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Brian Fritz
Brian is the owner and editor-in-chief of Between The Ropes. He has also covered wrestling and MMA for The Orlando Sentinel and AOL Fanhouse and currently is a contributor for Sporting News. You can email Brian at fritz@betweentheropes.com or follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz.

Jim Ross Returning to Wrestling, Will Call NJPW “Wrestle Kingdom”

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, Global Force Wrestling officially announced this morning that Jim Ross is returning to the announcing booth in wrestling and will call the NJPW “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ show on Jan. 4. Here is the press release: JIM ROSS SIGNS ON TO CALL GLOBAL FORCE WRESTLING’S PRESENTATION OF NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’S “WRESTLE KINGDOM 9” ON ... Read More »

CM Punk Now a Writer, Joins Marvel Comics

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Since leaving the WWE back in January, CM Punk has been keeping a low profile between getting married to AJ Lee and going to hockey games where he sometimes takes pictures with other celebrities. Now, Punk has officially resurfaced as Marvel Comics announced today that he will be working with the comic giant to write “Thor Annual #1″ which is due ... Read More »

Yes, Grumpy Cat will Guest Host WWE Raw Next Week

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You read the headline correctly: the WWE announced today that Grumpy Cat will be hosting Raw next week. I guess you can say the show has officially gone to the dogs…or in this case, the cat. This is not a joke. Here’s the press release from the WWE: STAMFORD, Conn., November 10, 2014 – Internet sensation Grumpy Cat will guest star on WWE’s ... Read More »

Scott Fishman On WWE Network, ‘Feud’ with Kurt Angle, What to Watch

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Scott Fishman — contributor to the Miami Herald — joins the podcast to talk about the WWE Network numbers that were released last week, what he is watching on the network and how often along with how the WWE is promoting it. Plus, he talks about being called out on Twitter by Kurt Angle, what programming he watches live, Smackdown ... Read More »

It’s Official: WWE Smackdown Moving to Thursdays

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After plenty of rumors and speculation, WWE Smackdown is on the move, going to Thursday nights come 2015. Here is the press release: SMACKDOWN® MOVES TO THURSDAY NIGHT ON SYFY NEW YORK – November 6, 2014 – The show that averages 3.1 million viewers on Friday nights and beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network is moving to ... Read More »

The Flagship: Randy Orton Gets Hot, Daniel Bryan Missing and NXT Coming?

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Brian and Michael are back for The Flagship podcast as they talk about Raw from Monday night including Randy Orton clicking before leaving for a while, the return of Vince McMahon for at least one week and maybe more, Rusev winning the U.S. Title from Sheamus after a long night for viewers and no time for Daniel Bryan. Plus, they ... Read More »

Where was Footage of Daniel Bryan Celebrating with the Giants on Raw? (updated)

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On Raw Monday night, we got to see the return of the power walking Vince McMahon while Randy Orton got in another “RKO outta nowhere” on Seth Rollins before he was curb stomped to a bloody pulp. But over the three hour show, one thing that we did not see was any footage of Daniel Bryan celebrating the San Francisco ... Read More »

Cesaro Needed Staples after Cut to Head on Raw

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Last night on Raw in Buffalo, Cesaro once again squared off against Dean Ambrose. At some point in their match, Cesaro suffered a gash to the side of his head. It looks like it happened during a break and Michael Cole mentioned the gash when the action was back on live. Still, WWE stopped the action so he could be attended ... Read More »

Watch: Vince McMahon and the Power Walk Returned on Raw

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When WWE Raw began on Monday night, the Buffalo fans — and people at home — had to catch themselves with what they heard. No, it wasn’t John Cena’s music or even The Authority’s. Instead, there was the intro music for the Chairman. Yes, Vincent Kennedy McMahon made a surprise appearance on Raw and it was everything you would expect. The strut, ... Read More »

Paul O’Brien Talks ‘Blood Red Turns Dollar Green’ Series, TV Series and More

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Author Paul O’Brien of “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green” talks about the third volume of his trilogy, winning over traditional crime literature fans, making his books stand out with so much crime material out now, how much Mick Foley has had to do with the success of the books, his developmental deal to turn the books into a TV series ... Read More »

WWE Network Launch in UK Delayed, Fans Voice Displeasure

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WWE fans in the UK having been waiting for the WWE Network to go live in their country. Just last week, the WWE announced that Nov. 3 would be that day. But just minutes before the WWE Network was set to go live in the area, the WWE shelled out some bad news (cue Wade Barrett for the announcement): The ... Read More »

Bo Dallas Sidelined with Injury

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Bolievers have something to rally around — Bo Dallas himself. That’s because Bo was injured sometime over the past week and he’s expected be out for a while according to WWE.com. WWE.com has learned that Bo Dallas has suffered an injury to his left foot. As a result, Dallas is expected to be out of action for six to eight ... Read More »