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Ring Rap Audio: 07/04/15 – An in-depth discussion on the Champions in WWE, TNA, and ROH, plus a look at WWE’s Beast in the East, and lots more!

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Happy Independence Day!  To those of you listening in the United States, July 4th is a day of celebration, fireworks, cookouts, and kicking back with a few cold ones.  Enjoy!

Bill and Drew are hard at work to bring you some audio pleasure for your holiday weekend, and they take a look at WWE, TNA, and ROH’s champions, discuss their strengths, weaknesses, and overall where they stand in the company.

Also, Bill and Drew discuss WWE’s Beast in the East, and take a look at the pros and cons of the card, which airs live from Tokyo, Japan, on the WWE Network on July 4th at 5:30am.

Join Bill and Drew in an hour of discussion, and let us know your thoughts on the topic at hand.  We would love to get this conversation going with our listeners.  Let us know what you think and we’ll discuss it on the air.

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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WWE NXT Books SummerSlam Weekend Event for Brooklyn, NY

This morning, Triple H took to Twitter and announced that NXT will be running a live event on SummerSlam weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The event will take place on August 22, the night before SummerSlam at the same venue.

The event will  be called “NXT Takeover: Brooklyn” and tickets will go on sale July 18.  Also, this event will be airing live on WWE Network as well so if you can’t get a ticket you can check it out via the Network.  WWE posted the following to their website regarding the airing of this special.

The Superstars and Divas of Tomorrow have set the wrestling world on fire with the NXT TakeOver live specials on WWE Network, which have all emanated from Full Sail University in Florida — until now. As announced by WWE COO Triple H, on Saturday, Aug. 22, NXT will invade the Barclays Center on the eve of The Biggest Party of The Summer for the seventh NXT live special.

It’s worth pointing out that this event will be in direct competition with the Ring of Honor “Field of Honor” event that will be taking place at MCU Park in Brooklyn on the same night.  So that dynamic will be interesting to watch play out.

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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap for 07/02/2015 – Thoughts on EC3 Becoming TNA World Heavyweight Champion, a Look at Ring of Honor for 07/01/15, plus More

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Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek steps in for a short show today.  Topics include:

  • Thoughts on Ethan Carter III Winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
  • A look at Ring of Honor on Destination America for 07/01/15
  • …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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Ring of Honor on Destination America 07/01/15 – War of the Worlds w/ NJPW Continues with Styles vs. Cole, The Addiction vs. Okada & Gedo, and Watanabe vs. Page

It’s been over a month since I’ve had a chance to watch Ring of Honor, due to a move and a cable install gone wrong.  So, you can imagine my excitement when I heard that this week’s episode was part of the War of the Worlds series that took place in Philadelphia back in May.  I haven’t had an opportunity to see much of the New Japan Pro Wrestling product, and what I have seen is right up my alley.  I’m a huge Ring of Honor fan too, so these two worlds don’t collide so much as make love.

Ok, perhaps that’s a terrible example, but I guess what I’m trying to say is the New Japan style and Ring of Honor style are very, very similar, which means these events are a ton of fun.

If you need proof of this, look no further than the sold-out crowd, which is clearly having a great time from bell to bell.  Streamers, costumes, chants, this crowd has it all.  They’re not there to get themselves over, either, like WWE crowds that hijack the events.  They’re part of the show, part of the experience.  They feed off of the wrestlers.  The wrestlers feed off of the crowd.

It’s a synergy that rarely comes across on TV as well as being in the arena live, but it came across loud and clear in this show.

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Around the Ring with Ring Rap: 06/25/2015 – Thoughts on Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA, WWE NXT, and More!

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After a three week hiatus, Ring-Rap.com Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek returns to Around the Ring with Ring Rap!  Topics on the show include:

  • Where has Drew been?
  • Thoughts on Jay Lethal winning the Ring of Honor World Championship
  • Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA
  • WWE NXT
  • …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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Ring of Honor Television *SPOILERS* for the Next Several Episodes

Ring of Honor taped their next several shows at Terminal 5 in New York last night, following their Friday night “Best in the World” pay per view event.  The following are the results of the tapings, courtesy ProWrestling.net.  If you don’t want to have any of the upcoming broadcasts spoiled, please don’t click the “Continue Reading” link!

In a dark match at the end of the night, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian).  This match was not taped for television, and was Samoa Joe’s final match with Ring of Honor.

