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WWE News: Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Bayley, Big E, & More

It's being reported that WWE originally planned for Bayley to win her first RAW Women's Title at WrestleMania this year and go on to defend it for the first time at PayBack in April, which is in her hometown of San Jose, California. As to why the company pulled the trigger early and had her…


Matches For WWE SmackDown Next Week; 205 Live Results

A couple of matches were announced for next week's WWE SmackDown Live during Tuesday night's broadcast. Following their match at Elimination Chamber ending in a double count-out, Nikki Bella and Natalya will face off in a Falls Count Anywhere Match next week on SmackDown. Daniel Bryan announced the bout following a backstage brawl on this…


Why Good vs. Evil Has WWE SmackDown Up, RAW Down

In real life (and thoughtful TV shows and movies) morality is ambiguous. Real people and good characters slide up and down the ethical spectrum.  But in folklore, mythology, and religion morality is binary: it’s Good vs. Evil. The simplicity is necessary because the meat lies within their message. Fables and fairy tales need to establish…


AJ Styles Reportedly Robbed During WWE Live Event

According to reports, Arkansas State University police are currently in the process of investigating an apparent theft targeted at AJ Styles which took place at a recent house show. Region 8 News has reported that Styles' belongings and cash were stolen during the WWE Live event at the Convocation Center this past Monday. The current WWE Champion is said…


WWE News: John Cena Movie, AJ Styles On ESPN, & 205 Live

It looks like WWE will have to do without John Cena again pretty soon. Deadline reported yesterday that Cena has landed a part in the newly green-lighted film The Pact. The movie will be released on April 20, 2018. There is no word yet on when the movie begins filming, but this role will likely…


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…


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…


AJ Styles Pulled From More Live Events; Tribute To The Troops Lineup

AJ Styles has been pulled from all WWE events until after Christmas. It appears that the ankle injury he suffered at TLC in his match against Dean Ambrose may require a bit more healing time. The next show he is listed to be in action on is the December 26th show from MSG. Styles said…


AJ Styles Talks Shawn Michaels Dream Match, Being WWE Champion

Current WWE Champion AJ Styles was a guest this week on the Heated Conversations podcast with Booker T. Styles and Booker T wasted no time addressing the internet speculation of a potential dream match between Styles and Shawn Michaels. While AJ would relish the opportunity, he believes that the decision will ultimately come down to the…


AJ Styles Comments On Injury; Baron Corbin Appears On ESPN

Current WWE World Champion AJ Styles posted a picture on his Instagram account, confirming he is rehabbing his ankle but will be back at "100%" soon. The ankle injury occurred this past weekend at the TLC PPV in his main event match against Dean Ambrose. Styles was able to continue the match and go on to win…


WWE Royal Rumble Update: AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker?

The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned that WWE is thinking about doing AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker at the Royal Rumble in San Antonio. On a recent episode of Top Rope Nation, TopRopePress.com's editor Ryan Droste actually speculated that match might take place at the Rumble. Whether you like it or not, John…


More On Styles vs Michaels, WWE TV Matches Announced, Lynch Returning

According to PWInsider, Becky Lynch is being advertised for all of this weekend's live events and SmackDown LIVE on Tuesday. Her return is earlier than expected. Lynch has been out of action since being pulled from No Mercy for a health reason. She is already set to defend against #1 contender Alexa Bliss on the…


AJ Styles Talks Shawn Michaels, Ryback, And Vince McMahon

WWE World Champion AJ Styles did an interview with Sports Illustrated and there were certainly some notable quotes. The most newsworthy was on the rumor of him wrestling Shawn Michaels, in San Antonio, at the Royal Rumble. “I would love the opportunity to wrestle him. I’d love to learn from him, but who’s to say…


WWE’s New Era Is Older Than You Think

In history, significant eras are named after they pass. In wrestling, they get named before they even begin. WWE wasted no time creating and facilitating their New Era. It felt as if all WWE programming had a New Era quota to be filled as anyone who spoke into the camera was guaranteed to utter the phrase.…


WWE Fantasy (Football) Booking: A Reader’s Guide

In America, alternate reality is important. If we can invest ourselves into something while keeping the losses at a minimum, that's a good gig. Look a Twitter, you can berate strangers with no repercussions. You can Snapchat yourself enough to permanently increase your self esteem. You can lead an imaginary team full of real people…


AJ Styles Talks Wrestling Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura Rematch

AJ Styles was recently interviewed while promoting the soon to be released WWE 2K17 video game. He was asked who he looks forward to wrestling for the first time in his career and also what rematch he is most excited about. Here are some highlights from the interview. On wrestling Randy Orton and others for the…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (9/13/16): 5 Reasons To Watch

The bar might have been low for Backlash, but it was easily exceeded on Sunday night. That show has now left us with a full roll call of champions on the SmackDown brand. There was a much needed change at the top with AJ Styles. Meanwhile, Becky Lynch, Heath Slater & Rhyno are also set…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (8/23/16): 5 Things To Watch For

By the time SmackDown LIVE concludes, there will have been over 10 hours of WWE programming in the last three days. It's been somewhat of a tumultuous time for the promotion with seemingly more interesting things happening outside of the ring than in it. Brooklyn seemed more "burned out" than "burning" when RAW was over,…


WWE SmackDown LIVE Preview (8/9/16): 5 Things To Watch For

Five Things To Watch For On SmackDown LIVE (8/9/16) Well, it's not like RAW hasn't left SmackDown a chance to shine this week. But will the Tuesday night show seize the opportunity? We're now less than two weeks away from SummerSlam and basically one month away from Backlash, so there's a real need to get…


WWE Live Results (8/7/16) Fresno, CA: Ambrose Vs Styles, Reigns Vs Rollins

RAW And SmackDown Stars Headline In Fresno Similar to Stockton last night, WWE ran a "supershow" of sorts with stars from both RAW and SmackDown appearing in Fresno. The results were virtually identical (except Tyler Breeze worked here in place of Fandango). Below are match by match results, notes, as well as some photos from…


Several Stars To Miss WWE SmackDown Live Next Week?

SmackDown Live Without Key Talent This Tuesday If you're wondering why WWE has such a "light" house show lineup this weekend, it is because next week they'll be running a tour of New Zealand and Australia. Only two house shows are on this weekend's schedule, Saturday in Stockton, CA and Sunday in Fresno, CA. Top…


WWE SmackDown Live Preview (8/2/16): 5 Things To Watch For

WWE SmackDown Preview 8/2/16 Last week saw SmackDown get put in a tough position having to follow a memorable edition of RAW. An inferior effort did nothing to shed the image of this being the 'B-show,' a stigma that stuck throughout the last brand split. It was not a horrible show by any means, but…


Brock Lesnar And Paul Heyman Pulled From SmackDown?

Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman Off Live SmackDown This Week? F4WOnline is reporting that both Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman have been pulled from Tuesday's live SmackDown in the wake of Lesnar's potential anti-doping violation. Lesnar had previously been advertised as appearing on that show in what would have been his first appearance on WWE…


Top Star Pulled From WWE Japan Tour; Australia Tour Receives Additions

Bray Wyatt Pulled From WWE Japan Shows July 1, July 2 Roman Reigns isn't the only star who has been pulled from the upcoming WWE Japan tour (due to his suspension). Bray Wyatt has now also been pulled from the WWE Japan tour dates this weekend. Wyatt had been scheduled to face Shinsuke Nakamura on July…