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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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: 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 […]