Read more

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 […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES: Joe Malenko

(by PHIL RIPPA) Since we are starting to hit the home stretch – it is time to start making sure my favorites get some last minute shine. I definitely was the first and probably the only Joe Malenko mark in the Internet Wrestling Community. Hey – I actually got a tape from Scott Mailman about […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES: Akira Taue

(by PHIL RIPPA) Akira Taue is clearly the most underappreciated of the All Japan Big 4. Heck – the Big 5 if you expanded to include Jun Akiyama. Lord – it would take awhile before you went through the 90s AJ roster before you found someone that Taue was overappreciated (yes – I am making […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES: 2018

(by PHIL RIPPA) I really wanted to finish this project up by the end of the year (that ain’t happening) so what better way to pad… errr…. make meaningful contributions to the list than by selecting matches from this year. By no means should this be viewed as a “Match of the Year” list. And […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES: Underrepresented

(by PHIL RIPPA) I finally compiled a big file tracking who and how many times I picked wrestlers because of course I did. I am sure it is comically filled with mistakes especially when it came to remembering some dudes gimmicks. Putting that aside – all the guys I was picking here had only (to […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES – ON THE ROAD

(by PHIL RIPPA) Since clearly my goal is make as much work as possible for myself on a project no one cares about – I picked matches that we were at live to where I (with a couple of exceptions) find a road report for. I then uploaded the road report to the website. So […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES – Rest in Peace

(by PHIL RIPPA) After Vader passed and I did that piece, I thought about how many guys have died recently (which, sadly for wrestling, isn’t a new phenomenon) and that morphed into thinking about folks who died in 2018. So that is what this turned into – a tiny little tribute to those who passed […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES: Vader

(by PHIL RIPPA) I hadn’t been planning on spotlighting Big Van Vader as he has been represented decently so far over the first 800 matches. But then one of my all time favorites up and died. And now I am sad and just watching him over and over. So, in what should be your quest […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

(by PHIL RIPPA) Settle in for another round of crazy Rippa methodology. All the matches feature someone who was named Rookie of the Year by either the Wrestling Observer Newsletter or Pro Wrestling Illustrated. I used both just to provide some variety in the names. The WON provided more international names. PWI brought the wackadoo. […]

Read more

1001 MATCHES: EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE

(by PHIL RIPPA) When working on this project the one??? biggest??? rule I have followed was one instituted in DVDVR #100 and that was “no repeat” matches. (IE: only pick one match between two guys). I have skirted that a few times already for a variety of reasons. Here I just blatantly ignore it because […]