Articles by Ryan Droste

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…



Shawn Michaels On WrestleMania 33, Wrestling Samoa Joe & More

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently sat down with Justin Barrasso of SI.com for an exclusive interview. A number of interesting topics were featured in the piece, which you can read at this link. Michaels addressed why The Undertaker was never part of his Kliq backstage faction, wrestling Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XIX, what…


WWE NXT Preview (3/15/17): Five Reasons To Watch

Another Wednesday night, another edition of WWE NXT on the WWE Network. Top Rope Press is here with your full preview for the show. Ryan Fogarty is absent this week, so I'll have to do my best to fill-in for our resident NXT expert. Below are five reasons we believe you should tune into the…


VIDEO: Kurt Angle And Vince McMahon Meet For First Time In A Decade

WWE released a video clip on Monday evening of Kurt Angle meeting with Vince McMahon recently at Titan Towers in Stamford, CT. It aired during Bring It To The Table following Monday Night RAW on the WWE Network. The segment featuring Angle and McMahon is part of a WWE 24 special which will air in…



WWE Live Results (3/11/17): Toronto, ON: Finn Balor Is Back Part Two

The WWE RAW brand continued their weekend live event tour north of the border in Canada on Saturday night. The show in Toronto, Ontario marked Finn Balor's second night back in the ring. He returned to the ring for the first time on Friday night in Buffalo. There were a couple of changes to the…




Backstage News On Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg At WrestleMania 33

As most would probably guess, Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg for the WWE Universal Title is scheduled to close the show at WrestleMania 33. Things could certainly change between now and April, but as of right now, Vince McMahon wants the match to main event. Lesnar is currently scheduled to win the bout and the…


WWE News: Network Content Added, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Owens/Lesnar

Some new content has recently been added to the WWE Network. The "Collections" section has been updated with some of Shawn Michaels greatest WrestleMania matches, there has been new 2010 and 2011 Smackdown content added, and there is now a "WrestleMania Monday" special looking at the top night after WrestleMania moments from WWE RAW. Kurt…


A New Era For Impact Wrestling Begins Tonight, Several Debuts Scheduled

After fifteen years of operation, Impact Wrestling once again tries to reinvent themselves beginning tonight on PopTV. The company has now officially dropped the "TNA" letters from their name, and they are looking at ushering in a fresh new look now under the leadership of Anthem and Jeff Jarrett. Things are off to a good…


WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (3/7/17): Numbers Increase

The WWE SmackDown Live ratings data and information is in for this week's show. The March 7 edition of SmackDown drew 2.738 million viewers, up from 2.566 million viewers last week. This was a relatively normal showing for the blue brand this week following last week's number. It's right on par with what the show…


Updated WWE WrestleMania 33 Card: Seven Matches Now Confirmed

Following this week's RAW and SmackDown, more matches are now confirmed for WWE WrestleMania 33 on April 2 in Orlando, Florida. Many of these matches have been speculated on for several weeks, but they are only now being confirmed on screen by WWE. As the card presently stands, we have seven matches confirmed for the…


Finn Balor Update: Wrestling This Weekend, WrestleMania Plans

Finn Balor is scheduled to make his long awaited return to a WWE ring this weekend at a couple of live events in New York and Canada. The former WWE Universal Champion is advertised for the March 10 event in Buffalo, New York and the March 11 event in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He is not…



WWE Fastlane Betting Odds: The Smart Money Is In

The WWE Fastlane betting odds have again shifted, with us now knowing the "smart money" picks as of Sunday afternoon. We have some heavy favorites, as well as one match in particular that is so close it could go either way. The biggest shift has come in regards to the RAW Women's Championship bout. Charlotte…



WWE: Jack Swagger Has Not Yet Been Released From His Contract

Despite heavy efforts from Jack Swagger on a recent podcast to be released from his WWE contract, it doesn't look like that is going to be the case anytime soon. Swagger appeared frustrated this week with the direction of his character while appearing on the Beyond The Fight podcast with Chael Sonnen. He announced he…



Top Rope Nation Webcast Previews WWE Fastlane

The Top Rope Nation webcast is LIVE right now on YouTube previewing this Sunday's WWE Fastlane. Join our usual hosts, Ryan, Justin, and Kyle, as they are joined this week by TopRopePress.com's Jack Snodgrass. The live webcast is typically only for our Patreon supporters, however this week's show previewing Fastlane is presented free for all. The audio-only…


WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (2/28/17): Numbers Down

This week's WWE SmackDown ratings and viewership information is in, and the show experienced an expected drop in its audience. The February 28 edition of SmackDown drew 2.566 million viewers, down from 2.792 million last week and 2.626 million two weeks ago. This was an expected result given that SmackDown's final hour went head to head…


WWE Live Results (2/26/17) Cedar Rapids, IA: John Cena Headlines

WWE returned to the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa almost exactly a year to the day from their last show in the building. This time around, the attendance may have been slightly lower, but it was relatively close to the 2016 event. Of note tonight was the fact that AJ Styles was not…


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…