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 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.

Turning a career trajectory around after heading in the wrong direction and false starts is not an easy thing to do, but WWE appears to have finally found the right direction for Austin Theory. This past Monday morning, I posted an article calling for WWE to rebuild Austin Theory, and as we saw on Raw, that appears to be exactly what WWE is attempting to do. In my article, I recounted the false starts and bad booking decisions that have plagued Austin Theory during his WWE run and his great run in Evolve. Austin Theory is a potential prodigy in this business…

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The one forbidden door that may never be open is one between WWE and AEW…well unless hell froze over. I know before I write a single word of this card, I’m going to get comments like why didn’t you book this person in the match, or how could you say this person should win or my personal favorite being accused of being a mark for either WWE or AEW. To all the complainers, I’m one of the most unbiased writers in the wrestling community. I watch both WWE & AEW and many other promotions as well, and if you look…

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At only 25 years old, multiple WWE creative teams have shown that they can completely screw up the booking of a young talent. WWE needs to seriously right the ship with Austin Theory’s booking and rebuild him. Austin Theory is one of those truly rare prodigies, that despite his very young age he is leaps and bounds more advanced than many of his peers at the same age. I personally first became aware of Theory during his run in Evolve. What I witnessed in Evolve from him was a very young talent maybe only 19 or 20, but he already…

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With talk of Triple H shaking up the PPV schedule, I think now would be the perfect time for Hunter to bring back an annual tournament PPV. Triple H has long been known as a student of the game and someone that has appreciated the history and prestige of championships. There is a reason that there are several pieces of wrestling memorabilia in his office and why one of the first things he did once he took over was show video packages touting the history of the U.S. & IC Championships. Hunter understands that re-establishing the prestige of the U.S. &…

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Anthony’s Best of the Best. It is now time for my October 2022 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…

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The question is AEW making the right decision buying CM Punk out of the rest of his contract, despite being their biggest free agent signing? There have been a lot of allegations thrown around over the past several weeks since the events that took place at the All Out Press Conference. I had previously written about my thoughts on the train wreck that was that press conference. My opinion on that press conference hasn’t changed, I still think CM Punk was completely out of line to go off like that and Tony Khan lacked the leadership ability in my opinion to…

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Turning MJF babyface, the legit hottest heel in the business in the middle of his feud with babyface, Jon Moxley now is a massive mistake. Professional wrestling has been around for a very long time and is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. There have been promotions all over the world and with completely different styles and in different languages. Despite these differences there are two true constants that lead to success in this business, quality storytelling and the very simple babyface vs heel. To me there are three core questions that need to be answered in any feud…

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MJF and William Regal absolutely delivered on AEW Dynamite, with a promo that was one of the best of the year from any promotion. Before I get into this column, I want to address my absence from Wrestling Republic these past few weeks, I was dealt a terrible fate of suffering not just one tragedy, but two tragedies back-to-back 16 days apart. Needless to say, I was in no condition to write anything. So, I want to take this time to personally thank my WR family particularly Clark Taylor, Coby Galenzoski, Ben Allison, and Ben “Soul” Loughran, who have been…

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For a little more than 14 years Adam Cole has given his blood, sweat and tears to the wrestling business and his fans. Narrowing the list down to the top ten must see matches so far of Adam Cole’s career is not easy, because this list could be much longer. Adam Cole is a talent I have been following since ROH and saw something special in him from the very beginning. Once I started looking at Adam Cole the person, I became an even bigger fan of his both personally and professionally. I have previously written that Adam Cole has an…

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AEW

Anthony’s best of the best. It is now time for my September 2022 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…

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