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From the legendary "Last Battle of Atlanta" to the historic meeting of "The Nature Boys," dig deep into the WWE archives to witness wrestling lore come to life! Spanning over 60 years, Hidden Gems highlights the rare, the unusual, the forgotten, and never-before-seen footage of the Legends of yesteryear and Superstars of today. This carefully curated series is a must for any purist.

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ADDED JULY 19
A Rocky Start
Long before he became The Rock and ahead of his official WWE debut, see Dwayne Johnson face Bodydonna Skip in this rarely seen dark match.


ADDED JULY 12
Black Saturday

The fans of WCW are in for a surprise of epic proportions when Mr. McMahon interrupts their regularly scheduled programming. (7/14/84)


ADDED JULY 5
All Aboard the Lex Express
Join Lex Luger on his cross-country journey to SummerSlam with never-before-seen footage from aboard the USS Intrepid and on the Lex Express. (7/4/93)


ADDED JUNE 28
American Pride
Two of WWE's most patriotic superstars collide when Sgt. Slaughter faces Jim Duggan. (1/3/81)


ADDED JUNE 21
Skip to my Boo

Before Chris Candido and Boo Bradley make their mark on ECW, their rivalry comes to a fever pitch. (1/21/95)


ADDED JUNE 14
The Real Omega Man
Before making a name for himself internationally, Kenny Omega shows his skills against Cru Jones in this match from Deep South Wrestling. (9/3/06)

Putting Hard Work to Use
After watching Bob Orton Sr. and Bob Orton Jr. in a special workout session, witness them in action against Steve Keirn and Mike Graham. (4/20/76)

Into the Woods
In this battle from Florida Championship Wrestling, Xavier Woods takes to the ring to go one-on-one with Michael Tarver. (6/5/11)

The Road to Perfection
On the road to perfection, Curt Hennig partners with his legendary father, Larry “The Axe,” to battle The Road Warriors in a Tag Team Match. (4/21/85)

The Armstrongs and The Horsemen
Brad Armstrong and his legendary father, “Bullet” Bob, take on Tully Blanchard and Lex Luger in the 1987 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup. (4/11/87)


ADDED JUNE 7
Monsters and Demons
Before Batista's animalistic days in WWE, Leviathan would prove himself to be a worthy competitor in this 2001 match against Kane from Ohio Valley Wrestling.


ADDED MAY 31
Brisco's Last Golden Opportunity
In what would be his last attempt at glory, Jack Brisco takes to the ring to challenge Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (4/7/1984).


ADDED MAY 24
This is Your Life: Jack Brisco
Gordon Solie & Jack Brisco cover Brisco’s rise to the top of the NWA (7/30/1981).

Clubbing with Sheiky Baby
Relive a vintage Iron Sheik workout from the late 1970s (1/15/1977).

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).

Dog Fight
British Bulldogs Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith face each other in singles action (Stampede TV - 10/29/1982).

The Hammer Pays the Piper
The rivalry between "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine intensifies before their legendary Dog Collar Match at Starrcade 1983 (NWA/WCW Live Event 7/9/1983 – Charlotte, N.C.).

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

Legends of the Ring
Relive the Legends Battle Royal, featuring Lou Thesz, Nick Bockwinkel, Bobo Brazil, Gino Brito, Edouard Carpentier, Al Costello, The Crusher, Dominic DeNucci, Tony Garea, Rene Goulet, Gene Kiniski, Killer Kowalski, Pedro Morales, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Arnold Skaaland, Ray Stevens, Chief Jay Strongbow, and Sailor Art Thomas. Includes exclusive post-match interviews (WWE Live Event - 11/16/1987, East Rutherford, N.J.).

The Natural Legacy
Dusty Rhodes introduces us to his son, Dustin (FCW TV - 9/8/1988).

A Lesson from Funk University
Terry Funk introduces us to a new word – a “Dustin” (FCW TV - 2/23/1989).

