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Solving The Eva Marie Problem: How To Book Her WWE Return

“Fire her.” “Fire her.” “Fire her INTO THE SUN.” But, hey, guys. Guys. Calm down. There’s no need to fire her at all. Not even the WWE has a T-shirt cannon powerful enough to launch a red-headed superstar into the sun. Yet. If the brains behind #AllRedEverything have done anything well, it’s to generate nuclear…


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…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (3/14/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

The WWE Title Match for WrestleMania was finally solidified last week on SmackDown Live. The rest of the card, from this brand's perspective, is also starting to come into focus. In last week's preview, we knew the vast majority of what would be taking place on the show. This week, strangely, little has been announced.…


WWE RAW Preview (3/13/17): 5 Things To Watch For

It's Monday; you know what that means. Yep, it's time for our weekly WWE RAW preview. Or, in my case, remembering to do this at the last minute because I am still wallowing in the greatness that was yesterday's NJPW New Japan Cup show. Oh, Ishii and Omega, how I love thee.... Anyway, when last…


NJPW New Japan Cup Preview (3/12/17): Shibata vs Suzuki

The NJPW New Japan Cup is upon us. Round one matches continue tomorrow morning, and the show will stream live on NJPW World beginning at 3:OO am EDT. Tomorrow's show will feature Kenny Omega and Tomohiro Ishii facing off in the main event, and three other tournament matches. The tournament is single elimination and will…



NJPW New Japan Cup Preview (3/11/17): Tanahashi vs EVIL

The NJPW New Japan Cup is upon us. Round one matches begin tomorrow morning, and the show will stream live on NJPW World beginning at 4:00 am EST. Tomorrow's show will feature Hiroshi Tanahashi and EVIL facing off in the main event, and three other tournament matches. The tournament is single elimination and will take…


Ring Of Honor 15th Anniversary Show Preview (3/10/17): Cole vs Daniels

Happy Birthday Ring Of Honor!! Tonight, the promotion will present its 15th Anniversary Show, live from Las Vegas on PPV. Stars from ROH and NJPW will step in the ring to fight it out and celebrate the company's birthday. In tonight's main event, ROH World Champion Adam Cole will defend his title against Christopher Daniels.…


WWE NXT Preview (3/8/17): Five Things To Watch For

We're a little over three weeks away from TakeOver: Orlando, and the card is beginning to take shape. This week's show should really put things into high gear as former two time NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura makes his long awaited return from "injury". The only other preview point on the WWE NXT website is "performance…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (3/7/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

It was the best of times and it was the worst of times last week on WWE SmackDown LIVE. Best in the sense that John Cena and The Miz delivered one of the great opening segments in the history of the show. Worst in the sense that the Bray Wyatt-Randy Orton storyline seems like a…


Kevin Owens Teaches Us How To Protest Like A Pro

[Editor's Note: This is a feature story on Kevin Owens, not a news story. It is one writer's opinion on the heel character mixing with real life emotion on Sunday night. Read the column and make your own judgment based on the case presented.] It was hard to watch Fastlane's main event. Not because we…



WWE RAW Preview (3/6/17): 5 Things To Watch For

Well, it's Monday, and you know what that means. Yep, time for our weekly WWE RAW preview. Lordy mercy, what a show Fastlane was, and no, I do not mean that in a good way. It was like a dumpster fire in so many ways, and I have to wonder who in WWE likes to…




Five Metaphors For Goldberg’s Possible WWE Fastlane Victory

Mere hours from Fastlane, the WWE universe finds itself buzzing. Unfortunately, it's not exactly a positive vibration. Instead of gearing up for WWE's final PPV before WrestleMania, chunks of fans are stuck in deciding which coping mechanism is best once Kevin Owens is fed to Bill Goldberg. It appears to be a forgone conclusion that…



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 NXT Preview (3/1/17): Five Things To Watch For

We're speeding along on the road to TakeOver Orlando, and some may even say we're in the...FastLane. This week's show features two title matches: Peyton Royce challenging Asuka for the NXT Women's Title and #DIY challenging the Authors of Pain for the Tag Team Titles. Plus, the Patrick Clark Experience returns to NXT. Here are…


WWE SmackDown LIVE Preview (2/28/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

Another week has passed, and we still don't have a #1 contender on this brand. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble, but then he turned down a shot at the WWE Title because Bray Wyatt is the champion. All reports, however, indicate Orton will still be challenging Wyatt come WrestleMania 33. A battle royal was…


Backseat Booking: Kenny Omega Has Returned….Now What??

This weekend marked the return of Kenny Omega to New Japan Pro Wrestling. When we last saw our hero in a NJPW ring, he had put on possibly one of the best professional wrestling matches in history, tearing down the house at The Tokyo Dome in an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match with Kazuchika Okada at…


WWE RAW Preview (2/27/17): 5 Things To Watch For

It's Monday, so that means it's time for my weekly WWE RAW preview. Tonight is the go-home show for Sunday's FastLane and the flagship brand's last PPV stop on the Road To WrestleMania. Seth Rollins is due back to address Triple H, Samoa Joe, and his injury. Goldberg will be huffing and puffing about his…


NJPW & ROH Honor Rising Preview (2/26/17): Kenny Omega Returns

The first of two Honor Rising shows will be coming to us live tomorrow morning on NJPW World. The shows, co-produced by NJPW and ROH, will feature some of the top stars in both promotions and stretch out over two nights at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall. The shows will air live on World, airing at 4:30…



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…