The aspects of entertainment that wrestling does not reach are few and far between and so it should come as no surprise that the Edinburgh Fringe, the pinnacle of the comedy calendar, is not devoid of wrestling input this year. Running from the 5 - 29th August in and around Edinburgh Scotland, the Fringe will play host to some of the world's top comedians and other entertainers.
This week was a momentous one in WWE history. On the first ever SmackDown Live show, the WWE Draft sorted WWE Superstars into competition for either Monday Night Raw, under the new management of the legendary Mick Foley or SmackDown, controlled by the head of the 'Yes Movement' Daniel Bryan. Both Raw and SmackDown will now feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams. WWE's 'New Era' has truly begun.
If you call yourself a wrestling fan then chances are you've spent a few minutes here or there googling wrestling videos online. Whether you were looking for 'The Rock's Greatest Promos' or key news from WWE's Raw, it's inevitable you will have found yourself watching the fun, must-view content provided by the folks at Whatculture.com...
As we wrote in our review of her book, "Jeanie Clarke has a remarkable story to tell and in 'Through the Shattered Glass' she has told it".
As ever, WWE is setting the pace for the entertainment world. Both on TV and live in person, the company is evolving, inspiring and revolutionising its approach. News broke last week that the company's Smackdown programme was to air live - for the first time ever - on Tuesday nights (at 10pm) on Sky Sports. Moreover, as part of a brand split, the show will now feature a distinct roster, with its own writing team and storylines too.
If you are lucky enough to meet Jeanie Clarke, you will likely find yourself instinctively drawn to her. Warm and kind, she has a disarming smile, is down to earth and continues to cut a striking figure. It is little surprise that she reached infamy in the wrestling world as 'Lady Blossom' the valet to 'Stunning' (and inspiration behind the subsequent moniker for 'Stone Cold') Steve Austin.
Over the course of nearly 4 hours, wXw put on some top quality entertainment. The atmosphere, the production value, the card, the talent and so much more had been carefully and thoughtfully weaved together to make for a great night. 16 Carat is named Europe's biggest and most famous wrestling tournament. Perhaps it ought to be called its greatest. Make sure you get there next year to see what all the fuss is about.
If you've been to a wrestling show recently, chances are you've seen a fast-moving, bespectacled, fan-beloved and yet understated photo wizard at ringside shooting the talent. This man is Oli Sandler AKA The Ringside Perspective and he is the go-to guy for many key UK wrestling promotion's photography needs.