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Joseph Anthony Montecillo

Joseph Anthony Montecillo is a writer from the Philippines where he has been publishing short fiction since 2008. He currently maintains a YouTube channel where he discusses pro wrestling of the past and present.


How Does One Write About Professional Wrestling?

It’s not easy to write about pro wrestling. Despite being the artform itself being around as a popular form of entertainment for over a century, it feels like the actual practice of writing criticism about pro wrestling is only in its infancy. A large factor in this is how pro…

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Wheeler YUTA and Daniel Garcia Take the ROH Pure Title Into the Future

ROH has had a love-hate relationship with the Pure division. The division made its debut in the early 2000s, introducing a new championship to the promotion which was contested under an entirely unique ruleset. Because of this, the belt could be conceivably presented as of equal importance to the World…

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The Joy of Kazusada Higuchi’s KO-D Openweight Championship Win

I haven’t loved DDT this year. Despite easily being my favorite Japanese promotion of the 2020s, the back half of 2021 and the start of this year exposed several issues with the company’s booking. The back-to-back KO-D Openweight Championship reigns of both Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo failed to produce…

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Mox vs. Deppen for the GCW Title: Fanfyte’s Best of June 2022, Part 2

Quick editor’s note. Yesterday, Joseph Montecillo showcased five of the best matches of June. Whether you’re a fan  of dazzling acrobatics, bloody death matches, or sturdy tag bouts, it’s all there for you, the discerning professional wrestling fan. What’s in store today? Lucha! Joshi! Indies! A GCW Title defense! I’m…

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Mox vs. Deppen (@2ndgunny)

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Konosuke Takeshita’s Amazing American Run Continues: Fanfyte’s Best of June 2022, Part 1

June was a busy month in professional wrestling. The marquee event of the month, of course, was AEW and NJPW’s Forbidden Door, but elsewhere, on the indies, in Japan, and in Mexico, there were so many great matches that we had to split Joseph’s monthly best of column in two.…

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Soup vs Speedball (@Luchatographer)

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WrestleWar 1992 Is Still the Bar for WarGames Matches

WarGames is a simple match. When you get past the stumbling block of explaining the rules to everyone, it’s really one of the easiest stipulations in the world to get right. The template and structure for every successful WarGames match was set from day one. It all boils down to…

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For Vince McMahon, “Life Sucks and Then You Die” Is a Campaign Slogan

So I voted for the first time this year. The Philippine national elections felt much more high stakes than usual. I’m sure a lot of that is just a matter of age. It’s the first election I’m experiencing as an (alleged) adult in my 20s, which means I’m seeing the…

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Mike Bailey Keeps Dropping Bangers: Fanfyte’s Best of the Month, May 2022

Looking back at May, there’s a lot of great wrestling that I really enjoyed beyond the mainstream American companies. While I like to use this monthly feature to highlight matches from lesser-known promotions, it felt much easier to put a shine on those matches this year when I found myself…

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Lee vs Speedball (AJ Small) Feature

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In Wrestling, Endings Don’t Get Better Than MJF vs. Wardlow

Think about your favorite pro wrestling rivalry. There are a lot of truly beloved ones in wrestling history. Just pick one, keep it in your mind and follow it as far as you can down the timeline to when it ends. I don’t just mean the climax of the feud…

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MJF Wardlow Double Or Nothing AEW

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Anarchy in the Arena Succeeded on the Strength of All-Time Greats

If “Wild Thing” played over the whole thing, it’s probably a perfect match. I couldn’t tell you how serious I am about that statement, but I can tell you that the Anarchy in the Arena ten-man tag between The Jericho Appreciation Society and Eddie Kingston’s cohorts absolutely rocked. It’s one…

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Press A+B Together: The Art of Stealing a Finisher

For a lot of reasons, theft has been on my mind in recent weeks. External events of the world aside, AEW Dynamite was rife with it on May 11th. The first two matches on the card—Dax Harwood vs. Adam Cole, and John Silver vs. CM Punk—both featured finishes that saw…

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70 Years Ago, Verne Gagne and Hans Schmidt Had a Timeless Classic

So you clicked, that’s a good start. I get it. Seeking out a 70-year-old match is far from a top priority for most pro wrestling fans. Given the enormous backlog of the most popular eras of televised wrestling — roughly the 70s onwards — and the relentless cavalcade of content…

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Imperfect, Broken Down, Occasionally Wonderful: Fanfyte’s Best of the Month, April 2022

While WrestleMania and the surrounding independent shows dominate April discussion most years, plenty of strong stuff comes out in the weeks that follow it. Anyone reading this has likely heard of all the usual suspects from this time — FTR vs. The Young Bucks, Minoru Suzuki vs. Samoa Joe, or…

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Ilja Dragunov Roderick Strong NXT UK

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Jon Moxley and Wheeler YUTA Reveled in the Ecstasy of Combat

The first Jon Moxley vs. Wheeler YUTA match was a slaughter. The bell rang and Mox cut the kid’s head off with a massive lariat. He never loses the advantage from there. It’s less than a minute before Moxley hits the Paradigm Shift and gets the pinfall victory. As far…

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Wheeler Yuta Jon Moxley AEW

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In a Tale of Two Dream Matches, FTR Took On the Briscoes and the Bucks

When The Revival left the WWE, there was one match everyone wanted from more than anything else. After years of online debate among fans and dozen of potshots taken online, even becoming a running gag on a popular YouTube show, everyone wanted to see The Revival take on The Young…

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FTR Briscoes ROH

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Zack Sabre Jr. Should Have Been IWGP World Heavyweight Champion By Now

It’s almost easy to forget just how good Zack Sabre Jr. is. There’s a few reasons for that. The primary reason, of course, is that New Japan Pro Wrestling isn’t the hot company that it once was. Zack’s devoted pretty much his entire decade so far to wrestling for New…

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Have a Week, Speedball Mike Bailey: FanFyte’s Best of WrestleMania Week 2022

WrestleMania weekend is so much more than just The Show of Shows itself. Going back to the mid-2000s or so, WrestleMania weekend has been a hotbed for independent wrestling as promotions flock to the host city to showcase their product to the largest concentration of professional wrestling fans anywhere on…

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Jay vs Speedball Mike Bailey

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Spitting in the GOAT’s Face: FanFyte’s Best of the Month, March 2022

Before we get into things, a little bit of housekeeping. I’m lucky enough to be taking over the Best of the Month list that FanFyte featured through the tail end of 2021. Of course, the major change now is that instead of hearing perspectives from several writers, all these picks…

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To Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary, NJPW Chased Its Past

New Japan Pro Wrestling currently has a complicated relationship with its history. The company has existed for half a century now, having spent most of that tenure as the leading wrestling promotion in Japan. New Japan’s grip on the top spot in Japan has rarely wavered in any quantifiable way.…

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Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley Are Done Compromising Their Vision of Pro Wrestling

Bryan Danielson has an uncompromising vision of professional wrestling. And why wouldn’t he? This is a man who has gone on record to say that a bloody pro wrestling match has brought him closer to sensing God’s presence than years of organized religion. “I’m not doing it to have the…

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