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Goodbye For Now!

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That wraps up today’s live blog!

In case you missed anything, the biggest stories from today can be found at the top of the page with links to the full stories!

I (Liam) will be back Monday 2pm – 8pm bringing you all the news and fallout from WrestleMania 39.

I will be live this weekend over on the Inside The Ropes Clips YouTube channel bringing you my live reactions to WrestleMania 39 alongside Innes. You can send yourself a reminder for those streams, here.

Robert, Liam W and Sondra will be without you throughout the weekend bringing you live coverage of all of the weekends biggest events including tonight’s ROH Supercard of Honor PPV that looks to be incredible!

Remember you can watch that show right here on in partnership with FITE so make sure to tune in for what promises to be a ridiculous show.

Carmello Hayes

Carmelo Hayes Talks 'The Blessing' of Shawn Michaels

This Saturday Carmelo Hayes will look to go from the ‘A Champ’ to the NXT World Champion as he takes on Bron Breakker in the main event of NXT Stand and Deliver.

Speaking with Jon Alba, of FITE in partnership with Inside The Ropes, Hayes would discuss what it is like to learn from a legend Shawn Michael’s and what it would mean to him to become the face of NXT moving forward.

“I mean he’s experienced every high, every low so you know just being under his wing knowing that he’s made every mistake but at the same time he’s bounced back and he’s been to the mountain top probably higher than anyone you can really think of that’s still doing it today, it’s a blessing.”

You can check out the clip from the interview down below ⬇️

Who do you think leaves Stand and Deliver the NXT Champion? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ featured at the top of the page!


WWE Reveals The Set For WrestleMania 39

WrestleMania 39 is just a day away and WWE are continuing to put the finishing touches on SoFi Stadium ahead of the event.

In a new video WWE (with some help from pro-skaters Briana King, Monica Torres & Leticia Bufoni) have officially unveiled the set for WrestleMania 39 this weekend.

The set looks incredible and looks to have more character and originality than some of the more standardised WrestleMania sets in recent memory.

You can watch the official set reveal down below ⬇️

Let us know what you think of the WrestleMania 39 set using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the screen!

Logan Paul

Logan Paul - WWE Would Be "Silly" Not To Offer Me A New Deal

WWE WrestleMania Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul

Logan Paul is set to take on Seth Rollins on night one of WrestleMania 39 in what could be his final WWE match… but probably not.

Paul recently revealed that WrestleMania reflects the expiry of his initial WWE contract however he, and the WWE universe, are confident a new deal is on the way.

Speaking in a new interview with Ariel Helwani, Paul would claim that WWE would be “silly” not to offer him a new deal following WrestleMania 39.

“I mean, let’s be honest bro, they’re going to f*cking renew my contract. I mean, like come on. It’d be silly not to.”

You can read more about Logan Paul’s WWE future, here.

How would you rate Logan Paul’s rookie WWE year? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Facing Criminal Charges

Donald Trump ladder

WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump (his greatest achievement I’m sure) as found himself in some hot water and is facing criminal charges for a hush money payment made in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Trump, best known to wrestling fans for his 2007 feud with Vince McMahon (and being president of the United States.), is facing criminal charges after a grand jury voted to indict him after an investigation into a payment worth £130,000 was made to adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels in 2016. The payment was reportedly to buy Daniels’ silence as a way of covering up an affair.

Donald Trump has not appeared for the WWE following the 2007 ‘Battle of the Billionaires ‘ feud but was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2013 when he was still best known for firing ambitious business owners on The Apprentice USA.

You can read more about Trump’s criminal charges and WWE history, here.

(Also, yes.  I am as surprised as you that we had a Donald Trump icon ready to go)

Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michael's Responds To Claims WWE Is Deliberately Running Against AEW

Memorial Day Weekend 2023 will see AEW and WWE go head to head once more as NXT Battleground and AEW Double or Nothing clash on May 28th 2023.

However, according to Shawn Michaels, AEW was never considered when selecting that date for NXT’s Battleground PLE.

Speaking with Aerial Helwani, Michaels would address the claims stating that it was simply a matter of holidays and not trying to go head to head with AEW.

“Look, I’ll say this, in the past we [WWE] have done well on the holidays. So that’s my understanding of why we did that, it’s no different than you know we used to do stuff back in the day on Christmas or Thanksgiving. Holidays were always big days, that’s what this is for us.”

NXT Stand and Deliver is tomorrow afternoon and features some blockbuster matches including Carmelo Hayes vs Braun Breakker and Johnny Gargano vs Grayson Waller.

Will you be checking out NXT’s biggest event of the year? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page.

