As a visual medium, professional wrestling is effectively infinite. There are constantly high-quality performances going on across the globe, many of which are being recorded, and it’s been that way for a long time. The availability has gotten significantly better, thanks to streaming the expense and difficulty of video production nosediving, but in a sense, it’s kind of always been that way. Even when pro wrestling was a regional television production, most of the regional promotions all had their own TV shows. The cost of videotape and ease of reusing it meant that a lot wasn’t saved—by the promotions or fans—and that there’s far from a complete accounting of what’s out there, though. Throw in X-factors like fan-shot bootlegs—especially in Japan, where it was implicitly approved—among many other things, and you get the idea: There’s a lot of pro wrestling that’s known to exist on videotape, and so much more could exist that collecting it can often be a mystery.
In September 2016, WWE leaned into this by launching the Hidden Gems feature on its WWE Network streaming service, releasing newly discovered (and sometimes rediscovered) footage, which became a weekly series in May 2018. It was an uncharacteristic love letter to long-term, die-hard fans, one that constantly checked off boxes of holy grails, previously unseen matches and cards, wowing fans at every turn. Unfortunately, though, it appears to have come to an end. Reportedly, with zero announcement from WWE, the ongoing Hidden Gems updates have been dropped. As of this writing, WWE has not responded to an email requesting comment on the report’s accuracy.