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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap for 7/14/2015 – WWE Raw Hits and Misses and More

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Senior Writer Bill Wentz is fresh off a big win in Bloomsburg, PA this past weekend at the truck show, but stops by to give his hits and misses from last night’s Raw and more.  Topics in this podcast include:

  • WWE Raw hits and misses
  • Comments on Alberto El Patron no-showing a charity wrestling event
  • …plus more!

Ring Rap Audio is back on Saturdays, and we’re always looking for your questions and points of discussion.  Send them in on Twitter or to our Facebook or Google+ pages by the links below.

We welcome your feedback!  Let us know what you like and what you’d like to hear!

Be sure to check out our weekly show, Ring Rap Audio! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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.

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WWE Raw Reaction and Results for 07/13/15

WWE Raw is LIVE in Atlanta, GA, and it’s the go-home show for WWE Battleground, which airs this Sunday.  What will Seth Rollins’ response be to Brock Lesnar’s utter destruction of the Cadillac Rollins gifted to J&J Security?  Will Kevin Owens make his presence known with John Cena?  Will Cesaro get another chance to have an epic match?

Due to travel commitments, we will have delayed coverage of tonight’s broadcast, which is also rumored to have NXT standouts Charlotte and Sasha Banks appearing.  Keep an eye out on Ring-Rap.com once the show begins and follow along!

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Ring Rap Audio: 07/11/15 – Special Guest Dru Atanacio Makes His RRA Debut, Talks About How He Discovered Pro Wrestling, Favorite Stars, Favorite Indy Federation, NXT, WWE, TNA, ROH, and lots, lots more!

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Drew Koscelek has been poking, prodding, and bugging Dru Atanacio to join him on Ring Rap Audio for a long time, and finally it’s happened.  With Bill Wentz on assignment (destroying the competition with his truck), this was the perfect time to bring Dru onto the show.

So, this episode serves as an introduction of sorts.  Drew asks Dru how he discovered pro-wrestling, what some of his favorites were growing up, what he thinks about the current product, and what he likes in pro-wrestling today.

It’s a fantastic conversation that spans the 90s through the current product, and covers ground from WWF, WCW, ECW, Ring of Honor, TNA, WWE, NXT, PWG, and lots more.

Please download and enjoy episode 167 of Ring Rap Audio, and let us know what you think!

And, be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent news podcast, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

Follow us on Twitter: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Drew is on Twitter @PsionStorm.

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Ring of Honor on Destination America 07/08/15 – Quick Thoughts on The Kingdom vs. Elgin/reDRagon, Dalton Castle vs. Watanabe, Jay Lethal Speaks, plus more!

Ring of Honor’s 1-hour program comes at us from Terminal 5 in New York City, the day after Best in the World.  It’s a hot, sold out crowd, and the wrestlers are on fire tonight as well.

The energy came across in this show too.  We had a very good opening match between Dalton Castle and Watanabe, who has been impressing me more as of late.  In the past, Watanabe’s offense, while crisp, never felt exciting.  He’s amped up his persona lately and it’s working.

This was my first TV exposure to Dalton Castle.  While I’ve seen clips and videos of his antics previously, I’ve never seen it in the context of a match.  Simply put, I loved it.  He’s fantastic.  “The Boys” are fantastic.  And, even better, the audience responds positively.

The two had a hard fought match, and in the end, Castle picked up the win with a spinning facebuster of sorts.  His after-match promo on Silas Young was also effective, and it’s clear that feud will continue, which is something I’m perfectly ok with.

Next up, Nigel McGuinness brought out the new Ring of Honor World Champion, Jay Lethal.  Lethal, accompanied by Truth Martini, Jay Diesel, and Donovan Dijack, came out.  Martini cut a great promo on the audience before Lethal spoke, declaring himself Best in the World.  When questioned by McGuinness which belt he would relinquish (World or TV Title), Lethal became offended and said he wasn’t giving up either of them, and agreed to McGuinness’s stipulation that he could possibly end up both titles in separate matches in the same night.  This should make for some interesting television, for sure.

Lethal seemed comfortable in the spotlight, and I really believe he’s going to be a great champion for the company.  His TV Title reign brought prestige to the belt, and I know he can bring the same to an already prestigious ROH World Championship.

Our main event was a fun one – The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett & Adam Cole, w/ Maria Kanellis) vs. Michael Elgin & reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly).  In typical Ring of Honor fashion, this six-man tag match essentially threw out any tag team rules and turned into a tornado-style match full of high impact moves and wonderful tandem sequences.  I really enjoyed this one.  These guys tore the house down and busted out some impressive spots.

