WWE Removes Seth Rollins ‘Building The Architect’ Blu-Ray from 2017 Schedule – What Happened?

January 27, 2017 by Daniel Bee

WWE Cancels 2017 Seth Rollins Blu-ray!

“We are sorry to announce that WWE have informed us that “Seth Rollins – Building The Architect” will now only be released on DVD.”

 
The above notice now appears on WWEDVD.co.uk‘s product listing page for the just-announced “Seth Rollins – Building The Architect” DVD (and previously, Blu-ray).

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.

WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' Blu-ray Removed from 2017 Schedule


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”.

Big Collection of WWE Blu-rays


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.

Click here to get the WWE Roadblock: End of the Line DVD for $8.99 on Amazon.com.

Sorry, no Blu-ray for this one!

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line DVD - Full Cover Artwork


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”.

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 - 30% Off All WWEShop Orders!

REMEMBER THE RUMBLE: Click here to use code “RUMBLE” on WWE DVDs at WWEShop.com…

 


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!

$0.99CM Punk: Best in the World Blu-ray
$0.99Batista: The Animal Unleashed Blu-ray (Sealed)
$1.04Randy Orton: RKO Outta Nowhere Blu-ray
$1.04OMG! Top 50 Incidents in WWE History Blu-ray
$3.25Falls Count Anywhere: Greatest Street Fights Blu-ray (Sealed)
$3.50Rock vs. Cena: Once in a Lifetime Blu-ray
$4.00Lot of 4 WWE Blu-rays (nWo, The Rock, CM Punk)
$4.99Greatest Rivalries: Shawn vs. Bret Blu-ray (Sealed)

WWE OMG! The Top 50 Incidents Blu-ray

There’s also 3 chances to grab the new “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” DVD dirt-cheap…

$2.00Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania DVD (Sealed)
$3.00Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania DVD (Sealed)
$4.00Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania DVD (Sealed)

And of course we gotta mention the rare stuff and box sets up for grabs…

$1.04WWF Royal Rumble 2000 DVD
$20.00Lot of 11 WWF/WWE DVDs (incl. 6 WWF Rarities!)
$47.00WrestleMania Anthology Box Set

 




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57 Comments on "WWE Removes Seth Rollins ‘Building The Architect’ Blu-Ray from 2017 Schedule – What Happened?"

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Bobby Massa
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Bobby Massa

Dvd’s will be extinct soon. Most people only buy blu ray now anyway. What the hell is WWE thinking? Get all blu rays going again. Forget dvd all together.

Donald
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Donald

Last dvd I got before Best PPV Matches of 2016 was its predecessor. I love Rollins, first he gets injured then his own dvd gets cancelled, like that’s screwed up.

foley is good
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foley is good

Weird choice since Rollins material was shot in HD. I usually buy the Bluray version but even I have to admit DVD has the more beautiful packaging.

captainplanet
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captainplanet
I think the last WWE DVD I got was Owen Hart’s, because a) all his matches are in SD and b) the whole packaging presentation was so insanely good that I wanted to have it. I loved the use of reflective gold and the cool pictures of Owen done in the same way on the inside. It’s a bummer that BRs don’t sell that great for WWE releases. That’s probably why they don’t go all out on the packaging for them like they do for DVDs. All I know is Seth’s entire WWE run, including NXT, was shot in hi-def,… Read more »
Brad Attitude
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Brad Attitude

And let the crying of no bluray begin … 🙂

Robert emons
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Robert emons

Recieved my roadblock end of the line dvd early this week a week before release from walmart.com!

RabidHeat
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RabidHeat

Congrats; it was an awesome PPV. 😉

ryan
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ryan

Same here. I always pre-order from walmart

Jeremy
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Jeremy

No point it buying it now. I’m not paying for crap dvd quality.

RCS1988
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RCS1988

I think Disney only sells blu-ray combo packs.

Cory
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Cory

A large majority of WWE’s main audience is poor trailer trash so DVD only is no surprise to me. However, I cannot believe DVDs are still made in the year 2017. Blu Ray is the least they could do…really we are in the age of 4K as far as physical media goes. It’s like WWE is going in reverse…what’s next? VHS tapes from Coliseum Video? (I would rather buy those than a damn DVD in the year 2017)

Wrestlevessel
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Wrestlevessel

RCS1988 actually transfers his DVD collection to VHS.

LP1
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LP1

Lol

RCS1988
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RCS1988

Only stuff that was recorded from TV or came off of YouTube.

Steve
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Steve

Couldn’t have said it better myself

RabidHeat
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RabidHeat

Lol, the logic isn’t correct. Trailer trash tend to buy the latest technology, yet let their children go without nourishment. The priorities of trailer trash are usually all out of whack, so ironically they probably buy Blu-Rays.

Cory
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Cory

I guess I buy that argument to a degree. They are selling a lot of DVDs to somebody right? Or they would not be so dead set on making them over blu ray. Also, I guess pre-HD stuff may be harder and more costly to upscale.

