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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.


MJF’s Promo on CM Punk Was Mid

I’m disappointed in MJF. Honestly, I feel that way about half the time that I’m watching any MJF promo. It’s clear to see that there’s a spark of talent there that could be great. He has a baseline ability to deliver his lines in a way that’s clear, expressive, and…

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Chad Gable and the Art of the Five Minute Banger

The debate about match runtimes in pro wrestling has raged on for decades now. It’s a favorite among fans of professional wrestling and it always resurfaces when the critically acclaimed prestige wrestling of a particular era leans towards the grander scope of 30-60 minute matches. The debate comes up in…

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Hangman Adam Page’s Title Win Was Enough

Only one thing could have really soured the AEW World Championship match between Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. If AEW had booked Omega to retain the title, knocking Hangman down another peg after spending weeks highlighting the man’s inability to win The Big One, it would have felt like a…

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HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi Kicked Off the D-oh Grand Prix with a Bang

For my money, DDT is the best promotion running in Japan today. Their mix of high-level main event wrestling combined with its famous undercard silliness makes it one of the most consistently entertaining promotions in the entire world. Its roster is filled to bursting with some of the most talented…

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11 Years Apart, Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston Dropped a Pair of Bangers

For some reason, this is a match that was never really supposed to happen. It’s strange to think about considering how both Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston are emblematic of the 2000s super indie boom that came to define the direction of North American pro wrestling down the line. Even…

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Bryan Danielson Cracked the Minoru Suzuki Code

So here’s the thing about Minoru Suzuki’s recent tour of the United States: if you’ve seen one of those matches, you’ve seen them all. The novelty of his match ups, more often than not, far outweighs the in-ring product as many of these matches follow the same general formula and…

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Interview: In Five Days, Daniel Garcia Wrestled Four Dream Matches

This is becoming a regular thing for Daniel Garcia. It seems that every month, he racks up a week full of bookings that make for appointment viewing. The first that comes to mind for me would be SCI weekend in August. Then, Daniel Garcia made it to the finals of…

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Wheeler YUTA vs. Alex Shelley Further Elevated the IWTV World Title

The last ten months have done wonders for the IWTV Independent Wrestling World Championship. While the near two-year reign of WARHORSE from 2019 to March of this year did a lot to make the championship an incredibly visible and well-travelled title, it wasn’t exactly a reign that drew eyes for…

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Roman Reigns vs. Finn Bálor Is the Funniest Match of 2021

Believe it or not, I really wanted to like this match. In fact, I was pretty much certain that I would. Roman Reigns has been on the run of a lifetime with a renewed character that has brought a lot of life to his main event title matches this past…

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Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega Was a Dream Match Realized

In my time as a wrestling fan, I have run the full gamut of opinions when it comes to Kenny Omega. To me, Kenny Omega is the very definition of a “coin flip” wrestler. On any given night, he’s either someone I consider to be one of the very best…

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How Black Terry and Perro De Guerra Jr. Brawled Their Way Into My Heart

A typo got me to watch this match. In fact, I hadn’t been planning on watching this match at all. I had been eagerly awaiting the drop of Lucha Memes’ 2021 Battle of Coacalco event on IWTV ever since the promotion announced Lee Moriarty for the tournament’s line up. When…

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You Can’t Miss the Limitless Championship Series Between Daniel Garcia and JD Drake

The first time that JD Drake challenged for the Limitless World Championship, Daniel Garcia proved to be the smarter wrestler. Not the bravest wrestler, Garcia spends most of the opening moments keeping his distance from Drake. He ducks and weaves, getting his shots and getting out of Dodge before Drake…

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The American Dragon Bryan Danielson Flies Again

These things don’t happen in my lifetime. I started watching wrestling in 2006, long after the dust had settled from the Monday Night Wars. Growing up, the WWE was a monolith—the only game in town at least as far as North American wrestling was concerned. I didn’t know a wrestling…

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The Lost Gem and Potential Future That Is Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Much has been made of the long-awaited return of CM Punk to All Elite Wrestling. The internet had been ablaze with the rumors of Punk’s return weeks ahead of his appearance on AEW Rampage. Even before AEW began hinting at the eventual arrival of Punk, multiple online news sources had…

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AJ Gray Won’t Die. He’ll Make You Kill Him.

AJ Gray is climbing the top rope. He’s 470 days away from ending Nick Gage’s near three-year reign as GCW World Champion. It’ll be even longer than that until he helms the For the Culture series of events that exclusively highlight Black wrestlers. For now, he’s wrestling in the opener…

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Bobby Eaton Helped Perfect the Southern Tag Team Formula

It takes a truly special talent to perfect a genre of entertainment. Bobby Eaton was exactly that. No one did Southern tag team wrestling as well as The Midnight Express and, with all due respect to both Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane, The Midnight Express could not have worked without…

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The Reality of Wrestling on Reality TV

Long before a lurid promise from Edge and Lita on live television made me a wrestling fan for life, I was already years into my fandom for reality television. Specifically, the brand of reality TV that centered itself on competitions and challenges. I have fond memories of seeing Teri and…

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Interview: Eddie Kingston Travels the Mad King’s Road

As Eddie Kingston enters the arena for the biggest match in his career, the last thing anyone notices is his gear. First and foremost is Eddie’s focus. His intensity radiates off the screen. There’s none of that cocky swagger that he brings to other matches. Here in the main event…

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A Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman Match Trapped 90s Fandom In Amber

It’s easy to forget just how much wrestling isn’t available to be seen. These days, wrestling fans are bombarded with content. American companies pump hours of wrestling television onto various networks while smaller independent promotions distribute through a variety of streaming services. There has never been a time when watching…

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Inspired By Its Past, Wheeler YUTA May Be Indie Wrestling’s Future

It’s another day on the road for Wheeler YUTA. On the day of our interview, he’s seated in his car the morning before another match. “Had a match last night, another one tonight,” YUTA tells me. “Tonight, I’m wrestling Owen Knight at PWX in Rock Hill, South Carolina.” Another busy…

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