Top Rope Talk: Favorite Wrestlers Prior to the Attitude Era Draft

Regis & VIto go back and for drafting their Top 5 Favorite Wrestlers Prior to the Attitude Era. Some of your favorites made the list and so did a few sleepers. Also, there was a BIG named superstar not drafted. Listen to find out how it all went down.

Pick

Regis

Vito

1

Ric Flair

Hot Rod Piper

2

Randy Savage Billy Graham

Reverse

3

Dusty Rhodes

Sting

4

Jerry Lawler Mr. Perfect

Reverse

5 Arn Anderson Nick Bockwinkel
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Serena escapes

World No. 1, Serena Williams, was able overcome 52 unforced errors en route to a three set victory over the German, Anna- Lena Friedsam.

Friedsam won the 1st set in 7-5 thanks to three breaks of Williams serve, which, as we all know that is uncharted water.

Serena provided Friedsam with 14 unforced errors in set two, but she able to overcome her downfalls to win the set 6-3.

Williams upped her game as she usually does when her back is to the wall in the 3rd. The veteran won 78% of points on her first serve. She received an early break to go up 2-0 and never looked back winning the third set 6-3.

If we all know Williams she would belittle herself and talk about the downfalls that she experienced today, but she is still alive in the 2015 French Open and really could not ask for more.

Serena will most likely face Victoria Azarenka in the 3rd round, which will be an old-fashioned catfight. Williams owns the head-to-head series lead 15-4.

Photo: Michel Euler

Motivational TBT 5/28/15

Goapele- Closer (2001) 


Sugarland- Stand Up (2010) 


Christina Aguilera- Beautiful (2004) 


Elisabeth Withers- No Regrets (2010) 


Gym Class Heroes- The Fighter (2011) 


Louis Armstrong- What a Wonderful World (1967) 


Bon Jovi- It’s My Life (2003) 


Whitney Houston- Try It On My Own (2003) 


Survivor- Eye of the Tiger (1985) 


Frank Sinatra- My Way (1969) 


Hotard’s Top 10 Quarterbacks Heading into 2015-16

As the NFL season knocks on the door, analysts and journalist have began compiling their respective lists of the top signal callers in the NFL.
I figured now would be a good time to take a crack at my top 10 quarterbacks heading into the 2015-16 NFL season.
Before I begin my list, keep in mind that the NFL and sports in general are about the “what have you done for me lately,” mentality. I remember when San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick was being looked at as a one of the future gems of the NFL.
After a down year, he is sitting in limbo trying to figure out his identity. It seems like a century ago when Kaep was a stud.
Bottom line, it never ceases to amaze me what a few years of game film and success can do to a quarterback. The game changes quick, so it is best to evolve with it.

LETS BEGIN…

fancloud.com10- Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

I may be in the minority to include Tannehill into my top 10, but I love the guy. He has steadily improved his numbers every single year since his rookie season (2012). He finished last year just north of 4,000 yards to pair with a 66% completion rate. Icing on the cake, 27 touchdowns to 12 interceptions isn’t too shabby either. The only knock so far has been his record. He and the Dolphins have not eclipsed eight wins in a season yet, but I am thinking this may be the year.

Joe Flacco fanspeak.com9- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

I remember when Flacco claimed he was the best quarterback in the NFL and everyone laughed. Only problem was, the joke was on them as he went on to win his first and only Super Bowl. Flacco has been one of the more consistent play callers in the league. Since entering the league in 2008, he and the Ravens have only missed the playoffs one season. When the Ravens make the playoffs, Flacco isn’t exactly a quarterback you want to face. The guy has yet to go one-and-done in the postseason and hoists a record of 10-5. In his 15 appearences, he has thrown for 3,223 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Tony_Romo-geeksandcleats8- Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Still to this day, he is the most unfairly critiqued quarterback in the NFL simply because of the logo on his helmet. People hate the cowboys thus hating the quarterback. We all know the narrative that Tony Romo is not clutch. FALSE. He has the highest 4th quarter QB rating of ALL TIME. The problem is, all of his meltdowns have typically been when everyone has watched. Many times, it is because he is making a throw into a tight window. Oddly enough, didn’t Brett Favre miss out on two Super Bowls because of that same “gutsy” decision making? When Romo does it, it’s “bone headed.” People, especially fans, always want it both ways. I digress. Bottom line, he is coming off his best season and will always find a way on my top 10 list.

