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 Posted: Tue Jun 16th, 2020 07:22 pm
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Regarding All American Wrestling not making the Network yet, it seems like a matter of available time, available resources, and the need to not dump the entire back catalog on the viewers at once while instead putting out stuff a bit at a time so that there's always something new to add. Classic content is also clearly less of a priority right now. However, that doesn't mean it will be a permanent situation. My wholehearted belief is that someday we will see a lot of the stuff that's in the vault but not yet available.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 16th, 2020 11:14 pm
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tamalie wrote: On the list of things not on the Network that must be in the archives somewhere would be the entire run of the C show, Superstars of Wrestling from its inception in 1984 until the late summer of 1986 and then it became Spotlight from then until whenever its run ended in the mid 1990s.

This was a recap show, but it was a lot like All American Wrestling in the sense that it pulled stuff from all over to fill out the show. During the first year, a lot of the matches were from the St. Louis tapings that have turned up here and there but of which there is a lot that hasn't been seen since. Later it would air stuff from the A and B shows, but would occasionally slip in matches from the arena house shows at MSG, Boston Garden, and so on.

This show never got a lot of clearance, generally airing on weaker stations and/or in disadvantageous stations, so later still, when the show was in a full on mode of "no one's watching, so let's do whatever goofy stuff makes us laugh" it had things like Sean Mooney as his heel "twin brother" Ian Mooney and things like Sensation Sherri and Brooklyn Brawler as Sean's co-hosts with the everyone fighting to contain laughter. As a cult show, it would be neat to see it.

I stinkin' loved that Superstars of Wrestling show in '85 and '86.  So in Chicago, we got Championship Wrestling on the local Fox affiliate on Saturday mornings and that had been a mainstay for several years every week at 11am.  At some point in '85 when things started to get crazy, the local UHF station (Channel 66) picked up the WWF B-Show (All-Star) and the C-Show (Superstars) for Saturday nights from 10 until midnight.  All-Star was awesome because you got Gorilla and Jesse doing commentary, the Body Shop episodes (later Muraco's interview segment), and it just had a different "feel".  The show was lit better in that Brantford, Ontario arena, had David Bowie's Modern Love theme music.  
But the Superstars show was where the fucking money was at because they'd run random MSG matches or Boston Garden matches, so you'd see the Hart Foundation against the Killer Bees or Hercules Hernandez against Lanny Poffo.  You just didn't see even halfway name type matches back then on a weekly basis.
Many good memories of ordering a pizza and being glued to the tv on Sat nights.



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WWE Network News is reporting that more classic ECW super shows will be coming to the WWE Network as a part of this month's classic content drop. The content is coming this Monday, July 20.

The material is expected to be what would have been ECW home videos from 1996 on.



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 Posted: Mon Jul 20th, 2020 04:37 pm
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The WWE Network began adding ten ECW "Supershows" to their VOD component this morning. The Supershows are old ECW Home Video releases from 1996 and 1997, bringing those old Home Video releases on the Network up to ECW's first-ever PPV, Barely Legal.

ECW Just Another Night 1996
ECW Champion Raven defends his title against “Dr. Death” Steve Williams. The Sandman takes on D-Von Dudley. Terry Funk battles Tommy Rich. Rob Van Dam & Sabu challenge The Eliminators for the ECW Tag Team Titles. Big Stevie Cool faces Ricky Morton. Lance Storm goes one-on-one with Balls Mahoney.

ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash 1996
Raven & Shane Douglas battle The Sandman & Pitbull #2 in a Tag Team Dog Collar Match. Tommy Dreamer takes on Taz. The Eliminators challenge the Gangstas for the ECW Tag Team Championship in a Steel Cage Weapons Match. The Dudleys face Axl Rotten & D-Von Dudley. Terry Gordy goes one-on-one with Brian Lee in a Badstreet Match.

ECW A Matter of Respect 1996
Tommy Dreamer teams with Terry Funk to battle Raven & Brian Lee. The Eliminators defend the ECW Tag Team Titles against Rob Van Dam & Sabu. The Dudley Boyz take on The Gangstas. Stevie Richards tangles with Balls Mahoney. Axl Rotten faces Taz.

