ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE

(next All Star live events panel)

 Friday 2 December: GRAVESEND Woodville Hall (7.30pm) AB: 01474-337459

Saturday 3 December: SOUTHAMPTON Engine Room (6pm) AB: 0871-2200260

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ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE

Writer: Russell Plummer  Photos: Tony Knox

Last title test of 2016 lined-up for Dean

Superslam stars: Dean Allmark, Flying Eagle, James Mason and Nathan Cruz.

Superslam stars: Dean Allmark, Flying Eagle, James Mason and Nathan Cruz.

AFTER a momentous autumn when he successfully came through no fewer six All Star Superslam Championship defences, popular number one Dean Allmark faces his final title match of 2016 at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend, on Friday 2 December when opposed by the always aggressive Humberside campaigner Nathan Cruz. It will be tough a test for Allmark who regained the title he last held in 2014 defeating Potteries powerhouse Robbie Dynamite in an August match at Rhyl in North Wales after the belt was declared vacant due to the long-term absence of previous American holder Sam Adonis. Since then Dean has held on to Britain’s most prestigious belt in a re-match with Dynamite and other clashes against challengers including much travelled Kent-based star Doug Williams, Midlands force Stixx and Austrian invader Fabian Severe. But Allmark may not get all the popular support at the Woodville Hall as the colourful and sometimes outspoken Cruz has gained a big Kent following after putting the emphasis on skill and style in recent Gravesend appearances. Starting at 7.30pm, the programme also brings tag team action with Devon destroyer Oliver Grey joining forces with Bath’s fast climbing action ace Charlie Garrett to oppose an international pairing of Welsh tank Caden Lay and Finland’s ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro. Also on view will be home favourite James Mason taking on Mexican-style lucha libre star Flying Eagle and there’s a Gravesend return for ‘Savvy’ Sid Scala, the South London character who is hailed as wrestling’s answer to Del Boy from the ‘Only Fools and Horses’ TV series and will be facing heavier northern tough guy Brandon T. Tickets are on sale at the Woodville Hall box office telephone 01474-337459, and include a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16.

THERE’S sad news of the passing of John Kowalski the blond haired South Coast heavyweight who was one of the top division’s most distinctive campaigners in the 1970s. He first made his mark when Paul Lincoln was rocking the promotional boat all over Britain and then went on to feature in Dale Martin bills as well as spending time in Northern rings. He was also no stranger to appearances in ‘World of Sport’ televised bouts with small screen opponents including Count Bartelli, Klondyke Jake, ‘Tarzan’ Johnny Wilson and ‘Bomber’ Pat Roach

All Star rumble back to Southampton!

In focus (l to r): Connie Steele, Oliver Grey, Kian Kelly and Gangrel.

‘ARE you ready to Rumble?’ is the question All Star Wrestling will be asking when they return to Southampton for a first programme at the Engine Room on Saturday 2 December with 10 leading campaigners contesting an event when the only way out of the ring is by throwing rivals over the top rope! Now into a 46th year and Europe’s longest established promotion, All Star’s big bill has a 6pm start for what will be the West Quay Road Industrial Estate venue’s wrestling debut and with Exeter-born Oliver Grey taking on formidable home and overseas rivals. Grey started his wrestling career campaigning as Joel Redman while also working as a forester in Devon before things really took off when he spent more than two years in the United States with WWE developmental territory TNX, gaining both tag team and solo honours. Grey then looks ahead to a busy Festive period when he bids to retain the Butlin’s Belt in action at the Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead resorts from 9 December through to New Year’s Day 1 January 2017 which we will be featuring in Grapplevine’s next update. His Engine Room rivals will include Finnish ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro, the bearded and tattooed campaigner from Turku who has been enjoying an impressive run of UK form. Another who speedy star who never shirks a challenge is 24 year-old Charlie Garrett from Bath while Welsh tank Caden Lay also always sets a cracking pace. Mexican-style action man Flying Eagle is another entrant along with fast emerging West Country discovery Kian Kelly, trained by Bristol ring legend Danny Collins, and northern powerhouse Brandon T will also be on view. But one man they will all have to watch is colourful and outspoken Humbersider Nathan Cruz who never misses an opportunity to let opponents and fans just what he is thinking. There’s ladies diva action as well with Bournemouth-based Connie Steele, daughter of wrestling legend Klondyke Kate, taking on fast climbing new contender The Phoenix. Tickets can be bought in advance at the Engine Room box office and bookings can be made there or by phone to 0871-2200260, with a special £45 family offer covering two adults and two children under 16 available.

LOOKING ahead into 2017 All Star have confirmed that the first major foreign star to appear in Britain will be sabre toothed ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel who will feature during a busy February school half term holiday period with appearances at centres including Hanley, Dartford, Epsom, Hull, Dunstable and Leamington Spa. Gangrel was as fiercely competitive as always when in Britain early in 2016 and he is already said to be lining-up a tag partner for team as well as solo contests.

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