The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–The Brawl to End It All!

The SmarK Rant for The Brawl to End It All – 07.23.84

OH BABY. We’ve been waiting a long time for these shows to drop on the Network! These are the full MSG shows, which were then edited down for the MTV special later on.

First up, a strange bit of history, as I was always told that we got the first ever women’s main event when Charlotte and Sasha did it. And yet, unless I’m dreaming, this show is headlined by a women’s title mach!

Taped from Madison Square Garden

Your hosts are Gene Okerlund & Gorilla Monsoon

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–08.29.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 08.29.19

This is quite the eclectic mix this week, with Adrian Street matches and international title defenses as the theme(s). Oh, wait, Street is from WALES, now I get the tie-in. Duh.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Slam 94–08.21.94

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Slam 1994 – 08.21.94

This was a backdoor addition to the Network as a Hidden Gem that is basically impossible to find at this point unless you literally know it’s there and search for it.

https://watch.wwe.com/program/Sunday-Night-Slam-August-1994-103116

Anyway, this was the Summerslam 94 leadup show, centered around Leslie Nielsen searching for the Undertaker. So you know it’s quality.

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The SmarK Rant for Pro Wrestling USA–Meadowlands Mayhem–04.19.85

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Pro Wrestling USA presents Meadowlands Mayhem!

Taped from East Rutherford, NJ (04.19.85), drawing about 10,000.

Your hosts are Killer Ken Resnick and Doug McLeod.

Tonight’s main event is a UGANDAN DEATH MATCH. That’s a hell of a hook. I’ve got no idea what’s on this show, but it’s another unholy union of Jim Crockett and Verne Gagne talent so let’s just check it out and see what we get.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–05.30.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 05.30.19

Hmm, well no real life stuff for them to cash in on this week, so instead we get some ultra-rare 1950s matches!

And yeah, I know I’m skipping the Georgia show with Flair v. Tommy Rich from last week. I’m adding to the list along with the AWA Christmas shows I still need to catch up on.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Andre Edition (05.16.19)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Andre the Giant Edition (05.16.19)

With the addition of the Andre documentary to the WWE Network, they decided to celebrate with some Andre matches we’ve never seen before! It’s kind of amazing that Verne Gagne’s tape library is proving to be more valuable after the company is gone than it was when the AWA was around.

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The SmarK Rant for Holy Grail: The Search for WWE’s Most Infamous Lost Match

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Presents: Holy Grail: The Search For WWE’s Most Infamous Lost Match

OH MAN.  IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING.   I feel like I shouldn’t even watch this because it’ll just ruin the legend forever. But of course, I must.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–05.09.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The Dark Side of the Ring Edition

So yeah, the WWE Network continues trying to cash in on the zeitgeist with three new additions, featuring matches associated with the Dark Side of the Ring series. Which doesn’t air here in Canada, by the way.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–05.02.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Pro Wrestling USA 08.16.85

So yeah, I guess part of the Gagne collection of tapes was an episode of this wackiness, which was the AWA and NWA teaming up to put Vince out of business for good! That didn’t go well for them, but it was certainly a valiant effort. Unfortunately much of the partnership was spent with David Crockett running around behind the scenes making offers to the AWA talent to jump ship, and as Vince himself noted on the AWA DVD years ago, they could barely agree on what to order when they went for coffee together. So running a major opposition promotion was likely asking too much.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–NWA Championship Wrestling 08.12.78

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Leroy’s Lasting Legacy

OK, so here’s your crazy content drop of the day: A lost episode of Leroy McGuirk’s NWA Championship Wrestling show from 08.12.78, which was the precursor to Mid-South Wrestling before the relationship between Bill Watts and Leroy went horribly, horribly bad for Leroy.

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