100710-Ben-Roethlisberger-SW-PI_20101007230653_660_3207- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Something about Big Ben that I cannot put my finger on just always leaves him out of the top 5. I watch him play and he is great, don’t get me wrong, but I just have never liked him enough to put him in that top 5 spot. There is no denying his ability to manipulate and move around the pocket and fire downfield. Now that he has a top receiver in Antonio Brown, he will age well moving forward.
Buffalo Bills v New Orleans Saints6- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Normally, I would stick Brees in the top five, but he has lost that big play ability it seems. I am not sure what to make of Brees heading into 2015. As a Saints fan, I have noticed he held on to the ball too long last year and doesn’t have the same strength to make throws he made three years ago. Is he still one of the best quarterbacks in the league? Absolutely, no question. I’ll take a Brees down year over most guys’ best season. Just not sure he is top five anymore. With some tweaks to the offensive line and moves that signify the Saints could be shifting to a more run-oriented offense, he could go on to have an outstanding year relying on play-action, much like Romo did last year.

5- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Maybe my favorite guy to watch in the NFL right now. His ability to make plays downfield by avoiding the pass rush is incredible. He has helped the Seattle Seahawks reach the last two Super Bowls and I firmly believe (Prediction alert) he is about to make round three. I’m salivating over the fact he now has a big target in Jimmy Graham. For a while, they made hype about how great he is at home because they were literally unbeatable at Century Link Field for two years. More impressive are his numbers on the road and being poised and confident away from the rabid Seattle fans. Last season, Wilson threw for just under 2,000 yards, 14 touchdowns and just 1 interception on the road. For those who have claimed he is a “game manager,” game managers don’t do that.

peyton-manning-run24- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

It is evident that Manning, like Brees, has lost some luster in his arm and wears down more rapidly. However, Manning is still a tower at 6’5. He was on pace to have another historic season early last year, but wear and tear caught up in the second half. He is still one of the most intelligent signal callers of all time. Combine that with his size, the guy won’t be hurting too much to sustain success.

Crouch-Brady-Deflategate-Press-Confrence-12003- Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Part of me wanted to slate him out of the top 5 due to his suspension for Deflategate. The guy is still coming off of his fourth Super Bowl win and sixth appearance. The combination of him and Head Coach Bill Belichick is just unfair. I suspect they will back near the top and fighting for a Super Bowl.

AndrewLuck2- Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

The most can’t miss QB prospect has been everything he was expected to be and more. It is truly a treat to watch him play. He is the next transcendent star that the NFL has to offer. Luck really is a combination of Peyton Manning (intelligence) and John Elway (athleticism and arm). He could easily make a case for the top spot. It only took Luck three years to toss 40 touchdowns in a season. That is with a sub par offensive line as he has been hit more than any quarterback the last three years and without a true number one receiver.

tumblr_m12fz1K7XN1qdyvixo1_5001- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

The two time and reigning NFL Most Valuable Player tops the list, no surprise here. Maybe the most impressive thing about Aaron Rodgers is that he isn’t slinging the ball 40 times per game and yet he still puts up nearly 40 touchdowns and 4,400 yards each season. His touchdown to interception ratio is obnoxious every year. He has a massive arm and can pinpoint it anywhere. Let’s be honest, Rodgers has made a career off the back shoulder throw. No matter, who he throws to, they become stars. RODGERS! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!

Now that I have spewed my top 10 list, share yours below or tell me what an idiot I am because of something that you may not agree with. I welcome it.

French Open Preview

Event Name:   French Open
Where: Roland Garros; Paris, France
Dates: 5/24/15 – 6/7/15
Surface: Clay
Tour: WTA & ATP
Defending Champs: Rafael Nadal & Maria Sharapova
Runner-up:      Novak Djokovic & Simona Halep

The 2015 is loaded with questions and will surely be two weeks of action that we fans will not want miss. Is it time for a “changing of the guard” on the women’s side? If it is who will be there to take over? Underdogs like Carla Suarez Navarro can make a huge push. What? Navarro is ranked 8th and you are calling her an underdog? Yes, she has improved her game that much. She has somehow run into a monster named Serena every time, but she has played great against everyone else. it is hard for me to pick Ivanovic, Bouchard, and Wozniacki just because you never know which one of those ladies will show up. The only person outside of the top 10 that I believe has a chance to win is Vika. You’ll find the reason later on.

