro also spent a week here when featured at venues including Torquay, Bournemouth, Hayes, Dudley, Gravesend, Aldershot and the Superslam title spectacular at Ipswich when renewing rivalry with Dean Allmark and Robbie Dynamite who he faced during the home pair’s autumn tour to Japan.
THE All Star Training School has just completed a first year at its new Wirral base on the second floor of the Jumpin’ Joseph’s Trampoline Park at Evolution House on the Clayhill Industrial Estate at Neston, CH64 3RL. Currently there are training sessions under the direction of Dean Allmark and Harlem Bravado on Monday and Wednesday each week between 5pm and 8pm with a fee of £10 per session. For further training information and details of wrestling themed children’s parties the number to call is 07738-330316