In a ceremony steeped in tradition and reverence, WWE officially opened the Jack Tunney Presidential Library adjacent to the company’s Stamford headquarters yesterday.
The 100,000-square-foot library contains thousands of artifacts and keepsakes from the Tunney administration, and will be the final resting place of the man many consider to be WWE’s last great leader.
“Tunney was a president with integrity,” WWE Chairman Vince McMahon said solemnly during the opening ceremony, which was attended by dignitaries from around the world.
“He wasn’t afraid to strip evildoers of ill-gotten title belts, or to ask the difficult questions, such as whether the metal plate in Lex Luger’s forearm constituted an illegal weapon.”
Following a flyover by a squadron of F-18 fighter jets and a 21-gun salute by a Stamford army battalion, McMahon was joined by former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to cut the ribbon and officially open the library.
Archived within the library are thousands of match contracts bearing Tunney’s presidential stamp, every back issue of WWF Magazine and, in a temperature-controlled underground vault, the last remaining WWF Ice Cream Bar on earth.