On the guy’s only seven of the top eight players have a chance of winning to be frank. David Ferrer is the Aga Radwanska of men’s tennis. Both players receive high rankings, but they can not beat better players. Like ever! Last season Kei Nishikori thrusted himself into the conversation of being the best men’s player, but I do not believe he is ready to win. John Isner continues to play well in none major events, and I expect that trend to press on. More on the chances of Amercians and the French later on.

Women’s Side:

  • All eyes are on Serena as it is her tournament to lose. She seeks to claim major win number twenty and her third straight major victory overall. Will her elbow injury prevent her from a victory?
  • Can Sharapova go into a major tourney without losing in an upset early? She should be able to come out of her quarter easily.
  • Simona Halep is a finalist from last year, will she be able to break through to get her first major win.
  • Victoria Azarenka seems to be getting back to her old self, as she is now healthy. She had Serena down for a couple of match points down in Madrid before choking. Vika is ranked 27th, but is clearly not an underdog. She will most likely face Serena in the 3rd round.
  • 1st round match I am most looking forward to seeing: Venus Williams versus Sloane Stephens. People wrote the 34-year-old Williams off a few years ago, by she has fought off disease and non-believers to get back to being a major championship threat. In 2013, Stephens was pronounced the American heir to Serena’s crown, but she followed up with an awful 2014. Sloane has been up and down all season, as her record is 11-9, but I expect her to put up a battle against Venus.

Men’s side:

  • So this guy named Rafael Nadal has won this event in the past five years. Actually, he has won nine of the past ten French Opens. He will come into the tourney ranked sixth, but I must say that I do not expect him to win this year. For his standards he has been awful on clay. Typically, he wins every match on the red stuff, but he has only won one clay tournament he entered this year. It will be tough; if anyone can defy the odds it’s him.
  • Can Novak finally win the French? No other questions needed.
  • 33-year-old, Roger Federer will pursue his second major at Roland Garros. He has played great in 2015, but can he defeat Novak and Rafa. They seem to be his kryptonite.
  • Will an American break through to win the title? No.
  • Will a Frenchman break through to win the title? No, but they have better chances than the Americans.

Top 32 Seeds:

Seed Men Women
1 Novak Djokovic Serena Wiliams
2 Roger Federer Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray Simona Halep
4 Tomas Berdych Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori Caroline Wozniacki
6 Rafael Nadal Eugenie Bouchard
7 David Ferrer Ana Ivanovic
8 Stan Wawrinka Carla Suárez Navarro
9 Martin Cilic Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov Andrea Petkovic
11 Feliciano Lopez Angelique Kerber
12 Gilles Simon Karolina Pliskova
13 Gael Monfils Lucie Safarova
14 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga Aga Radwanska
15 Kevin Anderson Venus Williams
16 John Isner Madison Keys
17 David Goffin Sara Errani
18 Tommy Robredo Svetlana Kuznetsova
19 Roberto Bautista Agut Elina Svitolina
20 Richard Gasquet Sabine Lisicki
21 Pablo Cuevas Garbiñe Muguruza
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber Barbora Strycova
23 Leonardo Mayer Timea Bacsinszky
24 Ernests Gulbis Peng Shuai
25 Ivo Karlovic Jelena Jankovic
26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Sam Stosur
27 Bernard Tomic Vika Azarenka
28 Fabio Fognini Flavia Pennetta
29 Nick Kyrgios Alizė Cornet
30 Adrian Mannarino Irina-Camelia Begu
31 Viktor Troicki Caroline Garcia
32 Fernando Verdasco Zarina Diyas

My Predictions: Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic

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TBT 5/21/15 American Idol Edition

  1. Ruben Studdard- Sorry 2004 (2004) 

  2. Taylor Hicks- Do I Make You Proud (2006) 

  3. Carrie Underwood- CMAs Medley (2013) 

  4. Jennifer Hudson- I Will Always Love You (2012) 

  5. Adam Lambert- For Your Entertainment (2009) 

  6. Jordin Sparks- No Air (2008) 

  7. Daughtry- Waiting for Superman (2013) 

  8. Clay Aiken- Invincible (2003) 

  9. Scotty McCreery- The Trouble With Girls (2011) 

  10. Phillip Phillips- Gone, Gone, Gone (2012) 

Some others who have been talking about Idol this week:

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Kelly Clarkson Top 10

It is very possible that Kelly Clarkson is my favorite American Idol winner. Every song she puts out is some type of inspiring anthem. When working out I happen to get a little more energy when one of her songs get shuffled in. I will also always have a special connection to one of Clarkson’s songs. “A Moment Like This” was my high school class song.

