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The UWF used a lot of music for entrances and video packages, but so did the Mid-South show from 1984 to 1986 once Joel Watts took an active role in the production. It will be hard to get that stuff taken out, but they managed to do it before. It definitely takes something away to not have it, but edited tapes are better than nothing.

I really hope the Power Pro Wrestling stuff makes it on the network eventually. That show always had an eclectic mix of stuff from house shows, video packages, rerun footage from the A show, stuff that was a couple of years old, stuff from other promotions if that guy was coming in, and the Bill Watts specialty of airing a match featuring former Mid-South guy who by then was in the WWF with Watts or Jim Ross absolutely burying the guy on new commentary. Sometimes they'd edit those burial matches to take out or limit the by then WWF wrestler's offense.

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Starting this Saturday, the best independent promotions in the world are coming to WWE Network.

EVOLVE, PROGRESS Wrestling from England, Germany’s wXw and Scotland’s ICW will debut for subscribers to the award-winning streaming service, giving the WWE Universe the chance to see some of their favorite Superstars like never before. And this is just the beginning! You’ll continue to see footage from their libraries, as well as new and exciting content from all of these promotions on WWE Network in the weeks and months to come.

The first drop features a pair of compilations highlighting two of WWE and NXT’s top stars, along with full shows from each promotion.

The Best of Drew McIntyre in EVOLVE features the WWE Champion in action before his 2017 return to the company. You’ll see McIntyre in thrilling matches against the likes of Ricochet, Johnny Gargano, Roderick Strong, Aleister Black and Matt Riddle.

The Best of Keith Lee in EVOLVE features the NXT Champion coming into his own before making the jump to the black-and-gold brand. In this compilation, The Limitless One takes on Timothy Thatcher, WALTER and Riddle. The special also features a pair of early battles against his rival and close friend, Dominik Dijakovic.

Fans will get a look at Germany’s wXw and see different styles of combat on display. wXw AMBITION 11 is a one-night, smash-mouth tournament featuring NXT UK Champion WALTER and Timothy Thatcher setting out to punish the competition. Also featured from the wXw library is a one-night, all-women’s tournament, Femmes Fatale 2019.

PROGRESS Wrestling has been hailed as the jewel of the British independent scene, having catapulted Superstars like Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster, Toni Storm and Grizzled Young Veterans onto a worldwide platform. PROGRESS Chapter 92 is highlighted by a hard-hitting battle for the PROGRESS Championship between WALTER and Ilja Dragunov.

The WWE Universe will also be introduced to the Scottish underground with Insane Championship Wrestling. Night 2 of Shug’s Hoose Party 5 sees WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett take over as commissioner for the evening, NXT UK’s Piper Niven in action, as well as viral video sensation Grado.

Check out the full list of shows debuting, and be sure to watch them all, starting this Saturday on the award-winning WWE Network!

EVOLVE
The Best of Drew McIntyre in EVOLVE
The Best of Keith Lee in EVOLVE

wXw
wXw Femme Fatales 2019
wXw AMBITION 11

PROGRESS Wrestling
Chapter 92

Insane Championship Wrestling
ICW Shug’s Hoose Party 5 – Night 2



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Another month, another bunch of "classic" Whiff content, this time more of those Superstars (not of Wrestling) episodes from early 1993. Waiting for anything NWA or WCW is like pulling teeth when the dentists are in lockdown.

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1993-1995 WWF was one of the worst periods of wrestling in any territory or promotion.

WWE Network News is reporting the following content listing for the "Superstars" episodes included in August's Classic Content Drop that will be coming to WWE Network tomorrow:

Superstars 03/20/1993 [Duration: 00:44:37]
Mr. Perfect and “The Narcissist” Lex Luger come face to face ahead of their showdown at WrestleMania IX. WWE Tag Team Champions Money, Inc. Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels and Doink battle their respective opponents.

