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Florida is basically the second worst territory (past Stampede) for that. 

I'm glad we got these though. Pretty much everything was work watching. You got a really good sense of the Briscos tag. You get the beginning and end of the Brisco singles match. I wish we'd start to get some entire 80 babyface Flair matches though, yeah, because the glimpses are really enjoyable.

The outtake was great. I love how Frenchy Martin just turns it on when the camera starts rolling. The craziest part of the demo (which was cool in general) was seeing the Iron Sheik with hair. 

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On 8/8/2019 at 9:23 PM, paul sosnowski said:

I wish that at least one of those early Harley Race matches besides the one with JYD was actually complete..... (sigh)

It's kind of fascinating because it was clearly designed to get the French audience to boo Andre, and by the end it works. 

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For this week....

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 03/17/1984 – Boogie Jam 1984 [Duration: 02:36:23]

This was the card:

  1. Dory Funk Jr. vs. Tully Blanchard.
  2. Ernie Ladd vs. Rufus R. Jones.
  3. Bob Orton Jr. and Don Kernodle vs. Mark Youngblood and Wahoo McDaniel.
  4. Angelo Mosca Sr., Angelo Mosca Jr., and Junkyard Dog vs. The Great Kabuki, Ivan Koloff, and Gary Hart.
  5. NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Dick Slater vs. Greg Valentine.
  6. NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair.
  7. Hair vs. Mask: Assassin #2 vs. Jimmy Valiant

Apparently the Flair/Steamboat match is a 60 minute draw!!

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59 minutes ago, paul sosnowski said:

Slater and Valentine is a steel cage match

And it's really cool. Definitely the best look at Babyface Greg we'll ever get. 

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3 hours ago, khawk20 said:

Flair vs Steamboat has been released previously on the wwes steamboat set. The rest is new.

The hidden gem factor here is that this version won't have Matt Striker doing commentary.

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The WWE Network Bot on Twitter is going in to overdrive, looks like they are adding all the Hidden Gems that were missing back on. 

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9 hours ago, khawk20 said:

Flair vs Steamboat has been released previously on the wwes steamboat set. The rest is new.

At least now we have a version without Matt Striker on commentary.

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11 hours ago, conker8 said:

At least now we have a version without Matt Striker on commentary.

This.  

That announcing sucked and I imagine I will like the match better without that side annoyance.

 

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Watching the Boogie Jam show, and it's funny how Hercules managed to run the exact same angle twice in a row going from Assassin #2 here then directly going to Mid South to be Mr. Wrestling II's protege. 

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It's also an amazing look at 84 ace heel Dick Slater. With Flair gone for big swaths as champ, it was Slater that anchored things.

Wasn't Flair a babyface in the Carolinas in 1984?

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Have to say looking at the footage on the Network I’m tempted to subscribe again but you know, it’s like a former addict looking st a pile of heroin.

 

PS. Matt, is that Dory vs Harley match new? I don’t recall seeing that when I reviewed either guy years ago.

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I just use the Network now a days for 205 Live and old footage. Just the Hidden gems folder in the last 2 years has given us the Last Battle of Atlanta and Crocket Cup 86. It’s just nice having so much at my fingertips when I want it personally.

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1 hour ago, JerryvonKramer said:

Have to say looking at the footage on the Network I’m tempted to subscribe again but you know, it’s like a former addict looking st a pile of heroin.

 

PS. Matt, is that Dory vs Harley match new? I don’t recall seeing that when I reviewed either guy years ago.

It's new. You've missed the entire Japanese handheld boom.

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I wanted to watch some of the Mid Atlantic episodes leading up to Boogie Jam, but they seem to be missing the last 2 or 3 episodes directly before the show. The last episode they have up before boogie jam has a match from a tournament for the NWA TV title that was vacated after Starrcade 83, but I guess the end of the tournament is not on the network?  Also I could be wrong since I don't know too much about this era of Crockett (which is why I wanted to watch some of the TV before watching Boogie Jam) but I think they are missing the episode in January where Paul Jones and the Assassins first attack Jimmy Valiant.  This attack I think must be the reason they have this Boogie Jam show in the first place, but also I think this is the beginning of the whole Jimmy Valiant/Paul Jones feud? Somebody who is more familiar with this period of Crockett maybe can give some clarification on this.

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