These are a couple of new hits that are from her new album, “Piece By Piece”.

Heartbeat Song 


Run Run Run 


Some that didn’t make the Top 10:

Don’t Rush 


Walk Away 


Dark Side


Don’t You Wanna Stay 


Breakaway 


People Like Us 


To continue to the Top 10 please head over to the next page.

Top Tope Talk- Raw Recap & Current Storyline Opinions

Well only the adults were invited for this week’s conversation. It’s only Regis & Mike discussing the events from Raw 5/4 and the current storylines. They also preview next week’s huge Top Rope Talk show. The guys will draft their favorite rivalries of all-time.

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TBT Music 5/7/15

  1. The Manhattans- Kiss & Say Goodbye (1976) 

  2. Miranda Lambert- White Liar (2009) 

  3. Boys II Men- I’ll Make Love To You (1994) 

  4. Black Sabbath- Paranoid (1970) 

  5. Three 6 Mafia- Stay Fly (2005) 

  6. Tye Tribbett- Victory (2006) 

  7. Reba McEntire- Fancy (1991) 

  8. Nickelback- How You Remind Me (2001) 

  9. Tim McGraw- Something Like That (1999) 

  10. TreySongz- Gotta Go (2005) 

When is it too early to fire a coach or manager?

It was reported on Sunday that the Milwaukee Brewers fired their manager, Ron Roenicke after the team started the season 7-18. In his time with the team he went 342-331 in just over five seasons with the squad.

The team finished only two games above .500 last season. The Brewers higher-ups knew that this team was not going to contend this year. They didn’t go out and improve the roster over the offseason and assumed they would morph into the Kanas City Royals. The expectations for this team fell harder than Rand Paul, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz’s hopes of becoming president in 2016.

Did the Brew Crew happen to forget the division that they have been apart of for decades? The Cardinals have had this division on lock for the past decade. The new look Cubs are energized and bound to make a serious run at the division title. They are not going to the World Series, but they have a chance at winning the division. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are still in the middle of the pack, but they also have chances of making the postseason.

I feel sorry for the Brewers because they do not have the sorry Houston Astros to beat down on in the National League Central. Oh wait; those same sorry Astros are in first place in the American League West.

Yes, I understand that baseball consists of a 162 game schedule, however the Philadelphia 76ers have a better chance of winning the NBA Championship than the Brewers chance of making the postseason this year.

Roenicke started the season with the tools he was given why not let him finish out the lifeless season that his team was predestined to have. Milwaukee had the chance of firing him at the end of last season and didn’t take it.

Craig Counsell will become the interim manager who is going ruin his personal reputation just to keep the Brewers in last place. Roenicke could have done that under his current contract, which had a team option for next season.

In baseball, you will not change the morale of a team or fan base midseason. I can’t speak for all die-hard fans, but if the writing is on the wall, just get out your bifocals and read it. It will be long season. I’m a Braves fan, I have already come to the understanding that season will be disappointing.

I thank you for allowing me to vent, but now I ask the question, When is it to early to can a coach or manager?

Personally, I believe in riding the horse that got you to your present-day situation and taking responsibility for my poor decisions. Give the person a chance to fail, because we all know they will not succeed in Milwaukee. Green Bay yes! Milwaukee no!

Photo: Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Conference Semi-Final Preview

We come into the second round of the playoffs after seeing one of the best NBA series’ in the past decade. What a series between the San Antonio and LA! That series showed exactly what playoff basketball is. It’s about three things: the team must play defense, the must get rebounds especially offensive ones, and the team must play as a TEAM. Individual players get their teams to the playoffs, but I’m sure you notice they never win it all. You may want to go ask Allen Iverson or the LeBron in his first trip to Cleveland.

Three teams in the first round earned my respect and have me excited to see them next year. New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Boston have all made strides that frankly no one thought was possible.

Jason Kidd has had both a coaching turnaround and has led his team to one as well. Though the Bucks were under .500, they did make the playoffs after finishing without their best player, Jabari Parker. The squad was able to push the Bulls to six games before being destroyed. This team showed spunk and tenacity that I expect will linger into next season.

I, like most people, thought that the Celtics were beginning to tank once the trade of Rajon Rondo happened, but in reality they cut out a cancer. They got rid of a very talented plaayer that ruined his career in Dallas. Brad Stevens is already making his mark in only his second season. They also finished under .500 but in the final three games they pushed Cleveland to the brink. Next season expect them to finish above .500 but not much more. The East should be more respectable as the Indiana Pacers will be healthy and the Charlotte Hornets will be back off of their year long vacation.

