The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Bonestorm II: The Bloodening!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Bonestorm II: The Bloodening!

Ok, that title has nothing to do with the content, but it’s Halloween night so I figured a scary subtitle would be appropriate. Anyway, since we’re done with the Unreleased DVD set, it’s back to the good ol’ WWE Network Hidden Gems collection, picking up where we left off with the third or fourth retirement match of Terry Funk’s career, with more to come…

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Hidden Gems: Flair vs. Windham, January 20, 1987

Today’s “Hidden Gems” review showcases a classic matchup for the NWA World Title between champion Ric Flair against Barry Windham. It takes place in Fayetteville, North Carolina on January 20, 1987. A little unknown history about this match: It wasn’t advertised locally. This was a TV taping for Crockett Promotions’ two syndicated programs, NWA Pro and WorldWide Wrestling. The only advertised match for the card was Ric Flair vs. Brad Armstrong! Yes, really…

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Hidden Gems: The Last Battle of Atlanta

Finally, the most sought after match footage in wrestling history is available. The legendary “Last Battle of Atlanta” was released Tuesday by the WWE Network as part of their new “Hidden Gems” collection. The footage had apparently been in WWE’s possession for some time. The match, a culmination of a nearly two year feud between Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer, was the prelude for the Hell in the Cell, according to Shawn Michaels, as this was the first time we see the entire ring enclosed by a steel cage.

Rich was one of the most popular wrestlers in the country and Sawyer, one of the most hated. They spilled blood all over the old Georgia Championship Wrestling territory. This match would finally end it all. So, without further ado…

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