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Michael A. Wiseman

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.

WWE Raw Review 6/30: Chris Jericho and AJ Lee Make Waves

Money in the Bank was surprisingly entertaining. So WWE RAW last night was tasked with following a fan-favorite Pay-Per-View, while also setting up WWE Battleground a mere three weeks away. Was the show red hot? Did Seth Rollins deliver the goods? Read on to find out…

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WWE Money in the Bank (2014) Review

Going into last night’s Money in the Bank (2014) Pay-Per-View, there was a lot of speculation about who would emerge as champion – and what that means for the future of WWE. Fans always love the matches. But could they love the show, even if their favorites didn’t win? Read on for our two-cents…

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WWE Raw Review 6/24/2014: Is Vickie Guerrero Done?

With less than one week until Money in the Bank, last night’s WWE RAW promised to be one heck of a show. But did shoddy booking and last-minute build hamper the three-hour show? Read on to find out…

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WWE Raw Review 6/9/2014: Daniel Bryan’s Fate Decided

After weeks of back-and-forth storyline, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship fate became reality. Plus, a loaded in-ring show. Did WWE RAW deliver last night?

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Yes, I Said TNA Should Go Out of Business. So What?

Dixie Carter isn't afraid of Bully Ray

A rich and famous wrestling promoter once said that “controversy creates cash.” The idea was simple – if you’re able to generate discussion about your product, even if it’s edgy (or, ‘controversial’) the extra eyes on your product alone will create more revenue. Any publicity is good publicity.

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WWE Raw Review 6/2/2014: Evolution Grows

After a surprisingly solid WWE Payback Sunday Night, Raw looked poised to deliver new creative direction for WWE. So did it break the recent Monday night funk? Read on to find out…

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WWE Payback (2014) Review: The Shield is Flawless

Last night’s WWE Payback pay-per-view had a number of questions to answer. Would the lackluster hype lead to an equally lackluster show? How would WWE handle the championship situation? Could WWE Payback be better than NXT Takeover? Read on to find out what we thought…

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WWE Payback 2014 Staff Picks

WWE Payback PPV

This Sunday brings us WWE Payback. While the pieces have been in motion since Wrestlemania 30, this special-event looks to be the culmination of numerous multi-month feuds. So who’s going to win? Read on for Between The Ropes staff predictions from Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen, Michael Wiseman, Josh Lopez, and James Borbath. And be sure to catch the latest Flagship ...

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NXT Takeover (2014) Review

Since the WWE Network debuted, the one consistently-growing phenomenon has been NXT. What started out as a wrestling alternative has turned into one of WWE’s best hours. Last night’s Takeover set out to prove that not, only are these future WWE stars, but they can carry a show today. Did it deliver? Read on to find out.

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WWE Raw Review (5/26/2014): Daniel Bryan Decides… Nothing

Formerly known as the RAW Reaction… Welcome to the new show review format! WWE has been a mixed-bag as of late. Since coming off an excellent Wrestlemania 30 pay-per-view, and a pretty solid B-show at Extreme Rules, the company has struggled to find creative momentum. Last night’s go-home show for Payback didn’t fare much better.

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Meet The Guy Who Makes Championship Belts for WWE

CNN Money posted a video over the weekend interviewing the guy who makes the championship belts for WWE. You can watch the interview in its entirety below.

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That Time Vince Russo Booed Me On Twitter, So I Bribed Him With ‘The Following’

Do you remember Vic Venom? I didn’t either, until recently. A 1997 WWF Monday Night Raw rebroadcast on the WWE Network still had that glorious, late 90s, attitude-cutaway style WWF Magazine advertisement intact. Vic Venom showed up in his leather jacket and biker sunglasses, with promises of exclusive rumors, insider knowledge, and more, if I’d only call the (now defunct) ...

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There’s No Need to Panic Over WWE Television Deal Yet

Vince McMahon

WWE has experienced a tumultuous week in business. The company announced a television deal was coming, only to see said television deal come in lower than what analysts expected, thus leading to a dramatic stock drop, and now a forthcoming investigation. Whew. This was enough for many commentators to sound the warning bell. With the WWE Network falling below subscription ...

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WWE RAW Reaction 5/12/2014: Daniel Bryan Says Goodbye

The show opened with Evolution… because, at this point, it’s obvious that their feud with The Shield is WWE’s top priority right now. I’m not entirely sold on the ‘we’re angry and want to challenge Evolution to a REMATCH even though we won cleanly’ logic. There’d be more money on the table (and more momentum for both groups) had Evolution ...

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It’s Time to Give CM Punk a Break

When Punk first walked out on the WWE Universe just four months ago, I was the first in line to cast a stone. I took Punk to task for walking out on fans in the middle of his contract. I went as far as to call it a “dark day for professional wrestling.” But time heals all wounds. And so ...

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Adam Rose is WWE’s Latest Gimmick Blunder

adam rose

Are you a Rosebud, or a… something else? My apologies – I don’t remember the exact phrasing. I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to mean, either. Do rosebuds party a lot while eating Dum Dums? And ride around on a tour bus with outlandishly-dressed people? If so, then consider me the something else.

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WWE RAW Reaction 5/6/2014: The Shield Succumbs to Evolution

Last night’s show opened with a 20-man over-the-top battle royal… and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. We’ve seen how many of these matches in the last month? I get the storyline reasons. Still, witnessing yet another “get everybody in the ring at one time” match hurt my brain a little. These become less exciting every time we see ...

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WWE Extreme Rules (2014) Reaction: The Shield Conquers Evolution

  Our Kickoff Show started with WeeLC… which wasn’t as horrible as some people made it out to be. Still, that doesn’t mean it was worth much. Both Hornswaggle and El Torrito were impressive for the number of unique things they tried, and hats off to all men (especially Jinder Mahal) who took some nasty bumps. But it still set ...

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WWE Poll: Which Match Are You Most Excited For at WWE Extreme Rules 2014?

Posted for WWE Extreme Rules 2014

Live tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET comes WWE’s most “hardcore event of the year” – Extreme Rules.  A stacked card sees John Cena settling the score against Bray Wyatt in a Steel Cage Match, Daniel Bryan defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the monster Kane, and a Triple H-led Evolution taking on The Shield to see which trio stands ...

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WWE Raw Reaction 4/28/2014: Ric Flair Returns

Brie and Daniel

The show opened with John Cena in a steel cage, and while the visual was impressive, it’s the exact same thing we’ve seen for weeks. Cena’s promo was decent. And Bray Wyatt’s entertaining ‘Children of the Corn’ serenade was probably the creepiest thing that’s happened on Raw since The Undertaker sacrificed Stone Cold Steve Austin on his big pentagram-icon thingy. ...

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