The New Orleans Pelicans have a nucleus that will soon be tough to contend with. Anthony Davis is already the best big man in the game that can play around the basket and make jump shots. He also has talented players around him. Jrue Holiday has been a great addition to the team. If you pair them with Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, and Ryan Anderson the team will sure be a top tier team in the loaded West.

Enough of the past, let’s look at the teams that will be playing in the second round.

Washington v Atlanta

Let’s be blunt, Washington killed Toronto. Now we do not know if the Wizards are just that good or if the Raptors played that bad. John Wall continues to lead this team. I must say that I thought he was an overrated player his first few years in the league, but he has grown into being one of the best point guards in the league.

Atlanta comes into the series hobbling after just getting past the Nets. It is clear that the Hawks are not as good as their record indicates. However, in the second round they will have to come out with more energy than they displayed in Brooklyn.

Chicago v Cleveland

Will this be the best matchup of the semi-finals? No, but these two teams will throw down.

Chicago proved how good they were when in game 6 they defeated the Bucks 120-66. The Bulls showed they could be dominant if they play within themselves. They have to limit their turnovers and exploit the depth of the team. They will need to steal one of the first couple of games on the road.

The Cavaliers have all but said that Kevin Love has been no help to them all season. Now they will get a chance to prove themselves. This is why LeBron went back home. Can he lead this team to the Conference Final? We will have to see, but they will have to play the first couple of games without the pain in the arse, JR Smith.

Memphis v Golden State 

The Grizzlies took advantage of the hurt Trail Blazers and will now have to play the best team in the league. Frankly, it will be tough for them to defeat the Warriors, but they will have to utilize their height inside and prevent GS from getting into a shooting groove, which is nearly impossible.

Golden State was challenged in the final three games of their first round series against the Pels. Steph Curry played like the MVP. Like all season long, the team was able to make jump shots from everywhere. However, the old phrase is you live by the jump shot and you die by it.

Los Angeles v Houston

This will be the best series. The Clippers are coming off of a franchise defining series. They were able to defeat the defeat the defending champs back to back to clinch the series. They also had to win two games in San Antonio, which does not always happen. We do not know about Chris Paul’s hamstring, as he was able to play after appearing to pull it. De’Andre Jordan will have to stay away from the line if the Clips want to win.

Should the Hack-A-_____ be outlawed?

The Rockets took advantage of the old and depressing Mavericks. James Harden continues perform at a high level. Josh Smith showed up and has become a phenomenal sixth man and spark off of the bench. Dwight Howard averaged a double double in the first round and will have to resume his great play.

Regis Mike
Washington v Atlanta Was 4-1

WAS 4-3

Chicago v Cleveland

Chi 4-2

CLE 4-2

Memphis v Golden State

GS 4-1

GS 4-1

Los Angeles v Houston Hou 4-2

LA 4-2

Photo: Reuters

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Mayweather v Pacquiao Review G.O.A.T.?

Wow, I think that fight lived up to expectations and possibly surpassed them. Was it worth $100? We can leave that conversation for another day.

Floyd Mayweather was able to defeat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision 116-112 116-112 118-110.

Mayweather was able to push his record to a perfect 48-0 record.

I believe the first eight rounds went back and forth. Pacquiao was able to back Floyd against the ropes and put heavy hits on him, but he could not get a knockdown. Floyd slipped through every time.

Maybe Manny was too aggressive. The fact is he had to be aggressive against a better fighter and he played into Money’s hand.

Mayweather backed up exactly what he said and he will be making his final fighting appearance in September, which begs an important question. Will we see a rematch?

Honestly, I would rather see Manny go out with a great appearance and I think this was it. He fought like the second best performer in the world and that’s how I would prefer to remember him.

As a fan I would also like to see Floyd go out as a champion. There is no top fighter that he has not beaten. He should go up against an up and coming boxer that can possibly make a name for himself by beating Mayweather.

Floyd has nothing to prove. No matter what people will still pay to see him fight.

Is Money the greatest fighter of all-time? Don’t be foolish. He may be 48-0, but his fights do not have the excitement, sizzle or drama like an Ali, Sugar Ray, or Tyson fight.

Now, was this fight enough to save the sport of boxing? No. There is no person on the scene on any level that people seriously want to see. UFC is the new thing and consumers show that by purchasing to see their fights.

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