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Ring of Honor on Destination America TV Report for 6/10/2015 – Mike Bennett and Matt Taven vs. Bullet Club, Jushin Liger vs. Dalton Castle, Daniels and Kazarian vs. Kyle O’Reilly in a Handicap Match, More

Editorial Note:  This is the syndicated show that aired over the past weekend.  I’m posting this brief report following the same show airing last night on Destination America.

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Ring of Honor TV, Taped in Toronto, Ontario at Ted Reeve Arena on May 16:

Show opens with the tag champs, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, talking in front of the screen.  They talk about giving rEDragon their rematch tonight.  Daniels says that Fish and O’Reilly saw what they did to win the titles.  “What do you think we’ll do to keep these championships?”

Opening video airs and Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino check in.  They hype the tag title match, then Kelly notes that Fish has been attacked in the parking lot.

The Addiction heads out for a promo.  Daniels says they have breaking news. “In a shocking turn of events, Bobby Fish has been ruled medically unable to compete tonight.”  Kelly chimes in and says that Fish can’t go because of what Daniels and Kaz did to him.

Daniels says the contract only gives Fish and O’Reilly a shot on this night only.  He says they can go to the back of the line if they don’t take the match, and calls out rEDragon to take the rematch, or forfeit.  O’Reilly comes out, takes his shirt off and charges the ring.

They had to call the audible to explain Bobby Fish’s absence, as he could not cross the border into Canada for this show and the other ROH/NJPW shows that took place in Toronto.  This was fine.

Match #1 – Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian (a.k.a The Addiction) vs. Kyle O’Reilly of rEDragon; ROH Tag Team Championship in a handicap match:

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Around the Ring with Ring Rap: 06/04/2015 – A detailed look at Ring of Honor’s debut on Destination America, plus thoughts on WWE NXT, and more!

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Ring-Rap.com Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek makes his return to Around the Ring with Ring Rap!  Topics on the show include:

  • Ring of Honor’s Destination America debut.
  • Thoughts on this week’s NXT
  • …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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Ring of Honor on Destination America 06/03/15 – Briscoes vs. House of Truth, Kushida vs. Ferrara, Moose vs. Corino, Watanabe vs. Young, plus more!

Ring of Honor live coverage returns to Ring-Rap with the debut on Destination America.  The show is more accessible than ever, and I can once again enjoy it from the comfort of my couch with little effort.  This is how wrestling should be.

It’s worth noting that this is the exact same show that airs on Sinclair Broadcasting stations just days earlier.  As I do not have the fortune of a Sinclair station in my area, I will be covering the Destination America broadcast going forward.

I’m excited!  Enough talk, let’s do this!

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Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff discusses deal with Destination America, Samoa Joe, and more

Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff was on VOC Nation’s Greg DeMarco show to discuss the surprise announcement of Ring of Honor on Destination America.  Below are a few highlights of the interview.  You can listen to the entire show at VOCNation.com.

On how the Destination America deal came about: Unlike other wrestling promotions we’re a broadcasting company and we have a different kind of rolodex. We were able to make a contact at Destination America. They’re great people and they’re wrestling fans… One of the things we talked about is what a tremendous two-three punch we could give that network if they had both Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling.

On if Samoa Joe will still be able to appear on ROH television with the new deal: We have not heard otherwise, so I don’t have the answer for you. We have contracts—they have contracts. I’m hoping that since he was able to take our booking when we had a TV program with significant coverage. I don’t know at this point, I am counting on him to be on TV with us as long as he appears with us, but I guess we’ll find out.

On if fans can still watch the weekly television show on the ROH website: Absolutely. It’s really well thought out by both parties. Our programs are weekend programs that primarily air on our Sinclair stations plus our syndicated partners on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The Destination America program will be available at 8 o’clock… with the same program. We’ve expanded our footprint significantly with the Destination America clearance… it’s a win-win for everybody.

On how Ring of Honor kept the deal from leaking out: I’m proud of it, quite frankly. It’s something I’ve always done throughout my whole career. There are certain things that are best kept out of the press and I have a terrific inner circle—the people I work with and the people I trust—understand the importance of that from my perspective. I think specifically for this deal a well it was really important due to the fact that another wrestling promotion was on Destination America. I’m all about Ring of Honor—doing the best thing for our company is our main focus. It was an important deal for both parties and I am really proud of the fact that we were able to get through the announcements without it getting leaked out.