Best Creative Surprise of the Year (2014)

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While the in-ring product sells tickets, and the long-term stories sell merchandise, surprises what keep fans coming back for more; unpredictability is the cornerstone of the modern wrestling product. But in year chocked-full of big moments, with historic names like Hulk Hogan, Sting, and The Rock hanging around, which one reigned supreme? Read on for our picks for “Best Creative ... Read More »

The Flagship: WWE Raw, Daniel Bryan is Back, What Lies Ahead

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It’s The Flagship podcast with Brian and Michael as they talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including the return of Daniel Bryan, what his coming back could mean for plans going forward and into WrestleMania 31, the return of The Authority, several guys getting chances to do promos during the show, Seth Rollins changes of winning the WWE title ... Read More »

WWE Main Event Results: Charlotte vs Sasha Banks

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WWE Main Event December 30, 2014 Norfolk Scope Norfolk, Virginia If you missed last week’s edition of WWE Main Event click here For all of our coverage on the WWE and the Royal Rumble click here Cutting Edge Peep Show:  Edge andChristian made their way out down to the ring to open the show. Edge said the only reason they ... Read More »

Creative Misfire of the Year (2014)

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Just because it’s deemed “creative” doesn’t always mean it’s going to be good – just ask Vince Russo. And for every great feud, or well-executed story line, the major wrestling promotions also make mistakes. Some aren’t so bad; a few others require major direction shifts. Read on to find out our picks for “Creative Misfire of the Year.” Read More »

Feud of the Year (2014)

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What makes wrestling tick? There’s the actual in-ring product, the athletic competition between two (or more) giants who turn hammer-locks and chain-grappling into a dance. There’s the driving story behind the match. Why are these titans fighting? Why should we care? That’s where rivalries come in… they gives us, as fans, that emotional investment. Here are our picks for ‘Feud ... Read More »

Cheap Pops! – Best TV Shows in 2014

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Brian and Michael are back for the Cheap Pops! podcast as they recap the best TV shows in 2014. There was a lot of good television this past year from Fargo, The Walking Dead, True Detective, The Americans and lots more and they run down their favorites from the year, what new shows they started to watch, shows that came ... Read More »

Tag-Team of the Year (2014)

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While the modern wrestling show puts tag-team contests behind singles competition, those teams who make a living going 2-on-2 full-time still impress. The great series between Team 3D, the Hardys, and the Wolves felt like an Attitude-era throwback. And the Dust brothers united to create one of the most… eccentric… teams in recent memory. But which team was the best? ... Read More »

UFC 182 ‘Jones vs. Cormier’ Conference Call – December 29, 2014

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Listen to the complete UFC 182 conference call featuring light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier less than a week before they square off in the octagon in what is one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history. Subscribe to Between The Ropes on iTunes so you automatically get the latest podcasts and make sure to give us your ... Read More »

WWE Raw Results: New Champions, Debuts, Returns, Major Announcement

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WWE Raw December 29, 2014 Verizon Center Washington, D.C If you missed last week’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw click here For all of our coverage on the WWE and the Royal Rumble click here WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:  Byron Saxton, Booker T, and Alex Riley hosted the show from the studio in Stamford, Connecticut. They hyped Edge ... Read More »

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 »