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.
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.
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.'
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.
So the UFC's huge push for world domination rumbles into London, and lands at the 02 Arena, Greenwich, the second biggest indoor arena in the UK and one of the busiest in Europe. It's a great venue, tailor-made for hosting big fights. In what could be a landmark achievement for the promotion, the 15,000 seats sold out in record time for a UK event, and the media hype has been unprecedented...
So... here we are again, just over a week until fight night, and I have to admit the nerves are sneaking in a little early. It's good news though, I tell myself, and I always perform best under pressure! Through my mind runs the age-old question - have I done enough? Have I trained sensibly and focused on the correct areas? Is there any more I could have I done?