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Top Rope Nation is a weekly podcast featuring three friends talking everything pro wrestling (current and nostalgia from the past). Laughs, beers, and a good time are sure to follow. Join host and WWE staff writer Ryan Droste,, Kyle Ross, and Justin Joynt as they break down the world of WWE, NJPW, ROH, and more each and every week.

Top Rope Nation is a weekly podcast featuring three friends talking everything pro wrestling (current and nostalgia from the past). Laughs, beers, and a good time are sure to follow. Join host and WWE staff writer Ryan Droste,, Kyle Ross, and Justin Joynt as they break down the world of WWE, NJPW, ROH, and more each and every week.
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Top Rope Nation is a weekly podcast featuring three friends talking everything pro wrestling (current and nostalgia from the past). Laughs, beers, and a good time are sure to follow. Join host and WWE staff writer Ryan Droste,, Kyle Ross, and Justin Joynt as they break down the world of WWE, NJPW, ROH, and more each and every week.




Ep. 80: WWE TLC Preview, WWE Writers Room Debate

Top Rope Nation returns to talk about this Sunday's WWE TLC show. Despite a lackluster few weeks of WWE television, the company is giving us a good card with some matches that have the potential to be really great. We break all of the matches down for you and explain who should and who will win. Plus, we have a discussion on some of the latest news in wrestling since our last show, including the debate Jimmy Jacobs got going on Twitter regarding the WWE writers room and how hard it is to...


Ep. 79: Daniel Bryan is Champion, Becky is Hurt, Survivor Series & TakeOver Previews

Daniel Bryan just captured the WWE Championship on SmackDown Live, turning heel in the process. The WWE Survivor Series card has been totally thrown into chaos and AJ Styles no longer has a role on the card for the time being. Plus, Becky Lynch suffered a nasty injury on WWE RAW this week. We're here to preview this Sunday's WWE Survivor Series and NXT TakeOver War Games 2. We give you our full breakdowns of every match and pick the winners. WRESTLE RUMBLE...


Ep. 78: Roman's News, Crown Jewel Controversy, Evolution Preview

We are back to discuss a week full of some massive wrestling news. First, we discuss the sad news that Roman Reigns is suffering from leukemia. We follow that up with all of the controversy plaguing WWE's Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia. We hit this from all angles, the political aspects, the humanitarian aspect, and so much more. And finally, we finish out with a full preview for this weekend's first-ever all women's WWE PPV event - WWE Evolution. If you enjoy our content, please...


Ep. 77: Is WWE Too Reliant On Older Stars?

A really good discussion this week coming out of WWE Super Show-Down. With the official announcement of Shawn Michaels' return to the ring, we debate the narrative that WWE is becoming too reliant on older superstars. Is that actually the case? Plus, we talk about whether WWE Crown Jewel is in danger of being cancelled now given some recent world events, discuss the WWE title picture with AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan, and close by talking about the possibility of bringing back some PPV...


Ep. 76: WWE Super Show-Down Preview and Predictions

With this Saturday's WWE Super Show-Down on the horizon, the guys from the Top Rope Nation podcast get you ready for Saturday's big event on the WWE Network while also reviewing this weeks RAW and SmackDown episodes. Triple H vs. the Undertaker, AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz, and so much more. We break down all the matches and give you all the information you need to be ready for Super Show-Down. WRESTLE RUMBLE - Win cash by predicting the results for WWE Super...


Ep. 75: Brie Bella's Big Kick, Dean's Heel Tease, and More

We return to the airwaves to talk all the latest in the world of wrestling. Brie Bella had a nasty kick to Liv Morgan on Monday night that resulted in a nasty injury. Should Brie be wrestling in the big leagues at this point? We look at this controversial topic as well as discuss Dean Ambrose teasing a heel turn, a great Ricochet/Pete Dunne match from NXT, Aiden English teasing an interesting situation with Rusev/Lana, more thoughts on Shawn Michaels' upcoming return to the ring, listener...


Ep. 74: WWE Hell In A Cell 2018 Review

We break down Sunday night's WWE Hell In A Cell PPV event immediately following its conclusion. Brock Lesnar made his return, which lead to an unfortunate finish in the Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman match. We cover all of that and everything else. Overall, this was a very good PPV that saw Samoa Joe and AJ Styles have a really good match, the RAW tag team titles were defended in one of the best tag team matches on the WWE main roster in several months, and Alexa Bliss got her rematch...


Ep. 73: Hell In A Cell Preview, Shawn Michaels' Return, ALL IN

A big show this week as Ryan, Justin, and Kyle preview this Sunday's WWE Hell In A Cell PPV event. Plus, we also give our thoughts on last week's big ALL IN show from Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks and also talk about Shawn Michaels' (apparent) pending return to the wrestling ring. A really good show that got a little heated at times as the hosts fiercely debated a few of these topics. You don't want to miss this one. As we talked about on the show, make sure to check out our partners...


