“We are sorry to announce that WWE have informed us that “Seth Rollins – Building The Architect” will now only be released on DVD.”
We can confirm that the Blu-ray edition of the Seth Rollins compilation, due for release in May 2017, has now been cancelled, in what looks to be a last minute decision by the company.
Both DVD and Blu-ray versions had appeared on an internal schedule we access in the running of WrestlingDVDNetwork.com, however plans changed between now and this time last week when the first pre-orders went live. As for the reason why, WWE Home Video UK has offered some insight into the change of direction in replies to fans on social media:
We made the mistake of advertising the Seth [Rollins] title on [Blu-ray] a bit prematurely there.
They went on to reveal that the decision stems from under-performance of certain Blu-ray titles as of late and appear to suggest that WWE is now looking at each Home Video title on a case-by-case basis in determining their release strategy:
Some past titles have been slow sellers on [Blu-ray] so we’re considering each title and whether [they are] commercially viable on both formats.
We’ve often heard that for WWE Home Video it is still the DVD format that is dominating sales — this was reiterated again in the series of tweets:
Unfortunately when it comes down to one or [the] other, DVD is still the most popular format by a wide margin.
For those wondering, the cancellation does apply to fans in the United States too:
Sorry to disappoint on this one guys. We’re following WWE’s lead on this (DVD only in US).
We would like to clarify that “Seth Rollins – Building The Architect” is still on the way but instead as a DVD-only offering. The upcoming “WrestleMania Monday” and DDP titles (on the schedule in front of Rollins) are unaffected by the change and will still be produced on Blu-ray format.
The news of halted WWE Blu-rays reminds us of the situation in Australia with Madman.com.au not having Blu-ray versions available since mid- to late-2016, even for some of the bigger releases.
However, there has now been some movement on this. The Australian distributor have confirmed plans to release “short-run” (or limited edition) Blu-rays for titles they predict will have sufficient demand. We hear that this will begin with “Diamond Dallas Page – Positively Living”.
On the PPV side of things, Survivor Series 2016 was just released this week in the United Kingdom – and that includes a Blu-ray! You can grab it here on Amazon.co.uk.
Watch a clip of Cesaro clearing house in the 10-on-10 Tag Team Elimination Match:
Next up is Roadblock: End of the Line, out this coming Tuesday in the United States! The extra is confirmed to be the opening Kickoff Show match between Big Cass and Rusev.
Sorry, no Blu-ray for this one!
Following that, this Sunday’s Royal Rumble 2017 will land on Home Video worldwide in March.
And yes, there will be a Blu-ray!
Heads up – this weekend WWEShop.com is giving you 30% off your next order AND $5.00 shipping (no matter how many items you buy) when using promo code “RUMBLE”.
If you’re not feeling too “Blu” about the earlier news, look out for all these goodies going cheap on eBay over the weekend, one of which comes “outta nowhere”. Happy bidding!
$0.99 – CM Punk: Best in the World Blu-ray
$0.99 – Batista: The Animal Unleashed Blu-ray (Sealed)
$1.04 – Randy Orton: RKO Outta Nowhere Blu-ray
$1.04 – OMG! Top 50 Incidents in WWE History Blu-ray
$3.25 – Falls Count Anywhere: Greatest Street Fights Blu-ray (Sealed)
$3.50 – Rock vs. Cena: Once in a Lifetime Blu-ray
$4.00 – Lot of 4 WWE Blu-rays (nWo, The Rock, CM Punk)
$4.99 – Greatest Rivalries: Shawn vs. Bret Blu-ray (Sealed)
There’s also 3 chances to grab the new “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” DVD dirt-cheap…
And of course we gotta mention the rare stuff and box sets up for grabs…