All Star Superslam Wrestling
50th Anniversary Tour
Saturday 18th – The Hexagon, Reading (6PM) – Box Office: 0118 9606060 – Click Here
Sunday 19th – Towngate Theatre, Basildon (3PM) – Box Office: 01268 205300 – Click Here
Saturday 25th – The Swan, High Wycombe (6PM) – Box Office: 01494 512000 – Click Here
Saturday 1st – Alban Arena, St. Albans – Box Office: 01727 844488 – Click Here
Friday 7th – White Rock Theatre, Hastings – Box Office: 01424 462 288 – Click Here
Saturday 8th – City Hall, Salisbury – Box Office: 01722 434434 – Click Here
Sunday 9th – Orchard Theatre, Dartford (12PM) – Box Office: 01322 220000 – Click Here
HALF TERM SPECIAL
Sunday 16th – Playhouse, Epsom (3PM) – Box Office: 01372 742555 – Click Here
Monday 17th – Grove Theatre, Dunstable – Box Office: 01582 602080 – Click Here
Tuesday 18th – Princes Hall, Aldershot – Box Office: 01252 329155 – Click Here
Wednesday 19th – The Woodville, Gravesend – Box Office: 01474 337500 – Click Here
Thursday 20th – Fairfield Complex, Croydon – Box Office: 020 3292 0002 – Click Here
Friday 21st – Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth – Box Office: 0300 500 0595 – Click Here
REARRANGED FROM 15th – Saturday 22nd – Baths Hall, Scunthorpe (6PM) – Box Office: 0844 8542776 – Click Here
Sunday 23rd – City Hall, Hull (3PM) – Box Office: 01482 300 306 – Click Here
Friday 6th – Oakengates Theatre, Telford – Box Office: 01952 382382 – Click Here
Saturday 7th – Town Hall, Dudley (6PM) – Box Office: 01384 812812 – Click Here
Friday 13th – Civic Centre, Whitechurch – Box Office: 01948 665761 – Click Here
Saturday 14th – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (6PM) – Box Office: 0151 666000 – Click Here
Sunday 29th – Beck Theatre, Hayes (3PM)
Tuesday 14th – Playhouse, Epsom – Box Office: 01372 742555 – Click Here
Wednesday 15th – The Woodville, Gravesend – Box Office: 01474 337500 – Click Here
Thursday 16th – Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth – Box Office: 0300 500 0595 – Click Here
Friday 22nd – The Woodville, Gravesend – Box Office: 01474 337500 – Click Here
ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
Writer: Russell Plummer – Photographer: Tony Knox
Editor: Bobby Evans
First Test for
People’s Champion Niwa with Adam Maxted, Dean Allmark and James Mason
MAORI ring warrior Niwa became a controversial first winner of the new All Star ‘People’s Champion’ title and now as Europe’s longest-established wrestling promotion begins a 50th anniversary year the colourful globetrotter is set to face his first challenges. Niwa carried off the impressive belt from an eight man tournament at Kent ring hot spot the Woodville in Gravesend when after a four wrestler final also involving accomplished performer James Mason, ‘Love Island’s’ Adam Maxted and the ever-unruly and outspoken Nathan Cruz, Niwa was awarded an overall points victory on the unpopular deciding vote of referee Phil Powers.
A big crowd saw four preliminary matches in which Maxted defeated Finland’s Vitto Puro, Cruz eliminated 22 year-old new Northern force Lucas Steele, Mason came out on top against the colourful Italian Stallion – accompanied as always by his manageress Miss Monica – before Niwa controversially put out fans’ favourite Dean Allmark with referee Powers failing to see the New Zealander making use of the ropes as he pinned the Wirral-based favourite. There was more hostility from the crowd when it was down to third man Powers to deliver the final verdict which gave overall victory and the championship belt to Niwa following a four corners elimination decider.
