All Star Wrestling set to stage classic show at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich, says legendary promoter

Sam Adonis. Photo: All Star Wrestling

Sam Adonis. Photo: All Star Wrestling - Credit: Archant

Fans can expect one of the best-ever nights of wrestling in Ipswich on Friday night, the show’s legendary promoter has said.

All Star Wrestling (ASW), one of Europe’s longest-running wrestling promotions which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, makes its traditional autumn appearance at the Corn Exchange.

Former WWE star Mason Ryan faces American Avalanche P.N. Neuz, while Londoner James Mason takes on reigning ASW heavyweight champion Sam Adonis, from Pittsburgh, USA, in a ladder match.

ASW founder and matchmaker Brian Dixon said: “I would say it is the strongest bill we’ve had in Ipswich for a long, long time. “We’ve had some very good nights in Ipswich. We have been going there for 30 years. One of the matches that always sticks in my mind was mighty John Quinn defending his world title against a local lad Neil Sands (in front of a sold-out Corn Exchange in 1981). That was a match-and-a-half.

“But the good thing about the Ipswich fans is that they know what’s good and what isn’t good. If it’s not good, they’ll certainly tell you that they don’t approve of it.

“That’s why we’re extra careful when we put the show together to make sure that every match has got something special on offer.

“It is a fun evening with a great atmosphere at the Corn Exchange. The venue is very well equipped and people certainly enjoy the action.”

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He said the independent wrestling scene was in good health currently.

“There are ups and downs in wrestling but at the moment there seems to be an increase in interest, and we always find that when the WWE are due in the country, the interest does increase,” he said.

“WWE are here in November and so it is having an effect on ticket sales. And a lot of top names that they have, started their careers (with the ASW) and appeared in Ipswich in the past.

“Once you made it there, you have cracked it. There are quite a few millionaire wrestlers in America.”

The event at the Corn Exchange will start at 7.30pm. Adult tickets cost £15. Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £45. Call 01473 433100 for more details and to buy tickets.