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[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…



Readers: What Will You Be Watching On Wednesdays?

Competition for viewers is very much on the agenda between several wrestling promotions and now Wednesday nights could prove to be their biggest challenge. Lucha Underground, Ring of Honor and WWE NXT will all air at the same time (8pm EST) every Wednesday night, therefore all three promotions will be fighting for their viewers. Lucha…


Tommy Rogers Of ‘The Fantastics’ Has Passed Away At Age 54

Some sad news to report today. Tommy Rogers (real name Thomas Couch), who was best known for his run alongside Bobby Fulton as "The Fantastics," reportedly passed away this morning (Monday June 1) at the age of 54. Bobby Fulton posted the following on his Facebook page Monday: "I was wanting to wait until all…


[FEATURE] Five Thoughts On WWE Elimination Chamber 2015

Three weeks after it was officially announced (those fans who originally bought house show tickets in Corpus Christi still probably can't believe their luck), WWE presented Elimination Chamber live on the WWE Network on Sunday evening. Overall, I felt the show was somewhat of a mixed bag. Going into the show, the card seemed much…



[FEATURE] Top Ten Wrestlers Turned Actors

  Professional wrestlers have been trying for years to make the jump to the silver screen, with very few successes. In honor of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new movie San Andreas, opening nationwide, here's a look at the top ten wrestlers to try their hand at acting outside the squared circle. Honorable Mentions: The Undertaker (Suburban…


[OPINION] Seth Rollins Retaining At Elimination Chamber Isn’t A Sure Bet

Seth Rollins seems untouchable. After the fall of The Shield, Rollins was one of the most protected wrestlers in the company.  After winning the title at "WrestleMania," and proving that he really is the future of WWE, it was safe to assume that his reign as champion would be a lengthy one. Being a rookie champion, his…


[COLUMN] Sheamus Is Helping Michael Bay Ruin My Childhood–And I’m Not Okay With That

It was reported recently that WWE Superstar Sheamus has joined the cast of the new movie tentatively titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Half-Shell. Later, the Celtic Warrior tweeted out a photo of himself with two of the movie's co-stars, all but making it official. https://twitter.com/WWESheamus/status/604068614640115712 I say "all but" because, well, the casting hasn't been…


[COLUMN] The Clue Is In The Name: Could NXT Actually “Take Over”?

"Developmental" is a word, and WWE's definition of "developmental" seems to change more times than the Google logo. NXT was designed to be a cog on the wheel, it was designed to allow people to craft their trade, it was designed to give WWE a more reliable source of talent... but it is not only the wrestlers that…


[COLUMN] Remembering Owen Hart – 16 Years Later

Note: I originally wrote this column for a Bret Hart fan-site in either 2000 or 2001. Following it's initial publication, the column was then posted every year on May 23rd (the anniversary of Owen's death) at WrestleView.com from the early 2000s until 2014. With the opening of TopRopePress.com in August 2014, I have decided to continue the…


[COLUMN] Feeding Kevin Owens To The Wolf

Kevin Owens made a surprise appearance on Monday Night RAW, effectively answering John Cena's weekly United States Open Challenge, even if the bell never rang. Insteady, the current NXT Champion was actually out there to promote this past Wednesday's NXT Takeover: Unstoppable, live on the award-winning WWE Network. That said, the effect was two-fold. It…


[#THROWBACKTHURSDAY] In Appreciation of John Cena

I’ve seen the Daniel Bryan relinquishing the IC title video now maybe a dozen times. I love Daniel Bryan’s in-ring work, his down-to-earth persona, the dedication it took to get him to this point in his career. I’m a Daniel Bryan mark, pure and simple. But every time I see him leave the title in the ring, or…




[Discussions From The Squared Circle] WWE Payback Predictions

Tonight, WWE presents Payback live on PPV and the WWE Network. The show comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland, a city that has a long history of hosting great wrestling shows. We at Top Rope Press have put our heads together and discussed just who we think is winning each match tonight and why. So, buckle…


[#ThrowbackThursday] Top Guys Who Never Worked In WWE

Though arguably the biggest name in professional wrestling who never worked in the WWE until this past WrestleMania, Sting is not the only such guy to never dip his toe into the WWE pond. In the days of regional territories even on up through the 80s and 90s, some of the biggest names never got…


[FEATURE] Top 10 Guys Who Never Won The WWE Championship

In the storied history of the WWE, winning the WWF/E Championship (now the WWE World Heavyweight Championship) was the pinnacle of the wrestling world. Sure, winning  WCW's World Championship, and by extension, the NWA or AWA World Championship before it was a big moment in a wrestler's career as well. But the WWE is the…


[#ThrowbackThursday] Top Ten Superstars That Harken Back To Yesterday

Vince Russo made some inflammatory comments about the state of the WWE product earlier this week and the ratings, despite internet reviews, back up the idea that WWE's lack of star power, character development and storylines are hurting the company's overall popularity.  While the in-ring product is the best its ever been, there's no denying…


[COLUMN] Adam Rose or Leo Kruger?

The popularity of last night's E:60 "WWE: Behind The Curtain" documentary could well be a positive for the NXT brand, but will the demand for Leo Kruger's return sway WWE officials? WWE opted to switch the persona of Leo Kruger when he leapt up to the main roster, leaving an arguably boring Adam Rose character in their…


[THIS DAY IN HISTORY] WWF Becomes WWE

On this day in history, the WWF officially became the WWE after a protracted court battle with the World Wildlife Fund over unfair trade practices relating to the company's merchandising efforts. While both companies had shared the initals for decades, World Wildlife Fund sued Vince McMahon's company claiming the pro wrestling company violated an international…


[COLUMN] Please Hulkster, Just Don’t

To this day, when you utter the words "professional wrestling," even the most uninitiated will recognize one name: Hulk Hogan. Since the glory days of the WWE (then WWF) in the 1980s to his turn as a member of the nWo in WCW during the "Monday Night Wars," professional wrestling, in most people's minds, would…