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

Ep. 65: WWE Extreme Rules Post Show

July 15th, 2018
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We went live immediately following WWE Extreme Rules to record a post show with our first reactions to what went down in Pittsburgh. Joining Ryan, Kyle, and Justin this month on the panel was Bill Matz of Broad Street Hockey Radio (broadstreethockey.com).

We talk what worked and what didn't work on this show and where it looks like we are going as we get ready for SummerSlam in Brooklyn next month. Plus, Kyle and the rest of the panel give some thoughts on Eric Bischoff's controversial statements this week on a notable Brian Pillman biography.

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Ep. 64: Brock Lesnar Crosses Over, What Happened to Safety?

July 8th, 2018
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A big show this week coming out of a weekend full of newsworthy events in professional wrestling. Ryan and Kyle are here to talk about Brock Lesnar's pending return to the UFC and what that means for WWE and the Universal Title. Plus, we talk about injuries in pro wrestling following Hiromu Takahashi's brutal broken neck at the NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco, whether wrestling is regressing when it comes to safety, our favorite N64 wrestling games, a preview of WWE Extreme Rules, and a whole lot more. 

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Ep. 63: The Livecast

June 29th, 2018
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For the first time in the history of Top Rope Nation, all three of our hosts were in the same place at the same time as the show was recorded live. Rather than recording over the internet from hundreds of miles apart, Ryan, Justin, and Kyle join up in Iowa live to discuss the latest in wrestling. Some of the topics discussed this week include fake news invading wrestling, the ongoing saga with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, why WCW had the best roster of all time in 1998, Daniel Bryan's contract situation, and much more.

A fun show that was different from one of our typical podcasts due to the nature of the recording, the topics broached, and the plans for after the show. "Loose" would be putting it mildly. 

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Ep. 62: Vader Career Retrospective, WWE Extreme Rules Direction

June 21st, 2018
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A noteworthy week in pro wrestling for both good and bad reasons. To start things off, the tragic death of Leon "Vader" White has saddened the wrestling community. We spend the first half of the show reliving some of the highs of his career while also discussing the lows. We're at our best sometimes when we get nostalgic, and we think this Vader career retrospective will give you a good sense of why the man was the greatest super heavyweight in wrestling history.

On the good side of the coin, WWE NXT is on fire and there are a lot of question marks (and intrigue) heading into WWE Extreme Rules in a few weeks. The second half of the show examines NXT's directions as this week's television tapings were going on simultaneously as we were recording. Additionally, we make some predictions for the WWE Extreme Rules card (who will be in the fatal five-way, where Braun Strowman fits in, the women's division, who is going to team with Daniel Bryan, and much more).

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Ep. 61: WWE Money In The Bank Post Show

June 17th, 2018
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We went live immediately following WWE Money in the Bank to talk about one of WWE's best PPV shows in quite some time. Ryan, Kyle, and Justin are here to catch you up on a tremendous weekend of wrestling, with our thoughts on TakeOver Chicago and Sunday night's Money in the Bank show.

We discuss Alexa Bliss' big night, Braun Strowman winning the briefcase, an outstanding match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, perhaps Elias' best match yet against Seth Rollins, Ronda Rousey's great performance, and so much more. Our first PPV post show since March of 2017 and it's one you don't want to miss!

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Ep. 60: Will Daniel Bryan Re-sign With WWE? What If He Doesn’t?

June 7th, 2018
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A wild show this week as we hit on all of the biggest topics going around the world of professional wrestling and WWE. First and foremost, we have one of the best debates on the show in many months as we discuss Daniel Bryan's ongoing discussions with WWE over a new contract, as well as theorize on what could happen if he does not sign with the company and what could motivate that decision.

Additionally, we talk NXT and debate the direction of Gargano vs. Ciampa following TakeOver Chicago and where NXT Champion Aleister Black fits into NXT's direction moving forward, CM Punk's big win in court this week, and WWE's relationship with Madison Square Garden.

Plus, questions from our listeners and much more. A really great show this week that you do not want to miss!

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Ep. 59: Has Money In The Bank Run Its Course?

June 1st, 2018
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WWE Money In The Bank is still two weeks away, but on this week's show, the guys get into an intriguing discussion on whether or not one of WWE's marquee matches has run its course. Is the luster still there or has the gimmick become played out? Not only that, but how easy is this year's match actually going to be to predict? 

We also discuss the card for NXT TakeOver: Chicago and why Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet could be the match of the weekend.

All of this and much, much more!

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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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