The WWE recently revealed that they will be releasing a Hidden Gems collection that will explore the archives of the wrestling company to unearth rare and classic footage all the way from the 1950s to the Stone Cold Steve Austin era. One of the videos that was found by the WWE was the Last Battle of Atlanta in 1983, which is considered the “Holy Grail” in the wrestling world.
As reported by WWE.com in 2012, the Last Battle of Atlanta, which was a blowoff match between Buzz Sawyer and Tommy Rich, was thought to have been lost after speculations that it had been erased by mistake.
“Very little, if any, video footage of The Last Battle of Atlanta exists. No one knows what happened to it.” stated the WWE in their 2012 story on the Last Battle of Atlanta. “There are rumors that a Georgia Championship Wrestling official may have erased the footage by mistake. Every now and then, rumors pop up online of a mysterious tape trader who got hold of the footage, but nothing ever comes of it. All we have that confirms the match took place are a few photographs. Otherwise, one of the most brutal bouts in wrestling history is lost in time.”
Thankfully, that’s no longer the case, as the match, which eventually inspired Hell in a Cell, has finally been found in the WWE archives. A preview video shared via Facebook even teased of the footage’s existence.
Check out 00:29 of the video to catch a glimpse of the “Holy Grail” of wrestling matches.
Some of the other fights listed under the Collections of Hidden Gems Network are:
1951 – Texas Rasslin’: Thesz vs Gunkel
1969 – NWA Title: Funk, Jr. vs Kiniski
1982 – Roddy Piper vs Jack Brisco
1980 – Champs Collide: Race vs Backlund
1987 – Ric Flair vs Barry Windham
1996 – South Africa: Austin vs Bret
1997 – ECW: Bret Hart vs Terry Funk
2000 – Samoa Joe vs William Regal
The WWE Hidden Gems collection will be available on WWE network September 6.
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