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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 PopCulture.com 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 PopCulture.com 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 PopCulture.com 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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Ep. 74: WWE Hell In A Cell 2018 Review

9/17/2018
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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 with...

Duration:01:08:21

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

9/14/2018
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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...

Duration:01:35:58

Ep. 72: The Curious Case of Braun Strowman

8/30/2018
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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...

Duration:01:03:12

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

8/24/2018
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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 tag...

Duration:01:07:13

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

8/20/2018
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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 | Spoti...

Duration:01:31:35

Ep. 69: WWE SummerSlam 2018 Preview

8/17/2018
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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 | Spo [...]

Duration:02:05:49

Classics Patreon Preview: SummerSlam 1997

8/10/2018
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The second edition of Top Rope Nation Classics is now available in its entirety exclusively over at www.patreon.com/topropenation. 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...

Duration:00:14:42

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

8/3/2018
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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...

Duration:01:08:14

Top Rope Nation Classics (Freebie): SummerSlam 1991

8/1/2018
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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...

Duration:01:42:18

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

7/25/2018
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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,...

Duration:01:30:41

Ep. 66: Liam O’Rourke Returns, WWE SummerSlam Direction, Hulk’s “Apology”

7/19/2018
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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...

Duration:01:27:34

Ep. 65: WWE Extreme Rules Post Show

7/16/2018
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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...

Duration:02:10:09

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

7/9/2018
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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...

Duration:01:29:11

Ep. 63: The Livecast

6/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:54:00

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

6/22/2018
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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...

Duration:01:33:17

Ep. 61: WWE Money In The Bank Post Show

6/18/2018
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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...

Duration:01:47:14

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

6/8/2018
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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...

Duration:01:24:11

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

6/1/2018
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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! Subscribe...

Duration:01:10:57

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

5/23/2018
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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...

Duration:01:18:26

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

5/3/2018
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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. Subscribe to Top Rope Nation iTunes & iOS | Android | Google Play | Spotify | [...]

Duration:01:15:11