Articles by Ryan Droste

The Rock Talks WWE Debut; Natalya Confirmed For Team SmackDown

21 Years Since The Rock Debuted Friday was the 21st anniversary of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's debut in the WWE. He wrestled that night at Madison Square Garden in a traditional Survivor Series match at Survivor Series 1996, which looking back at it was a tremendous card. Obviously, that night set in motion lots of…


Shawn Michaels Gets Involved In Match; WWE Star Returning Soon

The WWE RAW tag team ranks are about to receive a boost. According to this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Scott Dawson is scheduled to make his return sometime in the middle of December. Dawson of The Revival tore his bicep back in August, the second set-back for The Revival since they have been called up…


SmackDown Star Suffers Knee Injury; The Bar Addresses The Usos

Sin Cara Suffers Knee Injury There were reports coming out of Sunday's SmackDown live event in Spain during the European tour that Sin Cara suffered some sort of knee injury. That appears to be the case, as Sin Cara was pulled from the Monday SmackDown show in Portugal and took to his Twitter account to…


Updated WWE Survivor Series 2017 Card: RAW vs. SmackDown

Following last night's edition of RAW, there were some major changes to the Survivor Series card. This was surprising considering the show, which takes place in Houston, Texas, is less than two weeks away. Tonight, with the AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal title match on deck for SmackDown, we could see even more changes to…


The Latest WWE TLC Betting Odds

The latest round of WWE TLC betting odds are out, and they reveal some clues after the huge changes to the card over the last 24 hours. The odds are below, courtesy of Bet Wrestling. 3 on 5 TLC Match Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose -380 vs The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman,…


Our 2002 Interview With Bobby Heenan: An Afternoon With A Legend

This interview with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was originally conducted by TopRopePress.com founder Ryan Droste on November 14th, 2002. We are reprinting it here in full for our readers.  Today, I had the pleasure of talking to one of the biggest names the wrestling business has ever seen for a good 30 minutes. Bobby was…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (8/7/17): Numbers Rise Again

WWE's Monday Night RAW was the most-watched program on cable television on August 7th. For the second-consecutive week in a row, all three hours of RAW had more than three million viewers. When averaging the three hours, RAW had 3.240 million viewers, a small increase from last week’s 3.163 million viewers. The hourly breakdown this week was as…


Ric Flair Explains Who The Top 4 Wrestlers In The World Are Today

If there is anyone who can spot wrestling talent, it has to be the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Widely considered by many to be the greatest professional wrestler of all time, a blessing from him in the business is like Michael Jordan telling you that you're the best basketball player alive. Flair recently sat down…


John Cena Moving To WWE RAW Soon, SummerSlam Impact

It looks like John Cena's days as a SmackDown Live roster member are numbered. Cena looks to be moving to Monday nights immediately following SummerSlam. He is scheduled exclusively for RAW television and PPVs starting in September. His final scheduled date for SmackDown television is two weeks from today on August 15. As far as…


Updated WWE Network Subscriber Count (Q2, 2017) With Chart & Analysis

WWE revealed their quarterly WWE Network subscriber count and business statistics as part of their conference call and earnings report today. The WWE Network ended Quarter 2, 2017 (June 30, 2017) with 1.633 million subscribers. Of this number, 1.568 million of the subscribers are paid. That includes 1.158 million paying customers in the United States…


WWE Battleground Betting Odds: Sunday Morning Update

We've received an update this morning from Bet Wrestling on the current WWE Battleground betting odds. Though the smart money is not in yet (that usually happens Sunday afternoon), we've seen some shifts in the odds for tonight's SmackDown brand PPV event. In particular, the women's match has seen a major shift. WWE Championship –…


Chad Gable Meets Dan Gable, Appears With Jason Jordan At Tragos/Thesz HOF

Chad Gable made an appearance Friday night for Impact Pro Wrestling during an event promoted in conjunction with the annual George Tragos/Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend in Waterloo, Iowa. Gable, real name Charles Betts, grew up in nearby Minnesota and was a successful amateur wrestler in high school and college. At the…