The first title test for Niwa comes as All Star open their 2020 programme with a 13 January Saturday evening bill from 6pm at the Hexagon, Reading, when the challenger will be Dean Allmark. Tattooed favourite Adam Maxted steps-up to face Niwa at the Playhouse Theatre in Basildon where Saturday action on 19 January begins at 7.30pm and there will be further tests for the Wellington-born Niwa at The Swan, High Wycombe, on Saturday 25 January and at the Alban Arena, St.Albans, on Sunday 1 February and with more title action lined-up at different venues through the remainder of the year’s second month.
Top Foreign Invaders
Heading Our Way
Overseas visitors (l to r): Fabio Ferrari, Gangrel, Thomas LaRuffa and Red Scorpion.
THE opening weeks of 2020 will see All Star rings facing an invasion of top international talent headed by the ring’s ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel who invariably attracts big crowds wherever he appears. The former WWF/WWE legend continues to be in demand around the world and his 2020 British tour begins at Epsom Playhouse Theatre with an afternoon bill on Sunday 16 February with a 3pm start time and other dates following including Croydon’s recently renovated Fairfield Complex on Thursday 20 with a 7.30pm bell time and the City Hall in Hull on Sunday 23. Nice-based French stallion Thomas LaRuffa, who has enjoyed long spells of American action on the WWE’s TNA circuit, also returns to All Star rings along with the formidable pairing of the Italian Stallion and his manageress Miss Monica.
A further fiercely competitive mixed twosome heading our way will be the ever aggressive Belgian Bull Lord Robin and his long-standing partner, German ace Lady Lori, who fly in for a tour starting with a clash against a new home combination of heavyweight flier Danny Duggan and the stunning ‘Miss London’ Monica Mae at Basildon on 19 January. Then the Continental pair will also be featured in All Star’s 2020 curtain-raising presentation at The Swan, High Wycombe where there is a 6pm start on Saturday 25 January. Another top European campaigner out to make his mark will be Italian rule-bender Fabio Ferrari who firmly believes that action in the ring speaks louder than any words and also still here and trying to make life uncomfortable for every opponent will be ‘Nasty Boy’ Vitto Puro who is heading for a clash against Superslam title holder Oliver Grey during the Basildon event.
Masked talent is also set to bring a spectacular flash of colour to our rings both through the luchadors ring attire and Mexican style wrestling. Back for more British action in January including the Reading event on Saturday 18 January will be the Flying Eagle who regularly impressed fans during 2019 All Star appearances. The heavier Red Scorpion is another very well travelled star who never ducks any challenges the promoters come up for him.
Era Ends: All Star
Leave Fountain Street
Brian Dixon in his Bromborough office and the All Star Training School’s new base.
AFTER spending the whole of his half century in wrestling working from 81 Fountain Street in Higher Tranmere, Birkenhead, Brian Dixon has moved All Star Promotions to a new base at 2 Caldbeck Road in the Croft Leisure Park at Bromborough on the Wirral, which is also now home to the highly successful All Star Training School headed by chief coach Dean Allmark and the Jumpin’ Joseph’s Trampoline Park. What was originally the Dixon family home saw Brian take his first steps into wrestling when launching the A to Z Fan Club before making a promotional debut under the banner of Wrestling Enterprises, Birkenhead, during October 1970 and continued to expand through events at venues throughout the country following the creation of All Star Promotions.
All Star secured a Saturday afternoon ITV ‘World of Sport’ slot from 1987, a year which also brought more major events around the country including a spectacular London debut at the Royal Albert Hall in April when women’s action was presented in the capital for the first time in several decades. Fountain Street was also a home from home for top visiting overseas stars including John Quinn, Yokozuna, Gangrel and many more. Now the steady and continuing stream of foreign invaders will be able to enjoy more spacious accommodation at Croft Leisure Park, Bromborough, with training facilities on the spot!
The All Star Training School, now moving into its 14th year, started using the new Croft Park location during November with facilities including a full size ring together with matted areas. After a Christmas/New Year break the school resumes on Wednesdays from 15 January with sessions from 5.30pm to 9.30pm and a £10 fee payable each week.