John Cena

Cody Rhodes vs John Cena Was Considered For WrestleMania 39

John Cena & Cody Rhodes

John Cena & Cody Rhodes may be set for two of the biggest match of WrestleMania 39 but things almost turned out very differently!

According to a new report from Fightful Select, several WWE stars were considered for John Cena’s WrestleMania 39 clash including Logan Paul and at one point Cody Rhodes.

John Cena vs. Logan Paul is rumoured for SummerSlam later this year but who knows if we will ever see ‘The American Nightmare’ stand across from John Cena over a decade after their last singles match on RAW back in 2013.

Would you like to see John Cena and Cody Rhodes face off one final time? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page.

Swerve Strickland

Hit Row Reunite At WaleMania!

WrestleMania weekend is like Christmas when family reunites after time apart and WaleMania continued that trend with AEW’s Swerve Scott reuniting with his former Hit Row stablemates on stage last night!

Wrestling photographer iLLite FOTOS shared footage from throughout WaleMania including the moment Swerve Scott and Hit Row reunited 14 months after their final WWE appearance together.

You can check out the video below ⬇️

Ring of Honor

ROH Supercard of Honor 2023 Predictions

ROH Supercard of Honor - Wheeler Yuta (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata - ROH Pure Championship

Inside the Ropes writer John Duffy has shared with us his predictions for tonight’s Supercard of Honor show.

You can watch Supercard of Honor live right here on in partnership with FITE, and follow the action with our live coverage.

Here are just some of his predictions for tonight’s show:

  • Eddie Kingston defeats Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH World Championship
  • Daniel Garcia defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Wheeler Yuta defeats Katsuyori Shibata.

You can read our full predictions for ROH Supercard of Honor, here.

Will you be watching tonight’s show? Watch match are you most excited for? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page.

Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe 'Gets Turnt' At WaleMania

Ever wanted to see Samoa Joe ‘get turnt’ to Jay-Z?

Of course you have!

Twitter user Britney Brody shared some incredible footage from the annual WrestleMania weekend event including Samoe Joe breaking out his best Jay-Z imitation to the roaring crowd.

Check it out ⬇️


Matt Riddle Being Considered For WWE Return Following WrestleMania 39

Seth Rollins confronts Matt Riddle at WWE Extreme Rules 2022

Matt Riddle has not been seen on WWE TV since a brutal attack by ‘The Enforcer’ Solo Sikola on December 5th.

However, fans of ‘The Ultimate Bro’ may not have long to wait to see him (and his CGI parrots) back on WWE TV!

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider a pitch has been made for Riddle’s return. The report adds that while the star isn’t present for WrestleMania at the moment, he could be flown in for later in the weekend or Raw on April 3rd.

You can read more about plans for Matt Riddle’s WWE return, here.

Who would you like to see Matt Riddle work with when he returns to the WWE? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page!

Logan Paul

Ariel Helwani Chats To Logan Paul Ahead of WrestleMania 39

Logan Paul has sat down with Ariel Helwani for a new interview ahead of his clash with Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 39 this weekend!

During the interview Paul talks about gaining respect in the WWE, his upcoming clash with Rollins. his WWE future and much more.

You can watch the full interview down below ⬇️

Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon Re-Signs With The WWE

Vince McMahon WWE

Vince McMahon is now a WWE employee once again!

A new SEC filing has revealed that Vince McMahon has once again entered into an employment agreement with the WWE which will see him serve as Executive Chairman for the next two years!

You can view the filing in full, here.

Inside The Ropes will have more information on Vince McMahon’s new role in the WWE as it unfolds.


What Is The Most Underrated WrestleMania Match of All Time?

Last night we took to Twitter and asked you ‘What is the most UNDERRATED WrestleMania match of all time?’

Here are some of the most popular answers:

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“Kurt Angle v Shawn Michaels. Doesn’t get talked about enough” – @badcorpse

Charlotte Flair & Asuka

“Asuka vs Charlotte. Its the best women’s match I have ever seen.” – @zanderson_84

Daniel Bryan Kofi Kingston

“Kofi v Bryan for the Belt was technical wrestling at its finest” – @CamCWFL

What do you think is the most underrated WrestleMania match of all time? Use the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page and we will showcase some your answers!

Randy Orton

Randy Orton’s WrestleMania Birthday Return

Randy Orton Birthday

Tomorrow – April 1st, 2023, will feature the first night of WrestleMania weekend and feature some incredible matches across both NXT Stand and Deliver and WrestleMania 39.

But it is also ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton’s 43rd birthday! Orton has not wrestled a match since losing the WWE Tag Title unification match against The Usos back in May 2022.

