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ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE presented by Russell Plummer
Bournemouth summer bonanza
In focus: Oliver Grey, Brody Steele, and the Roman Dynasty, Brigante and Passeri.
ALL STAR are set to turn up the summer heat with three big evening bills at the Pavilion Ballroom in Bournemouth starting on Wednesday 31 July and following with more action lined-up for Wednesday 28 August and again on Wednesday 28 October, all with a start time of 7.30pm. The July event features Superslam Championship holder Oliver Grey before he heads off for what will be a second 2019 tour to Japan with other home talent including popular young Londoner Josh Faulkner and ‘White Van Man’ Phil Powers. There will also be a strong contingent of overseas stars headed by Canadian heavyweight force Brody Steele, the dynamic young Austrian contender Dan Main and a mixed tag combination stylng itself the ‘Roman Dynasty’ and consisting of a well-travelled pairing who have set-up a base in Essex at Rayleigh after spending five years in the United States. Individually, they are the 120 kilos Karim Brigante who worked consistently on the other side of the Atlantic while being trained at different times during the past five years by Harley Race, Tom Prichard and Michael Elgin. This is Karim’s ninth year in wrestling and number six for his partner Monica Passeri and while keen to show just what they can do in mixed tag action after being strongly recommended to All Star by WWE battler Sheamus O’Shaunessey, they are also equally at home in solo competition.
Look out for overseas invaders
In the picture Sam Adonis, Dan Main, Paul Sayers and ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro
ONCE again Britain is proving to be a key stopping-off point for some of wrestling’s top international stars and in addition to a return by the 6ft 6in tall, near 300lbs Brody Steele from Nova Scotia, American force Harlem Bravado will be coming back to All Star venues and an autumn tour also being lined-up for former Superslam belt holder Sam Adonis who was stripped of the title a couple of years back after failing to make a defence within the stipuated time limit of six months due to an extensive spell of action in Mexico. First time here is Austria’s Dan Main a highly rated 21 year-old from Vienna who has achieved success in the USA and Kuwait and is tipped to do well here in the UK. New Zealander Paul Sayers is 28, six-foot tall and weighs 13 stones and arrives from Auckland eager to better himself in the highly rated All Star environment after Liverpool-born Ringo Ryan, now living in New Zealand, told him of the opportunities a trip to England would provide. When Vitto Puro first came to Britain he was preceded by a reputation of being Finland’s wrestling ‘Nasty Boy.’ It was no exageration and in several further visits the man from Turku on his country’s Baltic shores has proved himself to be a very tough proposition for even the most experienced opponents put into his path. It is going to be a busy Autumn with All Star presenting a double figure total of October shows including an eagerly awaited return on Wednesday 23 to the Fairfield Halls in Croydon which is re-opening after being closed for a site renovation lasting more than two years.
Top wrestlers hit the Haven trail
Haven contenders (l to r): Kid Fite, B.T.Gunn, Dylan Angel and Kreiger.
THE arrival of July marked the start of another summer season at Haven Holiday Centres in England and Scotland with the first action from All Star coming in Scotland and the borders with bills at the imposing Craig Tara Centre at Ayr, Seton Sands, Berwick on Tweed and Lakelands in Cumbria. Once again the competition is cut throat with stars vying for supremacy including top favourite B.T. Gunn who is fresh from a debt for the WWE’s NXT-UK operation. He will be eager to shine along with hard hitting Kid Fite who has competed all over Europe and was the first Scottish wrestler to appear at the infamous ECW Arena in America. Popular newcomer Dylan Angel has an array of high flying moves while the masked Lucha DS continues to impress winning the PBW ‘King Of Cruisers’ match and is now set to represent Scotland in Germany later in the year. Tag specialist Kreiger learned wrestling at the PBW school in Barrhead, Glasgow, but the six-foot-four heavyweight who is as fast as he is strong and can do just as well in solo tests. On the ladies front Angel Hayze has been making her name all over Britain. Top All Star talent from home and abroad will be in action throughout August on the English East Coast, North East and North West Centres as well as the West Country and South Coast with wrestlers on view including top favourites James Mason, Dean Allmark, Oliver Grey and Australian globetrotter Sean Kustom along with hard-hitters Tyson T-Bone and Phil Powers.
Masked stars again set to shine
Ring talent (l to r): Flying Eagle, Ligero, Lord Robin and Lady Lori, Xia Brookside.
THE appearance of masked wrestlers has always brought extra touch of magic for ringside fans and few of these mystery men are more colourful than Mexican style globetrotter the Flying Eagle. He is no stranger to the top British venues and always brings a splash of colour when entering the ring in elaborate traditional style gear. Long established as a top aerial action exponent is masked luchador Ligero whose horned head gear has been a familiar sight in All Star rings for a number of years. Now also being featured by the WWE’s British off-shoot NXT-UK Ligero looks ahead to a busy autumn and winter programme that will bring more chances to demonstrate a style in which he regularly spends time ten or more feet above the canvas before launching into his trademark speciality aerial moves. Two more top contenders coming our way in the autumn who never hide their identities are the ‘Belgian Bull’ Robin Lequime and the lady in his life, the fiercely competitive German campaigner Lady Lori. Although best-known as a mixed tag team threat they are just as much at home facing solo tests with Robin having developed a particularly intense rivalry with James Mason while Lori is demanding a meeting with Xia Brookside as soon as the opportunity presents itself.