Articles by Ryan Droste

WWE Statement On The Passing Of ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka

WWE has issued a statement on the passing of WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. While the statement was certainly expected, it's worth noting that WWE had severed ties with Snuka in September 2015 when he was being charged with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of Nancy Argentino. WWE's…


WWE UK Championship Tournament Results (1/15/17): A Champion Is Crowned

The second day of the WWE U.K. Championship tournament aired live on the WWE Network today. Below are our on-going results from the show, which will culminate in the crowning of the first-ever WWE U.K. Champion. News of the death of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka broke just prior to the live broadcast. They…


Jimmy Snuka, WWE Hall of Famer, Has Passed Away At 73

Jimmy Snuka, one of the biggest wrestling stars of the 1980s, has passed away at the age of 73. Snuka's daughter, current WWE female wrestler Tamina Snuka, confirmed the news on her Instagram account. Snuka began performing as a professional wrestler in the 1970s, but he shot to superstardom as part of the World Wrestling…


NXT Live Results (1/14/17, 1/13/17) Nashville, TN & Louisville, KY

WWE NXT's national touring roster is on the road this weekend, and they took their shows to Nashville and Louisville on Friday and Saturday. This followed up a Thursday show in Indianapolis. The Friday and Saturday cards featured unique matches, with the Nashville line-up presenting five new match-ups from the night before in Louisville. Below are…


NJPW Announces 12 English Commentary Broadcasts For 2017

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) has announced several shows that will be broadcast with English commentary in 2017. These are events that will air on the NJPW World streaming service. Kevin Kelly of Ring of Honor will be the play by play man on the broadcasts, as he has been in the past. Kelly most…




Shawn Michaels Not Interested In Return; Goldberg Added To More Shows

Shawn Michaels conducted a brief interview with TMZ this week. During the exchange, Shawn was asked about whether or not he would consider a return to the ring. Shawn stated that he's not at all interested in wrestling again. He last wrestled on March 28, 2010 at WrestleMania 26. The interviewer also asked Michaels what…



WrestleMania News: Undertaker’s Match Changed, Women’s Title Shake-Up

The WrestleMania 33 card continues to take shape, but apparently there was a major shake-up recently in WWE pertaining to the direction for The Undertaker at this year's show. John Cena versus The Undertaker has been the assumed plan now for several weeks. That match had been penciled in last year at WrestleMania 32 but…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (1/9/17): Slightly Down Against Big Time Competition

This week's WWE RAW ratings and viewership numbers took a slight hit, which was not surprising given that the show went up against the BCS National Championship game. RAW drew 2.907 million viewers on Monday night, down from last week's 3.047 million viewers. The BCS title game on ESPN drew 24.391 million viewers, slightly less than…


WWE Issues Official Statement On WrestleMania 34 Coming To New Orleans

WrestleMania 34 is headed back to New Orleans and the Superdome. Top Rope Press reported on this last week, and WWE officially confirmed the location yesterday via WWE.com. Today, WWE released an official statement on WrestleMania 34. The release coincided with a press conference that was also held in New Orleans today featuring many of WWE's top…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Male Wrestler of the Year

When it came down to selecting the 2016 male wrestler of the year, there really wasn't much of a contest according to the ballots submitted by the Top Rope Press staff. AJ Styles had a year for the ages, starting out with an unbelievable match with Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleKingdom 10 (which won our match…


Kenny Omega Responds To John Cena, Rumors He Is Headed To WWE

Kenny Omega seems to be the hottest name in pro wrestling these days following his match with Kazuchika Okada at WrestleKingdom 11. Most of the discussion seems to revolve around whether or not "The Cleaner" is WWE-bound. Omega himself caused the speculation to begin when he tweeted following WrestleKingdom 11 that he was stepping away…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: MVP Of The Year

Our Most Valuable Player Award is a new one this year for the Top Rope Press yearly awards. Different from our Wrestler of the Year Award, the MVP is designed to recognize the man or woman who was most important to their respective company's success. In other words, taking this person away from the company that…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (1/2/17): Numbers Up For The New Year

This week's WWE RAW ratings are out, and it was good news for WWE's Monday night program to start 2017. RAW came in at 3.047 million viewers. This was up from the 2.856 million viewers that the show drew last week, the day after Christmas. After losing to SmackDown Live in the ratings last week…


WWE 205 Live Results (1/3/17): Neville vs Perkins, Gallagher vs Nese

WWE 205 Live this week, once again being filmed directly after SmackDown Live, featured a bold card for a one-hour show. Arguably one of the most jam-packed shows since the start of this new brand, how did the show fare overall? Below is our full review and results from this week's show. https://twitter.com/WWEUniverse/status/816480995763359744 Taiji defeated…


Report: WWE WrestleMania 34 Coming To New Orleans

According to a report making the rounds on Sunday evening, next year's WrestleMania 34 will take place in New Orleans, LA. The city formerly hosted WrestleMania XXX in 2014, an event most remembered for being the night Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet first broke the WrestleMania…


WWE Live Results (12/30/16) Miami, FL: Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch

The WWE SmackDown crew hit Miami, Florida on Friday night for their final live show of 2016. The event at the American Airlines Arena was very similar to the show the night prior in Atlanta. Below are match by match results, as well as some photos and videos from those in attendance. WWE SmackDown Tag Team…





WrestleMania 33 News: Confirmed Matches, Undertaker, Cena, Reigns

We are just over three months away from WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, and the card is starting to take shape behind the scenes at WWE. At this point, WWE appears set on three matches. According to this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Seth Rollins vs. Triple H, Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg, and Shaquille O'Neil vs.…


WWE Live Results (12/29/16) Atlanta, GA: Styles vs Cena vs Ambrose

The final WWE live tour of 2016 continued on Thursday night in Atlanta, Georgia. The SmackDown crew was in action at the Philips Arena, with the show featuring a triple threat WWE title match. Full results are below, as well as some photos and video from those in attendance. WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions American…


WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (12/27/16): Show Tops RAW This Week

This week's heavily promoted WWE SmackDown Live topped WWE RAW in viewership on Tuesday night. The ratings are out, and SmackDown averaged 2.885 million viewers on Tuesday evening. RAW scored 2.856 million on Monday. This is the first time that a SmackDown show has topped RAW in viewership since the rosters were split back in…