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Tuesdays 21 and 28 August –  RHYL Town Hall (7.30pm) AB 01745-344515 (Tickets are available at the door from 6pm on show nights, or in advance from the Rhyl Tourist Information Centre)

Wednesday 29 August  –  BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Ballroom (7.30pm)  AB 01202-055660

Sunday 30 September BASILDON Towngate Theatre (3pm)  AB 01868-465465

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. 

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ALL STAR WRESTLING

Writer: Russell Plummer – Photographs: Tony Knox

Wrestling mourns death of Doc

Doc Dean seen with ‘Liverpool Lads’ tag partner tag Robbie Brookside.

DOC DEAN, one of All Star’s most dynamic campaigners in the 1980s and 1990s, died at his home on Orlando, Florida, on 13 August following a heart attack. Originating from Garston on Merseyside, Doc was 48 and is best remembered from his ‘Liverpool Lads’ tag team formation with Robbie Brookside. Now in the United States as a WWE coach Robbie commented: ‘I first met Doc in 1984 when he was dressed in a Doctor’s coat, rubber boots and a helmet! From then on we drove every road and sailed the Seven Seas. The great times will be with me forever. I shall miss you dear friend.’ Klondyke Kate (Jayne Porter) with whom Doc had one of his three children, Adam, launched a ‘Go Fund Me’ appeal to bring Doc home to Liverpool for burial with fans able to  support by going to: https://www.gofundme.com/bring-doc-dean-home   Doc also enjoyed a couple of spells as British welterweight champion while the ‘Liverpool Lads’ had two runs as British tag team title holders through a period of intense action when major rivals included the ‘Super Flys’ pairing of Ricky Knight and Jimmy Ocean. Doc and Robbie  also recorded an acclaimed Video Diary for BBC2 giving an insight about life on the road as wrestlers together with clips from matches and behind the scenes footage. Doc headed across the Atlantic in the 1990s and appeared for World Championship Wrestling from 1997 and had one of his greatest successes in Japan the same year when defeating Jusin ‘Thunder’ Liger in a televised Super Junior tournament presented by New Japan Promotions. Doc hung up his boots after suffering a spate of injuries and set-up his own plumbing business.

Action at North Wales hot-spot Rhyl

In focus (l to r): Harlem Bravado, Sam Adonis, Fabian Steinbolt and Ringo Ryan.

ANOTHER summer season of wrestling events at Rhyl Town Hall is underway and generating an electric atmosphere as stars from North America, Japan and Europe take on top home favourites at the North Wales hot spot that was put firmly on the grappling map by late promoter and wrestler Orig Williams.The remaining bills on Tuesdays 21 and 18 August have a 7.30pm start time with visiting challengers set to include Harlem Bravado the globetrotting star from Draper, North Carolina, who took Britain by storm  last year when winning the prestigious Superslam Championship before his reign was ended by current title holder Oliver Grey. Another former Superslam number one one who is out to re-establish himself is Sam Adonis the much travelled battler from Pittsburg who enjoyed a run as belt holder for much of 2016 but was then stripped of the title last year after going off to Mexico and failing to make a UK defence within the stipuated six months. Japan will be represented by second time British visitor Hiroki Utamaro who continues to make a big impression around the world and has recently been in the United States. Also returning is Fabian Steinbloc, the 106 kilos Swedish time bomb from Gothenburg who has been training in Germany with top star Joe Legend. Leading the opposition will be Wirral-based favourite Dean Allmark who continues as head coach of the All Star Training School, now based at Neston, North Wirral, and one  one of the school’s most successful graduates, Liverpool-based Ringo Ryan, will be also be in action and out to enhance a growing reputation. Another man to watch will be South London-born James Mason who started wrestling in his teens and is noted as one of the top division’s most consistent stars, then there will be a touch of Mexican style action when high flyer El Ligero climbs into the ring.  North East action man Tony Spitfire is another heading for Rhyl while fans are sure to welcome wrestling’s mighty midget, 3ft 6in tall Mark ‘Little Legs’ Sealey, a veteran of appearances in films from the Harry Potter series. Tickets will be on sale at the Town Hall door from 6pm on the night of the event or can be bought in advance at Rhyl Tourist Information Centre,The Village, West Promenade, tel 01745-344515.

Summer heat at the Haven Centres

 

Haven contenders: UK Hooligans, The Henchmen, Lou King Sharp and Steve Xavier.

VISITORS to Haven Holiday Centres in England, Wales and Scotland are again enjoying top class wrestling from All Star at more than 30 different venues each week, the 2018 season running through to the end of August and including the 1,000 plus-capacity arena at Craig Tara, Ayr, while other other action North of the Border comes at Seton Sands, Berwick on Tweed and Haggeston Castle when wrestlers on view include sneakiest Scots star Lou King Sharpe, thrill a minute Steve Xavier,  towering force Kreiger,  the man fans hate, Kid Fite.  Italian visitor Paxxo is impressive along with masked star Lucha DS. Setting the ladies pace is Lucy Cole, back after injury  with Angel Hayze, tipped as Scotland’s next break out star, close behind. Roy and Zak Knight have given tag wrestling a new twist with their explosive displays as the ‘UK Hooligans’  and show no signs of allowing the pace to slacken and a new rivalry has recently emerged with the near 50 stones pairing of ‘Henchmen’ Jim Diehard and Benton Destruction better known known’ The Henchmen.’  Also known as the ‘Zebra Kid,’ Roy made his ring debut in a mask under this name at the tender age of 13. Zak was even younger when starting but by his middle  teens had started to appear abroad with a first tour to Norway taking place in 2007. The ‘Hooligans’ partnership took off from late in 2010 and this year they will be in action for All Star during wrestling events at Haven Centres on the East Coast.

Trainees make their Rumble mark

Head coach Dean Allmark together with Tyler Adams, A.J.Silva and Connor Cline.

AFTER the All Star Wrestling Training School celebrated its 12th birthday in April there has been summer opportunities for students to show their paces including bills at Rhyl Town Hall with Luke Thomas, Tyler Adams, Euan Black, Fun Twin Twiggy and Ian Harding eager to impress along with the Phoeix tag combination of Connor Cline and A.J.Silva. Classes under the direction of head coach Dean Allmark resume on Monday 10 and Wednesday 12 September from 5pm to 8pm at the school’s North Wirral base on the second floor of the Jumpin’ Joseph’s Trampoline Park at Evolution House on the Clayhill Industrial Estate, Neston, CH64 3RL. Sessions last from 5pm to 8pm each night with a fee of £10 per-person, per-session. For further All Star Training School information and details of wrestling themed children’s parties the number to call is 07738-330316.

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