Inside WWE's massive video vault

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June 21, 2013

The tape library contains 48,658 tapes

WWE’s central tape room features a series of floor-to-ceiling shelves that move along a mechanical track, allowing the company to pack more than 40,000 tapes into a tiny room for easy organization and access. On our visit, we noticed that many of the lower shelves were curved and asked if the heavier items were kept on the bottom.

“You may think gravity and the weight of the tapes is weighing down the shelves and that's why they’re bowed, but if you notice the bow stops at a certain height. That’s because the library guys get up here like this,” Staffaroni said as he began to climb the shelf.

Walking through the room, we were stunned to see ancient relics like AWA film reels and long lost footage from Jim Crockett Promotions. The room is a wrestling fan’s dream.

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