Top Rope Nation Wrestling Podcast

Three friends talking everything pro wrestling (current and nostalgia from the past). Laughs, beers, and a good time are sure to follow.

Ep. 58: A New Boom Period For Pro Wrestling?

May 22nd, 2018
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We're back to discuss a newsworthy last couple of weeks in the world of pro wrestling. FOX Sports is absolutely throwing money at Vince McMahon to bring SmackDown to their network, and we discuss why this is a period in pro wrestling that is unparalleled in history. Also on the show, Ryan, Justin, and Kyle talk about the (bad) Bobby Lashley segments over the last couple of weeks, whether or not WWE is doing right by Daniel Bryan since his return, and we start to talk about the directions WWE may take for SummerSlam in a few months. All of that and much, much more.

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Ep. 57: Solving The Roman Reigns Riddle, Backlash Preview

May 3rd, 2018
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The guys are back this week with some more thoughts on WWE doing business with Saudi Arabia, whether or not legislating morality is a good thing, where we go with Roman Reigns now after yet another failed attempt to win the Universal title, where WWE lost their way with Reigns, and a full preview for this Sunday's WWE Backlash. A jam-packed show full of some great discussion with the Top Rope Nation crew. 

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Ep. 56: WWE’s Saudi Arabia Problem

April 26th, 2018
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We are back with a great show this week. By the time you are listening to the show, WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble is probably already in the books. However, the controversy from this show will be long lasting. Ryan, Justin, and Kyle debate the merits of WWE doing business with the Saudi Arabian government. if you're looking for a good debate on humanitarian issues, this is about as close you will get on a professional wrestling podcast.

We also talk Shinsuke Nakamura's new entrance music and presentation, where RAW and SmackDown are now one week after the roster shakeup, and much more. 

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Ep. 55: WWE Superstar Shakeup Winners, The Life of Bruno Sammartino

April 19th, 2018
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Ryan, Justin, and Kyle have a big show in store this week as they discuss the life of the legendary Bruno Sammartino and then discuss the results of this week's WWE Superstar Shakeup. Which brand came out on top? Which women's division is superior? Should Kevin Owens be a babyface? There's a ton to talk about and this is one of our most entertaining shows in a long time. 

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Ep. 54: A Wild WrestleMania Week

April 13th, 2018
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We're back from New Orleans and debriefing after what has been an incredibly newsworthy week. Ryan, Justin, and Kyle recap their time together hitting Bourbon Street, taking in the sights, and attending seven different wrestling shows. Progress, ROH, NXT, WWN, WrestleCon, Joey Janella's Spring Break, and of course WrestleMania. We're talking them all! Plus, we deep dive on the direction WWE looks to be taking (or should take) over the next few months with Roman Reigns, Rusev, Shinsuke Nakamura, Charlotte, Ronda Rousey, Asuka, and more.

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Ep. 53: The WrestleMania 34 Preview Show

April 3rd, 2018
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The biggest week of the year for wrestling fans is upon us as WWE presents WrestleMania 34 this Sunday night. Not only that, but we've got a gang of great independent events in New Orleans as well. We cover them all and preview every single match on the WrestleMania card. All the winners, what we think will be the biggest surprises, the match of the night, the most disappointing match of the night, and much more. This is the only WrestleMania podcast that you need!

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Ep. 52: Liam O’Rourke Joins Us To Talk Brian Pillman, ‘Crazy Like A Fox’

March 28th, 2018
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This week we welcome Liam O'Rourke, author of the critically acclaimed biography "Crazy Like A Fox: The Definitive Chronicle of Brian Pillman 20 Years Later" to talk about his process in writing the book and Pillman's career in general. A great discussion as O'Rourke and the Top Rope Nation crew share some of their favorite Pillman memories, discuss what Pillman's career might have been had he lived, the process of writing such a detailed book on the life of the "Loose Cannon," and much more.

You can (and should) grab the book, which was recently named Wrestling Book of the Year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, on Amazon

Don't forget to check out Liam's podcast as well, Squared Circle Gazette

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Ep. 51: Daniel Bryan Is Back! Looking Ahead To WrestleMania And Beyond

March 21st, 2018
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We're back this week to talk about what everyone in the wrestling world is talking about - Daniel Bryan's return to active wrestling (just as we had predicted on Episode 49). Ryan and Justin are joined by Derick from the Oversell Podcast to talk about one of the most exciting moments in WWE history, and we look ahead to WrestleMania, Bryan's full time return and what that means for WWE, feuds we could be seeing for Bryan on the horizon, and much more.

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Ep. 50: Flip Gordon Joins The Show

March 16th, 2018
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The 50th edition of Top Rope Nation is a big one as we are joined by Ring of Honor star Flip Gordon. Ryan sits down with Flip to talk about growing up a wrestling fan and how he went about getting into the wrestling business, getting signed by ROH and a fast rise through the ranks, heading to Japan for the first time to work NJPW, the difference between working the U.S. and Japan, Flip's favorite matches, getting cast on Being the Elite, Flip's WWE dream opponents, and so much more. 

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Ep. 49: Holy Sh*t, Is Daniel Bryan Actually Going To Wrestle?

March 13th, 2018
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We turned on the microphones immediately following WWE SmackDown as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn gave Shane McMahon an epic beatdown. This lead to the logical question: does this mean Daniel Bryan is actually going to wrestle at WrestleMania 34? Ryan, Kyle, and Joe (subbing for Justin this week) are here to debate a possible Bryan in-ring return. We also discuss John Cena's epic promo from RAW, why the Fabulous Moolah is a TERRIBLE namesake for the women's battle royal at WrestleMania and much, much more. 

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