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Royal Ramblings Talk GFW with Jeff Jarrett

Danny Stone | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Global Force Wrestling is not just set to take the world by storm, it is already doing so. Fundamentally changing the approach to how wrestling works, this inspiring new brand is the brainchild of wrestling hero Jeff Jarrett who talked us through their plans...

Royal Ramblings: The IPW:UK Experience

Danny Stone | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

The birth of IPW:UK and its subsequent growth and success is a compelling story, one which promoter and IPW founder Daniel Edler recounted for us. Having worked for wrestling news sites making "a decent living for a 15 year old at the time", Daniel decided to volunteer to help out acquaintances that were running wrestling shows...

Royal Ramblings Meets Rampage Brown

Danny Stone | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

TNA's British Boot Camp 2 reaches its climax this Sunday on Challenge TV at 9pm. In advance of the final, we spoke with the hopefuls about their past, present and future. Rampage Brown has been a standout competitor from day one. With an immense physique, unquestionable talent and superb in-ring ability, he is a most formidable challenger for the TNA crown.

Royal Ramblings Meets Mark Andrews

Danny Stone | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

TNA's British Boot Camp 2 reaches its climax this Sunday on Challenge TV at 9pm. In advance of the final, we spoke with the hopefuls about their past, present and future. High Flyer Mark Andrews has impressed throughout the competition and won us over again with his wit, charm and honesty.

Royal Ramblings: TNA Boots-Up

Danny Stone | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

For those that haven't been glued to Challenge TV at 9pm every Sunday night for the past month or so (or indeed been reading our various blogs on the subject), you will have missed what has been a tremendous showcase of British wrestling talent. TNA has been affording an incredible platform to some of the UK's biggest wrestling stars and they in turn have been "maximising their minutes"...

Royal Ramblings: Certificate PG

Danny Stone | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

We were lucky enough to spend some time with and learn from a BBFC examiner whose job it is to sit and review TNA and WWE content before it goes out for distribution (imagine that, being paid to watch wrestling!) and found the classification process to be impressively thorough and robust.

Royal Ramblings: The Living Legacy of Sting

Danny Stone | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Mark 23 November 2014 in your calendars as the day WWE made history once again and completed a circle that began with the purchase of WCW. During the Survivor Series Pay-Per-View, the iconic Sting made his debut in a WWE ring and solidified himself legendary status as one of the greatest wrestlers to have ever lived.

Royal Ramblings Meets SoCal Val

Danny Stone | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

In the UK for guest appearances at leading conventions in Cardiff and Milton Keynes, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask her some questions about her career both past and future...

Royal Ramblings: The UK Indy Scene - Who's Next? (Part 2)

Danny Stone | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

As we mull over TNA's British Boot Camp 2 UK final, we look at some of those that have made the final cut, some that haven't and others that are touring the independent circuit across the UK. Who will be the next breakout star?

Royal Ramblings Does the London Film & Comic Con

Danny Stone | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

All said, the Comic Con is worth visiting if the talent you wish to see are appearing. My advice would be to wait until the timetable is published on the showmaster's forums and arrange your day around either the talk or the photo opportunities or both if they coincide. Keep an eye on the Showmasters website as that's where the guests are announced. Looking to the future, there's Rockstar Spud and D-Lo Brown in Milton Keynes and Davey Hart Smith Jnr in Cardiff.

Royal Ramblings Meets 'The Masterpiece' Chris Masters

Danny Stone | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

This week, we had the pleasure of speaking to "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters. Widely known and respected for his time in WWE he is now a king of the independent scene the world over. He's currently in the UK for a series of shows for PCW, FPW and others..

Royal Ramblings Meets Gail Kim

Danny Stone | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

UK wrestling fans are soon to be treated to TNA's second series of British BootCamp. In preparation for the show premiere on 19 October we sat down with BootCamp judge and wrestling legend Gail Kim, here's what she had to say...

Royal Ramblings: Could Priscilla Be Crowned TNA's Queen?

Danny Stone | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Trained as a grappler from a young age and an identifying bisexual by his teens, Ollie was wrestling at only 17 but without any industry role models from the LGBT community. So it was that Priscilla was crowned and her path to stardom begun.

Royal Ramblings: The UK Indy Scene - Who's Next? (Part 1)

Danny Stone | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Paige, Barrett, Neville, Spud, Magnus & Bram - Who will be the next breakout star from the UK independent scene to make it to the big leagues? Whilst we certainly don't profess to be experts, here (in no particular order) is the first part of our bite size guide to some of the top talent working the UK Indy scene today:

Royal Ramblings: WWE vs Cancer

Danny Stone | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

The bottom line is that cancer is not selective. The familities of both of the authors of this blog have suffered at the hands of cancer. Wrestlers, wrestling fans and those from outside the wrestling community can all be affected. Whilst the charities need support, awareness raising is crucial. So we pay tribute to WWE and their efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Week...

Royal Ramblings Meets Matt Hardy

Danny Stone | Posted 18.11.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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 24.10.2014 | 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 15.10.2014 | 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 01.10.2014 | 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 27.09.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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.'