Wrestling Fix: NXT coming to Brooklyn SummerSlam weekend, Nakamura and Okada get WWE tryouts and more links

Enjoy what we do? Support Between the Ropes on Patreon! Your generous donation will help keep our lights on, and make it possible for us to do even more! Wrestling fans everywhere will thank you. We hope you have a Great American Bash this Fourth of July. So does Torrie Wilson. The next NXT Takeover event will be live from the Barclays Center Saturday, August 22. That’s the night...
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WWE: Killing Serial Entertainment?

I was really interested in watching The Messengers on the CW Network. It looked intriguing, and I forgot all about the CW’s disaster called The Tomorrow People, it’s penchant for politically motivated inclusions and that it was another retelling of Apocalyptic tales (something Sleepy Hollow did well, but also plays into the theme of this piece). Tomorrow People was a pretty...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bret Hart Talks Daniel Bryan WWE Future, Samoa Joe, and Roman Reigns

WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Bret “Hitman” Hart has never been shy to express his views. Even after a reconciliation with the WWE, Hart remains outspoken and a recent interview with the former champ is making headlines. Love or hate Bret Hart, you have to respect his rebellious attitude when it comes to playing WWE politics. Hart continues to speak his mind and offer his opinion...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Samoa Joe’s Ring Of Honor Farewell Speech

Samoa Joe wrestled his final match for Ring of Honor on Saturday night at Terminal 5 in New York City. Joe teamed with long-time pal AJ Styles to defeat ROH Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels and Kazarian in a non-title dark match. The match originally scheduled to be a part of television tapings, was excluded [&hellip The post Samoa Joe’s Ring Of Honor Farewell Speech...
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Wrestling Fix: The Rock’s new HBO series debuts, Samoa Joe’s last ROH match, Brad Maddox masquerades as CM Punk and more links

Happy Father’s Day to the dads out there. May your day be full of Stratisfaction. WWE looks at father-son championship duos, from Mr. Perfect and Curtis Axel to Rocky Johnson and The Rock. [WWE] The Rock’s new TV show, Ballers, premieres on HBO tonight.  [HBO] Samoa Joe wrestled his last Ring of Honor match and took this photo with some old friends. @SamoaJoe bids farewell...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

NXT episode 283 musings: Joe vs Owens

If you are looking for a hold by hold re-cap, this isn’t it. Here’s how it works, I watch wrestling and record my thoughts, good or bad. I might not even get to who won the match or how but I will try. If you want to get caught up on NXT before reading, check out last weeks episode here. Colin Cassady/Enzo Amore/Carmella vs Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy/Alexa Bliss This was a fun...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Christopher Daniels Talks ROH Best in the World ’15, Facing Samoa Joe One More Time and Dusty Rhodes

One-half of The Addiction CHRISTOPHER DANIELS joins the podcast to talk about the big weekend for him and Frankie Kazarian as they take on reDRagon Friday at Ring of Honor Best in the World ’15 for the tag titles and the next night will have a dream match against AJ Styles and Samoe Joe. Plus, he talks about growing up a wrestling fan and the teams that influenced him, working...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

NXT: Kevin Owens versus Samoa Joe highlights

Tonight’s NXT main event on the WWE Network featured two men who need no introduction. Who came out victorious? Check out the highlight below to find out.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE: Judging Hulk Hogan by Modern Standards

Hulk Hogan: the man, the myth … the … well, myth is a good place to stop. Hogan in many ways is the gatekeeper to the modern era of professional wrestling. (Ric Flair is the other one, but let me focus on one overhyped legend at a time). With the age of Hogan, we saw professional wrestling move away from the arenas and move away from a regular, live, serialized entertainment...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

NXT episode 282 musings: Samoa Joe debut match

If you are looking for a hold by hold re-cap, this isn’t it. Here’s how it works, I watch wrestling and record my thoughts, good or bad. I might not even get to who won the match or how but I will try. If you want to get caught up on NXT before reading, check out last weeks episode here. They start off by hyping Samoa Joe. They call it the most anticipated debut in NXT history...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Samoa Joe crushes in NXT debut, set to take on KO next week

Samoa Joe made quick work of resident NXT tomato can Scott Dawson in his debut match for the promotion which aired earlier tonight on he WWE Network. Much to the chagrin of current NXT champion Kevin Owens, Joe will get his opportunity to take on the champ on next week’s episode. Check out the video below for highlights of Samoa Joe’s match and his exchange with Owens. images via WWENXT
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Story of a Survivor: Kris Travis

There hasn’t been a story in wrestling as feel good as that of Kris Travis in…well, ever. The 31-year-old was in the prime of his career, taking on such opponents as WWE NXT Champion Kevin Owens and Finn Balor. In late 2014, Trav made it to the finals of TNA Wrestling’s British Boot Camp 2, and was perhaps the main competition for eventual winner Mark Andrews. Then everything...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Samoa Joe NXT Debut, Lethal hypes BITW main event, New title match added to MITB

