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 Posted: Sat May 18th, 2019 10:42 am
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The WWE Network is currently advertising an eight hour (12 PM Eastern - 8 PM Eastern) broadcast from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida on Sunday 5/26, featuring a combine with NXT talents competing against each other. The Network's schedule describes the broadcast as "NXT Superstars put their strength, speed and athleticism to the test in a battery of competitive events." It will be the first time since the PC's Combine has been instituted that the event will be broadcast on the Network. Highlights from previous combines have been released on WWE's social media platforms.

Following the Combine broadcast, the Network is slated to air a new episode of WWE Untold based around Eric Bischoff's plans to reboot World Championship Wrestling in 2001, which obviously never happened after Turner Broadcasting canceled the programming, paving the way for WWE to purchase WCW instead. Booker T, Bischoff and others were interviewed for the broadcast.



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bpickering wrote: WWE has added the following Andre the Giant "Hidden Gems" to WWE Network today:

TO SLAM A GIANT

NOVEMBER 02, 1980

Andre the Giant looks to become the recipient of five thousand dollars as he faces Jerry Blackwell in this Bodyslam Challenge Match.

DEFYING THE ODDS

NOVEMBER 07, 1982

Andre the Giant teams with Hulk Hogan to face Bobby Heenan, Nick Bockwinkel, Ken Patera and Bobby Duncum in this Handicap Match.

THE BATTLE OF THE GIANTS

JULY 20, 1984

Andre the Giant goes one-on-one with long time rival Big John Studd from the legendary Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

Can't find the Blackwell/Andre or Andre/Studd on the network.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: bpickering wrote: WWE has added the following Andre the Giant "Hidden Gems" to WWE Network today:

TO SLAM A GIANT

NOVEMBER 02, 1980

Andre the Giant looks to become the recipient of five thousand dollars as he faces Jerry Blackwell in this Bodyslam Challenge Match.

DEFYING THE ODDS

NOVEMBER 07, 1982

Andre the Giant teams with Hulk Hogan to face Bobby Heenan, Nick Bockwinkel, Ken Patera and Bobby Duncum in this Handicap Match.

THE BATTLE OF THE GIANTS

JULY 20, 1984

Andre the Giant goes one-on-one with long time rival Big John Studd from the legendary Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

Can't find the Blackwell/Andre or Andre/Studd on the network.

Just check...They are there.



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The WWE Network has added 20 episodes of WCW Thunder from 2000, so if you ever wanted to see David Arquette win the WCW World title, now's your chance!



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Buckle up folks because this one is a doozy. Most of our readers would agree that the WWE Network’s Hidden Gems section is at its best when uploading full events (or as near complete as possible). With that being the case, many people should be happy tomorrow as the WWE Network is set to add a full Georgia Championship Wrestling event from The Omni to the critically-acclaimed category. Dated 12/04/1983 and given the title “Wildfire and The Nature Boy“, here is the full card according to records:

Bob Roop vs. Mike Jackson
Chick Donovan vs. Johnny Rich
Cy Jernigan vs. Ronnie Garvin
NWA National Television Title: Jake Roberts (c) vs. Pez Whatley
NWA National Tag Team Titles: Brett Sawyer and Buzz Sawyer vs. The Road Warriors (c)
Buzz Sawyer vs. Ted DiBiase
NWA World Heavyweight Title: Ric Flair (c) vs. Tommy Rich

With a runtime of very nearly 2 hours and a 7-match card, that makes it highly likely that we’re being treated to the whole enchilada tomorrow, which is one hell of a rare treat when it comes to Georgia Championship Wrestling and especially when it comes to The Omni.

As always, here is the official synopsis:

Georgia Championship Wrestling 12/04/1983 – Wildfire and The Nature Boy [Duration: 01:58:39]

Ric Flair puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Tommy Rich, while Ted DiBiase battles Buzz Sawyer from The Omni

As a final reminder, the above event will be uploaded to the “WWE Hidden Gems” category of the Vault section on WWE Network (under the relevant year) between 9 and 10 AM EST/ 2 and 3 PM GMT tomorrow (Thursday, May 23rd).



