Articles by Ryan Droste

WWE News: Kevin Owens Trolls Goldberg; Big Show vs Shaq Off?

As the pair get ready for their match at WWE Fastlane in just over a week, Kevin Owens and Bill Goldberg have been engaging in an entertaining back and forth on Twitter in recent days. With Goldberg rarely on WWE television, I suppose this is a good way for their feud to evolve. Goldberg sent…


NXT Live Results (2/24/17) Miami, FL: Nakamura’s Birthday!

The stars of WWE NXT were in Miami, Florida on Friday night for a live event at the University of Miami. The show was headlined by a big main event where Shinsuke Nakamura teamed up with Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero). Full results are below, as well as some photos and video from those in attendance.…



The Top Rope Nation Webcast Is LIVE Right Now

The Top Rope Nation webcast/podcast is live, right now, for Patreon supporters only talking all things this week in pro wrestling. Join our hosts, Ryan, Justin, and Kyle as they talk all the news in pro wrestling. The live webcast, as well as the on demand video of the event, is exclusive to Patreon supporters of…


Finn Balor Returns At WWE NXT Tapings [VIDEO]

Finn Balor has been absent from WWE since late August. He defeated Seth Rollins to become the first-ever WWE Universal Champion at SummerSlam, but Finn suffered numerous injuries in the bout and was forced to relinquish the belt during the August 22 edition of Monday Night RAW. Balor has been undergoing a grueling rehab schedule in…


WWE NXT Female Performer Suffers Injury At TV Tapings

WWE NXT held a round of television tapings at the University of Central Florida on Wednesday evening for shows set to air throughout March. Unfortunately, one of the matches taped resulted in an injury to a member of the NXT women's division. According to witnesses at the show, Billie Kay suffered some type of injury…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (2/20/17): Numbers Rebound This Week

After a bit of a delay due to President's Day, we now have the WWE RAW ratings and viewership information for the show on February 20. All in all, the numbers were up a bit this week compared to the week prior. The numbers may have been helped by what was a very strong opening…


WWE RAW Results (2/20/17): Kevin Owens Is Still The Best

This week's RAW came to us from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. According to news that broke earlier today, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in the house. Will the (former) most exciting man in sports entertainment make a surprise appearance? We have two weeks to go until WWE Fastlane in Milwaukee. Most of…


WWE WrestleMania 33 Betting Odds: Early Figures Already Released

Thanks to BetWrestling.com for sending in the following release regarding WrestleMania 33 betting odds. The Irish sportbook Paddy Power has had odds on who will walk out of Wrestlemania with the WWE Heavyweight and Universal Championships for over a month and there has been no major changes in Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar leaving with…


WWE Live Results (2/18/17) Bakersfield, CA: Sasha & Bayley vs Charlotte & Nia

Thanks to Dave from the Attitude of Aggression podcast for sending in results from the WWE live event in Bakersfield, California on Saturday night.  A good crowd, probably 75-80% of capacity, which is pretty good for a Saturday night on a Holiday weekend. Byron Saxton and JoJo handled the announcing duties for the night. Enzo…


NXT Live Results (2/17/17) Tampa, FL: Nakamura vs Clark

The WWE NXT roster was on the move Friday night for a big live event in Tampa, Florida. Below are full results from the show, as well as some photos and video from those in attendance. The show opened with a Battle Royal where the winner would face Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event. The…


Former WWE, ECW Performer Nicole Bass Has Passed Away At 52

Nicole Bass, who performed for both WWE and ECW during her time in the wrestling business, has passed away. She was just 52 years old. Bass had suffered a stroke earlier this week and was unable to recover. Her death was confirmed by Kristen Marrone via a statement on Facebook. She wrote that Bass was…



Matches For WWE SmackDown Next Week; 205 Live Results

A couple of matches were announced for next week's WWE SmackDown Live during Tuesday night's broadcast. Following their match at Elimination Chamber ending in a double count-out, Nikki Bella and Natalya will face off in a Falls Count Anywhere Match next week on SmackDown. Daniel Bryan announced the bout following a backstage brawl on this…


The Top Rope Nation Webcast Is LIVE Previewing WWE Elimination Chamber

The Top Rope Nation webcast is LIVE right now on YouTube previewing this Sunday's WWE Elimination Chamber. Join our hosts, Editor in Chief of TopRopePress.com Ryan Droste, TopRopePress.com's Kyle Ross, and Justin Joynt. The live webcast is typically only for our Patreon supporters, however this week's show previewing the Elimination Chamber is presented free for all. The…


WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (2/7/17): Numbers Down

WWE SmackDown Live so its ratings and viewership numbers take a hit this week, much in the same way that WWE RAW did. Though the drop-off for SmackDown wasn't as pronounced as RAW, the brand is working with a smaller audience to begin with. This week's SmackDown on 2/7 averaged 2.627 million viewers, down from…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (2/6/17): Numbers Fall Sharply

After a couple of week's of solid growth, this week's WWE RAW ratings and viewership numbers came back to reality. The February 6 edition of the show drew 3.115 million viewers, down sharply from last week's 3.615 million viewers. The drop-off of 500,000 viewers this week shows that the post-Rumble hype that last week's RAW…


WWE Live Results (2/6/17) Abbotsford, BC: AJ Challenges For The IC Title

With WWE RAW occuring live in Portland, Oregon on Monday evening, the SmackDown brand was just north (of the border) in Abbotsford, British Columbia for a live event. With the brand's world title now on a part time performer (Cena), SmackDown is left with the Intercontinental Title headlining many of their house shows. Abbotsford was…


The Reason Roman Reigns Entered The Royal Rumble Last

Last Sunday night, many fans were stunned (to the point of anger) when Roman Reigns entered the Royal Rumble as the final participant. The reason behind Roman's entrance in that position? Randy Orton. According to a recent report, WWE purposely put Reigns in that spot knowing he would take a ton of heat from the…



WWE Reportedly Laying Ground Work For Asia/Japan Tournament

Hot off the heels of a very successful WWE U.K. Championship tournament, WWE appears ready to move on another upcoming tournament project. A WWE Japanese or Asian tournament appears to be in the works, with WWE officials already putting the pieces together for the eventual event(s). This week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE has…


WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (1/31/17): Numbers Up

WWE SmackDown Live saw a bump in their ratings and viewership numbers this week, just as RAW did on Monday evening. SmackDown drew an audience of 2.817 million viewers, up from 2.556 million last week. The increase has to be expected coming out of the Royal Rumble, traditionally the third biggest show of the year.…


WWE RAW Ratings, Viewership (1/30/17): Numbers Up In A Big Way

WWE followed up Sunday night's Royal Rumble with a strong night of television ratings for RAW on Monday. This week's broadcast drew an average of 3.615 million viewers, up considerably from last week's 3.292 million viewers. This is the third straight week that RAW's television ratings have been up, benefitting for sure from less competition…


Brock Lesnar Challenges Goldberg To WrestleMania 33 Match

Monday night during WWE RAW, Brock Lesnar showed up alongside Paul Heyman. The two of them went to the ring and cut a promo that all but made official what everyone has been expecting. Following his elimination at the Royal Rumble Sunday night at the hands of Goldberg, Lesnar officially (via Paul Heyman) challenged Goldberg…