What’s being advertised as the most anticipated debut in NXT history goes down this Wednesday night on the WWE Network. Jay Lethal continues to do his part by building up his upcoming BITW title vs. title match against Jay Briscoe. As expected, we’ve just learned on tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW that Nikki Bella will be defending her Divas Title against Paige at Money...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE News: Tyson Kidd Reportedly Suffers Spinal Injury, WWE Keeping Quiet

We reported this week that Samoa Joe had his first WWE main roster match against Tyson Kidd on Monday’s WWE Superstars taping. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Kidd appeared to have suffered a spinal injury during the match. Multiple fans in attendance noticed that Kidd may have suffered the injury towards the end of the match. Shortly after the match was over, Natalya...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Samoa Joe Signs Full-Time WWE Deal

It only took a decade to get him there but Samoa Joe is now officially a WWE superstar. Numerous reports that the former TNA and ROH champion has signed a contract, making fans giddy with anticipation of WWE future.
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

WWE News: Samoa Joe Reportedly Signs Full-Time WWE Deal

We are roughly two weeks removed from Samoa Joe making his WWE NXT debut on the latest NXT Takeover special on the WWE Network. It was believed at the time of the appearance that Joe had been signed to a unique deal that would have allowed him to fulfill obligations to other promotions on the independent wrestling scene while still competing for WWE NXT. broke the news...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Samoa Joe signs full time deal with WWE

According to, Samoa Joe has signed a full-time deal with the WWE prior to tonight’s live edition of Monday Night RAW. The deal was seemingly sealed after Joe appeared on a taping of Superstars prior to RAW while multiple reports broke on the internet pointing to his exclusive deal WWE. @RyanClarkWZR @SamoaJoe — The […]
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Samoa Joe signs full-time deal with WWE

News broke Monday night during Raw that Samoa Joe has signed a full-time deal with WWE. The Pro Wrestling Torch first reported Joe’s full-time deal with WWE, noting that both Triple H and Vince McMahon were impressed by the Samoan Submission Machine’s “off-the-charts” merchandise sales and work at the last set of NXT TV tapings. It’s unclear whether Joe will continue to...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Samoa Joe Talks WWE Opponents, John Cena, and More

Samoa Joe is quickly turning into one of the hottest commodities in pro wrestling. Joe recently talked to about his current status including goals and potential opponents in NXT.
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Accentuate the Postives in Wrestling – May 30, 2015

It’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity that exists online when it comes to the world of professional wrestling. Let’s put a pause on the bad stuff, all the complaints, criticisms, rants, and rundowns. Instead, let’s come up for a breath of fresh air, sift through the week that was, and accentuate the positives. Here are your top 3 positives from the week that was: 1...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

WWE News: WWE Reportedly Interested In IWGP World Champion AJ Styles

Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Samoa Joe debuted last week for WWE NXT at the conclusion of the NXT Takeover: Unstoppable show. It seems that there is a possibility that we could see another former TNA World Heavyweight Champion follow in his footsteps. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE officials have reportedly changed their thoughts on signing AJ Styles...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The New WWE

Kevin Owens appeared on Monday Night RAW, with the NXT Championship in hand, and looked John Cena directly in the eyes. NXT standouts have made their debuts on RAW before, but this was something different. Laying out John Cena and stepping on the title he holds is a statement. Not a kayfabe statement by Kevin Owens, the wrestler, but a statement by WWE, the company. They are aware...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Dream Tag Team Match feat. A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe set for ROH TV

PRESS RELEASE via ROHWrestling: Ring of Honor returns to Terminal 5 in New York City – and to pay-per-view – on June 19th for BEST IN THE WORLD! This is a can’t-miss event headlined by the “Battle of the Belts” between ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe and ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal. But the very next night, the stars of Ring of Honor will be BACK at Terminal...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Wrestling Fix: WWE Stars Crash Wedding, Samoa Joe Deal, Vince McMahon Addresses Crowd

Providing your daily fix of wrestling links from around the blogosphere.  Was there anyone hotter than Stacy Keibler when it comes to wrestling femme fatales? She is still looking great now although she is off the market. Roman Reigns, Jimmy Uso and R-Truth crashed a wedding over the weekend. Turns out the bride and groom are big WWE fans. [] Ronda Rousey once again says...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Owens: A Victory Over John Cena Would Cement his Spot on the WWE Main Roster

Kevin Owens retained his NXT Championship title in a match against Sami Zayn at NXT’s special event, Unstoppable, on Wednesday night, and subsequently began a feud with new NXT star, Samoa Joe. It’s more than likely that this feud will continue in NXT, which makes it seem as though Owens’ match with John Cena at Elimination Chamber will be a one-and-done type of event.
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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