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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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–03.28.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 03.28.19

It’s a whole BUTTLOAD of Hall of Fame related gems this week. Too bad, I was really digging the March to Wrestlemania theme thus far.

WWE.com also has new merch up to commemorate the Hall of Fame inductees, including new Hart Foundation shirts that are pretty cool.

Welcome to the Hall of Fame! Honor this year’s inductees with commemorative T-shirts! Featuring the Hart Foundation!

 

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–March to Wrestlemania X! (03.13.94)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – March to Wrestlemania X (03.13.94)

Well this is an unsurprising addition to the Hidden Gems this week. Not sure why they don’t just dump them all at once, but I guess you gotta make people want it.

Taped from whatever shithole was hosting Wrestling Challenge. It was apparently Locksheldreke, NY, before a giant crowd of 1600 people according to the History of WWE site, taped THREE WEEKS beforehand. Jesus.  I’m sure I probably spelled that name wrong and offended some New Yorkers, GOD FORBID, but that’s what the site said.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Johnny Polo. This should be interesting.  Also Gorilla and Stan Lane do other segments, which is not interesting.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems– The March to Wrestlemania IX (03.28.93)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The March to Wrestlemania IX (03.28.93)

I was wondering when they’d start adding these to the Network!

Taped on the USA Network from wherever the Superstars and Challenge tapings were that week.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–02.21.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 02.21.19

Black History Month continues with some REALLY hidden gems! They’re digging deep into the vault and I love it!

I also picked up the new Tim Hornbaker book about the death of the territories and I’m looking forward to giving that a read this weekend.

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