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Welcome to the new Ring-Rap.com!

Hey everyone!  This is Drew Koscelek, Editor in Chief of Ring-Rap.com!  I’m excited to announce the rebirth of our site!  We have moved back to WordPress and look forward to covering Professional Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts, and Boxing going forward, using all the great features that WordPress brings to the table.

I would like to take a moment to publicly thank Fan vs. Fan for being our host and partners over the past two and a half years.  Special thanks to Michael Hirschbein for being especially supportive of our efforts.

If you are new to the site, welcome aboard!  We have been covering all things in the ring since 2009!  We have a weekly podcast called Ring Rap Audio.  If you haven’t, please take a moment to check it out!

Special thanks to Senior Columnist Bill Wentz for busting his rump during this transition.  He has been invaluable since the site began, and is a dedicated member of the team.  His hard work over the years is a testament to his love and dedication to covering sports.  Without Bill, there is no Ring Rap.

Additional thanks to Matthew Hester, who is currently on a sabbatical from the site.  Matt is a co-founder of Ring Rap, and his vision helped bring this site to life.  We look forward to his return.

We hope you enjoy the new site, and stick around with us as we go through a few growing pains, including site layouts, and manually posting our old content.

If you are interested in joining our team, and are dedicated to writing about pro-wrestling, boxing, or MMA, please let me know via email: dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.

Cheers!

Drew Koscelek

Editor in Chief

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The WWE NXT Report: 01/21/15

Hey everyone!  It’s time for NXT!  I just got home from work, and I’m excited to see my favorite hour of pro-wrestling.  Let’s do it!

Our show opens up with some highlights of Kevin Owens destroying Sami Zayn.  We get a recap of the events leading up to Neville vs. Zayn in a rematch for the title – an excellent affair if you have not seen it.  Oh yeah, and Kevin Owens struck again after the match.  He means business.

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Wentz’s Blog – Time for a Curtain Call in the Stunt Double Act of Damien Mizdow

So, what do you get when you take two guys who look nothing alike and book them into an act where one is subservient to the other as a “stunt double”?  You get a tag team that has been effective in giving the subservient role player traction with the fans.

For the past five months, Damien Sandow has played the role of Mizdow in a tag team with The Miz.  Mizdow has been the method actor, the stunt double who bumps when Miz bumps.  He mimicked Miz’s offense, his hand motions, his promos.  The act, despite it being something that has short shelf life, gave life to Mizdow.  Fans want to see him in the ring, but Miz hasn’t always granted that opportunity.

This Sunday at Royal Rumble, the Hollywood duo will get another chance to reclaim tag team gold from the Usos.  Later in the evening, the pair will enter the Royal Rumble as well to try and get a shot at heading to the main event of Wrestlemania.  While I don’t believe the duo will achieve success in either venture, I do think something else should happen for this pairing.

It’s time for the curtain to fall on this act.  Mizdow needs to become Damien Sandow again.
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WWE Smackdown Results for 01/23/15 (Spoilers)

WWE Smackdown is being filmed this evening in Austin, TX, for airing on Friday, January 23rd, 2015.  We will have spoilers from the show as soon as they are available.

If you are attending the show live and would like to contribute, please email me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.  Thanks!

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WWE Raw Afterthoughts for 01/20/15

WWE made a final play for the Royal Rumble last night, and despite having a weak build up to this point, they ended strong.  They needed to do something, right?  It was essentially a one-match show, and I’m not even talking about the Rumble Match itself.

This show did a lot of good, and as by evidenced in our poll, you all agree.  100% average or better at this point, with most agreeing the show was good to great.

I really enjoyed the opening segment – Brock Lesnar hit the ring, took the mic, and got straight to the point.  When Paul Heyman did in fact get his hands on the mic, he was his usual brilliance.  I have to give credit to Stephanie for making a case on calling John Cena a liar.  Seth did well here too.  Basically, the entire segment was a hit.

However, leaving John Cena’s fate in the hands of the audience is poor booking.  I am not a fan of letting the audience establish stipulations or choosing opponents.  90% of the time it’s all hedged anyhow.  Ric Flair was right – Cena should’ve said “No.”

Speaking of Ric Flair, the Legend’s Panel dragged on a bit too long, and The Big Show kind of killed it.

I did, however, really enjoy the in-ring segment with the NWO, DX, and APA.  I hope The Ascension gets some much-needed shine from their upcoming match with Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.

I have to give a big thumbs up to the final segment of the show – Sting’s appearance had worth and weight.  Triple H’s fire and fury at the end really amplified the appearance too, and seems to suggest we’ll be seeing Trips vs. Sting come Wrestlemania.  For me, the match is Sing vs. Seth Rollins, but Triple H is a bigger name, and thus likely more worthy of the spot.

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Overall, a thumbs up episode of the show, and The Rumble is looking like it’ll be a quality event.

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Ring Rap Audio: 01/20/15 – WWE Royal Rumble Predictions, Alberto El Patron in Lucha Underground, Wrestlemania 32 details, Raw, and much more!

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The Road to Wrestlemania officially begins this Sunday!  WWE’s Royal Rumble, which is one of the most newsworthy events of the year, will air starting at 8pm Eastern time.  We have predictions for you, so download the show and let us know if you agree or disagree!

Also, Wrestlemania 32’s date and location has been set.  Is this newsworthy?  (Hint: Yes.)

All this, plus a look at Alberto El Patron in Lucha Underground, and lots more!

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

Be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent solo audio show, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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WWE’s “Royal Rumble” Current Pay Per View Card for Sunday, January 25, 2015

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After tonight’s WWE Raw broadcast, the current Royal Rumble card for Sunday’s pay per view is shaping up as follows:

Pre-Show:

New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) vs. “The Masters of the WWE Universe” (Tyson Kidd and Cesaro) and Adam Rose

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The WWE NXT Report: 01/14/15

Good evening everyone!  Or should I say good morning?  It’s about 1am here, and I’ve just gotten home from a day of work.  Got a cup of tea, some English Muffins, a bunch of other things to snack on… oh, and NXT!  I missed last week’s episode for a number of reasons, but I’m here tonight.  Let’s watch the show!

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Well, perhaps not…

Hey everyone!  It’s Thursday afternoon, and the WWE Network has gracefully allowed me to cover this program.  Let’s give this another go!

Looks like we’re getting some in-ring action immediately!

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WWE Smackdown Results for 01/15/15 (Spoilers)

WWE Smackdown is being filmed tonight in Baton Rouge, LA, for its debut airing on Thursday nights this Thursday, January 15th, 2015.  We will have spoilers from the show as soon as they’re available.

If you are attending the event and would like to contribute, please contact me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.  Thank you!

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