ATR # 28: Remembering Roddy Piper; Cesaro’s Rise

This week on Around the Ring we discuss the passing of wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper, looking back at his career as one of the best talkers the industry has ever known; Cesaro’s rise to (nearly) main event status and the great crowd reactions he’s been receiving; a pretty entertaining Raw that included the destruction of John Cena’s nose; a fun episode of SmackDown with a main event that highlighted four wrestlers that should become a central core to the WWE’s main event picture going forward; WWE.com’s piece on who will be the next John Cena; a head scratching episode of NXT that potentially highlighted a change in direction for WWE where interviews and cameras are concerned; the Bleacher Report’s piece WWE NXT Prospects Destined Not to Make Main Roster; the six wrestlers I think NXT should sign next; part one of Ultima Lucha, including the best falls count anywhere match I have ever seen; and a great episode of ROH that included a really fun six men mayhem match, an excellent main event, and a raucous crowd with some great chants. I’d also planned on discussing Ronda Rousey’s victory at UFC 190 but it slipped my mind after touching on everything else (and having to hurry up twoards the end so I could get my daughter to a student council event on time). I’m really not a fan of UFC or MMA in general but I like Ronda Rousey and made sure to watch this fight. She is a machine in that octagon and even though it only last 34 seconds, I really enjoyed the fight (also the promo vignette for UFC 191 looked pretty cool, so I may have to check that out).

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ATR Episode 28 08-03-15

ATR # 27: Hogan’s Fall; Brock & Taker Brawl

This week on ATR we discuss the fiasco that is Hulk Hogan; a pretty good Raw with a fantastic Brock Lesnar/Undertaker brawl; some fun stuff on SmackDown; WWE’s apparent attempts to hurt ROH; ROH’s 200th episode and loss of the 8:00 PM time-slot on Destination America; the latest episode of NXT; and Lucha Underground setting up for their final two episodes with predictions for Ultima Lucha.

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ATR Episode 27 07-27-15

ATR # 26: Battleground–Good or Bad?

This week on Around the Ring we discuss last night’s Battleground PPV and whether or not it was any good or just plain awful; the NXT Divas excellent debut on Raw; a scrubs filled episode of NXT with a killer main event; pretty descent episodes of ROH and Lucha Underground; the 10 Best WWE Matches of 2015 (So Far) according to WWE.com; and a mini review of the new Marvel movie Ant-Man.

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ATR Episode 26 07-20-15

ATR # 25: Brock Lesnar Kills a Car; Titus O’Neil Owns JBL; Adam Cole Face Turn?

This week on Around the Ring we discuss a lackluster Raw that had three great segments to end the show: Brock Lesnar destroying a car, Titus O’Neil destroying JBL on commentary, and Cena/Cesaro 2; Battleground predictions; how the WWE is a great example of everything that is wrong with corporate America;  a mediocre NXT with Charlotte and Sasha Banks reuniting, Solomon Crowe looking beyond unimpressive, and The Vaudevillians becoming # 1 contenders for the NXT Tag Titles; a fun edition of ROH highlighted by the tease of an Adam Cole face turn; and a great episode of Lucha Underground along with updates on a season two.

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ATR Episode 25 07-13-15

ATR # 24: Finn Balor Rules Japan; EC3 TNA Champ

This week we have my thoughts on the excellent Beast in the East special, including the incredible Kevin Ownes/Finn Balor match for the NXT Title; EC3 becoming the TNA World Champion, a TNA exec “threatening” to sign up ROH talent, and Pro Wrestling Illustrated downgrading the TNA Title; an excellent main event on ROH with Adam Cole taking on AJ Styles; thoughts on the latest editions of NXT and Lucha Underground; an absolutely awful Raw; and Rolling Stone’s “Best of the Rest of the Half-Year” WWE awards.

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ATR Episode 24 07-06-15