LIVE ACTION FROM ALL STAR
Friday 26 January – NEW BRIGHTON Floral Pavilion (7.30pm) AB: 0151-6660000
Saturday 27 January – AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre (6pm) AB: 0844-7717627
Saturday 28 January – BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Ballroom (3pm) AB: 01202-055660
Friday 2 February – SOUTHPORT Floral Hall (7.30pm) AB: 01704-500036
Friday 9 February – LEAMINGTON SPA Royal Spa Pavilion (7.30pm) AB: 01926-334418
Saturday 10 February – SWINDON Wyvern Theatre (76.30pm) AB: 01795-524481
Sunday 11 February – READING Hexagon (3pm) AB: 0118-9606060
Monday 12 February – SCUNTHORPE Baths Hall (7.30pm) AB: 0844-8542776
Tuesday 13 February – GRAVESEND Woodville Hall (7.30pm) AB: 01474-337459
Wednesday 14 February – HAYES Beck Theatre (7.30pm) AB: 0208-5618371
Thursday 15 February – ALDERSHOT Princes Hall (7.30pm) AB: 01252-329155
Friday 16 February – EPSOM Playhouse Theatre (7.30pm) AB: 01372-742555
Saturday 17 February – DARTFORD The Orchard (1pm) AB: 01322-220000
Saturday 17 February – ST.ALBANS Alban Arena (7.30pm) AB: 01322-220000
Sunday 18 February – BASILDON Towngate Theatre (3pm) AB: 01268-465465
Thursday 22 February – BEDWORTH Civic Hall (7.30) AB: 02476-376707
Friday 23 February – TELFORD Oakengates Theatre (7.30pm) AB: 01952-382382
Saturday 24 February – SALISBURY City Hall (7.30pm) AB: 01712-243443
Sunday 25 February – BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Ballroom (3pm) AB: 01202-055660
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 WRESTLING
Writer: Russell Plummer – Photographs: Tony Knox
Gangrel heads Spring blast!
Ready for action: Oliver Grey, Dean Allmark, Gangrel and Thunder.
ALL STAR start 2018 with more than 20 different venues featuring top home and international talent through January, February and into March. First, January brings big bills set to wind-up with over the top rope Rumble action from 7.30pm at the Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton on Friday 26 with local favourite Dean Allmark, American globetrotter Harlem Bravado and the notorious Henchmen, Jim Diehard and Benton Destruction on view, then on Saturday 27 there’s a 6pm start at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury with Oliver Grey, James Mason, the Big City Brawler and Tony Spitfire among those on the Rumble trail. January finishes with action from 3pm on Sunday 28 at the Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth, when James Mason joins forces with ‘Love Island’s’ Adam Maxted in a tag clash against the transatlantic pairing of Harlem Bravado and Diamond Steele, the winners returning on Sunday 25 February to take on ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel and ‘Hit Man’ James Drake. Sabre toothed Gangrel, who first made his mark in the United States during the WWF era and then returned for action under the WWE banner, starts his annual British tour at the Royal Spa Pavilion in Leamington Spa on Friday 9 February where there’s a 7.30pm bell time.
The spotlight switches to Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre on Saturday 10 January and in the afternoon at The Hexagon, Reading, on Sunday 11. Gangrel continues at Scunthorpe Baths Hall on Monday 12, Gravesend Woodville Hall on Tuesday 13, Hayes Beck Theatre on Wednesday 14, Aldershot Princes Hall on Thursday 15, Epsom Playhouse on Friday 16, Dartford’s Orchard Theatre on Saturday 17 at 1pm with St.Albans City Hall following in the evening from 7.30pm. Gangrel is set for solo action and tag appearances with partners including Herman Bravado, James Drake and metal masked monster Thunder during the tour which continues at Basildon’s atmospheric Towngate Theatre at 3pm on Sunday 18 February with more evening action at Bedworth Civic Hall on Thursday 22, Telford’s Oakengates Theatre on Saturday 24 before winding-up with the previously mentioned further big Sunday afternoon event from 3pm at the Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth on 25 February.
Tickets can be purchased at face value in advance or on the day of the show at the venue Box Offices. Bookings online or by telephone usually incur additional ticket fees or transaction charges over which All Star Wrestling have no control.
Mal Sanders takes a final bow
A RING career spanning an amazing 40 years and 106 days came to an end when Mal Sanders climbed into the ring for the very last time at Gravesend’s Woodville Hall on Friday 1 December to face James Mason in a special British exhibition style contest 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. Mal featured right to the end of the ’World of Sport’ era and into the new century but his approach became more rugged and some contests ended in disqualification. A loyal band of fans stuck with him and were out in support at Gravesend when stars from ‘World of Sport’ days attended along with special guest ‘Luscious Loretta’ who accompanied Mal to the ring as his manageress for many years. Johnny Kidd was in the James Mason corner and after the match ring announcer Steve Barker called a string of former stars to ringside to shake hands with Mal, the parade being head by former world heavyweight number one Wayne Bridges along with Scrubber Daley, Neil (Tom Thumb) Evans, Tony Skarlo, Bill Beaney, Basil Riley, Steve Manelli, Bobby Stafford, Frank Rimer, Paul Wilson, Mal Mason and Lee Bamber who presented a bouquet of flowers on behalf of All Star Wrestling which Mal immediately passed on to Miss Loretta.
Star wrestlers in the news…
Spotlighting (l tor): Diamond Steele, Tiger Kid, Adam Maxted and Ringo Ryan.
America’s Diamond Steele, the guitar playing star from West Hollywood, is returning for a third visit to British rings in less than a year. Trained by US heavyweight Tracy Smothers before a debut for Ohio Valley Wrestling, the 220 pounds Steele then saw action for TNA from 2011. Equally sure of a warm welcome when coming back to All Star events is teen ace the Tiger Kid who is now 18 and weighs 173 pounds. He comes from Cantanzaro in Southern Italy and has trained with WWE stars Paul London and Brian Kendrick, globetrotter Sabu plus top All Star coach Dean Allmark to develop an exciting aerial style wearing his distinctive mask and always making much use of the ropes as a launch pad. Another man fast making a name for himself after returning to the wrestling scene is former ‘Love Island’ entrant Adam Maxted, the 25 year-old from Belfast who quickly caught the eye after All Star debut matches and is now out to maintain progress through 2018 with a number of big contests lined-up. Another man it is difficult to keep out of the spotlight is Liverpool’s Ringo Ryan, one of the most determined campaigners to emerge from the All Star Training School. He has never been afraid is to let people know what he thinks both in and out of the ring. He has come to be known as the ‘Mouth of the Mersey,’ and as is often said: ‘If the cap fits – wear it!’ By the way, the All Star Training School, now into a second 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 offers training twice a week. Sessions under the direction of School founder and head coach Dean Allmark and globetrotting American star Harlem Bravado take place on Monday and Wednesday each week between 5pm and 8pm with a fee of £10 per person per session. For further training information and details of wrestling themed children’s parties the number to call is 07738-330316.
With Oliver Grey winning the first big King of the Ring event at Bromley last Sunday, the rivalry between the Superslam Champion for former title holder Harlem Bravado looks set to continue well into 2018, with the State sider being joined by Joe Legend for the next series of three shows at the end of January. Russell Plummer will be reviewing these at New Brighton, Aylesbury and Bournemouth next week.
In the meantime we are getting enquiries about our VIP MEET & GREET package. The chance to have photos and get autographs of the wrestlers after the events, includes pack with a pen, a mini poster, a autograph card plus that all important VIP Pass. These are only on sale on at the of the show, and are £5.