Todd Cash
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Todd Cash

Unfortunately Corey is right…WWE is baffling at times…as far as the first quarter goes this is by far the worst…nothing of remote interest until the DDP release drops…

CONOR
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CONOR

Who the f**k keeps buying DVDs… STOP IT. Get your ass out of the early 2000s and buy yourself a damn Blu-Ray player.

Raw Attitude
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Raw Attitude

Pretty much twice as many people buy DVD’s over Blu Ray’s. DVD’s are still very much popular. Blu Ray’s never really caught on in the first place. So the real question is…who the f**k are the small minority of people that rarely buy Blu Ray’s! If Blu Ray was so “amazing” it would have outsold DVD’s years ago, but it hasn’t and never will!

LP1
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LP1
If you do a little research you’ll see that blu-rays do outsell DVDs when it comes to most movies. Especially blockbusters. Wrestling on the other hand has never really caught on with blu-ray, for many reasons. One of the reasons, as noted elsewhere in this thread, is that some people just refuse to change with the times and still record shows on VHS in 2017. We’ve gone from Betamax to VHS to laserdisc to DVD to blu-ray and now to 4K. Every time I go to Best Buy I notice the 4K section is always growing, but how long that… Read more »
Mark Markson
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Mark Markson
It really is a shame that wrestling companies shot their old events on tape, and not on film. Because had they done that, the quality of 80s wrestling on blu-ray would have been so much better. I own lots of older movies on blu-ray, and many of them look absolutely stunning on this format. I have read, that tape was expensive in the 70s and 80s. I can only imagine film was even more expensive. And maybe also required some different cameras. With 80s wrestling, the quality of DVD vs blu-ray is not that big. With footage from 2008 until… Read more »
Brad Attitude
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Brad Attitude

The bluray exclusives nowadays haven’t been very good since 2013 or 2014. WWE have been half assing it, which I why I prefer to pick up the DVD instead on sets like The Kliq, Straight Outta Dudleyville & The History of the Hardcore Championship.

RabidHeat
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RabidHeat

Well, we’re talking about wrestling, so the stats for movie sales irrelevant. And what you said about people still recording on to VHS can’t be right for many; surely it’s just that they’re happy with DVD.

LP1
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LP1

Not irrelevant at all. In a lot of cases, WWE’s blu-rays are actually cheaper in price than most new movies that come out. I was responding to Raw Attitude who made a general statement that blu-rays don’t sell as well as DVDs. He never specified wrestling blu-rays specifically.

C J Styles
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C J Styles

Actually if you do a little research you’ll see that DVD outsells Blu-ray for 90%+ of ALL releases, movies or otherwise, often by up to 10 times as many!! (at least in the UK)

Wrestlevessel
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Wrestlevessel

I buy DVDs. I don’t own a Blu Ray player and not going out of my way to get one.

Normal Fan
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Normal Fan

Here, here!
Blu Ray is very unpopular and will never catch on like DVD has and will never have the following that DVD’s continues to have.

RCS1988
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RCS1988

Yeah and if he wants a match that is only a blu-ray exclusive and can’t get it anywhere else, he just finds a person to put it on a DVD.

RabidHeat
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RabidHeat

Conor, it’s up to individuals what they do. You don’t get to dictate peoples’ life you choice, you arrogant phewl.

RabidHeat
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RabidHeat

life-choices *

Conor
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Conor

Well get your lazy asses out of the early 2000s. Blu-ray players are as less than $90.00 nowadays.

RabidHeat
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RabidHeat

I will say it again: no thanks, because you don’t dictate what I do.

Donald
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Donald

Buy me and the cheapskates one, then we’ll do what Jericho said, “Shut the hell up!”

LP1
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LP1
I haven’t bought a DVD in a long time. So if blu-rays are slowly being phased out then I will continue to buy the HD digital releases. Which I’ve been doing with PPVs for a while. And to mention what someone else said, yes, physical media, especially when it comes to WWE, is a dying breed. Between the WWE Network and HD digital releases, physical media is becoming obsolete. Look at WWE’s quarterly earnings. Home video sales are down every quarter, year over year. And that also includes DVDs. Its just that DVDs still sell better than blu-rays. Whereas in… Read more »
Patrick Mcnamara
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Patrick Mcnamara

Good I can get this at Walmart and not have to order it online. I can get it for under 25 bucks. Ordering online gets too be expensive. I am dealing with this enomic situation like everyone else. I am glad when the cheap alternative is the only choice. I mean it’ll still be an awesome set. Whether it’s 2 or 3 discs,hopefully the latter,just looking forward to being able to buy this without blowing alot of cash.

Steven Michael Tell
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Steven Michael Tell

Buy*

Steven Michael Tell
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Steven Michael Tell

Oh my God, no Blu-Ray release?! What are we going to do? I know what I’m going to do…but it anyway, just like the rest of you.

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