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[FEATURE] The Countdown to SummerSlam: SummerSlam 1990

In August, WWE will host "The Hottest Party of the Summer” with their annual SummerSlam in Brooklyn, New York after a lengthy stay in Los Angeles. Since the WWE Network was established, it is now my goal to watch every SummerSlam and provide an analysis on what worked and what didn't, provide a grade, and by the time we're…


[COLUMN] ESPN And WWE: Why Won’t The Sports Channel Cover The Business?

With the large amount of wrestling-related programming on American television these days, one has to wonder why ESPN tends to avoid the “sport” like the plague--at least when it comes to actually covering it in any legitimate way. Sure, they’ve done specials featuring John Cena, NXT, and even do the occasional interview during WrestleMania week, but…




[FEATURE] The Countdown To SummerSlam: SummerSlam 1988

In August, WWE will host "The Hottest Party of the Summer with their annual SummerSlam in Brooklyn, New York after a lengthy stay in Los Angeles. Since the WWE Network was established, it is now my goal to watch every SummerSlam and provide an analysis on what worked and what didn't, provide a grade, and by…




[#DiscussionsFromTheSquaredCircle] Our Staff Picks ‘Battleground’

Tonight, live on the WWE Network, the WWE brings you Battleground. As has become customary each Sunday of a PPV, the Top Rope Press team likes to get together and discuss the matches and bring you our predictions of how the night will transpire. Headlined by the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins defending against "The…


[COLUMN] Five Possible Opponents For The Undertaker At SummerSlam

As TopRopePress.com reported earlier this week, WWE legend The Undertaker is scheduled to make his return to WWE on Monday night in Kansas City. It is expected that upon his return, WWE will start building towards an in-ring return for The Undertaker at this year's SummerSlam in Brooklyn. The question is, who will The Undertaker…


[COLUMN] 5 Reasons Why Tough Enough Is Simply Not Good Enough

Tough Enough made a return to the USA Network several weeks ago. Using a hybrid format of half live, half clips and having Chris Jericho, Hulk Hogan and Daniel Bryan involved, WWE was hoping for big things. Though after ratings struggled and the show was received negatively, it seems WWE reacted badly, firing longtime employee Lisa…






[#ThrowbackThursday] Wrestling’s Greatest Free Agent Acquisitions

While mainstream sports may be in a bit of a lull in terms of action on the field, court or ice, offseason action is heating up, as NHL and NBA free agency opened up on Wednesday. With roster shakeups on the mind, this week’s #ThrowbackThursday Feature is a countdown of the ten greatest free agent…


[COLUMN] TNA Brings Back Jeff Jarrett–Entire Wrestling World Yawns

"Did you see Impact Wrestling last night? Jeff Jarrett is going to wrestle one last match at Slammiversary!" Crickets. That's what I'm hearing across the interwebs after TNA unleashed a (sort of) live episode of Impact Wrestling chock full of surprise appearances and returns...and Big Van Vader. The only problem is, no one cares. For a company…


[COLUMN] Why Lucha Underground Breaks The Mold

Professional wrestling is painfully generic in 2015. Monday Night RAW looks like the same show it has been for over 15 years. Except for a few changes in the logo and stage design, the way the show that presented to the viewer is so familiar and dull. Nothing seems fresh, new or exciting. RAW usually always…


[#ThrowbackThursday] The Rise Of Donald Trump

Donald John Trump. A man that has achieved tremendous success as an American business magnate, investment, television. He has grown into a global icon well known for his strength in negotiation, strategy and ultimately international success, but now he has his sights set on the Presidency of the United States of America. This Tuesday Mr. Trump…





[COLUMN] Money In The Bank Is No Longer Bankable

Since it's first appearance at WrestleMania 21 in 2005, the Money In The Bank ladder match has enjoyed giving a fresh take on how a superstar rises to the top of the company and uses opportunity to take the biggest prize in the business, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.¹ Technically only twice has the briefcase…


[#THROWBACKTHURSDAY] Wrestling’s Greatest Triple Crown Champions

Last weekend saw history made in the sporting world, with American Pharoah winning the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to capture the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 37 years.  The Triple Crown in pro wrestling is a much more common occurrence, but the distinction is still reserved for sports entertainers who have left…



[COLUMN] Bray Wyatt Needs To “Bring Down The Machine”

Personally I think the booking and handling of the Bray Wyatt character has been a disaster. At one point, Wyatt was the hottest thing in WWE, however his defeat at the hands of The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 has seemingly quelled his rise to the top. I suggest that he goes back to his roots and…