Articles by Ryan Droste

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.…



WWE SmackDown Live Preview (4/4/17): Five Things To Watch For

The WWE RAW after WrestleMania gave fans a memorable night of action on Monday. RAW has definitely stepped its game up as the new year in WWE begins, adding people to the roster like The Revival, The Hardys, a returning Finn Balor, and new General Manager Kurt Angle. Will SmackDown be able to continue to…


WWE News: Hardy Boyz Secret Return, Undertaker’s Retirement, Finn Balor

While their return had been speculated on for several weeks, WWE did a tremendous job keeping the details of the Hardy's return at WrestleMania 33 under wraps. According to Wrestling Observer Radio, Matt and Jeff Hardy reportedly did not arrive at the stadium until very late, an attempt by WWE to keep their return quiet.…


WrestleMania 33 Highest Grossing Event Of All Time At Citrus Bowl

Following WrestleMania 33 on Sunday evening, WWE issued a press release touting their success in Florida over the last week. The release notes the company drew sellouts in the area for several (5) consecutive nights, and it also notes that WrestleMania was the highest grossing event in the history of the Citrus Bowl. The event…





WWE News: More On Jim Ross, WWE Legacy Inductees, WrestleMania Set Reveal

To expand on the report earlier today that Jim Ross has signed on to return to WWE, that is indeed the case. As our own Abbey Arthur wrote earlier, he is expected to call one of the biggest matches of the night during WrestleMania on Sunday (reportedly Lesnar vs. Goldberg or Reigns vs. Undertaker). Adding…


WWE News: SummerSlam Tickets, Fan Dies At Show, WWE Network’s Most Watched

Tickets for this year's WWE SummerSlam event in Brooklyn, New York went on sale yesterday. The first day of sales was a success. While some sites are reporting the show is sold out, many of the highest priced tickets on the floor still remain (the so-called "platinum tickets"). However, the more affordable seats throughout the…


WWE Live Results (3/24/17) Montreal, Quebec: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

The WWE RAW brand was in Montreal, Quebec on Friday night for a live event. Also in town was Finn Balor, continuing his comeback with WWE (though still not appearing on television). The most memorable portion of the night, though, was Canada natives Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens going one on one in the main…


NXT Live Results (3/24/17) Jacksonville, FL: Nakamura Headlines Six-Man

Thanks to Top Rope Press reader Tom Gibson for sending in the following report of last night's WWE NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida. Kassius Ohno def Noah Kekoa. Back and forth action before Ohno delivered the elbow and pinfall. Macey Estrella def Kimber Lee by pinfall. Good match and Macey developing well. Sanity def…


WWE News: Mauro Ranallo Update, Cena/Today Show, Jim Ross

As most everyone reading this is probably well aware, WWE SmackDown play by play man Mauro Ranallo has been absent from the show for the last two weeks. Many had been speculating what the issue is, with some even wondering if his job is up in the air. The story is that Ranallo has had…


ROH/WWE Sale Update: Ring Of Honor COO Addresses Rumors

The COO of Ring of Honor, Joe Koff, has addressed rumors that WWE is attempting to purchase the company in a recent statement sent out to ROH talent. The statement seems to deny that any sale is forthcoming. Within the statement, Koff told talent that WWE had contacted Sinclair Broadcasting about purchasing licensing to some old…


ROH Supercard Of Honor XI To Air Live On FITE TV Next Saturday

Ring of Honor Wrestling announced today that next Saturday's Supercard Of Honor XI event will air live on the FITE TV app. It was previously assumed that the show would air as Video On Demand content. The event takes place in Lakeland, Florida among several WrestleMania-area shows during the biggest wrestling weekend of the year.…


Shawn Michaels Turned Down WrestleMania Match With AJ Styles

A match between Shawn Michaels and AJ Styles was talked about among wrestling fans for months as a dream scenario. Little did they know that the match was actually discussed by WWE. According to Shawn Michaels himself, WWE offered him a chance to return at this year's WrestleMania and take on AJ Styles on the…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (3/20/17): Down This Week; Historical Perspective

The WWE RAW ratings and viewership figures are in for the March 20 edition of the show, and WWE received some bad news this week. Just two weeks before WrestleMania, WWE saw viewership drop compared to last week's show. This week's RAW drew 3.049 million viewers, down from 3.232 million viewers last week. The show experienced…


WWE Live Results (3/18/17) Allentown, PA: Zayn & Balor vs. Joe & Owens

The WWE RAW brand was in Allentown, PA on Saturday night for a live event. One night after running Syracuse, the show in Pennsylvania featured the exact same card as the night before. Finn Balor was again in action despite not making his return yet on television. Below are full results from the show, as…