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[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 2000

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behind WrestleMania. As we go on from the…


[#TopRopeTake] Booking The WWE World Heavyweight Championship

With the news that WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins will be out 6-9 months with a torn ACL/MCL/medial meniscus in his right knee, the WWE Universe was thrown into flux. To respond, the WWE announced via ESPN that the company will hold a tournament at this year's Survivor Series to crown a new champion. https://twitter.com/TheCoachESPN/status/662353020273971201…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1999

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behind WrestleMania. As we go on from the…


NJPW For Newbies: CHAOS

NJPW: CHAOS I saved the best for last. And, CHAOS is definitely the best that NJPW has to offer. They formed in 2009, led by an attack on Togi Makabe by Toru Yano during Makabe's match with Shinsuke Nakamura. The purpose of the group: to return the Strong Style that Nakamura felt had disappeared from NJPW…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1998

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behind WrestleMania. As we go on from the first…


[TOP TEN] Gimmick Changes Needed Immediately

In professional wrestling, sometimes all it takes to go from the middle of the card to the top of the mountain is a great gimmick change. To this day, wrestling fans still talk about The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, and Kane. Would we still be talking about Rocky Maivia, The Ringmaster, Vinnie…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1997

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behind WrestleMania. As we go on from the…


NJPW For Newbies: The Bullet Club

NJPW: The Bullet Club Formed in May 2013, The Bullet Club is a force to be reckoned with in NJPW. Originally consisting of just four members, the original BC is fondly remembered. It was something new and different, and they shot to the top like a rocket. Over the past two years, the stable has…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1996

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behindWrestleMania. As we go on from the…


Table For 3: Intercontinental Champions Club

Since the inception of the WWE Network, fans have been treated to a variety of different programming. While some has been a hit, more often than not, most have been a resounding miss. Aside from those looking for their favorite PPV or old episode of RAW or Nitro, the original programming side hasn't exactly inspired many to shell…


[FEATURE] Fantasy Booking The End To The Undertaker’s WWE Career

Holy Cow! Look at the size of that ham hock! Check out them drumsticks baby! -Rowdy Roddy Piper That folksy exclamation introduced wrestling fans across the world to the Phenom from Death Valley, who over the next 25 years would become one of the biggest names in sports entertainment history. The 1990 Survivor Series included several huge…


NJPW For Newbies: The Core

NJPW: The Core These are the guys right now in NJPW...at least the guys who don't have factions to call their own. They are involved in the big angles and storylines. They are the top singles competitors. They are the upper midcard of the promotion, and each one of them deserves their spot. They've worked…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1995

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behind WrestleMania. As we go on from the…


NJPW For Newbies: The Veterans

NJPW: The Veterans Oftentimes in pro wrestling, once you hit a certain age or have been around long enough, you are relegated to the sidelines. Not in NJPW. These guys are front and center, right in the thick of things. And, honestly, that's not a bad thing. These men can still go better than most…


WWE Breaking Ground Recap: New Energy (Episode 2)

Breaking Ground is a behind the scenes look at WWE’s developmental system that is based out of the Performance Center in Orlando, FL.  Current and future NXT Superstars are profiled to give a perspective on all aspects of the developmental process. We will be looking at and breaking down each episode every week. The episode…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1994

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behindWrestleMania. As we go on from the…


NJPW For Newbies: The Reserves

NJPW: The Reserves I could have called these guys The Comic Relief, but that only applies to a couple of them. So, they are The Reserves. Who and what are The Reserves? These are the go-to guys in NJPW. They open the shows. They close the shows. They are veterans. They are younger guys. They…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1993

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behind WrestleMania. As we go on from the…


NJPW For Newbies: The Young Lions

NJPW: The Young Lions They are the few, the proud...  They are NJPW's Young Lions. These young men want to be wrestlers so badly that they signed up for the most difficult dojo to make it through to achieve their dreams. And, we love them for it. No matter how goofy they may be at times...…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1992

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behindWrestleMania. As we go on from the…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1991

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it’s now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behindWrestleMania. As we go on from the…


[TOP TEN] Halloween Costumes Posing As Wrestlers

Halloween is upon us, and we at Top Rope Press wanted to celebrate by dressing up as our favorite wrestlers from now and then. Instead, since we all live so far apart, we decided instead to take a look at the over-the-top history of some of the characters from this crazy world that would fit…


New Japan Pro Wrestling: An Introduction To The King Of Sports

If there is any better pure pro wrestling in the world today, I don't know what it could possibly be. I was introduced to Japanese pro wrestlers and Japanese pro wrestling completely by accident years ago when I saw The Great Kabuki spray that awful looking green mist into an opponent's face. It was different.…


[FEATURE] The Countdown to Survivor Series – Survivor Series 1990

Welcome to the latest of my countdowns, “The Countdown to The Survivor Series.” Much like our SummerSlam countdown from earlier this year (a link that will provide readers with every SummerSlam review from 1988-2014), it's now time to count down every Survivor Series ever. The Survivor Series is the second longest-running pay-per-view event, only behind WrestleMania. As we go on from…


[#ThrowbackThursday] Dusty Rhodes And Hard Times

Thirty years ago today, Dusty Rhodes delivered one of the most famous promos in professional wrestling history. Hard Times. Dusty was a once in a lifetime talent. There will never be another one like him, in or out of the ring. When we look back on that epic promo, we see The Dream's true greatness…