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Since they are doing these regularly now and I am doing my normal start of the New Year changes. The Hidden Gems gets its own thread now.

This is the next batch (so many layers to this)

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Showdown at Shea 08/09/1980 – An International Showdown [Duration: 11:25]
WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki takes on ‘Pretty Boy’ Larry Sharpe from the legendary Showdown at Shea event in the summer of 1980.
AWA 05/14/1988 – Flying High with The King [Duration: 17:22]
Greg Gagne teams with AWA Champion Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler to face two of Japan’s fiercest competitors in Riki Choshu and Mr. Saito.
WCW Power Hour 09/01/1989 – Muta in the Mist
The rivalry between WWE Hall of Famer Sting and Japanese legend the Great Muta reaches a fever pitch in the summer of 1989.
WCW Worldwide 05/18/1996 – The Iceman Cometh [Duration: 07:05]
The WCW Cruiserweight Championship is on the line as Shinjiro Otani defends against the Iceman of WCW, Dean Malenko.
NXT Live Event 10/30/2016 – The Fight for Glory [Duration: 22:16]
Bobby Roode looks to show Los Angeles why he is the glorious one when he takes on Japanese sensation Kota Ibushi in NXT.
NXT Live Event 10/30/2016 – Three’s a Crowd [Duration: 29:09]
The NXT Championship is on the line as Shinsuke Nakamura looks to retain against Samoa Joe and Eric Young in a triple threat contest.

https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/12/29/exclusive-first-hidden-gems-of-2019-to-span-3-decades-including-from-nxt-live-events/

EDIT - That footage drops on January 3

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I can't even express how excited I am for Roode/Ibushi.

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11 minutes ago, Brian Fowler said:

I can't even express how excited I am for Roode/Ibushi.

THIS  

I like the idea of their adding NXT house show matches. 

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The two NXT matches are from a house show that they used for a TV Taping - I think the only stuff aired from it was the semis of the Dusty Rhodes Classic.

Eric Young was in that three way as an injury replacement for Austin Aries.

Looking through old board threads - it appears @Ace was there live and might remember those two matches.

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Jesus I'm dumb. I just now out together that these are dropping on the day before Wrestle Kingdom and that's why they all have Japanese wrestlers in them.

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9 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

Jesus I'm dumb. I just now out together that these are dropping on the day before Wrestle Kingdom and that's why they all have Japanese wrestlers in them.

There ya go.... there was a reason I said “so many layers to this”

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AWA 09/13/1981 – Colliding With The Crippler [Duration: 15:03]

Wigan, England’s most notorious submission specialist, Billy Robinson battles Ray ‘The Crippler’ Stevens in this bout from the AWA

Championship Wrestling from Florida 09/13/1981 – Britain Versus Brisco [Duration: 08:09]

British mat technician Les Thornton puts his World Junior Heavyweight Championship on the line against WWE Hall of Famer, Gerald Brisco.

Stampede Wrestling 10/09/1981 – North of the Border [Duration: 21:24]

It’s Eight-Man Tag Team warfare as Davey Boy Smith joins the Hart Brothers to face J.R. Foley’s Army from Stampede Wrestling.

NXT Live Event 06/08/2017 – For Pete’s Sake [Duration: 14:34]

The most prized possession in the UK is up for grabs as Pete Dunne defends his WWE United Kingdom Championship against Mark Andrews.

 

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Not surprising I guess they did not include Dynamite. 

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17 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

AWA 09/13/1981 – Colliding With The Crippler [Duration: 15:03]

Wigan, England’s most notorious submission specialist, Billy Robinson battles Ray ‘The Crippler’ Stevens in this bout from the AWA

Championship Wrestling from Florida 09/13/1981 – Britain Versus Brisco [Duration: 08:09]

British mat technician Les Thornton puts his World Junior Heavyweight Championship on the line against WWE Hall of Famer, Gerald Brisco.

Stampede Wrestling 10/09/1981 – North of the Border [Duration: 21:24]

It’s Eight-Man Tag Team warfare as Davey Boy Smith joins the Hart Brothers to face J.R. Foley’s Army from Stampede Wrestling.

NXT Live Event 06/08/2017 – For Pete’s Sake [Duration: 14:34]

The most prized possession in the UK is up for grabs as Pete Dunne defends his WWE United Kingdom Championship against Mark Andrews.

 

 

Should know later on today if that Stevens vs Robinson match is new or not. We have a few minutes but maybe not the whole thing? Any look at Stevens is welcome because he's always such a bust in footage. Robinson is a very unique opponent for him and it might give us some sense at what he could do chain-wrestling wise. 

Here's the Brisco vs Thorton match

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4syvu8AT92U

Stampede footage is a black box to me. 20 minutes for any single Stampede match seems like forever though considering how they (literally) cut the tape. 

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If it's 81 "Hart Brothers" has to include Bret, right? I thought that there were issues with the rights to Stampede stuff if Bret is involved in the footage.

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4 minutes ago, Robert s said:

If it's 81 "Hart Brothers" has to include Bret, right? I thought that there were issues with the rights to Stampede stuff if Bret is involved in the footage.

WWEnetworknews is positing it could be a 10/10/1981 elimination bout with Davey Boy Smith, Bruce Hart, Keith Hart, and Robbie Stewart against Duke Myers, Kerry Brown, Dynamite Kid, and The Great Gama. 

Stewart is Chic Cullen. That'd mean no Bret. Also, I could see an elimination match going 40 minutes and being clipped down to 20 so who knows.

