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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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Ring Rap Audio: 06/27/15 – An in-depth discussion about TNA: What is Jeff Jarrett really doing there? Do they have a future in the industry? What is the next step? Why is talent leaving? Plus more!

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It’s been a month since the last episode of Ring Rap Audio, due to circumstances out of the control of both Drew and Bill.  But, now that internet has been restored, the show is back, albeit with a bit of a format change.

Going forward, Ring Rap Audio records and airs on Saturdays, and will be more conversational and opinion driven.  We really enjoyed recording this new format, and we hope you do as well.

And what a topic it was, with TNA being a major driver in the news these days.  Jeff Jarrett is back for (at least) one more match.  Talent is leaving the company in droves.  Paychecks are still late.  Is it a sinking ship?  Or is there still hope?

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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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 “Best in the World” Pay Per View “Quick Reaction” for 6/19/2015 – Jay Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal, New Number One Contender Crowned, The Addiction vs. rEDragon, More

The following are the results and some “quick reactions” to last night’s Ring of Honor “Best in the World” event that took place at Terminal 5 in New York City.  The event was also aired live on pay per view.

Match #1 – Mark Briscoe (w/ODB) def. Donovan Dijak (w/Truth Martini).

Briscoe won the match following a brainbuster with his Froggy Bow elbow drop from the top.  Overall, the match was fine, but the finish left a lot to be desired.  I did pop when ODB tore up the Book of Truth though, because that gimmick just feels bush league to me now even though I like the combination of Truth and Lethal (as well as Dijak).

Match #2 – Adam Page and BJ Whitmer (w/Colby Corino) def. ACH and Matt Sydal.

In the finish, ACH hit a nice dive to Page and Colby at ringside, but in the ring Whitmer took him out then Page hit Rite of Passage on Sydal to get the win.  I had figured ACH and Sydal to go on to challenge for the tag straps, so this finish kind of surprised me a bit.  I did enjoy the match, however.

They hyped Kushida, Nakamura and Okada from New Japan appearing in Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY on August 21 and 22.

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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.

Love Ring of Honor, and want to help us cover this show more regularly?  Hit me up for details – bwentz@ring-rap.com!

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: 6/9/2015 – WWE Money in the Bank and Raw Thoughts, Stone Cold and Wrestlemania 32? And More!

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In this week’s edition of Around the Ring, Senior Writer Bill Wentz sits down to give his thoughts on WWE’s upcoming pay per view and last night’s Raw, as well as some other things.  Even the Pro Wrestling Cat makes an appearance.  Topics in this podcast include:

  • WWE  Raw thoughts
  • A preview of WWE Money in the Bank
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin’s comments on a Wrestlemania 32 match
  • …plus more!

We’re still working on bringing back Ring Rap Audio, so look for that sometime in the near future. In the meantime, share this short form audio with everyone you know!

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

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Around The Ring With Ring Rap 6/2/2015 – Samoa Joe’s WWE Status, ROH on Destination America, Hits and Misses for WWE Raw and Elimination Chamber, and More

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It’s the return of Around the Ring!  After a long hiatus, the short-form audio show returns, with Senior Writer Bill Wentz sitting down to give his thoughts on a few things in pro wrestling, and display the Pro Wrestling Bicep (but you can’t see it!).  Topics in this podcast include:

  • WWE Elimination Chamber hits and misses
  • WWE Raw hits and misses
  • Samoa Joe’s WWE status
  • …plus more!

For those of you looking for the traditional Ring Rap Audio flagship show that has been recording every Tuesday, don’t fret.  We’ll be bringing it back once we make our schedules play nice and get a day set to record.  In the meantime, we’ll keep your audio needs met with these shorter shows.

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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Sinclair Broadcast Group Issues Press Release to Announce Ring of Honor Being Broadcast on Destination America

Sinclair Broadcast Group issued the following press release to comment on the signing of a broadcast deal with Destination America to carry Ring of Honor wrestling.  The deal is for 26 weeks, which is becoming the industry standard rather than long-term television contracts.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the “Company”) announced that it has signed a national broadcast deal with Destination America, part of Discovery Communications, for the Company’s professional wrestling promotion, Ring of Honor (“ROH”). ROH will premiere on Destination America for 26 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8pm EST/7pm CST. The announcement was made by Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wresting.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wrestling. “ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing.

ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available.”

“With the electric and intense matches that Ring of Honor provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Destination America. “Ring of Honor showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”

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Destination America Issues Press Release for Weekly Ring of Honor Series

Below is a formal press release issued by Destination America and Discovery Networks regarding the national broadcast deal signed between the network and Ring of Honor Wrestling.

Destination America announced today that it has signed a national broadcast deal with professional wrestling league RING OF HONOR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., bringing one of the most respected wrestling organizations to the only network dedicated to all-American entertainment. Destination America is now the one-two-punch to professional wrestling, adding RING OF HONOR (ROH) to its line-up after launching IMPACT WRESTLING in early 2015. RING OF HONOR has been delivering top wrestling matches for ten years with captivating hard-hitting stars such as Jay & Mark Briscoe, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, The Young Bucks, Maria Kanellis, Adam Cole and Jay Lethal. Destination America will pack on the action beginning Wednesday June 3 with the series premiere of RING OF HONOR at 8/7c leading into brand new premieres of IMPACT WRESTLING at 9/8c.

“With the electric and intense matches that RING OF HONOR provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “RING OF HONOR showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wrestling. “ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing. ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available.”

RING OF HONOR will premiere on Wednesday, June 3 leading into IMPACT WRESTLING, making Destination America the home for wrestling every Wednesday evening. The first match will feature the Briscoe Brothers, Mark and Jay, as they face off with the House of Truth in the main event. Also catch athletes of New Japan Pro Wrestling battle it out with the RING OF HONOR stars and follow former NFL lineman Moose compete against BJ Whitmer.

Since launching in 2012, Destination America has become one of cable’s top fastest-growing networks, and continues to earn telecast ratings records among key series. In 2015 to date, Destination America has acquired over 50 million unique viewers. With top series that explore unique American cultures and ways of life – including Paranormal Survivor, Hillbilly Blood, Buying the Bayou, and BBQ Pitmasters – Destination America’s programming spans the nation from Alaska, Hawaii and Colorado to Louisiana, West Virginia and communities in between. To find Destination America, go to destinationamerica.com/watchda.