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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: 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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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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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #7

Vader! Heavy Metal! Misterio! Juventud! Tony Arce! Too Cold! Jericho! Ganstas! (Gee, a North American Edition!) and other stuff I saw and heard this week! Howdy! Welcome to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW #7. It was a wacky week of wrestling veiwing as I once again put off watching the ten hours of All Japan […]

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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #6

Takada! Kudo! Jericho! Allbright! KAORU! Tanaka! Ooya! Waltman! and other stuff I saw this week! Howdy! Welcome to Death Valley Driver Video Review #6! The lovely wife is visiting her parents in Carolina so I got the whole house to myself! No Lifetime Movies! No quilting shows! Just wall to wall wrestling! I HAVE NO […]

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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: 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: 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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DEATH VALLEY DRIVER VIDEO REVIEW – ISSUE #176

MR. GANNOSUKE~! is back! MR. GANNESUKKE~! is a guy Dean made up in his head~! We heart GENICHIRO TENRYU~! YUJI KITO~! has a weird career path~! The HART FOUNDATION~! will be here~! RYAN UPIN~! IRON MIKE SHARPE~! TOSHIYUKI SAKUDA~! Too much CRUSH~! According to CAGEMATCH~! this is DVDVR #176~! ~!~ HIYA~! Welcome to the Death […]