On a recent episode of WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures on A&E, it was revealed that WWE has acquired a notable tape library.
During the May 14 episode, ‘Macho Man” Randy Savage’, it was confirmed that WWE now owns over 20 boxes of master tapes from the promotion International Championship Wrestling.
WWE Archivist Ben Brown noted that prior to WWE acquiring the footage, the tapes had been in a storage locker room for decades, after being used as collateral after ICW founder Angelo Poffo borrowed momey from an oil company to help pay for the promotion.
Lanny Poffo appeared in the episode to authenticate the footage, which he hadn’t seen before. It wasn’t made clear when WWE officially acquired the tapes.
This promotion was owned by the Poffo family in Kentucky, and was a rival to Jerry Jarrett’s Memphis Wrestling territory.
International Championship Wrestling is the latest promotion which WWE has acquired tape libraries from, following the lieks of WCW, ECW and Jim Crockett Promotions.
WWE is currently making history with an entirely new World Heavyweight Championship, with the inaugural titleholder to be determined at Night of Champions.
Following a tournament commencing on Raw and continuing on SmackDown, we now know that Seth Rollins and AJ Styles will meet in the finals on May 27.
Here are results from the Friday, May 12 episode of WWE SmackDown:
AJ Styles def. Edge, Rey Mysterio in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Bobby Lashley def. Austin Theory, Sheamus in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Grayson Waller appeared in a backstage segment with Adam Pearce and announced the winner of the Styles vs Lashley main event would appear on his Grayson Waller Effect talk show next week
Cameron Grimes def. Baron Corbin
Roman Reigns made his first appearance since WrestleMania 39 and said that Solo Sikoa has stepped up, but the Usos are a problem and that they embarrassed him
Paul Heyman then announced Reigns and Sikoa would be challenging Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Bayley & Dakota Kai to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Former NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly made their SmackDown debut backstage, setting up a match against the Brawling Brutes for next week
Bianca Belair appeared for a ‘celebration’ in her hometown of Knoxville, but was interrupted by a returning Asuka who spat mist in Belair’s face
AJ Styles def. Bobby Lashley in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
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