The world of professional wrestling has featured a number of different props used by wrestlers. It’s not just about the men and women battling in the ring. The story is also told through the items they wear to the ring. Through championships that have come, gone or evolved through the decades that date back to the territories.
It’s no surprise that World Wrestling Entertainment has kept many items within a special warehouse at their headquarters in Stamford, CT. Rather than let things fade away in a junkyard, they’ve preserved many of the most iconic pieces of wrestling memorabilia ever imaginable. There are old wrestling rings and pieces of steel cages; ones that have hosted the most memorable wrestling wars in history.
There are entrance set pieces from both WWE and WCW pay-per-view events. Autographed pictures by some of the biggest names in both WWE and WCW. However, one wouldn’t know what to necessarily expect when going into the WWE warehouse. The WWE used to have a YouTube show in 2014 that brought fans into the building. It was certainly a popular show that should have gotten more than just seven episodes.
But there are fans who get to have a glimpse here and there of what’s still inside. In all honesty, the WWE could very well have enough items from WWE history to create a physical Hall of Fame, just like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY., or the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
The following are the top 15 most interesting things you probably didn’t know were stored at the WWE warehouse.
15 Punjabi Prison Cage
Wrestling fans have seen a number of different variations on the iconic cage match. Some have worked out well like the Elimination Chamber and even WCW’s War Games. But the Punjabi Prison Cage match was not one of those highlights in cage match history. There were only two Punjabi Prison matches in WWE history (thankfully – The Undertaker and Big Show in 2006 and Batista vs Great Khali in 2007.
The matches were terrible and the parts haven’t been seen by WWE fans for nearly 10 years. However, the parts are still owned by the WWE and reside inside the massive WWE warehouse. One would hope they aren’t keeping the bamboo parts for another Punjabi Prison match sometime down the road. This falls under the obscure wrestling item that is interesting because it exists.
14 XFL Jerseys and Helmets
There was once a time when Vince McMahon thought he would get into the business of professional football. Many have always felt there was a need for a development league to help prepare athletes for the NFL. There was the NFL Europe league, but nothing within North America. After two years of development, McMahon debuted the XFL for a 2001 season; the only season.
The warehouse still has some extra jerseys and helmets for each of the XFL teams. Some of the uniforms didn’t look too bad, like the Chicago Enforcers or the Las Vegas Outlaws. But most of the uniforms had a cartoon-like feel that seemed more fitting of a lower-tier league. That was what the XFL turned out to be, as it ceased operations shortly after the first (and only) XFL Championship game.
13 Wrestlers’ Music on Vinyl
This might not be one of the best things one can find in the WWE warehouse. But it’s such an obscure piece of WWE history that it deserves to be included on this list. Years before the WWE would come out with entrance themes on CDs, the WWE actually came out with a vinyl album called The Wrestling Album. It was an album that included WWE Superstars like “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Nikolai Volkoff serenading fans; just like we all knew they could.
During a 2012 visit to the WWE warehouse, Kofi Kingston was shown another vinyl record that featured The Junkyard Dog and pop star Vicki Sue Robinson with a 1985 single titled “Grab Them Cakes.” These came from a time when the music that wrestlers were involved in sort of came across as corny tunes.
12 Andre the Giant’s Boots and Socks
It’s not a surprise to see some of the wrestling attire being stored at the WWE warehouse. One can find some of the chaps used by Shawn Michaels and a robe once worn by Harley Race. But some of the wrestling gear that is kept inside the WWE warehouse can be quite interesting, to say the least. One fan who had a chance to tour the facility was shown boots and socks worn by Andre the Giant.
The boots aren’t weird. But the fact that Andre’s old socks are kept inside the warehouse seems a little weird. It shouldn’t be a surprise to find that one of Andre’s socks are about as long, if not longer, than an average human being’s arm. Fans having a chance to see how large Andre the Giant’s boots were would be a great attraction. No word yet on whether anyone would want to put on one of those socks.
11 Paul Bearer’s Concrete Crypt
The WWE certainly has no shortage of things related to death. Caskets, sacrificial steel symbols and even seated booths used to “kill” someone via concrete. In one of the strangest gimmick matches in recent WWE history, The Undertaker faced The Dudley Boyz in a handicap match where Paul Bearer was locked inside a “concrete crypt” at the 2004 Great American Bash. If Undertaker didn’t comply with Paul Heyman, he’d add more concrete into the crypt where Bearer was tied to a chair.
What’s stranger is that The Undertaker would win the match and decide to fill it with concrete anyway. Either way you look at it, the actual crypt remains at the WWE warehouse. It’s certainly an interesting artifact considering that it was used in just one match.
10 A WWE Race Car
Just when you thought the WWE had enough random things in their warehouse, there’s proof that the WWE has everything imaginable, even a full-size race car. Triple H posted a picture of one in March 2013 during a photo shoot visit to the WWE warehouse. It was more the shell of the race car since the tires and apparently, everything inside a car was absent (i.e. engine, seats, and brakes).
It was the shell for a “Funny Car” used in drag racing by Toliver Racing. It was apparently used in 2000 and there are some die-cast toy models that can be found online through auction sites. But this being the WWE warehouse, they would have the real deal version. However, it seems like one of the most random things one would expect to find.
9 WrestleMania XIX Contract Signed in Hulk Hogan’s Blood
The WWE warehouse apparently stores some of the match contracts that have been signed on WWE television. Good to know that those boring segments where wrestlers signed a contract in the ring don’t go to waste. Although it’s interesting to note that Brock Lesnar never seemed to have signed the contract for his match with Triple H at the 2012 SummerSlam pay-per-view.