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That’s an awesome upload



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bpickering wrote: The WWE Network has added 20 episodes of WCW Thunder from 2000, so if you ever wanted to see David Arquette win the WCW World title, now's your chance!(Desperately running to my bathroom while throwing up in my own mouth!)



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This 1983 show and the Last Battle of Atlanta are from when Georgia was past its prime, not that it isn't a pleasure to be able to see them. Knowing they exist and that more stuff was saved from that promotion than we'd previously thought or hoped makes me wonder if there are any tapes or films of cards from further back when the promotion was at its peak.

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Even if the house shows are some what disappointing I still like that the pay off to the tv episodes is surfacing.



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Franchise wrote: Even if the house shows are some what disappointing I still like that the pay off to the tv episodes is surfacing.I agree. Like ECW, GCW strength was their weekly TV. The house shows, even their big house shows were often let downs. Like Franchise said though, it's still great to see them surface.



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A lot of the time when it comes to the WWE Network’s weekly offering of “hidden gems”, the phrase “the old the better” tends to be uttered. Well, you can’t get much older than the trio of matches set to be uploaded tomorrow. All of them are from the 1950s and the lone star state of Texas. Long-time subscribers will remember that this isn’t the first time that the early days of Texas Wrasslin’ have been made available, with 4 matches from the decade being on the service as of writing. Of course, getting a batch of footage specifically dedicated to the era is rather new. Let’s take a look.

First, we have “The Legend of The Sheik“, dated 12/14/1954. This sees The original Sheik battling Juan Humberto. Next up is “The Bull is Loose“, dated 02/22/1955. Here we have the WWE Network debut of the legendary Wild Bull Curry as he takes on Danny Savich. Last but definitely not least, the final video set for upload tomorrow is “Becoming a Mad Dog“. Dated 03/19/1957, this footage allows a glimpse into the extremely early career of a very young “Mad Dog” Vachon as he faces off with The Amazing Zuma. Fans of a younger persuasion are more likely to remember Vachon from the rather memorable role he played during the HBK/Diesel no DQ match at In Your House 7 in 1996.

Besides the obvious Texas connection, this selection of matches seems to be following a “hardcore pioneers” theme. Finally, it should be noted that due to the above coming to us earlier than usual, there’s a chance that the list could still grow a little further before tomorrow. We’ll be sure to update you if that’s the case.

As always, here are the official synopses for all 3 matches:

12/14/1954 – The Legend of The Sheik [Duration: 11:09]

On his path to achieving legendary status as one of the pioneers of hardcore wrestling, The Sheik faced Juan Humberto at The Sportatorium.

02/22/1955 – The Bull is Loose [Duration: 21:30]

Danny Savich looks to tame one of the sport’s founding fathers of the hardcore style when he faces Wild Bull Curry from Dallas.

03/19/1957 – Becoming a Mad Dog [Duration: 14:34]

Before becoming known worldwide as the Mad Dog, ‘Mad’ Maurice Vachon took on The Amazing Zuma in this rarely seen contest from Texas.



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The following "Hidden Gems" added to the WWE Network today:

AWA 06/10/1984 – Mr. Rhodes Goes to Minnesota [Duration: 07:32]
Dusty Rhodes battles fellow WWE Hall of Famer Larry Zbyszko in this contest from St. Paul.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 01/11/1987 – Battle of the Horsemen [Duration: 16:18]
Before joining forces in the Four Horsemen, Barry Windham and Arn Anderson went to war in this match from Charlotte.

Georgia Championship Wrestling 04/07/1984 – Snake Charmer [Duration: 19:22]
The Georgia Championship Wrestling TV title is on the line as Ronnie Garvin looks to dethrone Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts.