ECW Hardcore Heaven 1996
Tommy Dreamer, Terry Gordy & The Sandman take on Brian Lee, Raven & Stevie Richards in a Rage in a Cage Six-Man Tag Team Match. Shane Douglas defends the ECW Television Championship in a 4-Way Elimination Match. Mikey Whipwreck & Sabu challenge The Eliminators for the Tag Team Titles. The Gangstas battle The Samoan Gangsta Party.

ECW Heat Wave 1996
Shane Douglas challenges Raven for the ECW Championship. Bam Bam Bigelow battles Cactus Jack. Commissioner Tod Gordon faces Bill Alfonso. The Dudleys face The Eliminators for the ECW Tag Team Titles. Sabu takes on Too Cold Scorpio. The Sandman goes one-on-one with Axl Rotten. The Pitbulls square off against The Blue Meanie & Stevie Richards.

ECW The Doctor Is In 1996
Raven defends the ECW Championship against Terry Gordy. Tommy Dreamer battles Brian Lee. Sabu takes on Rob Van Dam. The Dudleys face The FBI. The Bruise Brothers challenge The Eliminators for the ECW Tag Team Championship. Shane Douglas goes one-on-one with Mikey Whipwreck.

ECW Natural Born Killaz 1996
Raven defends the ECW Title against Shane Douglas. Juventud Guerrera takes on Rey Mysterio in a 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match. Buh Buh Ray Dudley & Hack Myers challenge The Eliminators for the ECW Tag Team Titles. Cactus Jack faces Mikey Whipwreck. The Gangstas, The Headhunters and The Sandman & Too Cold Scorpio compete in a Tag Team Triple Threat Match.

ECW November to Remember 1996
The Sandman defends the ECW Championship against Raven. Too Cold Scorpio competes in a series of Loser Leaves Town Matches against Devon Storm, JT Smith, Hack Myers and Louie Spicolli. Big Stevie Cool takes on David Morton Tyler Jericho. The Gangstas take on The Eliminators and Rob Van Dam & Sabu in a 3-Way Elimination Match.

ECW Crossing the Line Again 1997
Raven, Pitbull #2 and The Sandman battle for the ECW Championship in a Three Way Dance. Shane Douglas challenges Too Cold Scorpio for the Television Title. Rob Van Dam faces Sabu in a Respect Match. Tommy Dreamer teams with The Gangstas to take on Brian Lee & The Eliminators. The Dudley Boyz compete against Damien Kane & Devon Storm.

ECW CyberSlam 1997
Stevie Richards represents ECW Champion Raven in a title defense against The Sandman. Brian Lee & Taz face Tommy Dreamer & Steve Williams. Pitbull #2 challenges Shane Douglas for the Television Title. The Gangstas, The Eliminators, The Bruise Brothers and The Samoan Gangsta Party compete for the Tag Team Titles. Rob Van Dam takes on Sa



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I have those all on vhs already. Every one of those shows were good to great in real time. I can't say if they still hold up 25 years later though. Still better than most of the shit today, obviously.



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PWInsider:

While it appears plans for a multi-tiered WWE Network have been paused, perhaps forever, after WWE was initially slated to launch that project several months ago, PWInsider.com can confirm that independent wrestling content is still scheduled to be utilized on the company's streaming network.

Several sources have stated that content involving several promotions are being planned for rollout on the Network. WWE has the rights to Great Britain's PROGRESS and ICW and recently purchased the EVOLVE and Dragon Gate USA libraries from World Wrestling Network. The company also has a strong working relationship with Germany's Westside Xtreme Wrestling, so one would think those libraries are the most likely to be involved.

There is no timetable for when the content will be released, but we can confirm there was work being done in recent weeks to prepare for its incorporation onto the the Network, unless of course, there is another change in plans.