The running story throughout was Adam Cole’s dissension with The Kingdom.  Maria took the blame for their loss at Best in the World, but at the end of the match, when Cole was pinned by O’Reilly thanks to Chasing the Dragon, he not only shook O’Reilly’s hand, but raised it, and left the ring without The Kingdom at his side.  Maria looked flabbergasted.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Adam Cole run as a face, and I think it could be fun.  I love him as a heel – he’s so good – but in ROH you sort of get to a point as a heel that no matter what, the fans will cheer you, because you’re just that good.  I think Cole is at that level and a face turn may do him some good.

Thumbs up for this episode.  Not the best episode of ROH, but it lays the groundwork for the weeks to come and we had some solid action worth your time.

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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap for 07/09/2015 – A boring episode of TNA Impact, Quick thoughts on Paragon Pro Wrestling, and More

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Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek stops by for a short episode of Around the Ring. Topics in this podcast include:

  • TNA’s lackluster show
  • Quick thoughts on Paragon Pro Wrestling
  • …plus more!

We welcome your feedback!  Let us know what you like and what you’d like to hear!

Be sure to check out our weekly show, Ring Rap Audio! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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.

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TNA Impact Wrestling 07/08/15 – The EC3 Show, featuring a Night of Handicap Matches, Three World Heavyweight Championship Matches, plus more.

We are back for another episode of TNA Impact Wrestling.  Last week, Ethan Carter III defeated Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.  It was a very good match, complaints about kicking out of finishers aside.  EC3 is our new champ.  The EC3 Era begins tonight.

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The NXT Report: 07/08/15 – Replay of Balor vs. Owens in Tokyo, plus Vaudevillians vs. Enzo/Cass, Brooke/Emma vs. Banks/Charlotte, and more!

Opening for NXT is a replay package of “Beast In The East”  showing in Tokyo, Japan.

NXT Intro w/Crowd rallying for NXT. Rich Brennan says they are going to show the title match between Kevin Owens vs Finn Balor. Also announced is Vaudevillains vs Big Cass/Enzo for #1 Contender’s Tag Team

Dana Brooke and Emma vs Sasha Banks and a mystery partner for opening match.

Dana trash talks Sasha by saying she was right and Sasha couldn’t find a tag partner. Sasha says she was right, she couldn’t find a partner, calls Dana Brooke Ms. Piggy and and Emma her kangaroo friend. Sasha says she will take both of them on herself. Sasha calls for the bell to ring and takes her gear off. Charlotte’s music hits and she comes out. Commentators remind the viewers Charlotte had issues with Dana Brooke and she lost the belt to Sasha. Charlotte says “I’ll be your partner Sasha, but you owe me one,” then offers a handshake.

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Around the Ring with Ring Rap for 7/7/2015 – WWE Raw Hits and Misses, “Beast in the East” Thoughts, More

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Senior Writer Bill Wentz is a little tired from all the hustling around during truck show season.  That said, he sits down to give his hits and misses from last night’s Raw, Beast in the East from Japan, and more.  Topics in this podcast include:

  • WWE Raw hits and misses
  • Notes on TNA talent appearing on Global Force Wrestling shows
  • Thoughts on WWE’s “Beast in the East” Show from Japan
  • …plus more!

Ring Rap Audio is Back!  Listen to the latest episodes live on the site or in your favorite download programs, and be sure to ask us questions for our upcoming episodes on Saturdays going forward.

We welcome your feedback!  Let us know what you like and what you’d like to hear!

Be sure to check out our weekly show, Ring Rap Audio! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Google+!

 

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WWE Raw LIVE Reactions and Results for 07/06/15

WWE Raw kicks off starting at 8pm EST, as we head into WWE Battleground. We will have live coverage of the show, including the fallout of Kevin Owens losing the NXT Championship, Brock Lesnar’s return to the program, and lots more!

Be sure to join us starting at 8pm EST, and follow along on Twitter as well!

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WWE “Beast in the East” Live Event Notes for 7/4/2015 – Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston, Finn Balor Challenges Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship, Chris Jericho vs. Neville, More

WWE Network aired a live special at 5:30AM EST this morning entitled “Beast in the East.”  The show was centered around a rare live show appearance by Brock Lesnar, but featured a number of other matches as well.  The full card was not shown, and the matches discussed in the following live report are the ones that aired on WWE Network.

The dark matches were as follows:

Cesaro def. Diego

The Lucha Dragons def. New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)

The report below will feature notes only, and not a play-by-play of the show.  By this hour, most of you know the results or have seen the show live or one of the replays on WWE Network.

Show Open, Aired Live on WWE Network from Tokyo, Japan at Ryogoku Kokugikan

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