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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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