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.

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Anthony Ricciardi covers some of the events in the wrestling world for June 2024 that reminds you why it’s still an amazing time to be a wrestling fan When I wrote my first piece a few months ago talking about why I thought it was an amazing time to be a wrestling fan, my motivations were to try and combat the negativity of tribalism and to talk about my experiences at WrestleMania 40. Then last month so much happened in wrestling that further reminded me that this is truly special time to be a fan that I needed to write another piece recounting some…

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It is now time for June 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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Anthony Ricciardi breaks down his thoughts on the rumors of Shane McMahon going to AEW, and how he thinks how it should be booked. “Never say Never” This phrase has been used so many times over the years in professional wrestling. Over the years we have seen so many things happen that no one could have ever predicted. We’ve seen people leave WWE on bad terms swearing never to return, but eventually come back. One of those people was CM Punk, but as shocking as it was, it probably wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t first return to the wrestling…

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“A heart on fire with excitement and passion has a huge magnetic power.” Rhonda Byrne Last month I wrote a piece about how this is an amazing time to be a wrestling fan, my thought was that I could talk about my experience being at mania and all the positive things going on in wrestling in April. I never set out to do a monthly piece to recapture all the things that happened that month, but after the May we just had, I had to talk about it. I have no idea if this will become a monthly thing, I’ll do…

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Anthony’s Best of the Best It is now time for May 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…

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“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey It has been a while since I have written anything of substance, and I have wanted to write about my experience being there at WrestleMania 40, but the more I thought about it, I realized what I was feeling was more than just Mania hype. Wrestling is giving me back a passion that I haven’t felt since I became a fan 26 years ago. Don’t get me wrong I have felt a passion for this business the whole time, otherwise I would have gotten off…

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It is now time for April 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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Anthony’s Best of the Best It is now time for March 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…

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“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Shannon L. Adler Icon…Legend…Franchise…Vigilante…HOFamer…all of these monikers have been used to describe the man called, Sting. For forty years he has given hours of entertainment and created an indelible mark on this business that can never be erased. His legacy will continue to live on through each and every fan that was on this incredible run with the Stinger and continues to keep his name and legacy alive for future generations. The thought that for the first…

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It is now time for February 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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