At Ease, Yoko!
Relive Sgt. Slaughter vs. Kokena Maximus (Yokozuna) (AWA All-Star Wrestling - 4/29/1990); and watch Yokozuna's debut as Kokena (WWE Superstars - 9/1/1992).

The Dark Side of Royalty
Relive Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. “Mean” Mark Callous (Undertaker) (GWF presents USWA Challenge - 10/8/1990).

Vader Strikes Back
Ron Simmons takes on Big Van Vader (WCW Live Event - 12/30/1992, Baltimore, Md.).

D-Generation Ryzing
See Triple H (as Terra Ryzing) battle Brian Armstrong (Road Dogg) (WCW WorldWide - 2/26/94).

Thunder Meets Heat
Eddie Guerrero takes on Jushin “Thunder” Liger (WCW Main Event - 10/1/1995).

Taming of the Extreme
See Chris Jericho's ECW singles debut against Rob Van Dam (ECW Live Event, Queens, N.Y. - 2/3/1996).

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).

WWE Hidden Gems highlights rare and forgotten moments every Thursday on WWE Network

Spanning over 60 years, WWE Hidden Gems highlights rare, unusual, forgotten and never-before-seen footage of the Legends of yesteryear and Superstars of today. Uncover new gems in the Vault every Thursday, exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.

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1950s
Texas Rasslin': Thesz vs. Gunkel
Journey back in time to see Lou Thesz defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ray Gunkel in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.
A Killer Challenge
Killer Kowalski is faced with some deadly double duty when he takes on Mr. Moto and Duke Keomuka in a Handicap Match.

1960s
Gino 'Gorilla Monsoon' Marella
The dominance of the late Gorilla Monsoon is on display in this hidden gem, as Dave Ruhl tries to defeat Gino Marella for a monetary prize.
Gagne-Metrics
Learn a different way to get in shape and feel great with Gagne-Metrics, courtesy of the Verne Gagne Foundation for Physical Fitness.
Legends of Texas Rasslin'
In this rarely seen battle, Joe Blanchard teams with Cowboy Bob Ellis and Duke Keomuka to face Bob Geigel, Gary Hart and Waldo Von Erich.
NWA Title: Funk, Jr. vs. Kiniski
Witness Dory Funk Jr. establish his legacy when he battles the legendary Gene Kiniski for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

1970s
Bruno Battles a Caged Animal
Within the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden, Bruno Sammartino takes on George “The Animal” Steele in a Steel Cage Match.
This is Your Life: Jack Brisco
Jack Brisco joins Gordon Solie for a special look at his career and rise to the top of the National Wrestling Alliance.
A Moving Demonstration
Strengthen your knowledge of wrestling maneuvers demonstrated by the likes of Danny Hodge, Harley Race and other legends of the ring.
Mr. Fuji vs. Pedro Morales
WWE Champion Pedro Morales has his hands full when he goes one-on-one with the cunning and deceitful Mr. Fuji.
Challenging Morales
George "The Animal" Steele looks for gold by challenging Pedro Morales for the WWE Championship.
The Cowboy and a Texas Bronco
Two western legends go head-to-head when “Cowboy” Bill Watts defends the North American Championship against Terry Funk.
Andre The Giant Feat of Strength
Discover why Andre The Giant earned the moniker of The Eighth Wonder of The World through these impressive Feats of Strength.
McMahon Interviews Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali uses his extraordinary charisma to show his determination to dominate the wrestling world in an interview with Vince McMahon.
Clubbing with Sheiky Baby
“Mean Gene” Okerlund watches in awe as the incomparable Iron Sheik demonstrates his unique training regimen to the world.
A Race for The Yellow Rose
David Von Erich looks to earn the respect of the legendary Harley Race when they meet in an unforgettable 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.
Inoki Faces The Lariat
The legendary Antonio Inoki travels North of the Border to Stampede Wrestling to take on Stan “The Lariat” Hansen.
Battle of The Nature Boys
Witness a true wrestling rarity with the only known footage of “The Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers taking on “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

