WWE has announced that the infamous match between Tom Magee and WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart will air after Monday’s RAW on the WWE Network.
“Holy Grail: The Search for WWE’s Most Infamous Lost Match.” Will cover the story behind the match and how it was recently discovered.
The ‘Hidden’ Hart Match
The match has been referred to as one of the most hidden treasures of pro wrestling. It took place in October 1986 as a dark match at a WWE TV taping in Rochester, New York. The match was believed to be lost by WWE, but was recently discovered.
The story goes that Hart was able to draw a miracle of a match out of Magee, who was a strongman competitor, gymnast and bodybuilder, who had the look that Vince McMahon has been high on. He had wrestled for Stampede Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling before that. He was also trained by WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart. This was Magee’s WWE tryout match. Word is that Vince was impressed so much that he immediately believed Magee would be the next WWE Champion. WWE ended up pulling Magee’s push and undefeated streak at house shows after officials lost interest and changed their minds on him. Magee left WWE in the spring of 1990.
As we’ve noted, WWE is allowing the Magee vs. Hart match to screen at the upcoming Starrcast II convention with the two wrestlers appearing for a Q&A and commentary.
Below is WWE’s announcement on the special:
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.