But there’s something weird about keeping a contract signed in blood. There was a contract signing between Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan for their WrestleMania XIX match. The actual signing saw Mr. McMahon stab Hogan with a pen and used his blood to "sign" the deal. And it’s at the WWE warehouse, still stained with dried blood. It's funny how that is the weirdest thing in a building that contains several caskets, headstones and failed football league uniforms.
8 Vintage WWE Arcade Machines
Arcade machines are certainly a thing of the past. With the way video games have evolved, arcades are almost non-existent in today’s society. However, they are certainly a highly valued collectible. The games weren’t that bad either. The WWE has had a few of their own through the years. One example is the WWE WrestleFest arcade game that allowed up to four players to compete in matches.
It was a big hit for wrestling fans back in 1991. As seen in a photo shoot in December 2012, WWE superstar Kofi Kingston actually took the time to play a working WWE WrestleFest arcade machine. It’s unknown if there are any more retro arcade machines in the WWE warehouse, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if they’re somewhere in the aisles of championships, attire and other wrestling heirlooms.
7 Headstones for Buried Alive Matches
With nearly three decades of darkness in the WWE, it’s no surprise that there would be some leftover items from The Undertaker’s WWE career. In the seventh episode of WWE Warehouse, it was revealed that the warehouse was also home to all of the headstones that were ever made for the Undertaker’s Buried Alive matches. Each of them was made special for each Buried Alive match – with Undertaker’s opponents ranging from Mankind to Vince McMahon.
Most of them still look to be in very good condition. Especially the one from In Your House in October 1996 where Mankind and Undertaker were artistically portrayed on the headstone. There’s a good chance that these could part of a display honoring the Deadman if the WWE ever did choose to create a physical WWE Hall of Fame.
6 The Original Throne for King of the Ring
It’s a shame that one of the most iconic heirlooms from WWE history is left unused at the WWE warehouse. There was once a time when the King of the Ring was a prestigious tournament that every superstar wanted to win. It helped launch “Stone Cold” Steve Austin into WWE stardom with his famous “Austin 3:16” promo against Jake “The Snake” Roberts. But in recent years, it has been inconsistently booked with winners who don’t get any real push afterward.
The throne still lives on at the warehouse. So there’s a chance that the WWE could always refurbish the original throne and bring back the King of the Ring tournament. Unfortunately, it’s more likely to be saved for a potential WWE Hall of Fame museum. It certainly would attract a number of wrestling fans, especially if they could sit on the throne with a scepter and crown.
5 Undertaker's Steel Symbol From The Attitude Era
During the Attitude Era of the WWE, The Undertaker certainly did some weird, creepy, borderline disturbing things. For example, he sacrificed other wrestlers on a steel Undertaker symbol. The same one that Stephanie McMahon was tied onto as part of an attempted unholy marriage ceremony. Several WWE Superstars were placed on to resemble a sort of crucifixion as part of The Undertaker’s “ministry gimmick.”
The symbol was set on fire during an episode of SmackDown in the early 2000s. But it’s kept at the WWE warehouse. For the most part, it’s held up pretty well. This kind of item would be great to resurrect at some point down the road (no pun intended). Some fans might consider it pretty cool if it was part of The Deadman’s entrance at WrestleMania 33.
4 The SmackDown Fist
One of the more iconic symbols of WWE SmackDown was the trademark fist that burst through the stage from August 2001 to January 2008. Fans who grew up watching the show through the Ruthless Aggression era probably felt weird watching SmackDown without that giant fist that was noticeable during matches. Some wondered where it would go after it was removed from the SmackDown stage.
Like many items the WWE no longer uses on a regular basis, it sits inside the WWE warehouse. It was also featured in one of the first episodes of WWE Warehouse on YouTube. But there are fans who are demanding its return as part of SmackDown Live. There was even a blog from Bobby Melok of WWE.com asking for it to make its WWE return.
3 Parts Of The Classic Steel Cage
Today’s steel cage matches aren’t the same as what they once were. The cages now have what looks like a metal fence wall. But they used to be blue walls that were a little bit easier to climb up. It was the cage used for many classic matches, like Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania II. The last time the blue cage was used was at Unforgiven 1999, when Al Snow faced Big Boss Man in a “Kennel from Hell” match.
Some of the pieces are still at the WWE warehouse. Not many are left, but those who have seen the classic cage walls have posted pictures on social media. It would be a nice bit of nostalgia to have a classic cage match during an old-school themed episode of RAW sometime down the road. It would depend whether the WWE could make a complete cage with what they have.
2 Many of The Undertaker’s Caskets
When you have a character that has an undead gimmick for nearly 30 years, there are going to be a lot of props kept in storage. With The Undertaker, it’s understandable to see a few caskets used during Casket Matches or different segments throughout WWE history. But the WWE warehouse probably has more caskets than a majority of funeral homes. They weren’t always created in the same way over the years.
Some caskets were padded, others were not. Some were made with dark wood and others with light wood. Regardless, it was either The Undertaker or Kane coming out of a casket and hoping to put an enemy inside. At least they’ll have a selection if The Undertaker was to have another Casket Match at some point in the final years of his wrestling career.
1 The Ring Used At WrestleMania I
It’s no surprise that there are some extra ring parts from over the years. This list has mentioned some pieces of old cages, entrance stages and many items carried around by the most unique characters in WWE history. But it also has items that have character just based on their age and when they were used. Inside the WWE warehouse is the wrestling ring from the first ever WrestleMania back in 1985.
It has certainly seen better days with more than 30 years of age showing on the posts and the ropes. It probably wouldn’t be able to be used for actual matches. But like many of the items on this list, the ring from WrestleMania I would likely be one of the most popular exhibits of a physical WWE Hall of Fame building.
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