UK Wrestling

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: When Robbie E Met The MP

Danny Stone | Posted 21.07.2014 | 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: In Conversation with Al Snow

Danny Stone | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with a wrestling hero, Al Snow. Here in London for the Film and Comic Convention, we found him to be thoughtful and engaging. He spoke to us about a range of topics from business to relationships, showcasing his forensic knowledge of the profession. We left, having been thoroughly schooled by the head-master.

Royal Ramblings: Meet James Storm, Robbie E & Brook

Danny Stone | Posted 16.07.2014 | 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: A Day With TNA

Danny Stone | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Boot Camp is going to bigger and better than last time. Hosted by Borash, Al Snow, Gail Kim and Samoa Joe are going to the judges. There will probably be 8 episodes, four in the UK and four in the states. There will be X factor type auditions to find the candidates... TNA LOVE their British fans!

Royal Ramblings: Five WWE Storylines That Never Were

Danny Stone | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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...

The Stag Do: A Beta Male's Take

Ed Cripps | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Cripps

Before last Saturday, the only stag do I'd been on was my own father's. It was a sleepy, pints-and-darts affair in a pub, though there was a moment where Dad's four brothers persuaded him to stuff a whole egg in his mouth...

Royal Ramblings: Losing It - The WWE Title

Danny Stone | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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...

The Montage Begins

James Carr | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport
James Carr

Before I get started with this a blog edition, a big thank you to Alex Jarvis who invited me to his firm's Corporate Box to watch WWE live in the O2...

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: Granting Wishes - The Beauty of Wrestling

Danny Stone | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Wrestling is many things to different people. It can be fun, daft, 'fake' or a religion. For young children - and we speak from experience - it can be awe inspiring, jaw dropping entertainment.

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: A Tale of Two Shawns-HBK Live In London

Danny Stone | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

In years gone by wrestling commentators might have described WWE megastar Shawn Michaels as brash or vain but in his first ever UK Q&A sessions, the Heartbreak Kid conveyed a kind-hearted, fun and humble spirit which somewhat belied his on-screen persona.

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: Saudi Arabia, Women and WWE

Danny Stone | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

This week, the WWE has been holding shows in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. John Cena, Randy Orton and some 30 others have been performing across the three-day tour. This is the first time the franchise has held matches in the country since its Middle East debut in Egypt in 2012. Subsequent events were held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates...

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.

Reality Hits

James Carr | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Sport
James Carr

One of the first comments people have made to me is how much weight I have lost. Whilst this is usually meant as a compliment, for a professional wrestler it is devastating. Wrestlers don't all have to be bulging meatheads, but it definitely helps to have a good muscular body and more importantly they need to stand out from the crowd.

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...

Royal Ramblings: A New Wrestling Blog

Danny Stone | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

This is the first of what we hope will be a series of blogs about the world of American wrestling. We are two wrestling fans and PR professionals with first-hand and backstage experience of both the best and worst of wrestling. It is perhaps particularly poignant to start at what fans will know is a high point in the wrestling calendar with Wrestlemania 30 falling on 6 April...

The Decision

James Carr | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Sport
James Carr

By way of background, I have been a professional wrestler before. I wrestled for about 7 years in Great Britain, primarily by the name of JC Thunder. I wrestled for countless promotions in the UK, along with a few shows in the US and elsewhere in Europe, including one tour in Italy where I spent most of my time getting squashed by former WWE stars.