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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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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #10

JEFF JARRETT! DEAN MALENKO! STEVE AUSTIN! and other things I watched for the mountain of tape to arrive! Howdy! Welcome to Death Valley Driver Video Review #10! I finished the last match of the last mountain of tapes I got, which means a little down time between deliveries. I gotta a bunch coming in soon, […]

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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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NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT (March 13, 2013)

NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT – MARCH 13, 2013 (by PHIL RIPPA) WHAT WORKED Kassius Ohno vs. Derrick Bateman opens the show. I won’t complain though I am really not sad that Bateman is now on Impact where it is so easy for me to ignore him. And God Bless – his punches were definitely destined […]

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NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT (March 6, 2013)

NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT – MARCH 6, 2013 (by PHIL RIPPA) WHAT WORKED Show opens with Dusty Rhodes ON THE STICK~! Since it is just Dusty by himself this week – I will give him a pass on booking the same triple threat match from last week. But hey – Dusty is paying out of […]

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NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT (February 27, 2013)

NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT – February 27, 2013 (by PHIL RIPPA) WHAT WORKED We are wasting no time in having the Justin Gabriel/Leo Kruger matchup teased last week. WHEN SOUTH AFRICANS COLLIDE!!!! I have no issues with Gabriel… well at least with his wrestling. I still have a problem with his stupid hair and tiny […]

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NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT (February 13, 2013)

NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 (by PHIL RIPPA) WHAT WORKED So just as I was starting to make a comment about how weird it was that here was Summer Rae doing ring introductions with no mention of her freak out and her attack of Paige when who should come storming down the […]

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NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT (February 6, 2013)

NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT – February 6, 2013 (by PHIL RIPPA) WHAT WORKED I was going to make a joke last week about “Geez – I wonder how long Seth Rollins will stay in the opening” and I forgot. So of course, this week’s show hits and he is gone. Of course Big E Langston […]

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NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT (January 23, 2013)

NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT – January 23, 2013 (by PHIL RIPPA) I haven’t done one of these in a little bit. I realized I need to get cracking if I want to finish 2013 before 2016. Please don’t make me regret picking you over Mass Effect. WHAT WORKED Alex Riley shows up and looks exactly […]

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NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT (January 2, 2013)

NXT RETRO WORKRATE REPORT – January 2, 2013 (by PHIL RIPPA) I have soooo much free time, I decided to start working through the NXT Shows on Hulu. For someone who has longed for the days of Saturday Night or Worldwide for that matter, this is the closest I am going to get. Of course, […]