The Hosts

Lee

Although the founder of TTR, my earliest memory of wrestling would be watching DX, The Undertaker, The Rock, Austin etc from September 1998 onwards. Therefore I started watching even after significant moments within the Attitude Era such as Austin winning KOTR/Rumble, after the Montreal Screwjob, after HBK leaving. I missed moments such as Mankind being thrown off the cell from the Undertaker and DX invading WCW.

Unlike Simon and James, I never spent a huge amount of time catching up on the past of wrestling with my effort reduced to watching past Wrestlemania’s, researching the Attitude Era and reading autobiographies. Therefore I have never truly seen the impact of true greats such as Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Mr Perfect, Randy Savage etc so my opinions on WWE and Wrestling Pre-1998 are pretty flat.

Additionally, due to my exposure of wrestling being limited when I started watching at 11, I was not interested in WCW or ECW which is probably why I had no investment in the Invasion angle, so be my guest to call me a WWE mark. Even now, I watch TNA weekly and respect matches from ROH but honestly, I just prefer the overall production values of the WWE.

Admittedly, I took a hiatus from wrestling in 2006 and 2007 as I thought after the death of my favourite wrestler Eddie Guerrero, the quality of the industry really disappeared but surprisingly it was John Cena’s victory over HHH at the 2008 Rumble which brought me back.

Since then, there have been some frustrating times (more so with TNA) but WWE in 2010 has been one of the better years since the Attitude Era and I am very much looking forward to Wrestlemania 28 as I will be in attendance in Miami to see the best of the Attitude Era and the best of the Golden Era. I just hope the WWE put more emphasis on the Tag Team Division and really keep pushing the likes of Punk, Bryan, Ziggler, Rhodes and I hope TNA can compete more seriously in 2012.

I recently went to Miami to watch WrestleMania 28 as well as experience Axxess and the HOF and I advise anyone to make a trip to a WrestleMania week, it is honestly a first class experience.

You can follow Lee, @Leeleemu

Simon 

You’ll find me hosting the mid-week edition of The Top Rope Wrestling Report, telling awful jokes, mocking Jeff Jarrett and trying to keep Lee and James out of mischief… including preventing them from getting us sued for defamation of character.

Whilst not being as long-term a fan as James, I have still racked up my fair share of hours watching wrestling, beginning with the 1997 Royal Rumble. Granted, I had no idea what on earth the Royal Rumble was but for some reason, the 8 year old me was fascinated by the VHS tape he saw in the local video store. I eventually convinced my parents to buy it for me, and I never turned back. My wrestling education was based almost entirely around late 80s-early 90s WWF and WCW tapes, and, when we finally got cable, attitude-era WWF. Through the great times, and the not-so-great times (I’m talking mid-2000s Triple H burying the roster here!) I have stuck with the WWE and I think it’s finally starting to repay me once again. 2011 was probably the best year in WWE since the early 2000s, and so I’m hopeful for a good 2012 too. With the return of Chris Jericho, and Rock vs Cena booked in for WrestleMania it promises to be a good year ahead.

To give you a sense of my wrestling tastes, I rate Bret Hart, Stone Cold, The Rock and Shawn Michaels among my all-time favourites, while despite being somewhat diluted since becoming an all-out face, I am still loving CM Punk. I am also looking forward to big years from the likes of Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Lee, James and I will be discussing world title reigns for the two of them during the 12 months ahead.

Also follow Simon, @Simon_TTR

James P. 

Like the other 2 guys from The Top Rope, I’m looking forward to writing upcoming blogs on the crazy world of Professional wrestling, and here’s an introduction to who I am. From England,  I’ve been a wrestling fan for 21 years, with my earliest memory being that faithful night a legend appeared at the 1990 Survivor Series…yes, the Gobbledy Gooker! Of course I mean the Undertaker. I remember sitting on the floor in front of my TV, eyes glued to the television screen seeing all these different characters and gimmicks. Some I took an instant liking to, others, not so much (actually, Undertaker’s debut scared me…gimme a break, I was young!).

It soon became a family activity, sitting down with my father and my 2 siblings to watch Wrestling Challenge and WWF Superstars, cheering on our favourites, booing the ones we disliked. For me, I grew up as a big fan of Bret Hart. He always stood out to me, and matches with the likes of Mr Perfect and the British Bulldog are perfect examples of why the Excellence of Execution is my all time favourite. I grew up mainly watching WWF, but at times I did watch WCW too. This was the days before Sky+, so it meant an hour of WCW Nitro, then over to Sky Sports to watch WWF Raw. Guys like Sting, Ric Flair got me hooked on WCW, but it was mainly the likes of Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and Chris Jericho that I enjoyed watching. Any combination of those guys in a match, I knew it would be fantastic.

As I’ve got older, I’ve tried to broaden my wrestling horizon, watching as much as possible. Mainly I watch WWE, TNA and ROH, while trying to view Japanese stuff online, as well as going to as many shows as possible when wrestling hits the UK. I’d say my current favourites are Daniel Bryan, Austin Aries, Eddie Edwards, while I’d pick Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Winter (aka Katie Lea) as my favourite women wrestlers.

Thanks to the internet, I’ve been able to make some great friends to discuss wrestling with and writing for WrestlingRambles, I hope to meet more to have interesting wrestling discussions with. If you want to know any more about myself or discuss wrestling, then hit me up on twitter.

And follow James, @GoofyVillain

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