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That 6/10/84 card featured a battle royal and was heavily hyped as something like a supercard. The WWF had its debut Twin Cities card on 6/17/84, so the AWA was determined to have a blockbuster card to show up the invaders.

I usually reformat results, but am pressed for time and will edit later. These are the two events that ran within a week of one another.

6/10/84 St. Paul, MN @ Civic Center
Jerry Blackwell eliminated King Kong Brody to win battle royal
Abdullah The Butcher & Jerry Blackwell beat Baron Von Raschke (sub Blackjack Mulligan) & Blackjack Lanza
King Kong Brody beat Steve O (sub Mad Dog Vachon)
The Crusher no contest Nick Bockwinkel
Fabulous Ones beat Roger Kirby & Chris Markoff
Dusty Rhodes beat Larry Zbyszko
Curt Hennig beat Steve Regal

WWF @ Minneapolis, MN - Met Center - June 17, 1984 (11,000)
Debut in Minneapolis; Featured Gorilla Monsoon & Gene Okerlund on commentary
All American Wrestling - 7/22/84: B. Brian Blair pinned Jerry Valiant with an abdominal stretch into an inside cradle
All American Wrestling - 7/8/84; World Pro Wrestling (Japanese TV): Mad Dog Vachon pinned Buddy Colt at 3:26 with the piledriver; after the bout, Vachon threw Colt to the floor and attacked him with a chair; Red Bastien was the guest referee for the bout (Wrestling's Biggest Smallest, Strangest, Strongest)
World Pro Wrestling (Japanese TV): Big John Studd won a $50,000 18-man battle royal by last eliminating WWF IC Champion Tito Santana at 9:17; other participants included Andre the Giant, Rene Goulet, Mr. Fuji, WWF Tag Team Champions Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis, B. Brian Blair, Tiger Chung Lee, Jerry Valiant, Chris Curtis, Mil Mascaras, Alexis Smirnoff, Rocky Johnson, Paul Orndorff, Tony Garea, Jesse Ventura, and Ivan Putski; order of elimination: Curtis by Adonis (1:14); Tiger by Andre (1:25); Murdoch by Putski (1:48); Mascaras & Valiant eliminated each other (1:55); Putski by Smirnoff (2:39); Smirnoff by Johnson (2:51); Andre, Fuji, & Goulet were eliminated by Studd (3:23); Orndorff by Santana & Blair (4:38); Garea by Adonis & Ventura (4:51); Adonis by Johnson (7:02); Blair by Studd (7:20); Johnson by Ventura (8:45); Ventura by Santana (9:09); after the bout, Gene Okerlund conducted a ringside interview with Studd and presented him with the winner's check; shortly after, Okerlund conducted an interview with Andre, who challenged Studd to a match
World Pro Wrestling (Japanese TV): Mil Mascaras pinned Tiger Chung Lee at 5:30 with a crossbody off the top
Paul Orndorff defeated Tony Garea
World Pro Wrestling (Japanese TV): Ivan Putski defeated Alexis Smirnoff via count-out at 3:27 after knocking Smirnoff to the floor with the Polish Hammer
Georgia Championship Wrestling - 9/15/84:WWF IC Champion Tito Santana & Rocky Johnson defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch at 10:04 in a non-title match when Johnson pinned Adonis with a splash after Murdoch accidentally back dropped his partner
Georgia Championship Wrestling - 7/14/84: Jesse Ventura defeated Chris Curtis via submission with the backbreaker at 4:18
TNT - 7/3/84; World Pro Wrestling (Japanese TV): WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned David Schultz with a clothesline after the challenger missed a top rope move; after the bout, Schultz hit the champion several times with the belt before Hogan eventually cleared the ring and regained his title belt; Okerlund was the guest ring announcer for the match (Hulkamania)

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The AWA card featured Jerry Blackwell turning babyface and getting completely destroyed by Kaissey, Brody, and Abby in a beating that lasted a long time and was far more than brutal than fans in these parts were used to seeing. It set up a big feud that was pushed for the rest of the year.

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