When WWE unveiled a three-disc DVD set simply entitled 'Unreleased' in 2017, the feature included early 1990s cult favourite broadcaster Sean Mooney and current Monday Night Raw reporter Charley Caruso providing the links and tidbits on a series of never-before-seen matches that were kept on camera by WWE's crack production staff.
"Tom Magee Vs Bret Hart" was scribbled on a prop they disregarded, hilariously enhancing the cult status of the famous lost classic. Debuting on May 14th 2019 as part of a documentary-come-overdue love letter to Bret Hart, it was finally gifted to the world.
Amidst much rejoicing, the "Holy Grail" had been found. Yet, brilliantly, other curios remain.
With tryouts and experiments held before and after television tapings as well as the occasional recorded house show surprise, the Network's lauded 'Hidden Gems' collection still has many more potential classics to unearth. Boasting developmental matches from Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, The Shield and others, as well as featuring fascinating contests from the 50s, 60s and 70s, the Hart/Magee squash followed the fabled 'Last Battle of Atlanta' between Buzz Sawyer and Tommy Rich.
All the above have served as reminders of the virtually limitless intriguing footage that has, until recently, remained locked away in WWE's vault. The company has never been so accommodating of it's own past too - a expanding treasure chest of rare treats for generations of discerning followers are still waiting to be monetised...
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Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.