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tamalie wrote: Regarding All American Wrestling not making the Network yet, it seems like a matter of available time, available resources, and the need to not dump the entire back catalog on the viewers at once while instead putting out stuff a bit at a time so that there's always something new to add. Classic content is also clearly less of a priority right now. However, that doesn't mean it will be a permanent situation. My wholehearted belief is that someday we will see a lot of the stuff that's in the vault but not yet available.From my friend that worked there pre CUNTVID...he was on a team that was reviewing footage, putting in chapters for start and finish, and making sure music and/or logos were taken care of:  The team was not working on ANY WWF footage.  They were working on NWA/WCW and Mid South stuff. 



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Did he ever mention specifically what Mid-South or NWA/WCW stuff they were working on?



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WWE Network has debuted a new series called "Timeline" which I think is only available behind the paywall. Each week it well explore a long-ranging feud in-depth.

The first episode traces the entire history of the Daniel Bryan-Miz feud from NXT in 2010 to Bryan's heel turn when he had the hemp title in 2018. It's really well done and makes the entire 8 year run seem like one cohesive and well-booked angle, even though we know that's not true. Mauro Ranallo does the narration and the editing is excellent. It's the first thing on WWE Network that's been worth watching in months.

Next week's episode will feature Bret vs. Owen Hart so that will surely be great as well.

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srossi wrote: WWE Network has debuted a new series called "Timeline" which I think is only available behind the paywall. Each week it well explore a long-ranging feud in-depth.

The first episode traces the entire history of the Daniel Bryan-Miz feud from NXT in 2010 to Bryan's heel turn when he had the hemp title in 2018. It's really well done and makes the entire 8 year run seem like one cohesive and well-booked angle, even though we know that's not true. Mauro Ranallo does the narration and the editing is excellent. It's the first thing on WWE Network that's been worth watching in months.
Next week's episode will feature Bret vs. Owen Hart so that will surely be great as well.
This is something that I was hoping that the WWE Network would do when it first came out - do shows that feature a feud, all of the build-up matches, and the final blowoff to the feud between wrestlers over a long period of time.  I hope that WWE Network will use the same format for older feuds from the territory days instead of just for current day wrestlers.

It would be nice to see (feel free to add to the list):
- Buzz Sawyer vs Tommy Rich
- Mr Wrestling II vs Masked Superstar
- Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA
- Dusty Rhodes vs Tully Blanchard
- Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper
- Freebirds vs Von Erichs
- Bruno Sammartino vs Larry Zbysko 

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Big Garea Fan wrote: srossi wrote: WWE Network has debuted a new series called "Timeline" which I think is only available behind the paywall. Each week it well explore a long-ranging feud in-depth.

The first episode traces the entire history of the Daniel Bryan-Miz feud from NXT in 2010 to Bryan's heel turn when he had the hemp title in 2018. It's really well done and makes the entire 8 year run seem like one cohesive and well-booked angle, even though we know that's not true. Mauro Ranallo does the narration and the editing is excellent. It's the first thing on WWE Network that's been worth watching in months.
Next week's episode will feature Bret vs. Owen Hart so that will surely be great as well.
This is something that I was hoping that the WWE Network would do when it first came out - do shows that feature a feud, all of the build-up matches, and the final blowoff to the feud between wrestlers over a long period of time.  I hope that WWE Network will use the same format for older feuds from the territory days instead of just for current day wrestlers.

It would be nice to see (feel free to add to the list):
- Buzz Sawyer vs Tommy Rich
- Mr Wrestling II vs Masked Superstar
- Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA
- Dusty Rhodes vs Tully Blanchard
- Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper
- Freebirds vs Von Erichs
- Bruno Sammartino vs Larry Zbysko 

That would be great, a tremendous primer for newer fans to appreciate these classic feuds and a way for older fans to relive them in one place. And they’ll never do it. 



