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MATCHES THAT TICKLED MY FANCY: January 2018

(by PHIL RIPPA) I watch enough wrestling (but not as much as I used to) that I watch plenty of things that I really enjoy. And I watch enough of those things in a month to trick myself into continuing to watch wrestling for another month. So when up at o’dark hundred hour again – […]

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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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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #180

RIPPA~! unearths the greatest thing DEAN~! has ever written~! FORTY~! men in a Royal Rumble is about TWENTY~! people too many~! FIT FINLAY~! kicks the shit out of JOHNNY SWINGER~! KOJI KITOA~! sucks~! RUSSIA~! is weird~! PRESTON MOTHERFUCKING QUINN~! ALEX WRIGHT~! SANDMAN~! TEXAS TERMINATOR HOSS~! WELCOME TO DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW #180 HOLA~! There […]

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1001 MATCHES – WrestleMania

(by PHIL RIPPA) Simple yet appropriate theme to throw out today on the day of another Mania. I have mentioned previously that we tended to not do a lot from WrestleMania just because it usually is the one time a year even the most lapsed fan will pay attention. It is wrestling Easter. Just for […]

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1001 MATCHES: Black History Month

(by PHIL RIPPA) The running gag has always been “Okay – it’s February time for the WWE to acknowledge that it had black wrestlers and randomly push the current black wrestlers on the roster” time. Of course – this year, while Naomi did emerge from the ether to win the Smackdown Women’s Title (though had […]

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1001 MATCHES: A to Z

(by PHIL RIPPA) A straight forward theme this time which I, of course, made way more difficult for myself. A 501) ARN ANDERSON vs. THE GREAT MUTA – NWA POWER HOUR – (01/02/90 – NWA TV Title) Arn beats Muta in a match as good as you would hope it would be when seeing the […]

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1001 MATCHES: Big One (80s and Before)

(by PHIL RIPPA) First part of THE BIG ONE~! All matches took place before 1990 401) GILBERT CESCA/BEN CHEMOIL vs. ANTON TEJERO/INCA PERUANO – FRENCH CATCH (03/12/65) French Catch wrestling is probably the newest sensation in wrestling footage becoming available. Which is ironic since it some of the earliest wrestling available to watch. ~!~ 402) […]

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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW ISSUE #169

(cover by RIPPA) ¬†YAMATO~! brings the hate~! TINIEBLAS~! and DR. WAGNER JR.~! don’t really have a match! YOSHITSUNE~! has a name that gets censored~! DEAN~! might be a touch excited about GIANT BERNARD~! vs. YUTAKA YOSHIE~! And also his match with HIROOKI GOTO~! SUPER PANDA~! NEGRO CASAS~! The DARK KNIGHT~! GRAN HAMADA~! LENNY LANE~! TOOTSY~! […]

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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW ISSUE #174 (Simple Version)

DRAGON LEE~! is RUSH’S~! brother~! TOM MAGEE~! suuuuuccccckkkkkssss~! PINK PRIDE NATION~! is the greatest tag team you never heard of~! DEAN~! fawns over TOMOHIRO ISHII~! TIMOTHY THATCHER~! KATSUYORI SHIBATA~! BRAZOS~! VILLANOS~! And MORE~! HIYA~! Welcome to the Death Valley Driver Video Review Issue #174 WEEKLY BITCHES~! God – I don’t know whose brilliant idea this […]

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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW ISSUE #174

DRAGON LEE~! is RUSH’S~! brother~! TOM MAGEE~! suuuuuccccckkkkkssss~! PINK PRIDE NATION~! is the greatest tag team you never heard of~! DEAN~! fawns over TOMOHIRO ISHII~! TIMOTHY THATCHER~! KATSUYORI SHIBATA~! BRAZOS~! VILLANOS~! And MORE~! HIYA~! Welcome to the Death Valley Driver Video Review Issue #174 WEEKLY BITCHES~! God – I don’t know whose brilliant idea this […]