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Now we're talking. A nice variety here and I'm interested in nearly every clip. More Piper-Valentine is always a good thing. I have to laugh at them putting up the build to that Funk-Dustin match after we got it up on YouTube last week.

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This match intrigues me.

 

A Race for The Yellow Rose
Watch the match that puts David Von Erich on the map as a contender for the NWA Heavyweight Championship as he battles Harley Race in a 2-Out-of-3 Falls Match. – (WCCW - 8/15/1977)

 

David had only debuted 2 months prior and according to wikipedia it was a 30 min draw. And Harley in 1977 was awesome. Looking forward to seeing it.

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Looking foward to these, when Yokozuna's match as Kokina didn't make the Unreleased set a few months ago I thought maybe it had been lost but here it is. The Network is rapidly becoming what I had hoped it would be from day one with all the updates and still so much more to go.

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Looks like the Legends Battle Royal is from a show that wasn't a taped live event so maybe this is the first time its been seen?

 

Also is the first time the RVD/Jericho match is being released? I know it wasn't on the Big Apple Extreme Blast VHS at the time.

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Hey, 2/3/96 is where I am at on ECW watch through, so I will break until that is released to watch that in full.

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Looks like the Legends Battle Royal is from a show that wasn't a taped live event so maybe this is the first time its been seen?

 

I've seen this one before, so it must have been out there in some form.

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"Meet The Lugar

Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer) introduces us to The Lugar (Lex Luger). (CWF TV - 10/16/1984)"

 

This is how Luger debuted in Florida?

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Isn't this the first time the Vader-Simmons title change has been released?

Oh wow! That's on there? Holy grail material, for me at least. I've always wanted to see it.

 

Am I expecting a classic match? No. But I've had 20 years to build it up in my mind and imagine how it went.

 

Some really iconic stuff there - Jake the Snake debuting and ripping the crucifix off Sting, the lottery to give Simmons the title shot, and of course Simmons' shocking victory to become the first black World Heavyweight Champion.

 

I'm not expecting the Jake or lottery footage though.

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This is the match where Simmons lost the title back to Vader, which hasnt been shown in full before.

 

And I bet the Legends Battle Royal footage is just a video they ripped from YouTube

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Watching 1983 Mid South, and DiBiase on commentary was talking about King Kong Bundy not wanting to join up with either the Rat Pack or with Skandor Akbar. I chuckled at him saying he respected Bundy, but also noting that most people have a price that can be met.

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Liger vs Eddy from Main Event, I beat this board to death trying to get a copy that didn't cut off the finish. Saw it once on wwe.com and never again. Had never even popped up on YouTube for what's been like 10 years now.

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I get that feeling now that the Race/David match is the one from St Louis in 79, hopefully its not but they have mislabeled some dates in the past.

 

The 77 match took place in Fort Worth and you would think all that footage was taped over or lost. Hope I'm wrong, hope its a new match but my expectations have lowered.

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Damn it on the Vader-Simmons match being the one where Vader regaining the title. Who cares? At the time, that felt deflating - like they were giving up on Simmons (which they were, because he instantly crashed back down the card right after, as if the title reign never happened).

 

I just realized that these don't drop until Thursday, which explains why I went looking for them last night and couldn't find anything.

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Simmons winning the title aired either almost or entirely in full on the 8/8/92 WCWSN, at least according to the Match Discussion Archive.

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Damn it on the Vader-Simmons match being the one where Vader regaining the title. Who cares? At the time, that felt deflating - like they were giving up on Simmons (which they were, because he instantly crashed back down the card right after, as if the title reign never happened).

 

From what I recall from Bill Watts talking about the Simmons deal said that Simmons had flunked some drug tests, take that as what you will. Simmons also had made the comment once that Watts was a racist just without a hood. So who knows?

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More added -

 

A Starla in the Making
In the early days of her career, Molly Holly (as Starla Sexton) faces Malia Hosaka. – (WCW WorldWide - 12/21/98)
Prototypical Arrival
John Cena (aka The Prototype) makes his OVW Debut. – (OVW TV - 5/26/01)
Before Phenomenal
Before his phenomenal rise to the top of WWE, AJ Styles takes on The Hurricane back in 2002. – (WWE Jakked - 1/26/02)
Glorious Beginnings
Albert battles the up-and-comer Bobby Rood(e). – (WWE Velocity - 10/19/02)
Seeds of Lunacy

 

A young Dean Ambrose takes it to the veteran William Regal. – (FCW TV - 7/1/12)

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Simmons winning the title aired either almost or entirely in full on the 8/8/92 WCWSN, at least according to the Match Discussion Archive.

 

It was also on the WWE History of the World Heavyweight Championship DVD.

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That Luger date has to be wrong. He debuted in 85 and won the Southern title from Wahoo McDaniel three weeks later. Maybe they are just off a year.

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Simmons winning the title aired either almost or entirely in full on the 8/8/92 WCWSN, at least according to the Match Discussion Archive.

 

It was also on the WWE History of the World Heavyweight Championship DVD.

 

 

And on youtube

 

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