UK Wrestling

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.

The Return

James Carr | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Sport
James Carr

So, I am now officially a professional wrestler again, in so much as I occasionally get paid to wrestle! I am genuinely happy to see my last few months of hard work starting to pay off. However, in both matches I didn't feel entirely comfortable and hope that this is just down to what we call in the industry 'ring rust'.

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.

Memory Lane

James Carr | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Sport
James Carr

When you last left me I had just started to hit the wrestling training again and had visited a total of three wrestling schools - Future Force, Grand Pro Wrestling and Grapple. All three provided a great gateway back into the world of professional wrestling and Grapple has continued to be a frequent visit of mine. I am very much enjoying being a part of this up and coming promotion.

Royal Ramblings: An Exclusive Inside Look at TNA's British Boot Camp

Danny Stone | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

We at Royal Ramblings were particularly surprised to see how genuine the judging was and the lack of pre-determined outcomes. According to Samoa Joe: "We wanted to set out to give own opinion. A lot people thought this would be pre-concluded process but we're looking for a star".

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: Made in Britain

Danny Stone | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

We failed to give appropriate time and attention to two huge announcements with equally large implications for the UK wrestling scene... the UK is not only providing top talents for wrestling rosters but is becoming a key strategic outpost in the wrestling world.

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 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: 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: In Conversation with Al Snow

Danny Stone | Posted 10.09.2014 | 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 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: A Day With TNA

Danny Stone | Posted 13.09.2014 | 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 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...

The Stag Do: A Beta Male's Take

Ed Cripps | Posted 23.08.2014 | 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 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...

The Montage Begins

James Carr | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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.