American Alpha, Sabu Added To Tragos/Thesz Hall Of Fame Weekend

Thanks to Kyle Klingman of the Dan Gable National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for sending in the following update on the big Lou Thesz/George Tragos Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend in just over two weeks time. Last year's event featured an appearance from Big E of the New Day. This year,…


Full Details On 1997 WWE DVD & Blu-ray; Kurt Angle In WWE 2K18

Kurt Angle Featured In WWE 2K18 Kurt Angle revealed that he will be an exclusive character in the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game. Players will be able to access the Angle character if they pre-order the game. This is what they did last year with the Goldberg character. However, they eventually did unlock Goldberg to…


NJPW G1 Climax 27 Schedule (All Matches, Dates, and Locations)

New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the full schedule for this year's G1 Climax 27 tournament. The company previously revealed the A and B blocks, which Abbey Arthur broke down on the site at this link. The madness all kicks off this weekend with two shows in Long Beach, California, being billed as "G1 Special…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (6/27/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

WWE SmackDown Live comes at us tonight from San Diego, California. It's a big show for WWE, with them doing a re-do of last week's women's Money In The Bank match. What else is on the card? Why should you go out of your way to check out the USA Network at 8:00 p.m. ET…


Updated WWE Great Balls Of Fire Card; The Revival Returns To Action

Several new matches were added to the WWE Great Balls of Fire card on Monday night. Sasha Banks won a gauntlet match to earn a WWE RAW Women's Championship match against Alexa Bliss. Additionally, Titus O'Neil announced that Akira Tozawa will face Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship and Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins was…


Mae Young Classic Announcers; WWE Hall Of Famer On RAW Tonight?

Lita To Return For Mae Young Classic WWE announced that Lita (Amy Dumas) will return to announce the Mae Young Classic alongside Jim Ross. Ross was previously confirmed for announcing duties. The Mae Young Classic will be available on demand via the WWE Network starting on August 28. This will include the first four episodes.…


Did Del Rio & Paige Break-Up?; Io Shirai/WWE Update

Alberto Del Rio And Paige Break-Up? According to reports circulating the internet on Sunday, Alberto Del Rio apparently broke things off with WWE's Paige over the weekend. The breakup reportedly happened on Saturday night in Orlando, according to Raj Giri at Wrestling Inc. The two have been dating for right around one year, with a…


SPOILERS: WWE NXT TV Tapings (6/23/17), Shows Air 6/28-7/12

WWE NXT held television tapings at Full Sail University on Friday, June 23. The shows taped are expected to air June 28, July 5, and July 12. It was noted that some of these matches may have been taped out of order. Mae Young Classic Qualifier: Bianca Blair defeated Aliyah. Reports said this didn't appear…


Johnny Gargano Makes Big Return; ROH Star Debuts In NXT (PHOTO)

Gargano Returns At NXT TV Tapings Johnny Gargano returned to WWE NXT for the first time since NXT TakeOver: Chicago on Friday night during television tapings at Full Sail University. Gargano has been off television selling his split with DIY partner Tommaso Ciampa. During Friday's tapings, Gargano cut a promo talking about moving forward with…



WWE Live Results (6/17/17) Calgary, Alberta: Ambrose & Rollins Tag

The WWE RAW brand live tour of Canada continued on Saturday in Calgary, Alberta Canada. The show was identical to the night before (Friday) in Edmonton, Alberta. Below are the match by match results, as well as some photos and video from those in attendance. WWE Calgary Live Results R-Truth and Kalisto defeated Goldust and…



WWE Live Results (6/16/17) Edmonton, Alberta: Bray vs Roman Headlines

With the WWE SmackDown crew off the live event circuit this week preparing for Sunday's Money in the Bank PPV show, the RAW crew is the only main roster brand running house shows this week. The Monday night brand was in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday night for a live show at the Northlands Coliseum. Below…