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WWE SmackDown Live Preview (1/10/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

Parodying the show which he was on, iconic Seinfeld character George Costanza once had a vision for a "show about nothing." With stories that never seem to reach definitive conclusions, RAW would make Costanza proud if not for the fact it's rarely funny. As we entered 2017, SmackDown LIVE had become the new standard-bearer for…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Male Wrestler of the Year

When it came down to selecting the 2016 male wrestler of the year, there really wasn't much of a contest according to the ballots submitted by the Top Rope Press staff. AJ Styles had a year for the ages, starting out with an unbelievable match with Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleKingdom 10 (which won our match…


WWE RAW Preview (1/9/2017): 5 Things To Watch For

It's Monday. You know what that means! Yep, it's time for our WWE RAW preview. And, using my powers of perception, I am betting that this week will be much like last week and much like next week. I am beginning to think they are just recycling the script for the flagship show week in…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Female Wrestler of the Year

Sasha Banks Won Our Vote For 2016 Female Wrestler Of The Year Over the years, women’s wrestling has struggled to remain relevant. Women, such as Miss Elizabeth, Terri Runnels, and Sunny, have been used as valets and eye candy for male talent. Others, like Alundra Blayze, Wendi Richter, Rockin’ Robin, Bull Nakano and The Fabulous…


NJPW For Newbies: Getting To Know Suzuki-Gun

This past week saw a lot of changes in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Kenny Omega rose to super-stardom. Hiroshi Tanahashi debuted some questionable new music. WrestleKingdom 11 set the wrestling world's tongues wagging. Team 2000 had a brief, shining reunion. And, Minoru Suzuki and Suzuki-gun made their triumphant return to NJPW. Fans were thrilled to…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Match of the Year

The staff of Top Rope Press put our collective heads together over the past couple of weeks to come up with the best that 2016 had to offer. When it came to the best pro wrestling match of 2016, Styles vs Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from WrestleKindom 10 on January 4, 2016, in…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: MVP Of The Year

Our Most Valuable Player Award is a new one this year for the Top Rope Press yearly awards. Different from our Wrestler of the Year Award, the MVP is designed to recognize the man or woman who was most important to their respective company's success. In other words, taking this person away from the company that…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Story Of The Year

In 2016, we were treated to so many stories across the world of professional wrestling that this category was certainly one of the more difficult to vote for. From AJ Styles appearing at the Royal Rumble, Goldberg manhandling Lesnar, the mass exodus of talent (Styles, Nakamura, Gallows and Anderson) from NJPW, 2016 really gave us…



2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Tag Team Of The Year

The staff of Top Rope Press put our collective heads together over the past couple of weeks to come up with the best that 2016 had to offer. As far as tag teams go, there really wasn't much debate. The Young Bucks dominated the tag team scene all over the world in 2016, and they…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (1/3/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

Suffice to say, the Blue Brand ended 2016 on a high note. The last two weeks were perhaps the finest efforts from SmackDown all year, which is saying something. We have a set table for 2017 with John Cena back, leading to a WWE Title Match for the Royal Rumble. New Tag Team Champions have…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Event Of The Year

The staff of Top Rope Press put our collective heads together over the past couple of weeks to come up with the best that 2016 had to offer. When it came down to what was the best pro wrestling event in 2016, NJPW's WrestleKingdom 10 won hands down. WrestleKingdom is the biggest NJPW show of…


WWE RAW Preview (1/2/2017): 5 Things To Watch For

Well, it's Monday, and you know what that means... It's time for our weekly WWE RAW preview. Let's hope that WWE made some good New Year's resolutions this year, and one of them included making RAW a lot more enjoyable every week. Yeah, I know. That's a pipe dream. Anyways, it's the first RAW of…


2016 Pro Wrestling Awards: Feud of the Year

Samoa Joe versus Finn Balor (WWE NXT) Won Our Vote For 2016 Wrestling Feud Of The Year When wrestling is at it's finest, it's the perfect art form. It's a mix of storytelling and physicality that blends into something delightful for anyone lucky enough to be watching. A great wrestling match, and more specifically a…


NJPW WrestleKingdom 11 Preview & Predictions

🎶🎵🎶 It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year With the kids jingle belling, And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer". It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year It's the hap -happiest season of all. 🎶🎵🎶 Yes, it is the most wonderful time of the year. It is time for NJPW's WrestleKingdom 11.…



In Memoriam: Remembering Those Wrestling Lost In 2016

Professional wrestling lost some of its most beloved stars in 2016. The Grim Reaper stayed busy all through the year, taking some of the world's most legendary stars in all walks of life, and the wrestling world wasn't spared. From ECW Originals, to Attitude Era stars, to Japanese legends, we lost some incredible people in 2016.…



Professional Wrestling 2017: Wishes For The New Year

Dear Professional Wrestling Gods of 2017, It's a long-shot. I know I'm being greedy. But I would like to furnish you with my deepest hopes and wishes for the new year in professional wrestling. I ask a boon, please hear me out first before you sentence us all to regurgitated storylines and regurgitated storylines at…


WWE NXT Preview (12/28/16): Five Things To Watch For

It's the final NXT preview for 2016, and thanks to HHH and the great folks at NXT, we're in for a special treat this week. I'm not sure if this is a belated Christmas gift or just an overall thank you to all the NXT fans this year, but on December 23rd HHH tweeted that…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (12/27/16): 5 Reasons To Watch

SmackDown LIVE's final episode of 2016 is also one of its most anticipated. They are calling this "Wild Card Finals," whatever that means. We'll be in Chicago, which should ensure a lively crowd. There will be three title matches and John Cena returns to WWE television after a couple of months away. Coming off last…


WWE RAW Preview (12/26/16): 5 Things To Watch For

It's Monday; you know what that means. It's once again time for our WWE RAW preview. It's the day after Christmas, the holidays are (thankfully) over, and maybe now, life can get back to normal. Of course, normal for RAW these days is 3+ hours of barely tolerable television, but who knows? Maybe we will…


Santa’s Pro Wrestling Naughty And Nice List For 2016

♫ ♬ Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree, for me. Been an awful good girl, Santa baby, So hurry down the chimney tonight. ♫ ♬ It’s that time of year again. Santa is making his rounds, visiting all the good boys and girls…and the naughty ones, as well. Those that have been nice…


Are You There Wrestling Logic? It’s Me, Roman Reigns

After a championship match at Roadblock that was loaded with nothing except crowd apathy, WWE announced on Monday night that Roman Reigns will again challenge Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Title. The match will take place next month in San Antonio at the Royal Rumble. Yawn. Yes, despite all evidence clearly pointing to the…


WWE NXT Preview (12/21/16): Five Things To Watch For

Last week's NXT featured five matches, all centered around the NXT title picture. NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura took on Samoa Joe in a steel cage from an NXT live event in Australia, while the winners of the remaining four matches would move onto a Fatal Four Way #1 Contender's match. The Fatal Four Way match…