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Edge's WWE 24 is probably the best Network content ever. It's surely impossible to sit through it and not see the wonderful side of this silly business.   

RVD is a hell of a lot more iconic to the people who watched wrestling when it mattered than the vast majority of stars they've attempted to create in years since. 

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The Broken Skull Session with Kurt Angle is great. 

Most of it is looking at Angle's first WWE run and Kurt is very open and honest about things. A lot of familiar ground but some really cool stories and details I hadn't heard before, too. 

It's clear at the end that he now sees himself as an ex-WWE guy and he really wasn't pleased with his comeback. Loved going into the Hall of Fame but is obviously gutted he didn't get to wrestle more, wasn't fussed about being made GM and obviously wanted a different sendoff to the Corbin match. 

Interesting that they spend a lot of time talking about how good he was and what a great career he had but Kurt himself was surprised to get the Hall of Fame and even more so to headline it. 

Well worth checking out. It's an hour and forty five minutes but it's a breeze to either watch or listen to. 

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On 9/17/2020 at 1:54 PM, Statto said:

As well as all the Paul London/Akio/Noble etc goodness on Velocity, there was also the wonderful period where Ernest Miller was on commentary.

Velocity was great for the occasional appearance of an Indy guy as others have stated but my favourite was Matt Hardy V1 wrestling an unsigned Paul London, and giving him a competitive match, far more give and take than most enhancement matches. Really good fun.

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2 hours ago, air_raid said:

Velocity was great for the occasional appearance of an Indy guy as others have stated but my favourite was Matt Hardy V1 wrestling an unsigned Paul London, and giving him a competitive match, far more give and take than most enhancement matches. Really good fun.

There's a similarly good Perry Saturn vs Paul London match out there (on Metal, not Velocity) from probably a year or so before that.

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These Timeline things are fantastic. I thought at a glance they'd feature full matches too and be one of those playlists it'd take a full day to get through but the 40 min to hour format of them is a perfect blend of match clips, promos etc. Some less obvious stuff too. The Owen/Bret one - the best of the bunch - features plenty of interview clips of the pair not just from Raw but the smaller little shows they'd have had around that time. Wrestling Challenge or what have you. 

They're just so much fun. A way to watch back feuds you've seen a million times in a way that still feels sort of new. The aforementioned Bret/Owen collection was the best hour I've spent watching wrestling all year. I was just giddy like a kid. As others have said the Savage/Flair one is great too. The Rock's Nation run is an excellent example of the kind of future ones they should be doing, too. Prominent feuds - but they've not gone for Rock/Austin. That doesn't need to be chronicled again. 

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Lana's WWE Chronicle. 

Again - and this has been said ad nauseam - I'm now immediately at least somewhat invested in a character in a way their TV has not accomplished to date. Was there anything earth shattering in it? No. But it does that wonderful job of conveying the human behind the character. That mad idea that even if someone has the worst, most meaningless match on the card, it was still a huge deal for them to have to walk down the ramp. 

You take that from these docs and hopefully never see them quite as passively again. Which is something TV angles never do. 

This opinion was formed after five minutes of the thing too, by the way. Not only can you definitely squeeze this on to a Raw, you can use it to sell the Network!

Then she has to clearly refer to her husband as 'the person I was on the road with' - no shit - and you realise again the rotten moral discrepancy between wanting to follow these people and potentially propping up the shitehouses they work for. 

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Yeah I definitely care more about Lana now than I ever have. Its such a unique thing to see someone genuinely reacting to their tweets and stuff like that. Does make you look at things a bit differently.

I definitely respect her and her work ethic. She knows she isn't going to be the best but she does want to work and be better. It must be such a tough thing to deal with - wanting to go out there and entertain but not really being able to.

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WWE Untold: Goldberg's Streak is fantastic. 

Obviously Da Man shows up as a talking had and is his usual great self (no sarcasm - he's clearly a good bloke). 

It's a great story and makes me pine for a time when wrestling was more organic, for sure. They also have loads of rare archive material, such as Goldberg training at the Power Plant and behind-the-scenes shooting pay-per-view commercials and stuff. 

As well as the man himself there's Kevin Nash and DDP as talking heads. Both are good value for very different reasons. And some bloke off The Bump, who I'm not familiar with, but does a good job of providing the fan's perspective as someone who grew up watching during the era. 

It's honestly one of the better things they've done in a whole and possibly the best of the Untolds. WWE's documentary crew really will keep me subscribing for as long as they're banging out quality content. 

As an aside, I don't think it can be said what a good bloke Big Bill is. There's some stuff in there about the work he does for charity and how much he loves being a role model for kids. Reminded me of a story from Luke Gallows that I heard recently about how Goldberg agreed to do appearances for some shows in South America in 2012 for a cut price, as long as it was written into his contract that everyone had to put in some time at local kid's hospitals. 

Great man. 

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20 hours ago, Astro Hollywood said:

There's an interesting bit I'd not heard before, about Hogan being a cunt by rubbing Deep Heat in his armpit and starting the match by getting Goldberg in a headlock so it went in his eyes.

I must have watched the end of this match hundreds of times throughout the years, and nearly every time I do, I still cant figure out how 1998 Hogan took probably the best Jackhammer Goldberg has ever done, and also agreed to put Bill over as clean as he did. Everything we know about Hogan from this time would surely have lead to him sandbagging the Jackhammer (or it being shit even with the best of intentions from Hulk), and also having DDP or Malone whacking him with a chair beforehand. Must be a story in there somewhere. Was he paid a 'bonus' for doing it as it were on TV do we know?

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Goldberg was a big guy and was quite clearly going places. Echoes of the Ultimate Warrior in 1990 in some ways.

As much as I love Bret Hart, there's a part of me that can't really blame Hogan for refusing to lose clean in '93 to one half of the Hart Foundation.

There are a lot of parallels between 1993 and 2002/03 or so when star power in the WWF suddenly fell off a cliff with the company cramming previous midcarders down your throat as credible main event talent.

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