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  1. UPDATE: Firstly, I've made several changes to the key in the first post. I've decided to remove silent filmreel clips, newsreel clips with subtitles, silent newsreel clips and silent newsreel clips with subtitles as footage types from it. From now on, to make things more simple, any filmreel clips I become aware of, regardless of the type, will just be known simply as filmreel clips. Similarly, any newsreel clips I become aware of, regardless of the type, will just be known simply as newsreel clips. As well as that I've actually added a new footage type to the key too: documentary clips. And secondly, with all that in mind, I've removed newsreel clips with subtitles and silent newsreel clips with subtitles from next to Argentina in the list in the first post but left newsreel clips which covers what I took away there. I've removed silent filmreel clips and silent newsreel clips from next to Australia but left filmreel clips and newsreel clips which covers what I took away there. I've added documentary clips next to Austria. And I've removed silent filmreel clips from next to Canada but left filmreel clips which covers what I took away there.
  2. Funny how it wasn't that long ago many of us fans didn't even know French Catch was a thing, let alone that the French were so good at it. It seems European wrestling was well ahead of the pack when it comes to innovations in the industry.
  3. I haven't actually had a chance to have a proper look at it myself yet but here's all the pre-1970 footage I'm aware of from Belgium (credit Phil Lions): (01) Charles Rigoulot -vs- ??? (1943). LINK - https://www.rtve.es/filmoteca/no-do/not-31/1467406/ (wrestling footage begins at 4:04). (02) Stan Karolyi -vs- Albert Arnaud (1944). LINK - https://www.rtve.es/filmoteca/no-do/not-60/1468400/ (wrestling footage begins at 4:20). (03) ??? -vs- ??? (1944). LINK - https://www.rtve.es/filmoteca/no-do/not-88/1468658/ (wrestling footage begins at 2:38).
  4. UPDATE: The newest addition to the list in the first post is Belgium.
  5. UPDATE: Several updates actually. Firstly, I've removed filmreel clips from next to Austria in the list of countries in the first post. I'd put in error that there is that type of Austrian footage in existence, technically there is, but the footage is of shoot-wrestling which doesn't fit the criteria of this topic, hence why I've removed it. Secondly, a board member thought it would be a good idea for me to explain what each type of surviving footage actually means since I'll be adding those next to each country in the list too as I go along, and since not everybody knows what, for example, the difference between a filmreel and a newsreel is, so, I've put a key above the list which hopefully will do just that. And lastly, the latest addition to the list in the first post is Denmark.
  6. UPDATE: I've added newsreel clips next to Australia in the list in the first post.
  7. UPDATE: The latest additions to the list in the first post are Bolivia and Colombia. Also I've removed Sweden from the list. The footage that I was told is Swedish is actually Finnish so Sweden no longer fits the criteria of the topic.
  8. UPDATE: I've made a change next to Argentina in the list of countries in the first post. I'd put in error that there are survivng filmreel clips, it's actually newsreel clips that I'm aware of existing.
  9. Thanks for the info OJ. I've now added newsreel clips next to Spain in the list of countries in the first post.
  10. I never actually thought of searching for film archives from each country, that's a great idea! Who knows what could be unearthed by doing that?!
  11. Wow! Thanks for posting this Matt. I'm fairly sure the World Championship Wrestling stuff is already out there although I could be wrong. The other stuff pre-dates WCW though, there are several of those matches out there already too but not all of them that I'm aware of. I've got a contact in Australia who may be able to help us, leave it with me.
  12. legace

    French catch

    Interesting, hopefully more information will become available in due time! It would be nice to know exactly who was promoting which matches at a particular time.
  13. I actually noticed that myself. On that same video in the comments section someone is claiming that year is wrong too and that it's actually from 1971 so I dunno which is the correct year. You're very much welcome!
  14. UPDATE: I've decided to remove Iraq from the list of countries in the first post. I believe the three matches that are known to exist that I originally thought were from the late 1960s are more likely from the very early 1970s therefore they don't actually fit the criteria of this topic.
  15. legace

    French catch

    Okay so am I right in thinking that regardless of which promotion provided the matches, the TV show was always simply known as "Catch"?
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