1001 MATCHES: Are You New Here?

(by PHIL RIPPA)

I mentioned previously that I started tracking (to the best of my abilities) everyone who was picked… well just because I wanted to. I will continue to find people that 900 matches, still haven’t shown up yet. Here are 10 – actually more than 10 – more.


591) TONY ATLAS vs. NICK BOCKWINKEL – HOUSTON (10/22/82)

Most likely Tony Atlas’ best match… well… ever. These are probably my favorite type of Bockwinkel matches – taking a load by the hands and making miracles.

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592) GIANT HAYSTACKS vs. KWIK KICK LEE – WORLD OF SPORT (1/19/83)

You pretty much watch one Giant Haystacks match, you have seen them all. Here is just the added bonus of wrestling baby Akira Maeda.

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593) JERRY & JACK BRISCO vs. ADRIAN ADONIS/DICK MURDOCH – WWF (12/28/84 – WWF Tag Team Championship)

So happy I didn’t previously include the Evening Gown Match so Jerry remained unpicked. One of the final matches of Jack’s career and it is a doozy.

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594) EL TEXANO/SILVER KING/GRAN HAMADA vs. DR. WAGNER JR./RAMBO/NEGRO CASAS – UWA (02/29/92)

I wanted El Texano on the list and thought I was gonna have to go with the blah match against the Headhunters just because everyone is all “Oh I remember having that on a tape!”. Fortunately, this match exists.

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595) RECKLESS YOUTH vs. DEVON STORM – NWA NEW JERSEY (02/08/97 – Steel Cage Match)

I figured after witnessing the Indie Hall of Fame discussion a couple of months ago that Reckless Youth should show up at least once. And it turned into this match that is like a microcosm of everything 90s indie wrestling was about that I realized I am going to have to review this separately.

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596) TOGI MAKABE vs. KATSUYORI SHIBATA – NEW JAPAN WRESTLEKINGDOM ’13 (01/04/13)

Makabe and Shibata beat on each other for 8 minutes. I am here for that.

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597) CHARLES LUCERO vs. REY HECHICERO – PODER Y HONOR (08/04/13 – PyH Championship)

This match was almost added as part of Underrepresented since Hechicero is criminally not appreciated. Then I surprised myself by realizing that I hadn’t tossed Charles Lucero into the mix. Never underestimate my stupidity.

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598) WORLD’S CUTEST TAG TEAM (JOEY RYAN/CANDICE LERAE) vs. THE YOUNG BUCKS (NICK & MARK JACKSON) – PWG (07/26/14 – PWG World Tag Titles, Guerilla Warfare)

Oh is this gonna infuriate some folks. I mean the screen cap alone kinda makes me excited about. I guess I do just wanna watch the world burn

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599) BLACK DANGER/MIRAGE/ULTIMO MALDITO vss. ARCANGEL DIVINO/BLACK DESTINY/GENIO DEL AIRE – AAA (04/20/18)

What better way to celebrate 4/20 than a bunch of young kids doing crazy moves and landing on their heads and shoulders funny.

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600) DALTON CASTLE vs. JAY LETHAL – RING OF HONOR 16TH ANNIVERSARY (03/09/18 – ROH World Title)

Castle is one of the like two things I care about in ROH but I hadn’t found the right match to add (outside of considering the entertaining yet obvious match against Liger). I am hot and cold on Lethal but his 2018 was one that stacks up with most in the US and NO ONE talked about it. This was the best match on the show but of course all the glory went to all the eventual AEW guys.

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