Author: Anthony Ricciardi

I’ve been a wrestling fan since 1998 and I'm very interested in the history of the business. Besides wrestling, I also enjoy comics and collectibles associated with comics, wrestling and overall pop culture particularly from the 80s and 90s. My articles are intended to provide history and an unbiased take on wrestling. I’ve been writing for the Wrestling Republic as an opinion writer since June 2021 and have been the Head Opinion Writer since February 2022. Co-Host of Sold Separately and frequent contributor/panelist to multiple WR podcasts.

“The people united will never be defeated” Cesar Chavez On Saturday I wrote an article about my thoughts and opinions in regards to The Rock vs Roman Reigns WrestleMania 40 match. It was the only piece that I have ever written for Wrestling Republic that was fueled by anger and disgust. To follow someone’s journey for two years and to know why he was doing it and for me on a personal level feel that connection of his motivation and to have that taken away for selfish reasons that angered me. I wasn’t scheduled for an appearance on the WR Daily…

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“A wise man shall never be conquered by a deceitful false prophet; but fools and simple minds shall revere the prophet as they would a deity.” RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo) – 2015 This maybe the hardest piece I’ve ever had to write as a wrestling fan, for 26 years I have loved this business through the good and the bad and I have never walked away from a show more angry or disgusted than I was after Friday’s Smackdown. The Rock Stole Cody’s Moment: Let me make this clear I’m not angry about the idea of Rock vs Reigns, I…

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It is now time for January 2024 best matches of the month list. Please keep in mind these are just my opinion of the best matches I saw this month and is not a definitive list and is not the official Wrestling Republic ratings and rankings. I’m sure there are matches that I may have missed but there are only so many hours in a day and only so much wrestling I can watch. So, please feel free to suggest matches in the comments, as it is possible, I haven’t seen them or maybe they just didn’t make my cut.…

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“Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places” Unknown Last Saturday at NJPW’s Battle in the Valley, the wrestling world saw the shocking return of Jack Perry. As we all know, the last time we saw Jack Perry was at AEW’s All In London, which should have been the biggest achievement in the company’s history was once again marred in backstage drama and controversy. The Incident That Changed Everything: Photo Credit – AEW Live on PPV during Jack’s match with Hook, Jack went up to the car at the entrance way and knocked on the glass and turned…

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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche I don’t believe there is a better quote that can describe the almost 22-year journey of TNA Wrestling than this quote. I’ve been watching wrestling for almost 26 years and have read and watched documentaries on the history of this business, and I can confidently say that there has never been a promotion that has been pronounced dead or dying more than TNA. My Thoughts On The TNA History: This is a promotion that has had more turnover both in front of the camera and behind the scenes that…

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When you consider all the matches that take place in promotions all over the world and try to whittle that list down to just twenty-five matches that is a daunting task. However, I have put together the twenty-five must see matches of 2023. This is my third annual best of the year list; my personal best matches of the month lists has led up to these 25 best matches of the year list. It was a lot of fun for me to put together the best matches of the month lists. Sometimes matches didn’t happen that exact month when I finally…

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Anthony’s Best of the Best It is now time for December 2023 best matches of the month list. Please keep in mind these are just my opinion of the best matches I saw this month and is not a definitive list and is not the official Wrestling Republic ratings and rankings. I’m sure there are matches that I may have missed but there are only so many hours in a day and only so much wrestling I can watch. So, please feel free to suggest matches in the comments, as it is possible, I haven’t seen them or maybe they…

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Disclaimer: This is being written in good fun with sarcasm, satire and Christmas easter eggs spread throughout this piece. This is all being written for a laugh. I’m NOT saying CM Punk hates Christmas. As children we have all either had the Dr. Seuss book read to us or have seen at least one of the movie adaptations of this classic story. As children we have the perception that the Grinch hates Christmas and in fact the original cartoon says as much. However, as you get older and get out in the world you kind of realize that the Grinch probably didn’t…

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It is now time for November 2023 best matches of the month list. Please keep in mind these are just my opinion of the best matches I saw this month and is not a definitive list and is not the official Wrestling Republic ratings and rankings. I’m sure there are matches that I may have missed but there are only so many hours in a day and only so much wrestling I can watch. So, please feel free to suggest matches in the comments, as it is possible, I haven’t seen them or maybe they just didn’t make my cut.…

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It is often said to never say never in professional wrestling, but there is no question that at Survivor Series, hell indeed froze over. For almost a decade, CM Punk has been gone from WWE and considering how bad the relationship ended it appeared that neither side was willing to reconcile as the years went by it looked less and less likely that Punk was even remotely interested in returning to wrestling. He left the industry behind with his last appearance at the 2014 Royal Rumble and became the black sheep of the WWE. There was a glimmer of hope…

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