Top Rope Nation is a pro wrestling podcast focusing on the latest in WWE and AEW, while also deep-diving into historical topics from the past. The show brings a fan’s perspective while also engaging in high level analysis, insider news, and interviews with past and current wrestlers.

Top Rope Nation began in July 2016, with Kyle joining Ryan as co-host on episode number two. Justin joined the crew full time in January 2017. Jesse later joined in July 2023. Over the years, the show has interviewed several top names from the wrestling industry, including Jim Ross, Flip Gordon, Marek Brave, PCO, and others. 

Top Rope Nation was part of the Blue Wire podcasting network from February 2020 until April 2023.

Our Hosts

Ryan is the founder and host of Top Rope Nation, launching the podcast in July 2016. He has covered the wrestling industry extensively, with bylines at Sports Illustrated, CBS Interactive,,, WrestleView, WhatCulture, The Inquisitir, The Wrestling Observer, Pro Wrestling Torch, Sportskeeda, SEScoops and more. Ryan has appeared as a guest on Wrestling Observer Live, Pro Wrestling Torch, Mat Men, WrestleView Radio and others. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryandroste.

Justin joined Top Rope Nation as the third member of the team in January 2017. Prior to joining the show, Justin covered wrestling for Top Rope Press as a feature writer and reviewer of WWE NXT television. He is a longtime pro wrestling fan who has known Ryan for over 20 years. You can follow Justin on Twitter @JustinJoynt.

Jesse joined Top Rope Nation as a full-time co-host in July 2023. Prior to joining the show, Jesse was the host of The Unplugged Wrestling Podcast (which has now been rebranded as Top Rope Nation Unplugged, one of our Patreon bonus shows). Jesse has also covered wrestling extensively over the years, with bylines at Daily DDT, SEScoops, and more. You can follow Jesse on Twitter @jessecvelasquez.

Past Hosts

Kyle was Ryan’s co-host on Top Rope Nation from episode two in August 2016 until the week before WrestleMania 39 in 2023. Kyle came to Top Rope Nation with a wealth of experience in broadcasting and covering the wrestling industry. He previously appeared on Sunday Night Submission, a popular internet wrestling radio show in the mid 2000s, as well as FDH Lounge. Kyle also appeared as a guest multiple times on Squared Circle Gazette Radio.