The LilsBoys

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The LilsBoys, Simon and Richard, are online wrestling columnists for The Sun newspaper in the UK since June 2001.[1]

The Sun online: June 2001 - present[edit]

With the popularity of wrestling growing all the time in the UK, The Sun spotted the need for a column about the grap game. The LilsBoys were hired and wrote their first piece on King Of The Ring 2001.

They have been penning a weekly column ever since, which appears on the sports pages of The Sun's website each Thursday.

They have interviewed almost lots of big names in the wrestling business including Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Dynamite Kid, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Booker T, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Edge, Batista and John Cena.

The two biggest controversies were Flair calling Foley a "stunt man"[2] and then-Raw star Batista saying Smackdown "makes me sick" [3] - which led to real-life and WWE storyline bust-ups between Foley and Flair and Batista and Booker T.[4]

TalkSPORT: Nov 2001 - Nov 2002[edit]

Shortly after starting their Sun Online column the boys were invited to be regular guest experts on Tommy Boyd's talkSPORT wrestling radio show, co-hosted by Alex Shane.[citation needed]

After Boyd was fired by the station, Simon took over hosting duties with Alex, Dean Ayass and female grappler Nikita, who is now[when?] in TNA Wrestling wrestling as Winter.[citation needed]

After TalkSPORT bosses decided they wanted to bring an older demographic to the station, the wrestling show was dropped for an easy listening programme fronted by 73-year-old actor Gerald Harper.[5]

WrestleCast: June 2006 - present[edit]

Simon returned to the airwaves in June 2006 with a grappling podcast.

He and Radio 1's Joel Ross record a show roughly once a month when a big star is in town to join them. Previous guests include Randy Orton, Mick Foley and Chris Benoit, in one of his last interviews before he died in June 2007. Simon and Joel also conducted a controversial interview with Mr. Kennedy about the WWE's Wellness Policy, released shortly before Kennedy was suspended by WWE for obtaining steroids over the Internet.

Simon and Joel also attended WrestleMania 23 together, along with Joel's Radio 1 partner JK, Dean Ayass and others.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sibley, A (18 August 2003). "Celebrating a year of those LilsBoys". Wrestling101. Retrieved 18 August 2003. 
  2. ^ LilsBoy, S & LilsBoy, R (17 April 2004). "Ric is naughty by Nature". The Sun. Retrieved 17 April 2004. 
  3. ^ LilsBoy, S & LilsBoy, R (10 January 2006). "Batista's Bombshells". The Sun. Retrieved 10 January 2006. 
  4. ^ PWTorch.com (10 June 2006). "What Started The Booker T-Batista Fight". Headline Planet. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2006. 
  5. ^ Anon. "A-Z Of Hawksbee & Jacobs". talksport1089.com. 
  6. ^ LilsBoy, S & Ayass, D (12 April 2007). "On the road to WrestleMania 23". The Sun. Archived from the original on 15 May 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2007.