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Blazer wrote: Did he ever mention specifically what Mid-South or NWA/WCW stuff they were working on?Sorry Blazer - never saw this until today.  The NWA/WCW they were working on was the Saturday Night show...mostly from the ‘90s.  I think what I was told is that the tapes from the WCW library were all over the place but the Saturday Night tapes were both well labeled and well sorted.  The Mid South library was in excellent order, and when they finished with the regular program, they were going to work on Power Pro.  He also mentioned the house show tapes because they were overall very clean, just had to edit out the bumpers. I asked him about the UWF TV show and he said they have it but for whatever reason it was going to take more work and they were probably the last tapes in the library to get worked on as they were not on his list.  I’m guessing that the music on this show was the big problem - every single match and almost every wrestler had their own, real theme music.



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Superstar wrote: Blazer wrote: Did he ever mention specifically what Mid-South or NWA/WCW stuff they were working on?Sorry Blazer - never saw this until today.  The NWA/WCW they were working on was the Saturday Night show...mostly from the ‘90s.  I think what I was told is that the tapes from the WCW library were all over the place but the Saturday Night tapes were both well labeled and well sorted.  The Mid South library was in excellent order, and when they finished with the regular program, they were going to work on Power Pro.  He also mentioned the house show tapes because they were overall very clean, just had to edit out the bumpers. I asked him about the UWF TV show and he said they have it but for whatever reason it was going to take more work and they were probably the last tapes in the library to get worked on as they were not on his list.  I’m guessing that the music on this show was the big problem - every single match and almost every wrestler had their own, real theme music.Plus the music videos for the wrestlers they would run, which were usually pretty good. Lots of music that would have to go there too...probably just easier to take those vids right out, really.

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Big Garea Fan wrote: srossi wrote: WWE Network has debuted a new series called "Timeline" which I think is only available behind the paywall. Each week it well explore a long-ranging feud in-depth.

The first episode traces the entire history of the Daniel Bryan-Miz feud from NXT in 2010 to Bryan's heel turn when he had the hemp title in 2018. It's really well done and makes the entire 8 year run seem like one cohesive and well-booked angle, even though we know that's not true. Mauro Ranallo does the narration and the editing is excellent. It's the first thing on WWE Network that's been worth watching in months.
Next week's episode will feature Bret vs. Owen Hart so that will surely be great as well.
This is something that I was hoping that the WWE Network would do when it first came out - do shows that feature a feud, all of the build-up matches, and the final blowoff to the feud between wrestlers over a long period of time.  I hope that WWE Network will use the same format for older feuds from the territory days instead of just for current day wrestlers.

It would be nice to see (feel free to add to the list):
- Buzz Sawyer vs Tommy Rich
- Mr Wrestling II vs Masked Superstar
- Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA
- Dusty Rhodes vs Tully Blanchard
- Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper
- Freebirds vs Von Erichs
- Bruno Sammartino vs Larry Zbysko 



Macho v Flair would be a good one as well. 



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Superstar wrote: Blazer wrote: Did he ever mention specifically what Mid-South or NWA/WCW stuff they were working on?Sorry Blazer - never saw this until today.  The NWA/WCW they were working on was the Saturday Night show...mostly from the ‘90s.  I think what I was told is that the tapes from the WCW library were all over the place but the Saturday Night tapes were both well labeled and well sorted.  The Mid South library was in excellent order, and when they finished with the regular program, they were going to work on Power Pro.  He also mentioned the house show tapes because they were overall very clean, just had to edit out the bumpers. I asked him about the UWF TV show and he said they have it but for whatever reason it was going to take more work and they were probably the last tapes in the library to get worked on as they were not on his list.  I’m guessing that the music on this show was the big problem - every single match and almost every wrestler had their own, real theme music.
No worries.   Yeah, I was actually hoping the UWF episodes would be included, but with all of the entrance music and, as khawk mentioned, the music videos, those are probably a nightmare to edit.  Think of every time Watts or Doc came down to kick ass while Born in the USA was playing and the credits were running.  Sharp-Dressed Man by the Fantastic, Born in the USA for DiBiase and Doc, The Freebirds theme song, Sting had Billy Squier's song, Eddie Gilbert had Hotstuff by Donna Summer, Missing Link had Bang Your Head.  Lot of music...



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