WWE has a lot of history that they keep locked away in their archives, but one match alluded fans for over 30 years. Now that tape has been uncovered and there are big plans for it.
Bret Hart wrestled Tom Magee in December 1986. This was a famous match because The Hitman made Magee look like a million dollars. Bret Hart did pretty much all of the work, but Magee ended up getting the WWE contract. This did not turn out as WWE had hoped because although Tom Magee looked great, he couldn’t wrestle a match that was nearly as good as the one against Hart.
The footage of that match was thought to have been lost forever, but that recently changed as the match was found on a VHS tape in Bret Hart’s archives.
Starrcast previously had The Undertaker and Kurt Angle booked for the event. WWE pulled them from participating after signing new deals with the legends that gives WWE permission to limit their outside engagements. This was a big bummer for fans who hoped to meet Angle and Taker in Las Vegas.
WWE made a concession with Starrcast as they are allowing the event to air the famous Bret Hart vs Tom Magee match. There is even a Q&A with Hart and Tom Magee planned. Now WWE is giving away the match on the WWE Network.
In a release today, WWE announced that they will be airing the Bret Hart vs Tom Magee match this Monday after RAW.
WWE Network to stream documentary on the infamous lost match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee
One of the greatest mysteries in sports-entertainment history has been found and you’ll be able to see it along with a documentary explaining the story on WWE Network after Raw on Monday.
On Dec. 6, 1986, Bret “Hit Man” Hart faced Tom Magee in an untelevised tryout match in Rochester, New York. After the bell sounded and Magee’s hand was raised, he was labeled the next Hulk Hogan, but since the bout was untelevised, footage became lost over time … until today.
VHS tape traders tried in vain to chase down the cassette of Hart vs. Magee for three decades to no avail, but it was recently discovered as part of “Hit Man’s” tape library and is available Monday after Raw on WWE Network. Check out this classic match and get the full story on how the tape was discovered, what happened to Tom Magee, and much more by watching Holy Grail: The Search for WWE’s Most Infamous Lost Match, streaming Monday after Raw.
This is a very interesting idea and is amazing news for fans who have wanted to see this match for decades (like myself) however, it is also kind of a bummer for Starrcast because now because WWE is giving away a huge deal that they were promoting.
Starrcast will still get Bret Hart and Tom Magee talking about the match so that is going to be totally exclusive to Conrad Thompson’s event. However, it is pretty hard not to notice the timing of this airing since WWE is putting this match out there just a couple of weeks before Starrcast kicks off.