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Michael A. Wiseman
Michael is a pro wrestling enthusiast, MMA fan, and all-around geek. When not blogging, he likes to catch up on TV shows or dig in to the latest tech news. You can follow him on Twitter @therealwiseman.

Heel of the Year (2014)

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Best “bad guy” of the year is such a tricky category – on the one hand, you want to hate them, but on the other, sometimes the most hated guys are fan favorites. Then there’s the divide between supporting characters (authority figures or managers) and the actual wrestling talents themselves. Does Paul Heyman earn this award by default? How many guys ... Read More »

Breakout Star of the Year (2014)

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So many guys (and gals) in 2014 had their “moment.” They grabbed that brass ring. While the youth movement moniker has been tossed around over the last decade, no other year has been filled with as many young guys fighting for a spot as 2014 was. Did Bray Wyatt solidify his spot against John Cena at Wrestlemania? Did The Shield ... Read More »

The Best of 2014: Professional Wrestling

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2014 saw major changes sweep across the professional wrestling landscape. WWE launched a brand new digital network, while TNA Impact Wrestling was forced to find itself a new network entirely. New promotions, such as Global Force Wrestling and Lucha Underground, were started, and Ring of Honor fought for its right to be considered one of the “major players.” Hulk Hogan came ... Read More »

NBA 2K15 Review

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“This is not NBA Jam… This is not NBA Jam…” That’s the mantra I had to keep forefront in my mind while reviewing Visual Concepts’ latest masterpiece, NBA 2K15. Obviously the game doesn’t LOOK much like NBA Jam – no big heads here, nobody is on fire, and the athletes don’t move like they’ve recently chugged 15 Red Bull energy ... Read More »

Did Hulk Hogan Help the WWE RAW Rating?

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Well, Monday Night Football was a complete disaster for Patriots fans, Bill Belichick, and (most of all) Tom Brady. But did that mean success for WWE RAW? Did the promise of pink ring ropes and a certain legend increase WWE’s rating fortunes? Read More »

Announcement: New Writers Wanted

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Between the Ropes is growing fast. So, as a part of that continued growth and site evolution, we’re looking to increase our ranks. Are you interested? Read More »

Big Plans for Tonight’s WWE Raw

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Tonight’s WWE RAW is shaping up to be a noteworthy show. Tweets from a legend today, along with comments from Cheif Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, imply a few interesting things. Read More »

Former WWE Superstar and Green Ranger Team Up for New Series

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Have you ever heard of Taz Kayden? Neither have we. But you’re probably familiar with the Power Rangers (think “original series,” not anything after they went into space), and you might remember a certain WWE superstar who did a wicked split-legged moonsault of the top rope. Read More »

WWE RAW Rating Doesn’t Move the Needle

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It’s pretty hard to make heads-or-tails of WWE RAW these days. The creative direction has been tepid, no doubt, but in the face of fiercer Monday competition, the RAW rating continues to surprise. Read More »

WWE Night of Champions (2014) Review

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Last night’s Night of Champions was essentially nothing more than SummerSlam round II. Nevertheless, it was headlined by what looked to be an excellent championship rematch on paper, and the undercard featured every champion in action. Did that make it a winner? Or did a controversial finish undermine an otherwise excellent outing? Read on to find out… Read More »

WWE 2K15 First Gameplay Trailer

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First footage from the WWE 2K15 video game debuted this morning. It features various superstar entrances, in-ring action, and a look at the next-gen visuals designed by the 2K games team. You can check it out below: Read More »

Roman Reigns Health Update

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Yesterday news broke that Roman Reigns was rushed in for emergency surgery. He was diagnosed with an incarcerated hernia, considered a serious medial situation, and WWE promised further updates throughout the day. Read More »