* Even in the major promotions with national television deals, its a given many matches never get recorded, much less received widespread distribution, and some of them are considered to be among the greatest matches in a performer's career. As legendary as the televised Ric Flair-Ricky Steamboat feud was, they both agree they're best work together has been lost to time. Randy Orton himself has tried to find recordings of an non televised match he had with Chris Jericho in Japan. Montel Vontavious Porter considers a house show encounter with Shelton Benjamin to be as good as his wrestlemania match with Chris Jericho, one of the best reported women's matches in WWE history was at a live event between Trish Stratus and Wrestling/JillianHall and the Big Show once took seven Stone Cold stunners in a live event, where he feels he finally understood what it meant to be TheGiant.
* It doesn't happen much anymore, but in the early 90's it was possible to have titles change hands during a house show. Notable examples include Wrestling/RicFlair winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Championship]] from Wrestling/RandySavage in 1992, and a couple years later [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]] winning the same from Wrestling/BobBacklund. Casual viewers would turn on the television and find that they had a new World Champion. If they were lucky, they would show recorded highlights of the match in question. If they were lucky.
** In the case of Diesel/Bob Backlund, the cameras were rolling during their encounter and fans watching the WWF's weekly recap shows did get to see the match - ''[[Main/SquashMatch all 8 seconds of it]]''.
* It actually happened as recently as 2005, when [[Wrestling/LittleGuidoMaritato Nunzio]] won the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-c.html WWE World Cruiserweight Championship]] at a house event in his homeland of Italy.
* While it very rarely happens for storyline reasons, this type of situation pops up about once every year or two, typically as a result of one of two reasons: the reigning champion is injured/sick and won't be able to compete properly but can work out one more match (or, alternately, is injured DURING the match), OR they just landed themselves in the frying pan for a Wellness Policy Violation or the like, are about to be "wished good luck on their future endeavors," and are low enough on the totem pole to not even warrant losing their title on television.
* There was a joke going around the Online World Of Wrestling site back in the early 2000s that WWE should stop broadcasting WWE and put OVW on television instead. Several wrestlers that ultimately amounted to little on the main roster had promising developmental runs prior, such as Seven Thorn. Also, someone who did little of note on WWE might have much more time to put on better matches or pick up some wins if they had been jobbing.
* In an example that would come back to bite WWE in the ass, The International Wrestling Cartel Champion Wrestling/CMPunk wrestled WWE Intercontinental Champion Wrestling/EddieGuerrero in a title vs title match that went to a time limit draw to a bonus non title overtime (where Eddy won). WWE had fired Eddy but then rehired him and allowed him to keep this date with the IWC. WWE, however, refused to let the match be taped, only to realize they couldn't show what would be a dream match even to people who only watch their own programming when CM Punk became one of WWE's top draws. Yes, people can still buy tapes of Eddy and Punk's other matches but none of them are quite like this one, and most importantly to WWE, WWE can't make any money off of any of these other tapes!
* WWE's developmental territory FCW (later renamed NXT Wrestling) has had a few matches when main stars visit for autograph sessions or unaired matches for the televised shows that haven't been officially released. The first notable match was when Wrestling/CMPunk visited in late 2011 and was harassed by [[Wrestling/TheShield Dean Ambrose (CZW's Jon Moxley)]], leading to a match later that night. The second was at the August 2012 tapings when Punk ended up wrestling the Kings Of Wrestling (Wrestling/ChrisHero and Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli; or, as they are known in WWE, Kassius Ohno and Antonio Cesaro) in a tag match while partnered with, ironically enough, [[Wrestling/TheShield Seth Rollins (Former ROH Champion Tyler Black)]], who would later be one of Ambrose's allies in the Shield.
* Then there are those RealLife examples which are even more impressive.
** Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams once rescued a guy from a burning car by ''pulling the door right off of the car!''
** Back in WCW in 1998, Wrestling/{{Meng}} was talking backstage with Wrestling/ChrisCandido, [[Characters/WWEDivas Tammy Lynn Sytch]] and Wrestling/ChrisJericho when Wrestling/EricBischoff and Greg Gagne, an office suit, approached them. Meng told them that they were interrupting him while he talked with his friends. Bischoff and Gagne ''apologized'' to Meng. That's right, MENG got '''ERIC BISCHOFF''', his ''boss'', to apologize to him.
** Wrestling/NormanSmiley? Screaming, dancing comedy coward and reluctant [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-hc.html WCW Hardcore Champion]]? Yeah, he once [=KOed=] '''Rick Steiner''' with ''one punch!''
** Chris Masters ''uprooted a tree'' to save his mother from a burning building.