Could tomorrow be the perfect time for ‘The Legend Killer’ to return? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page!

Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE Keeping Shinsuke Nakamura In Reserve Until After WrestleMania 39

Shinsuke Nakamura making his entrance from WWE Extreme Rules 2019

Following Shisnuke Nakamura’s clash with The Great Muta earlier in the year speculation has been rife over the former IWGP Heavyweight Champions future in the WWE.

Writing in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer would note that WWE remain interested in Shinsuke Nakamura however he had been put ‘on hold’ by Triple H under after WrestleMania 39.

“Regarding questions about Nakamura, we’re told he’s on hold until after WrestleMania”

Could we see Nakamura make his grand WWE return on the Raw after WrestleMania? That much remains to be seen but WWE remain interested in ‘The Artist’ none the less!

Who would you like to see Nakamura work with on his return to the WWE? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page.

Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy Speaks with Drew McIntyre Ahead of WrestleMania 39

Alex McCarthy of Mail Sport spoke with Drew McIntyre ahead of his Intercontinental Championship clash at WrestleMania 39.

During the interview, McIntyre would talk of his disappointing failure at WWE Clash at the Castle in Cardiff last year.

You can check out the video below ⬇️

Do you think Drew McIntyre should have defeated Roman Reigns at WWE Clash at the Castle? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ function a the top of the page!


Goldberg Makes His WWE TV Debut On This Day 20 Years Ago

On WWE Raw the night after WrestleMania XIX, Goldberg made his WWE TV debut in a segment where he speared The Rock to set up a match for the Backlash pay-per-view the following month.

You can watch the incredible moment in full down below!

With Goldberg now a free agent following the expiration of his WWE contract speculation is mounting over where his future lies.

Where would you like to see the WCW legend turn up next? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page!

Rhea Ripley

Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley Will Main Event WrestleMania 39 Night 1

WWE WrestleMania Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Rhea Ripley - SmackDown Women's Championship

WrestleMania 39 is without a doubt one of the most stacked WrestleMania cards of all time and as a result there has been a lot of debate online over who should main event WrestleMania 39 Night 1, with some fans clambering for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. The Bloodline to main event, others calling for the Intercontinental Championship triple threat to main event but it appears that neither of those matches will be given the honour of going on last this Saturday.

Writing in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer would reveal that the current plans are for Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley to main event on Saturday with Rhea currently the favourite backstage to capture the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship following her historic win at the 2023 WWE Royal Rumble.

“Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley for the Smackdown women’s title – This was the planned main event as of a few weeks ago”

Who do you think should main event night one of WrestleMania 39? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ feature at the top of the page!

You can read more about the current WrestleMania 39 plans, here.

Dominik Mysterio

Triple H Has Major Plans For Dominik Mysterio Following WrestleMania 39

Dominik Mysterio, and his father Rey Mysterio

This Saturday wrestling goes full circle as Rey Mysterio finally gets the chance to ‘beat his kids’.

Fans around the world are very excited by the match and it turns out, so is Triple H.

Writing in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer would reveal that WWE consider the Rey/Dominik Mysterio feud the second hottest act in the company (behind The Bloodline) and Triple H is very high on Dominik Mysterio and plans to make him a major player in the WWE moving forward!

“Levesque is very high on Dominik and his future past this angle and there are long-term plans for him as a star.”

You can read more about Triple H’s plans for Dominik Mysterio, here.

Dave Meltzer

Tony Khan Trying To Bring CM Punk Back To AEW

Tony Khan & CM Punk

It may be WrestleMania week but that hasn’t stopped CM Punk making headlines once again!

Writing in the April 3rd edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, noted journalist Dave Meltzer would reveal that CM Punk’s Instagram tirade came at the worst possible time for Tony Khan as he was in the process of reconciliating with Punk with the aims of bringing the former AEW Champion back to the company!

“This came while sides were working on a reconciliation that was at least in principle agreed to, per the decision of Khan who wanted him back.”

You can read more about Tony Khan’s ongoing reconciliation attempts, here.

Do you want to see CM Punk back in AEW or do you think it’s time ‘The Second City Saint’ called it a day? Let us know using the ‘Get Involved’ function at the top of the page!


Good Morning!

It’s WrestleMania weekend and the news this morning reflects this, we will have updates on plans for WrestleMania 39 for you this morning including; the main event for night one, a possible New Day reunion and Triple H’s major plans for Dominik Mysterio moving forward.

In the meantime make sure you are up to date with everything that unfolded last night during Dax Harwood’s live show and GCW’s Bloodsport 9.