Articles by Ryan Droste

Owen Hart: Remembering A Legend 18 Years Later (1999-2017)

Owen Hart Tragically Passed Away 18 Years Ago Tonight May 23, 1999 is a day that I will remember for the rest of my life. For me, it is one of those days where I will always remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I found out the news that came…



WWE Backlash Results (5/21/17): Five Thoughts On The Show

WWE Backlash 2017 is in the books. How did the WWE SmackDown Live brand-exclusive show go in Chicago? This was a show that certainly had an "underdog" feel to it. Whether it was a guy nobody ever thought would hold a WWE world championship winning in the main event or an often under-booked performer beating…


SPOILERS: WWE NXT Tapings For 5/24, Matches Taped Before TakeOver

Prior to NXT TakeOver Chicago last night (which was a fantastic show), NXT taped some matches for television this week. All three matches are slated to air Wednesday night on the WWE Network. In the first match of the night, Aleister Black defeated Curt Hawkins. Black won with the Black Mass spin kick. https://twitter.com/SMuehlhausenMMA/status/866073873078517761 Patrick…



Updated WWE Backlash Betting Odds: Major Shift In Title Match

The WWE Backlash betting odds saw a major shift on Saturday, with Jinder Mahal now favored to defeat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship on Sunday night. BetWrestling sent us the updated odds, which you can see below. The rest of the matches are currently lined up with odds that one would expect. WWE Championship…



CM Punk Offered $1 Million To Return To Wrestling In The U.K.

A British promotion is going all out to try to convince one of wrestling's biggest recent stars to make his return to the ring. 5 Star Wrestling has reportedly offered CM Punk $1 million to return for a company tour that begins June 10. Punk last wrestled in 2014 for WWE. His final match was…


Updated Card For WWE Extreme Rules On June 4

Following Monday night's edition of WWE RAW, the card for the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV has started to come together. Extreme Rules takes place on June 4 in Baltimore, MD. As it stands right now, the card for the show is as follows. WWE Universal Championship #1 Contendership Fatal Five-Way Match Seth Rollins vs. Samoa…


WWE News: John Cena Return, Steve Austin, Alexa Bliss On UpUpDownDown

Update On John Cena's Return John Cena is currently away from WWE filming Daddy's Home 2 and The Pact, while also promoting The Wall. Clearly a busy guy as he expands his reach in Hollywood, Cena has been away since WrestleMania 33. However, we do finally have an upcoming date that he is being advertised…



John Cena Wants To Play Vince McMahon In Upcoming Biopic

John Cena has his eye on the role of Vince McMahon if the much talked about biopic on the WWE Chairman's life is produced. Though the McMahon biopic has recently achieved some publicity, there's still no guarantee it will be produced. Nevertheless, Cena reportedly had a chance to read the script, titled Pandemonium, and liked what he saw. He recently spoke…


WWE News: RAW Tag Team Turmoil, Broken Matt Legal Issues, Brie Bella

WWE RAW Tag Team Turmoil Participants Revealed WWE RAW will take place in London this Monday, and the show will feature Tag Team Turmoil. The winners will become number one contenders to challenge the Hardy Boyz for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship. The following five teams have been announced as competing: Sheamus and Cesaro,…


WWE News: Brock Lesnar’s Schedule, 205 Live, WWE Network Additions

Brock Lesnar's 2017 Summer Schedule There are some updates as it relates to the upcoming WWE schedule for Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. He is expected to work the July PPV (Great Balls of Fire) and SummerSlam in August. No other dates have been officially confirmed, but the belief is that Brock will work more dates…



WWE Payback Betting Odds: The Smart Money Is In

The smart money on the WWE Payback betting odds has come in as of Sunday afternoon. There was some movement from the update we posted yesterday, notably Alexa Bliss becoming a major favorite in the RAW Women's Championship match. All of the other matches have the same competitors favored as yesterday. However, certain matches did…



WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (4/18/17): Numbers Way Down

WWE SmackDown Live on the USA Network saw a ratings and viewership decline this week. The April 18 show drew 2.544 million viewers, way down from the 3.105 million SmackDown drew last week. Last week's broadcast certainly benefitted from the novelty of the roster shake-up. This week, SmackDown went head to head with the NBA Playoffs,…


WWE News: Balor Injured, Ambrose/Renee Get Married, Lawler On JBL

Finn Balor reportedly received a concussion during WWE RAW this week in his match with Jinder Mahal. The injury occurred about halfway through the match when Mahal hit Finn in the head with an elbow. Balor quickly went to the mat in what looked like a genuine knockout moment. You can see the injury happen…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (4/10/17): Number Down From Post-WrestleMania

Following a significant bump to the RAW ratings last Monday night, this week's WWE RAW ratings and viewership figures fell slightly. The April 10 edition of RAW averaged 3.429 million viewers, down from 3.767 million last week. However, the show was still up from the go-home edition of RAW two weeks ago prior to WrestleMania that…


WWE News: The Club Reuniting? JBL On Bullying Claims, Sasha Banks, Total Divas

Reports have been circulating online lately about WWE announcer JBL and his personality toward co-workers. Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts alleged in his new book that he was bullied backstage by JBL while with the company. Recently, WWE's Mauro Ranallo has been absent from television due to a bout with bipolar disorder and depression.…


Seth Rollins Making Hollywood Debut With Wesley Snipes, Gene Simmons

A press release was sent out by WWE and Saban Films today promoting the upcoming film Armed Response, which is being produced by WWE Studios and stars Wesley Snipes. The film also includes Seth Rollins, who has a small role in the movie. This will be Rollins' silver screen debut. He previously had a brief appearance…


Tragos/Thesz Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017 Finalized – Full Details

Thanks to Kyle Klingman of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for sending in the following press release. The museum will be honoring Dusty Rhodes, Paul Orndorff, Magnum T.A., Stan Hansen, Mike Van Arsdale, and Scott Williams as part of their George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend this July.…


WWE News: Big Show On Tonight Show, New NXT Call-Ups, Nakamura

NBC's Tonight Show has published a video of The Big Show appearing on the show this week with The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). Johnson and host Jimmy Fallon were doing a trivia "phone booth" segment where every time someone got a question wrong, someone would have to cram into the booth with them. You can guess…


WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (4/4/17): WrestleMania Bump

WWE SmackDown Live experienced a ratings bump this week, similar to RAW, likely due to the fallout from WrestleMania 33 on Sunday. This week's SmackDown drew 2.885 million viewers, up from 2.698 million last week. While the bump wasn't as big as the RAW ratings and viewership on Monday, it was still a noticeable increase.…