LIVE ACTION FROM ALL STAR
Friday 2 March – HULL City Hall (7.30pm). AB: 01482-306306
Saturday 3 March – DUNSTABLE Grove Theatre (6.00pm). AB: 01582-602080
Friday 16 March – HANLEY Victoria Hall (7.30pm). AB: 0844-8717649.
Friday 23 March – IPSWICH Corn Exchane – event postponed until October.
Thursday 5 April – BOURNEMOUTH Pavillion Ballroom (7.30pm). AB: 0844-576300)
Friday 6 April – HASTINGS White Rock Theatre (7.30pm). AB: 01424-462288.
Wedneday 11 April – GRAVESEND Woodville Hall (7.30pm). AB: 01474-337459
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
Final bell tolls for Victoria Hall
Many legends of the ring turned out for All Star’s final event at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, and pictured from left to right are: Back row – ‘Banger’ Tony Walsh, Wrestling’s First Lady Miss Mitzi Mueller, ‘Bulldog’ Colin Joynson, ‘Rollerball’ Mark Rocco, Miss Leather Lena, England Number one Lancashire Lion’ Marty Jones, ‘Nipper’ Eddie Riley, Stoke very own Bobby Ryan, promoter Brian Dixon and multi-title winner Danny Collins; Front row – former world champion Johnny Saint , hard hitting Potteries star Keith Myatt and Kashmir Singh.
AFTER presenting wrestling at the Victoria Hall in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, for more than 35 years, All Star made sure their run at the famous Potteries fight venue finished in style with Superslam title holder Oliver Grey the last winner when having his arm raised after triumphing in the over the top rumble event that brought down the curtain. Former stars from the ‘World of Sport’ era (pictured above) turned out to take part in a Parade of Legends and Kendo Nagasaki also entered the Hanley ring for one last time to make a cheque presentation to Lyn Rigby, mother of drummer Lee Rigby who was shot and killed in South London during 2015.
Kendo also announced that his fascinating wrestling career story is to be told in a warts and all biography to be published early in the coming summer. All is not lost for Potteries wrestling fans with All Star set to move to new venue, the King’s Hall on Kingsway, Stoke on Trent, ST4 1HH, with a first event on Friday 28 October and, hopefully, with regular monthly dates following. This has not been possible at the Victoria Hall in recent times with All Star having to compete with major big name touring shows that want weekend dates and bring in far greater ticket price revenue. Rising hall hire charges is another factor in All Stars decision to move on – but on the evidence of Friday 16 March no one can say wrestling went quietly!
The Victoria Hall during All Star’s final event on Friday 16 March following the Parade of Legends and (right) a close-up with Kendo Nagasaki in the ring with Mrs Lyn Rigby.
Hanley Rumble action before Oliver Grey celebrated overall victory (right).
Hull date switched to 31 March
Hull contenders: Dean Allmark, Danny Collins, Harlem Bravado and ‘Crusher’ Kennedy.
ALL STAR will be out to make up for lost time at the City Hall, Hull, on the last day of the month, Saturday 31 March, when an event that became victim of the ‘Beast from the East’ snow deluge earier in the month has been re-scheduled with a start at 6pm. The evening still winds-up with an American style Rumble with names on the start list including Oliver Grey, Harlem Bravado, Humberside’s own heavyweight force ‘Colossus’ Euan Kennedy, metal masked monster Thunder, ‘Love Island’s’ Adam Maxted, Potteries powerhouse Robbie Dynamite and mighty midget Mark ‘Little Legs’ Sealey. Earlier there will be a tag team showdown with ‘Demolition Destruction’ a formidable new combination consisting of Big T Justice and El Shiek Sham facing the always formidable ‘Henchmen’ Jim Diehard and Benton Destruction. Another evening highlight will be a match for the ‘World of Sport’ Trophy between Wirral-based favourite Dean Allmark and the always fiercely competitive Danny Collins, the former British and European title holder who is now based on the opposite side of the Humber Estuary in Lincolnshire. Tickets for the earlier date are still valid and further infromation is available from the City Hall box office on 01482-306300.
Bournemouth Street Fight clash
April stars: Xia Brookside, Viper, Bram and James Mason.
WRESTLING returns to Bournemouth on Thursday 5 April as All Star move into the final weeks of their 2018 Spring programme. The Pavilion Ballroom bill from 7.30pm brings a potentially explosive heavyweight feature as Superslam Champion Oliver Grey is challenged to a Street Fight by Bram the bearded battler first known as Brandon T in home rings and trained in Yorkshire by Jeff Kaye. He headed for the United States and as Bram wrestled under the WWE banner for Florida Championship Wrestling and later NXT before hitting the independent circuit and appearing for TNA with Japanese action following during 2017 for Pro Wrestling Noah. Teenage sensation Xia Brookside returns from action in Japan to face Scottish ladies force The Viper, James Mason targets Dean Allmark and other contests there bring a tag test for ‘Demolition Destruction.’
Then Friday 6 April,sees All Star back at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings for a programme from 7.30pm including another solo test for Xia Brookside with the action winding-up with a Rumble including American globetrotter Harlem Bravado, ‘Henchman’ Jim Diehard, James Mason, Oliver Grey and the ‘Demolition Destruction’ combination. Another big Gravesed bill is lined-up a for Wednesday 11 April with full details due to be announced at the beginning of the month – but with Oliver Grey, Danny Collins and Bram already confirmed for the evening’s featured Rumble. All three shows have a £45 family ticket on offer covering two adults and two children under 16 and with tickets available for purchase at face value in advance or on the day of the event at venue Box Offices. Bookings on line or by telephone usually incur additional ticket fees or transaction charges over which All Star Wrestling have no control.