Inside WWE's massive video vault

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June 21, 2013

Tapes are decaying and are being archived quickly

Some items in the archive don’t have much of a lifespan remaining, so if a specific item or match is required for a project, the entire tape will be digitized just in case.

“A lot of our three-quarter-inch tapes, for example, are so old,” Germanakos told us. “If we need to get footage off of it, we put the tape in the deck and just hit play. It will record the whole reel. We’re not sure if we’ll be able to rewind it or get anything else from that reel. It sheds.”

WWE footage in the library begins at approximately 1971, but the library contains footage from other organizations as far back as the 1950s and ’60s.

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