Superstars 03/27/1993 [Duration: 00:46:53]
Bret “Hit Man” Hart and Yokozuna sign their WWE Championship Match contract. A special tribute to Andre the Giant celebrates the very first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. The Narcissist” Lex Luger, Crush and The Headshrinkers collide with their respective opponents.

Superstars 04/03/1993 [Duration: 00:43:53]
On the eve of WrestleMania IX, Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Jerry “The King” Lawler preview the action to come from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The Mega-Maniacs have harsh words for Money, Inc. Mr. Perfect, Doink, Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow compete in the ring.

Superstars 04/10/1993 [Duration: 00:45:43]
WWE President Jack Tunney addresses the WWE Championship situation in the aftermath of WrestleMania IX. “The Narcissist” Lex Luger, Bob Backlund, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and Papa Shango are in action.

Superstars 04/17/1993 [Duration: 00:46:32]
Bam Bam Bigelow faces “The Rocket” Owen Hart in the main event. Sensational Sherry and Luna Vachon react to their encounter on Raw. Yokozuna, Mr. Perfect and The Headshrinkers are in action.

Superstars 04/24/1993 [Duration: 00:45:01]
Footage of Lex Luger attacking Bret Hart at the WrestleMania Brunch triggers an investigation into The Narcissist’s forearm. Tatanka can’t get Bam Bam Bigelow out of his hair. Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels, The Steiner Brothers and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan are in action.

Superstars 05/01/1993 [Duration: 00:45:42]
The King of the Ring Qualifying Matches kick off when Mr. Perfect battles Doink the Clown. “The Narcissist” Lex Luger causes more destruction with his metal-plated forearm. WWE Champion Hulk Hogan sounds off on his upcoming title defense against Yokozuna. The Undertaker vows to make Giant Gonzales rest in peace. Virgil and Typhoon are in action.

Superstars 05/08/1993 [Duration: 00:46:23]
King of the Ring Qualifying Matches continue as Razor Ramon clashes with El Matador. Tensions rise between Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect during their interview with “Mean” Gene Okerlund. The Nasty Boys & Kamala take on Money Inc. & Mr. Hughes. Sensational Sherri’s rivalry with Luna Vachon is recapped. Yokozuna and Crush are in action.

Superstars 05/15/1993 [Duration: 00:45:13]
Giant Gonzales attempts to snap Tatanka’s undefeated streak in a King of the Ring Qualifying Match. “The Narcissist” Lex Luger sets his sights on Bret Hart. WWE Champion Hulk Hogan promises to prove his reign is not a fluke as he prepares for his rematch against Yokozuna. Shawn Michaels and The Steiner Brothers step into the ring.

Superstars 05/22/1993 [Duration: 00:45:41]
Shawn Michaels faces off against Crush in a King of the Ring Qualifying Match. Hulk Hogan gives an update from the set of “Thunder in Paradise.” Bret Hart and Razor Ramon come “Face to Face” before their King of the Ring showdown. The Smoking Gunns and Adam Bomb make their Superstars debuts.

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Someone on Twitter (can't remember who had mentioned this yesterday) wrote that all of Bret Hart's documentaries and videos have been taken off the Network. So, the Dungeon Collection, Bret vs. Shawn, The Best There Was..., all of it is off.

If that's true, its really interesting. Kinda makes you wonder, and we've always said this. It's cool as hell that we have these networks like WWE and Disney+ to have all of this stuff in one place at the click of a button, but damn don't throw your physical media away. You can't control when someone else wants to zap something.



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Bret apparently wasn't happy at WWE continuing to include Stampede footage of his matches that he owns and called Vince who had them pulled.

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ukfan01 wrote: Bret apparently wasn't happy at WWE continuing to include Stampede footage of his matches that he owns and called Vince who had them pulled.Must mean his WWE contract has expired.  There's no other reason why he would do that because he gave them his blessing before.  Did they pull his match with Tom Magee?



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Is it known what Bret wants for his footage to be on the network? I assume the WWE might not want to open that can of worms and have others coming to them. However, it isn't as if Bret can take that stuff anywhere else. You'd think he'd make a deal if the money and terms were right.

