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Royal Ramblings Meets Matt Hardy

Danny Stone | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Some matches stay with you forever. If you're a true fan, one of those matches will undoubtedly feature wrestling icon Matt Hardy. Together with his brother Jeff, he's tearing down the house weekly on TNA's Impact Wrestling show on Challenge TV in the UK. He took some time out to talk to us...

Royal Ramblings: NXT Takeover II Review

Danny Stone | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

As Royal Ramblers will know, we have taken a keen interest in WWE's NXT promotion, which is run on the WWE network and soon to be available on these shores. We asked out resident NXT expert, Alex Leventhall to review the most recent NXT pay-per-view, Takeover II and his blog follows.

Royal Ramblings: The Underbelly of Wrestling

Danny Stone | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Professional wrestling is a colourful, jolly and light-hearted form of entertainment. We become personally invested in the trials and tribulations of our on-screen heroes (and villains) who shoulder the burden of iconic status for many people across the world. It is perhaps therefore no wonder that news of depression, addiction and death are particularly shocking for wrestling fans.

Royal Ramblings: The Who's Jew of Wrestling

Danny Stone | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

What do wrestling's Paul Heyman, Goldberg and Kelly Kelly have in common? No idea? Well, like the Royal Ramblings team, they too will be celebrating the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah later this month...

Royal Ramblings: Reading Into WWE

Danny Stone | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

This is not the first time that WWE has engaged with the literary world of course and the company has an impressive history of promoting reading for children and adults both through its commercial and Corporate Social Responsibility arms.

Royal Ramblings does DDP Yoga

Danny Stone | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Then to the workouts. I am a slow starter and so was rather pleased to see a handy beginner's programme accompanied the DVDs. Working through DDP's 'Diamond Dozen' allowed me to familiarize myself with the yoga positions as I was a complete novice.

Royal Ramblings Meets Colt Cabana at the Edinburgh Fringe

Danny Stone | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

So far as wrestling experience goes, Colt Cabana may have one of the most impressive CVs in the wrestling world. He is the undisputed king of the inde...

Royal Ramblings: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Live in London

Danny Stone | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Piper, who turned 60 in April, has in his lifetime been in an aeroplane crash, stabbed three times and has even beaten cancer... The evening certainly didn't disappoint as Piper began to recount his origins, being mentored and ribbed by the greats and spending far too much time in the dressing room with naked wrestlers.

Royal Ramblings: Meeting Batista, Guardian of the Galaxy

Danny Stone | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

As 'Drax the Destroyer' in Marvel's new epic picture Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista plays an integral part of the team that does battle to save the universe... Batista, In the UK to promote the film, sat down with the Royal Ramblings team to answer some of our questions about the film and wrestling.

Royal Ramblings: In Conversation with Booker T

Danny Stone | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

What makes us different from most independent wrestling promotions is what we put into our wrestling. The storyline and psychology based approach - we go out and entertain the fans first and foremost... I try to make it so everyone that's watching - the young guys and girls , - will say 'man, I can do that.'

Royal Ramblings: When Robbie E Met The MP

Danny Stone | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

They've both been labelled as exciting, fast-paced and dangerous but is not often that wrestling and politics collide. Comparing cross-fists with cross-words, Conservative MP Lee Scott met TNA's Robbie E during a recent tour of the UK House of Parliament.

Royal Ramblings: Meet James Storm, Robbie E & Brook

Danny Stone | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

TNA has just announced that British Boot Camp 2 will be coming to Challenge TV... You talk about the Brits in wrestling right now, well it's almost kind of like the Beatles now, they're getting huge... it's a pretty good time for British wrestlers.

Royal Ramblings: Five WWE Storylines That Never Were

Danny Stone | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

If the WWE would only follow their storyline ideas, success would be sure to follow. We do not profess to be creative wizards but summer is upon us and so in the spirit of the silly season, what follows are five storyline ideas that never were...

Royal Ramblings: TNA's Explosion

Danny Stone | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

If internet reports are to be believed, over the past few weeks TNA's stock with hardcore wrestling fans appears to have dramatically increased. Let us recap for the uninitiated...

Royal Ramblings: Losing It - The WWE Title

Danny Stone | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

On Monday night's WWE Raw show, reigning champion Daniel Bryan was stripped of his World Heavyweight Championship belts. The resultant match to determine a new champion will be held at the next pay-per-view Event, Money In the Bank...

Royal Ramblings: The North Korean Problem

Danny Stone | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

It has been reported that plans are afoot for North Korea to host an international professional wrestling event in Pyongyang in August. WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas is amongst those to have indicated they would want to participate...

Royal Ramblings: In Conversation With TNA's Jeremy Borash

Danny Stone | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

In the week that TNA goes live on Challenge in the UK with an all-new 'Xplosion' show, their first ever programming designed for a family audience, we speak to creator and host Jeremy Borash about what this means for TNA...

Royal Ramblings: WWE Live in the UK

Danny Stone | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

The WWE live experience is something to behold. For now, we'll be boxing up our Hogan wigs and feather-boas but we'll be back to see them during the next euro-tour in November when Liverpudlians will be lucky enough to experience Raw and Smackdown for themselves. We heard countless chants of 'this is awesome' over the two nights. The crowd wasn't wrong. That was awesome.

Royal Ramblings: In Conversation with WWE's Jack Swagger

Danny Stone | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

As WWE started their UK tour, the Royal Ramblings team was lucky enough to speak to their ultra-talented Superstar Jack Swagger. What we found was an interesting, funny and intelligent man with some strong views on hair...! Read on...

Royal Ramblings: Shooting Straight with TNA's Gunner

Danny Stone | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

On Monday, we had the opportunity to interview TNA's breakout star, Gunner. In the UK to promote TNA's forthcoming tour (for which roster details have just been announced - the tour poster follows this article), here is what he had to say...

Royal Ramblings: An Exclusive Interview With TNA's Rockstar Spud

Danny Stone | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

TNA's Rockstar Spud gave an exclusive interview to the Royal Ramblings blog, his first since signing a new multi-year deal with the company. Here's what he had to say...

Royal Ramblings: The British Are Coming

Danny Stone | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Less than a fortnight ago 21 year old 'Paige' (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis) won the WWE Divas Championship on the company's flagship show Raw. However, Paige is not the only Brit climbing the championship ladder...

Royal Ramblings: Its a Fan's World

Danny Stone | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

It's great to be a wrestling fan in 2014. Now more than ever, one can be fully immersed in the storylines and action... With an eye to the future, this wrestling immersion looks set to deepen and so it is perhaps worth identifying some of the markers to here and the direction of future travel.

Royal Ramblings: Tribute to a Fallen Warrior

Danny Stone | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

If you ask any non-wrestling fans about wrestling, the three wrestlers they are most likely to mention are Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior. The intensity of his character twinned with his brightly coloured face-paint and trunks made him an unforgettable international presence.

Royal Ramblings: Wrestlemania Review - No! No! No! and Yes! Yes! Yes!

Danny Stone | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

All in all, WM30 delivered. There were solid matches and nostalgic high points. The most interesting development though is the clear direction of WWE from past to future. The streak is broken, new talents are starting to emerge and the future is exciting. Roll on Raw...