Ep. 72: The Curious Case of Braun Strowman

What in the blue hell is going on with Braun Strowman?! After last week's puzzling heel turn by Becky Lynch, WWE followed it up this week with Strowman also turning heel. Things are getting out of hand at WWE and we are here to make sense of it all for you. If you enjoyed the discussion about Lynch's heel turn last week, this is one you aren't going to want to miss. Additionally, we talk more about Becky Lynch's direction, the problems with Hell In A Cell, and end the show discussing the...


Ep. 71: Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and the Omnipotent Babyface

The hot topic on the internet this week is WWE turning Becky Lynch heel against Charlotte Flair and the fan's revolting to that script. We break this one down from all angles, including from a historical lens as we look at WWE's past in booking heels against "omnipotent babyfaces." This is a great discussion with a lot of wrestling history thrown in for context that you won't want to miss. Plus, we're talking The Shield's reunion from Monday Night RAW, the New Day winning the SmackDown...


Ep. 70: WWE SummerSlam 2018 and NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV Reviews

We went live immediately following WWE SummerSlam on Sunday night to break down the show with our instant reactions, as well as to review Saturday night's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV event. Full discussion on what worked and didn't work at SummerSlam and TakeOver as well as a look ahead to what is now in WWE and NXT's future. Joining our PPV post show panel this month was Derick Schroeppel of the Oversell Podcast. Subscribe to Top Rope Nation iTunes & iOS | Android | Google Play | Spotify...


Ep. 69: WWE SummerSlam 2018 Preview

One of the biggest wrestling weekends of the year is upon us and we are here to break it all down for you. This week, we give a full preview of WWE SummerSlam 2018 and NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV. Plus, we discuss the death of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Dave Meltzer's controversial statements regarding Peyton Royce. A beast of a show that you don't want to miss! Oh, and Taco John's, sponsor us. Please. Subscribe to Top Rope Nation iTunes & iOS | Android | Google Play | Spotify | TuneIn...


Classics Patreon Preview: SummerSlam 1997

The second edition of Top Rope Nation Classics is now available in its entirety exclusively over at We deep dive back in time to 1997 and look at what was perhaps the greatest summer in the history of pro wrestling. Ryan, Justin, and Kyle break down SummerSlam 1997 and all of the news and storylines going on throughout that great time in wrestling history. Hear the first 15 minutes of the show right here and if you want to hear the entire podcast, become a...


Ep. 68: Charlotte Flair, Otherwise Known As Roman Reigns

A jam-packed show this week as we discuss the deaths of Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher Lawler, as well as all of the latest from WWE. We break down what did and did not work during the Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns segments on RAW, why crowds give Charlotte Flair a pass even though in many ways she is the female Roman Reigns, Owen Hart's Hall of Fame induction, and a whole lot more. Top Rope Nation has also started a Patreon channel full of exclusive podcasts from us that you won't...


Top Rope Nation Classics (Freebie): SummerSlam 1991

We've started a Patreon page for Top Rope Nation where we will be providing exclusive content to Patrons including two new shows, Top Rope Nation Classics and Top Rope Nation Free For All. Top Rope Nation Classics will feature us reviewing and exploring old wrestling events, years, storylines, and much more. The show will only be available on our Patreon page and will not be posted to our standard podcast feed or any podcasting apps. That being said, to give everyone a taste of what these...


Ep. 67: Matt Riddle to WWE, Women's Evolution PPV

Arguably the biggest wrestling star on the independents, Matt Riddle, appears headed to the WWE. We discuss what this means for both Riddle and WWE, as well as explain why Riddle could possibly be the future of the WWE. Plus, WWE announced an all women's PPV event, titled Evolution, for this October. We break down that news, discuss the women's title pictures on SmackDown and RAW, and where we think the company will be come October. All of this plus thoughts on this week's RAW, SmackDown,...


Ep. 66: Liam O'Rourke Returns, WWE SummerSlam Direction, Hulk's "Apology"

We're back with a huge show this week as Liam O'Rourke returns to Top Rope Nation. Right off the bat, Liam addresses comments made concerning his book (Crazy Like A Fox: The Definitive Chronicle of Brian Pillman 20 Years Later) by Eric Bischoff on the '83 Weeks' podcast last week. This is the first time that Liam has addressed this situation publicly so you won't want to miss it. Liam stays with us for the rest of the show as we dissect WWE's direction coming out of Extreme Rules. We break...


Ep. 65: WWE Extreme Rules Post Show

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 ( 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...


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

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...


Ep. 63: The Livecast

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...