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Superstar wrote: ukfan01 wrote: Bret apparently wasn't happy at WWE continuing to include Stampede footage of his matches that he owns and called Vince who had them pulled.Must mean his WWE contract has expired.  There's no other reason why he would do that because he gave them his blessing before.  Did they pull his match with Tom Magee?

I don't think he's ever given them his blessing.  He bitches about it periodically, then seems to let it go.  But this has been going on for years.  He must've finally hired a lawyer for them to pull everything.

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tamalie wrote: Is it known what Bret wants for his footage to be on the network? I assume the WWE might not want to open that can of worms and have others coming to them. However, it isn't as if Bret can take that stuff anywhere else. You'd think he'd make a deal if the money and terms were right.Well, he's obviously pissed at Vince or somebody in WWE, or else he would never have made that request.  When he came back in 2010 the Raw that Hogan showed up on TNA, he signed a long term contract.  Is it possible that was a ten year deal and it ran out and he didn't renew for some reason?  I know his deal at the time it happened wasn't a standard Legends deal, it was for more money and less binding commitment.  So who knows what the hell is happening, it just ends up hurting us if we didn't download it when we had the chance.  As far as Bret taking it elsewhere, it's possible he could monetize it on one of the streaming services or through TNA and their network, but how much money are Bret Hart matches from Stampede worth? Unless he puts together a DVD type of thing where he has a two hour show and talks between the matches, nobody really will give a shit.  And if AEW was after him, that's great, but the footage still wouldn't get aired because they don't have any sort of streaming service.



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Does Bret have the right to put Stampede matches somewhere else or is it merely a case of the WWE controlling the footage but the agreement with Bret limiting what can be done with the footage? I was under the impression Bret didn't own any footage and that the WWE owned it, but can't use it in ways Bret doesn't approve. I assume that, apart from the monetary aspect, Bret took into account the ups and downs of his relationship with the WWE and didn't want to be put in a position of being made to look bad if things ever went south again.

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tamalie wrote: Does Bret have the right to put Stampede matches somewhere else or is it merely a case of the WWE controlling the footage but the agreement with Bret limiting what can be done with the footage? I was under the impression Bret didn't own any footage and that the WWE owned it, but can't use it in ways Bret doesn't approve. I assume that, apart from the monetary aspect, Bret took into account the ups and downs of his relationship with the WWE and didn't want to be put in a position of being made to look bad if things ever went south again.I thought that Bret actually owned the footage and the matches and had physical possession of them.  That's how the Tom Magee match came to be - Bret had a copy of the unaired dark match that he got back in the '80s.  Before Vince took control of the master tapes from Stampede, I thought that Bret pulled copies of everything that he took part in, any angle that has him speaking or performing he owns.  He was one of those that wanted EVERYTHING, and up until he went to WCW, I think he got copies of every match that he wrestled that had a camera filming it.



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WWE Network will be adding 10 episodes of Velocity this month. Hopefully that means the whole run will get added by the end of the year. That's easily the best WRESTLING show of the post-Attitude Era that WWE has ever produced (with the exception of the period that Heyman was booking Smackdown in 2002-03), and it features tons of the top indy stars of the day having competitive matches against WWE stars before ultimately losing. I loved this show.  They actually ran little angles on it too, which is something that WWE is incapable of doing now on their secondary shows. 

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So looking forward to more WCW. In 2025.

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srossi wrote: WWE Network will be adding 10 episodes of Velocity this month. Hopefully that means the whole run will get added by the end of the year. That's easily the best WRESTLING show of the post-Attitude Era that WWE has ever produced (with the exception of the period that Heyman was booking Smackdown in 2002-03), and it features tons of the top indy stars of the day having competitive matches against WWE stars before ultimately losing. I loved this show.  They actually ran little angles on it too, which is something that WWE is incapable of doing now on their secondary shows. 

There were 204 episodes of Velocity...



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