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1001 MATCHES: Bobby Eaton

(by Phil Rippa) With spaces becoming limited, I wanted to stack the list with a couple of my all time faves before finishing. Here is Bobby Eaton who is like a Top 5 wrestler of all time but no one cares. I really don’t have the energy anymore to explain why Eaton is better than […]

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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #182

2018~! is the year of PCO~! and L.A. PARK~! and BANDIDO~! DEAN~! has no idea who DYLAN KAGE~! is! WCW SIN~! fucking WCW SIN~! A look at how the DVD 500~! sausage got made! FLAMITA~!¬†RYUCHI KAWAKAMI~! RUSH~! SID’S HORRIFIC LEG INJURY~! and so much MORE~! WELCOME TO DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #182 […]

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MATCHES THAT TICKLED MY FANCY: February 2018

(by PHIL RIPPA) Between it being the shortest month, being behind on NXT and 205 Live and watching more crappy wrestling in a month than I really want, this is a smaller slate of matches. Of course – if I am honest, most months will look closer to this as (hopefully) more people pay for […]

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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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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #5

TAUE! DREAMER! TSURUTA! and other things I saw and heard this week. Howdy! Welcome to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW #5! It was a big week for killing time watching tapes of wrestling – what with the Hurricane and all! Of course, the two megathreads are still making sure nobody can go to bed at […]

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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: 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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1001 MATCHES: 5 Stars

(by PHIL RIPPA) Star ratings are a terrible flawed and unreliable method to determine if one will get enjoyment out of a wrestling match and if you live and die by them than I pity you. HOWEVER, they are a wonderful thing to use when you are looking for your next piece in this project. […]

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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #177

DEAN~! touches himself to EDDIE GUERRERO~! RIPPA~! touches himself to MARK HENRY~! YOU~! touch yourself to CHELSEA~!¬† SEIYA SANADA~! MR. LEO~! HIROSHI YAMATO~! JOE COFFEY~! NAOMICHI MARUFUJI~! And, of course, TERRY FUNK~! Let’s all go to the MALL~!   HIYA~! Welcome to the Death Valley Driver Video Review Issue #177 Well all that Singles Going […]