1980s
Champs Collide: Race vs. Backlund
Styles clash when NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race collides with WWE Champion Bob Backlund to see who is the Undisputed Champion.
Big Cat vs. Modern Day Warrior
In this classic confrontation, “The Big Cat” Ernie Ladd goes one-on-one with “The Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich.
Roddy Piper vs. Jack Brisco
Will the dirty and underhanded tactics of Roddy Piper cost him when he challenges Jack Brisco for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship?
Dog Fight
With their days teaming together as The British Bulldogs still to come, Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid meet each other in singles action.
The Hammer Pays the Piper
The rivalry between "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine intensifies when they meet in this rarely seen classic.
The Size of a Giant
Andre the Giant makes his way to Mid-South Wrestling, as Bill Watts shows the fans the extraordinary size of The Eighth Wonder of the World.
The Last Battle of Atlanta
In this historic confrontation, Buzz Sawyer and Tommy Rich battle inside a Steel Cage while Paul Ellering is confined to a cell of his own.
The Youth of a Nation
In this rarely seen moment, two youngsters take to the ring to show the WWE Universe the moves they learned from Coach Bob Backlund.
Steele Meets Gold
In the City of Brotherly Love, George "The Animal" Steele takes to the ring to challenge Bob Backlund for the WWE Championship.
A Diaper for Cornette
Stagger Lee and Cowboy Bill Watts look to give Jim Cornette exactly what he deserves when they take on The Midnight Express.
Brisco's Last Golden Opportunity
In what would be his last attempt at glory, Jack Brisco takes to the ring to challenge Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
Meet The Lugar
While leading “Ravishing” Rick Rude to the ring for singles action, Percy Pringle III introduces the wrestling world to The Lugar.
Battling the Immortal One
Hulk Hogan's reign as WWE Champion is threatened in this confrontation with George "The Animal" Steele.
A Magnificent Partnership
Witness the alliance of Mr. Fuji and "The Magnificent" Don Muraco in action, as they face Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and The Junkyard Dog.
Blood and Guts
Despite suffering a devastating injury at the hands of One Man Gang, Hacksaw Jim Duggan challenges Terry Gordy for the UWF Championship.
Cowboy Justice
To earn a shot at administering some justice to 'Hot Stuff' Eddie Gilbert, Cowboy Bill Watts must first defeat Sting in singles action.
Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham
The allure of championship gold leads Barry Windham to push Ric Flair to the limit in this classic bout for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
A Texas-Sized Confrontation
Bruiser Brody brings his brand of insanity to a confrontation with Abdullah the Butcher deep in the heart of Texas.
Legends of the Ring
From Lou Thesz to Ray Stevens, this Battle Royal features some of the most legendary names to ever grace the squared circle.
The Natural Legacy
With his reputation as The American Dream preceding him, Dusty Rhodes braces for the future by introducing everyone to his son, Dustin.
The Best of Both Worlds
Two of the most legendary tag team duos of all time meet in a rarely seen battle between The British Bulldogs and The Rock 'n' Roll Express.
A Lesson from Funk University
Never at a loss for words, Terry Funk uses some dramatic effects to teach everyone a new word for Dusty Rhodes and his son, Dustin.
Controversy in a Cage
Controversy reigns supreme when Dusty Rhodes defends the PWF Heavyweight Championship against The Big Steel Man inside a steel cage.

