The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) continues expanding its impressive tape library, adding another treasure trove to its collection. This latest acquisition, reported by PWInsider's Mike Johnson, involves 20 boxes of master tapes from the defunct International Championship Wrestling (ICW).
The revelation of WWE's latest acquisition surfaced during the recent A&E program, "WWE's Most Wanted Treasures," which centered on the legendary Randy "Macho Man" Savage. During this episode, it was unveiled that WWE is now the custodian of a significant collection of ICW master tapes, a revelation that took many by surprise.
ICW was a vibrant part of professional wrestling's landscape from 1978 to 1984. The promotion was meticulously run under the keen eye of Angelo Poffo, the father of Randy Savage, and the late Lanny Poffo, also known as the "Macho Man's" brother.
These figures were instrumental in shaping the wrestling scene of the time, leaving an indelible mark on the sport's history. In a nostalgic nod to the past, clips from ICW were incorporated into the "Macho Man" focused episode, offering viewers a brief but memorable glimpse into the wrestling world of the past.
The footage highlighted some unforgettable moments from the ICW era, featuring WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton and Savage himself in their prime.
Mystery Surrounds Tape Acquisition
However, details surrounding when and how these precious tapes fell into WWE's possession remain elusive.
The exact timeline of when WWE acquired the footage needs to be clarified, leaving wrestling historians and fans intrigued. This unknown element adds a layer of mystery to the acquisition, stirring up excitement and speculation within the wrestling community.
This latest addition to WWE's tape library underscores the company's commitment to preserving the rich and diverse history of professional wrestling. The wealth of content contained within these 20 boxes will surely provide WWE with a vast array of archival material to draw from for future projects, thereby enriching the wrestling experience for fans worldwide.