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The WWE Network has added the following Hidden Gems to the Vault section of their VOD component:

AWA 07/15/1984 – Over the Top [Duration: 20:03]

An all-star cast of legends including Dusty Rhodes, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody, and more compete in an AWA 20-Man Battle Royal.

Raw Dark Match 05/02/2005 – Before the Raid [Duration: 06:36]

Before becoming one of the most imposing figures in NXT’s Tag Team division, Hanson took on Brian Black in this rarely seen match from RAW

Velocity 12/17/2005 – Up NeXT [Duration: 32:57]

Before dominating in NXT, Tommaso Ciampa and Hanson of the War Raiders look to make a name for themselves on this episode of Velocity.

OVW 03/10/2007 – The Road to NXT Gold [Duration: 03:52]

Witness the OVW debut of Tommaso Ciampa as he takes on Jamin Olivencia in this rarely seen bout from 2007.

 

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And Metal while you are at it.  They had some good dark match kind of matches too.

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WWE Network News reported that Ernie Ladd vs. Magnum TA (Houston, 1984), Ron Simmons vs. Bad News Allen (Championship Wrestling from Florida, 1986), and Brock Lesnar & Shelton Benjamin vs. Mark Henry & Mr. Black (OVW, 2000) will be tomorrow’s additions to the Network’s Hidden Gems section.

I am 99% sure that Ladd/Magnum match is the one I’m in the process of putting on the 1001 so that has been around

@Matt D would know better than me

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The brain trust thinks that it's a match that we've only had JIP previously (it's on DM, but frankly I'm not convinced that's not one of the earlier matches that aired in part on TV in the summer of 84). The one we got through NWAonDemand was 11/23/84 (and it was pretty good too actually). They also wrestled  in Houston on 7/20, 8/3, 11/9 (which is what this says it is), and the cage match in December. 

So if it IS the 11/9 match, with the runtime it says it has (17.28), then it's likely we only had 7 minutes of it before. We'll know soon enough.

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So I was telling the wife about that Turtles match and I had forgotten I saw it on that DVD, not the network. Imagine my disappointment when I couldn't find it in the Hidden Gems section. I did however, show her PUSH THE BUTTON which greatly confused her.

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Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 07/17/1980 – Masters of the Figure Four [Duration: 09:44]
Two masters of the figure four leg lock collide when ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair takes on Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine from the Norfolk Scope.

WWWF @ MSG 02/19/1979 – On Broadway [Duration: 01:08:14]
The WWE Championship is on the line at the World’s Most Famous Arena as Bob Backlund defends against Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine.

And below is the information on the other two previously revealed Gems also arriving:

Championship Wrestling from Florida 09/01/1973 A Valentine for Thesz [Duration: 14:42]
Two of wrestling’s toughest competitors square off when Johnny Valentine faces Lou Thesz featuring bonus alternate angle footage.

Championship Wrestling from Florida 09/15/1976 – A Little Elbow Grease [Duration: 02:03]
WWE Hall of Famer Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine showcases the devastating effects of his elbow drop as he prepares for battle.

 

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re: Flair vs Valentine. It's ridiculously clipped but still very cool.

I have no idea whether we had this or not, but the angle leading up to this series sounds great and is nothing I knew about before.

http://www.midatlanticgateway.com/2016/08/dream-team-part-6.html

http://www.midatlanticgateway.com/2016/08/dream-team-part-7.html

There's audio on those two pages.

Reference for the second page: The 60 minute draw between the two was 5/25. The promo is 5/28. The Valentine swerve came on 6/8. The match is 7/17.

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On 1/17/2019 at 10:24 AM, RIPPA said:

AWA 07/15/1984 – Over the Top [Duration: 20:03]

An all-star cast of legends including Dusty Rhodes, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody, and more compete in an AWA 20-Man Battle Royal.

As far as battle royals go this is one of the best and possibly most famous ever, with a loaded lineup and a big bloody turn at the end. Must see.

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The Backlund/Valentine match is super fun.  I was kinda bored with it at first but they were busting out moves I had never seen before (and Backlund picking up someone's entire body with one arm is never not impressive) and I got sucked in even knowing how it ended.  But fuck whoever was blowing a whistle the whole time.

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Championship Wrestling From Florida 03/03/1966 – The Mighty Monroe [Duration: 13:50]
Legendary pioneer Sputnik Monroe goes one-on-one with Jack Pesek in this bout from Florida.
AWA 09/07/1974 – Bobo, Bobby and The Bruiser [Duration: 13:01]
Bobby Heenan teams up with the sadistic Sheik to face the tough tandem of Bobo Brazil and Dick the Bruiser from historic Comiskey Park.
Championship Wrestling From Florida 02/14/1978 – Tangling in Tampa [Duration: 09:49]
The Florida Tag Team Championships are on the line as WWE Hall of Famers Rocky Johnson and Pedro Morales take on Ivan Koloff and Mr. Saito.
Houston Wrestling 09/09/1983 – Every Dog Has Its Day [Duration: 13:41]
Junkyard Dog and ‘Mad Dog’ Buzz Sawyer battle to see whether it’s the size of the dog in the fight or the size of the fight in the dog.

That's what went up today

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3 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

That's what went up today

The Monroe match is from an episode of the TV show later in March (with a young-ish Gordon Solie announcing). Very interesting look at a guy who is more myth than real, albeit when he was a bit older and stoogier. 

The Heenan match we had before but this is much better vq. The trade off is no sound. The trade off to the trade off is some cool footage of them coming back through the curtain.

Flordia was on Classics on Demand, we think? Not sure.

The Houston match is awesome. We did not have that on NWA on Demand. It's one-note but plays that note as well as any match ever played it. The crowd's great. The post match is as hot as you can imagine.

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