1990s
At Ease, Yoko!
See a young Yokozuna take to the ring as Kokena Maximus to battle Sgt. Slaughter. Plus, witness his Dark Match debut on WWE Superstars.
The Dark Side of Royalty
Before The Undertaker would reap souls in WWE, "Mean" Mark Callous would take to the ring to battle Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Cruiserweight Pioneers
Witness The Lighting Kid defend the GWF Light Heavyweight Championship against Jerry Lynn in an incredible 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.
Vader Strikes Back
Ron Simmons' reign as WCW World Heavyweight Champion may be short-lived when Big Van Vader challenges him in an effort to reclaim the title.
An Iconic Encounter
The past meets the future in this memorable confrontation between Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Shawn Michaels.
Of Monsters and Icons
Long before terrorizing the WWE locker room as Kane, Bruiser Mastino would test his in-ring skills in a battle with Sting.
D-Generation Ryzing
Long before Triple H and Road Dogg were part of the rebellious DX, Terra Ryzing and Brian Armstrong met one-on-one on WCW Saturday Night.
Brothers of Destruction
Before waging war with Kane in WWE, The Undertaker traveled to Smoky Mountain Wrestling to go one-on-one with Unabomb.
Thunder Meets Heat
Witness two legendary competitors face off in a forgotten classic as a young Eddie Guerrero goes one-on-one with Jushin “Thunder” Liger.
The Funks Make Bad Company
The Funks look to bring some Texas Justice to Stampede Wrestling's Showdown at the Corral in a battle against Brian Pillman and Bruce Hart.
Taming of the Extreme
While establishing his legacy in the wrestling world, Chris Jericho makes his singles debut in ECW by taking on Rob Van Dam.
South Africa: Austin vs. Bret
Far from their battle at Survivor Series 1996, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Bret Hart lock up in this rarely seen encounter from South Africa.
ECW: Bret Hart vs. Terry Funk
Go beyond the mat to relive the first of many “Retirement Matches” for Terry Funk when he faces off against WWE Champion Bret Hart.
A Starla in the Making
Starla Sexton looks to make a name for herself in WCW by taking to the ring to go one-on-one with the formidable Malia Hosaka.
Festival De Lucha
Konnan, Rey Mysterio, Hector Garza, and Silver King face a team led by Chris Jericho in a bout from WCW's unaired pilot “Festival de Lucha.”

2000s
Samoa Joe vs. William Regal
In a sign of things to come, Triple H travels to Ultimate Pro Wrestling to witness William Regal face future NXT Champion, Samoa Joe.
The Bad Guy in ECW
Scott Hall takes things to the extreme by traveling to ECW to go one-on-one with Justin Credible in this rarely seen match.
The Destroyer and a Fallen Angel
Samoa Joe looks to start down an unparalleled road of success by challenging Christopher Daniels for the UPW Heavyweight Championship.
An Ultimate Encounter
Edge and Christian journey to Ultimate Pro Wrestling to take on the evolutionary duo known as Nova and Frankie Kazarian.
Prototypical Arrival
Years before John Cena put smiles on people's faces in WWE, The Prototype seized an opportunity to make an example out of Mark Henry in OVW.
The Beast Meets Leviathan
Prior to Batista's evolution into The Animal, Leviathan clashes with Brock Lesnar in this memorable battle from Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Before Phenomenal
With his phenomenal worth as an in-ring competitor yet to be proven, AJ Styles makes his WWE television debut against The Hurricane.
A Battle from Down Under
The Rock defends the Undisputed WWE Championship against Triple H and Brock Lesnar in a Triple Threat Match from WWE's Global Warning Tour.
Glorious Beginnings
In an effort to show everyone his glorious abilities, a young Bobby Roode enters a WWE ring to go one-on-one with Albert.
Helllooo Punk!
In his first televised WWE appearance, a young CM Punk takes to the ring to go one-on-one with Val Venis.
On the Fringe
With Dean Ambrose's days as part of The Shield still years away, Jon Moxley partners with Brad Taylor to take on MNM.

2010s
Who is Better?
Cesaro's quest to be the best Superstar in NXT leads him to challenge Seth Rollins to singles action in this forgotten battle.
Gold Before Justice
Long before fighting for justice, the future members of The Shield battled each other for a chance at gold in this Triple Threat Match.
FCW Champion: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins proves he has the heart of a champion early in his career by defending the Florida Heavyweight Title against Kassius Ohno.
Seeds of Lunacy
A young Dean Ambrose shows a vicious mean streak during a one-on-one bout against veteran William Regal.
The Young and the Hungry
In this unaired segment, Enzo Amore and Big Cass' hilarious rhetoric turns them into an appetizer for Ryback.
 

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