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1001 MATCHES – WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG

(by PHIL RIPPA) The title of this theme could be referring to this piece or the meta of how long it takes me to actually finish any projects but life… ya know… Anyway – I go through this list (and the DVDVR #100) way more than any sane person should. Or really any insane person […]

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1001 MATCHES – TOMOHIRO ISHII

(by PHIL RIPPA) Tomohiro Ishii really should be everyone’s favorite wrestler. Love him so much. 741) TOMOHIRO ISHII vs. MASAAKI MOCHIZUKI – WAR (07/13/00) WAR DADDY~! Baby Ishii and Mochizuki beat on each for our entertainment. ~!~ 742) TOMOHIRO ISHII vs. RIKI CHOSHU – NEW JAPAN (07/29/07) Match is totally acceptable. I just enjoy recognizing […]

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1001 MATCHES: Angle Alert

(by PHIL RIPPA) Some of these aren’t “great” matches. Some aren’t even really matches. Basically everything here is just a vessel for the entertaining/memorable/stupid angle that goes with it. 726) BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs. LARRY ZBYSZKO – WWF CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING (01/22/80 (Taped), (02/02/80) Aired) A teacher vs. student “exhibition” match where Zbyszko turns on Bruno that […]

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1001 MATCHES: First and Last

(by PHIL RIPPA) I am sadly a little too proud of being able to do this where all the firsts were first and the lasts were last. FIRSTS 716) THE SUPER POWERS (DUSTY RHODES, NIKITA KOLOFF, PAUL ELLERING, ROAD WARRIOR HAWK AND ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL) vs. THE FOUR HORSEMAN (RIC FLAIR, ARN ANDERSON, LEX LUGER, […]

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1001 MATCHES: Handheld

(by PHIL RIPPA) All these matches are handhelds. Some of them have better quality than others (and some might have eventually have shown up in a more professional shoot). Yet – this is the way a lot of us cut our wrestling viewing teeth. 701) BRAZO DE ORO vs. EL HIJO DEL SANTO – UWA […]

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1001 MATCHES: Medium One (Part 2)

50 matches to get 700. Part 1 can be found here. 676) SAMOA JOE vs. TAKESHI MORISHIMA – RING OF HONOR (02/16/07) (Note: Because apparently I can’t tell the difference between a 0 and 1 – this ended up in the 2017 section. I wasn’t blowing up two pieces to put it in the right […]

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1001 MATCHES: Medium One (Part 1)

50 matches to get 700. Part 2 can be found here. 651) RIKIDOZAN vs. MASAHIKO KIMURA – JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ALLIANCE (12/22/54 – Japan Heavyweight Championship) Rikidozan shoots on Kimura and this happens ~!~ 652) GIANT BABA vs. THE DESTROYER – JWA (03/05/69) A long match that seems to go by in the blink of […]

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1001 MATCHES: Houston

Paul Boesch’s Houston Library footage burned fast and bright as the NWA OnDemand service. The service was ended when Billy Corgan purchased the NWA. I asked resident Houston footage mark (Yes Meltzer I am still using that word) Matt D. to select 10 matches that were released via the service that folks should watch that […]

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1001 MATCHES – HOFers

This section is all guys who have been enshrined in the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame. Not judging on whether or not said person should be in the Hall of Fame but just using it as a starting point to knock out some matches. And because I want to add extra layers of difficulty to […]

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1001 MATCHES – Plain Janes

I call these “Plain Janes” as my short hand for two guys just having a match. No titles. No gimmicks. No tournaments. Etc… I even decided (because I like making things hard on myself) to not include tag matches or anything that wasn’t a straight singles match. Pretty much the only reason these guys are […]