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Friday 18th January – HASTINGS, White Rock Theatre (7.30pm) AB: 01424-462288
Friday 18th January – EPSOM, Playhouse Theatre (7.30pm) AB: 01372-742555
Saturday 19th January – SALISBURY, City Hall ( 7.30pm) AB: 01722-434344
Sunday 20th January – TORQUAY, Princess Theatre (3pm) AB: 0844-871-3023
Friday 25th January – NEW BRIGHTON, Floral Pavilion (7.30pm) AB: 0151-6660000
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ALL STAR GRAPPLEVINE
Writer: Russell Plummer – Photographer: Tony Knox
New Year pressure on No.1 Grey
In view (l to r): Superslam Champ Oliver Grey with Brodie Steele, Jack Wilder and Team Tornado.
NOW into a second year as All Star Superslam Championship holder, Devon ace Oliver Grey will find himself in the firing line as 2019 begins with January challenges from home stars before international opposition follows during February. Top domestic contenders including James Mason, Bram and metal masked menace Thunder and Rampage Brown are looking for January opportunities and will be joined on the list of February contenders by American globetrotter Brodie Steele and Canada-born, Austria based heavyweight Jack Wilder. Six-foot-six giant Steele, weighing-in at a shade under 300lbs, was born in Halixax, Nova Scotia, and first appeared for All Star in 2003 when part of a formidable tag team partnering ‘Vampire Warrior’ Gangrel. Last year brought tours to Germany and India before a return for Canadian action. His 2019 UK tour begins at Telford’s Oakengates Theatre on Friday 15 February with afternoon shows at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre and the Towngate Theatre, Basildon, following on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 February. Although long campaigning from an Austrian base, six footer Wilder originates from Quebec in Canada and will be coming to Britain for the first time. Also here in February will be Austria’s Team Tornado consisting of Tommy Tornado and Jimmy Torpedo who hail from Graz and were trained by Chris Raaber and UK-born, Nuremburg-based Alex Wright who hope to face top home pairings Dean Allmark and James Mason together with the UK Hooligans Roy and Zak Knight.
Farewell to the ‘Dynamite Kid’
Dynamite Kid Tom Billington (right) with ‘British Bulldogs’ partner Davey ‘Boy’ Smith.
TOMMY Billington, one of wrestling’s most iconic stars as the ‘Dynamite Kid,’ died on 1 December, his 60th birthday, following a period of failing health that saw him latterly confined to a wheelchair. The news was broken by Davey Smith junior, son of his former ‘British Buldogs’ tag partner Davey Smith who said: “I was really happy and glad I got to see Dynamite one last time in the UK during June. He was certainly an inspiration to myself and many others and really revolutionised professional wrestling as we know it today. He flew high, and gave it his all in every single match.” Former world title holder Marty Jones was one of many retired stars to pay tribute, posting: “It’s with great sadness I learned that the ‘Dynamite Kid’ Tommy Billington passed away on his birthday. He was a true British ambassador for wrestling worldwide.” Trained by Lancashire coach Ted Beckley while still a teenager, Tommy shot to international stardom in the 1980s along with cousin and tag partner Davey Smith, the pairing achieving top honours around the world with successes including a spell as WWE tag team title holders before the pair went their separate ways from 1988. The ‘Dynamite Kid’ went on to work for Stampede Wrestling and in Japan until what turned out to be his final match on 10 October 1996 when headlining a Michinoku Pro event partnering Dos Caras and Kuniaki Kobayashi to victory against The Great Sasuke, Mil Mascaras, and Tiger Mask. He suffered a seizure while waiting to fly home the following day and was rushed to hospital.
BRITISH wrestling has also said farewell to Peter Baines, a man who devoted much of his time to the business and was honoured with a special ‘Ring of Friendship’ Award at the British Wrestling Reunion in Kent last August. Peter was 90 and always well respected as a referee, one of his career highlights coming when he took charge of the World Championship decider when Kendo Nagasaki defeated title holder Wayne Bridges.
All Star’s TV debut remembered
Stars from 1986 TV debut, Johnny Saint, Mark Rocco, Tony St.Clair and Wayne Bridges.
THERE will be a nostalgic return to South London on Saturday 2nd February with a big bill at the Broadway Theatre, Catford, the venue then known as Lewisham Theatre, which was the setting for All Star’s very first ‘World of Sport’ televised programme more than 30 years ago on 25 November 1986! It is hoped some of the stars in action then will be guests to see 2019 event featuring top talent from the present era. Back in 1986 there was a meeting of top heavyweights with Wayne Bridges going against Tony St.Clair while ‘Rollerball’ Rocco faced Johnny Saint in a clash of world champions. Master of Ceremonies John Harris also introduced ‘Psycho’ Shane Stevens to face ‘Catweazle’ Gary Cooper, Rocky Moran went in against Japanese high flier Fuji Yamada and there was a tag clash with Bobby Barnes and ‘Rock and Roll Express’ Bob Barratt against teenage twosome Liverpool’s Robbie Brookside and Sussex partner Wayne Martin from Eastbourne. A meeting of lightweight contenders between Dulwich-born Jon Cortez and northerner Jackie Robinson completed the line-up with refereeing duties shared between Frank Casey and Billy Finlay while familiar faces at ringside included television presenter Gordon Honeycombe. All Star were in the TV spotlight again a little over a month later on 27 December 1986 with an afternoon bill at Peter Stringfellow’s lavish West End Hippodrome venue including Kendo Nagasaki, presented by ‘Gorgeous’ George Gillette, facing ‘Iron Fist’ Clive Myers while Mark Rocco clashed with Scotland’s Chic Cullen and Fuji Yamda continued his UK tour against Potteries wildman John Wilkie. Full details of the Broadway Theatre programme on 2nd February this year, starting at 7:30pm, will be announced shortly and tickets can be booked at the venue, tel: 0844-877615.
Training School looks ahead
Head Coach Dean Allmark and successful 2018 students; Tyler Adams, Tag Team Paradox starring Conor Clyne and RJ Silva and All Star Novice of the Year Luke Thomas.
THE All Star Training School has its last session of 2018 at Jumpin’ Joseph’s Trampoline Park in West Kirby, North Wirral, on Wednesday 19 December and then takes a festive break until resuming on Wednesday 9 January. Training continues in 2019 under the direction of head coach Dean Allmark with sessions every Wednesday on the second floor of the Trampoline Centre at Evolution House, Longhill Road, on the Clayhill Estate at Neston, CH64 3RL, from 5.30 to 9.30 with a fee of £10 per session which also includes a one hour workout of trampoline fitness. Current and former students continue to impress when seizing opportunities to shine at summer events in Rhyl including Tyler Adams, the new tag pairing of RJ Silva and Conor Clyne plus 16 year-old Luke Thomas who won an eight wrestler novice tournament at New Brighton in October. For Training School information call 07738-330316 and this is also the number to check out details of the popular wrestling themed children’s parties.
ITV World of Sport Legends, Rollerball Rocco and Steve Taylor, with Brian Dixon
Picture taken 19/12/2018.