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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.

The Flagship: The Slammys on WWE Raw, TLC and NXT Previews and Bold Predictions

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It’s the weekly Flagship podcast with Brian and Michael and there’s a lot to talk about. The guys discuss the Slammys on Raw this past Monday which one of them liked, the voting for the awards, a suggestion for a future change to them and a bold prediction after watching Raw. Plus, they talk about the mentality to currrent wrestling booking, ... Read More »

Audio: CM Punk Joins UFC, Details and More on Signing

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Brian and Michael are back on Sunday morning to talk about the big announcement of CM PUNK signing with the UFC, some details about his signing and when he could fight, the UFC’s decision to bring him in and the reaction to him, comparisons to Brock Lesnar and more. Subscribe to Between The Ropes on iTunes so you automatically get ... Read More »

David Shoemaker Talks CM Punk, Vince McMahon Interviews and “The Squared Circle”

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David Shoemaker of Grantland.com and author of The Squared Circle: Life, Death and Professional Wrestling talks about the recent interviews with CM Punk and Vince McMahon, what he took away the most from both conversations, people being upset with CM Punk, if there will be any changes in the near future of the WWE, if McMahon is out of touch, the ... Read More »

The Flagship: Vince McMahon Interview, Future for Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio, WrestleCade and More

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It’s the weekly Flagship podcast with Brian and Michael and there is a lot of things to talk about starting off with the Steve Austin sitdown with Vince McMahon, his comments to the locker room, what he needs to do for them in return, listening to the audience, his response on CM Punk and more. Then, the guys get into ... Read More »

UFC Announces Exclusive Uniform Deal with Reebok

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UFC had been looking to make a deal for an official uniform and today the MMA company made it official with Reebok becoming the exclusive outfitter for the company. Here is the press release regarding the partnership: REEBOK STEPS INTO THE OCTAGON® GLOBAL FITNESS BRAND AND MMA GIANT UFC® ENTER INTO LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP December 2, 2014 – Canton, MA – ... Read More »

Looking at CM Punk Interview including the Legal Aspect with an Expert

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Brian and Michael talk about the CM Punk interview on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast including a quick rundown of the biggest points he made including his injuries, dealing with the WWE medical staff, coming back from injuries including concussions, working with Ryback, how he was used creatively, how he says he was fired and much more. Then, legal ... Read More »

Scott Fishman Talks Sting WWE Debut, Looking Ahead and More Wrestling in 2015

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Scott Fishman — contributor with the Miami Herald — joins the podcast to discuss the WWE debut of Sting including when he thinks will he show up next and who he will face in the ring at WrestleMania 31, possible other scenarios for that show and if The Rock will have a match, where some the others stand right now ... Read More »

The Flagship: WWE Survivor Series Lookback, Sting is Here, Raw is a Dud

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It’s the weekly Flagship podcast with Brian and Michael and they have lots to talk about. The guys look back at WWE Survivor Series from Sunday, the debut of Sting and how it was done and a disappointing Raw from Monday night. Plus, they talk about the Big Show turning again, what was missing from Raw, the Larry the Cable ... Read More »

The Flagship: Impact Wrestling Has New Home, Survivor Series, Macho Man and Heidenreich

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Brian and Michael are back and better than even for The Flagship podcast with a lot to talk about. That includes Impact Wrestling finding a new home on Destination America and some details on that deal along with expectations and more including what talent could remain there and who might not. Plus, they talk about Raw from Monday night, this ... Read More »

Steve Corino Talks ROH, ECW Memories and Enjoying the Business

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“The King of Old School” and Ring of Honor commentator Steve Corino joins the pocasts as he talks about his work with Ring of Honor, if he thinks he would still be in the wrestling business at all if he didn’t work for the company, why now is his favorite time working in wrestling, his one regret from over the ... Read More »

The Flagship: WWE Raw, Survivor Series, Grumpy Cat is Coming and JR is Back

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Brian and Michael return for the weekly podcast as they talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including the teams coming together for Survivor Series and Rusev being put in his place as well as the UK audience and Vince McMahon blowing up before the Smackdown taping in Liverpool. Plus, they discuss next week’s guest on Raw Grumpy Cat, Jim ... Read More »

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 »