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:
Sometimes I try to explain to people how serious wrestling is and how it should be appreciated on a higher level. Whilst they may see it as a simplistic form of pantomime entertainment I prefer to view it as an art form with many intrinsic and complex details that are far too high-brow for the average man.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.