2017 WWE Blu-Ray Releases Confirmed CANCELLED, Including ‘Dawn of Attitude’; Future of Blu-Rays?

October 6, 2017 by Daniel Bee

2017 WWE Blu-ray Releases Cancelled!

It is with regret that we can now confirm the cancellation of two new WWE Blu-ray releases in the United States and Canada; “1997: Dawn of the Attitude” and “NXT: From Secret to Sensation”.

The move is said to be driven by underperforming sales of WWE titles on Blu-ray, which has often been cited as the reason for similar cancellations by the company to date, and this is combined with an apparent lack of retailer support for the Blu-ray format.

The 1997-themed DVD hit stores earlier this week, however its Blu-ray counterpart never showed with it and fans who had pre-ordered the Blu-ray on Amazon.com faced a cancellation notice just one day prior to the release date. As for NXT, the Blu-ray is still showing on the retail site as of this writing but will inevitably go the same way, so please make any necessary preparations now.

The two Blu-rays affected were the only ones on the remainder of the 2017 Home Video schedule which unfortunately means there aren’t any new Blu-rays on tap for this year. The cancellations appear to call the future of WWE Blu-rays into question as these were considered “major” releases on the schedule, as the year-end titles often are. One could speculate that there might still be Blu-rays coming in the future for the biggest of releases; WrestleMania likely top of that list.

The last Blu-ray disc that was made available domestically by WWE this year was “Fight Owens Fight: The Kevin Owens Story” in July.

Rest assured that both the “1997: Dawn of the Attitude” and “NXT: From Secret to Sensation” titles are not cancelled entirely as you can still add the titles to your collection on DVD format.

WWE '1997: Dawn of The Attitude' Blu-ray - Box Artwork

WWE 'NXT: From Secret to Sensation' Blu-ray Box Art

Time for some good news! Right now here on WWEShop.com there are 20 different WWE DVDs and Blu-rays on sale for a crazy-low $5 or $10 each! Be quick, the deals will expire in the early hours of tomorrow morning (02:59AM eastern, to be exact).

What’s up for grabs? Well, the new “Kurt Angle: The Essential Collection” DVD is down to $10, several Blu-rays are also $10 including Kevin Owens and WrestleMania 33, while 4 recently-released “Double Feature” PPVs packs are only $5 each! Go grab ’em all.

Double Feature: Great Balls of Fire & Battleground 2017 $5 DEAL: WWE Great Balls of Fire & Battleground 2017 DVD
Double Feature: Elimination Chamber & Fastlane 2017
Double Feature: Payback & Backlash 2017
Double Feature: Extreme Rules & Money in the Bank 2017
Royal Rumble 2017

Kurt Angle: The Essential Collection
SummerSlam 2017
Best of 2000s
Fight Owens Fight: The Kevin Owens Story
Fight Owens Fight: The Kevin Owens Story (Blu-ray)
Seth Rollins: Building The Architect
Diamond Dallas Page: Positively Living
Diamond Dallas Page: Positively Living (Blu-ray)
WWE 24: WrestleMania Monday
Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania
Scooby-Doo & WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon
Scooby-Doo & WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (Blu-ray)
The Best of RAW & SmackDown 2016
WrestleMania 33
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And there’s more good news.

While there are no plans for SummerSlam 2017, “1997: Dawn of the Attitude” and “NXT: From Secret to Sensation” Blu-rays in the states, the cancellations have NOT affected the UK at all!

WWE SummerSlam 2017 Blu-ray - UK Exclusive

WWE '1997: Dawn of the Attitude' Blu-ray - UK Exclusive

These two Blu-rays are 100% scheduled for fans in the UK and there’s not long to wait for them — both will hit the region this coming Monday here on Amazon.co.uk. The Blu-rays could wind up as exclusives to the UK and Germany but we’re awaiting confirmation for the Australian market.

“NXT: From Secret to Sensation” remains on the UK schedule for a Blu-ray edition next month!

Thanks to WDN reader Richard for the early peek at both in these new photos.

WWE '1997: Dawn of the Attitude' Blu-ray - Packaging Contents

WWE SummerSlam 2017 Blu-ray - Packaging Contents

This time last week we reported that the upcoming “30 Years of Survivor Series” DVD would have some hidden content included, speculated to be an additional moment to the main feature that counts down the 30 greatest moments in the history of the PPV.

Today we can say that is now confirmed; the Easter Egg will indeed be located somewhere within that countdown portion. We’ll be able to reveal specifics on it nearer to the DVD’s release date.

NEW RELEASE: Heads up on a brand new Kayfabe Commentaries DVD made available just this week! Jim Cornette’s “Back to the Territories” series is back and this time journeys to Puerto Rico with special guest Savio Vega, the former WWE star synonymous with the territory.

Check out the trailer below which features revealing new details on the death of Bruiser Brody.

WEEKEND WATCH: Before the latest rundown of WWF/WWE DVD goodies found in eBay Watch, take a look at these pretty cheap listings for the Kurt Angle DVD if you’re still missing a copy:

$13.50 Shipped (Buy It Now)Kurt Angle: The Essential Collection DVD
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These new “Double Feature” PPV packs are up for grabs this weekend:

$2.50Double Feature: Elimination Chamber & Fastlane 2017 DVD
$3.25Double Feature: Payback & Backlash 2017 DVD
$5.00Double Feature: Extreme Rules & Money in the Bank 2017 DVD

Now let’s hear it for the rare WWF DVDs expiring this weekend, all currently priced very reasonably:

$3.00 WWF Divas in Hedonism DVD
$3.61WWF Best of RAW Vol. 1 & 2 DVD
$6.30WWF SummerSlam 2000 DVD
$7.97WWF Survivor Series 2001 DVD
$8.01WWF WrestleMania 16 DVD
$8.37WWF King of the Ring 2001 DVD
$9.99WWF SummerSlam 1999 DVD
$9.99WWF Undertaker: This Is My Yard DVD
$10.90WWF Judgment Day 2001 DVD

Full Collection of Rare WWF/WWE DVDs from The Attitude Era

New WWE DVDs on Amazon.co.uk

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  1. Tom says:

    Who can we write to and complain about nomore Blurays? Lets tell them if they don’t release on BD we won’t purchase at all. I don’t collect DVDs anymore, I want BDs!

  2. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    Well I’m going to have to start ordering my blu-rays from the UK. And when WWE does away with ALL blu rays then I stop my collecting. This is so pathetic and completely disappointing. I don’t want to stop collecting but why buy a blurry mess of a DVD when I can watch it on the network in HD anyway. Sad and pathetic. I hope their home video department crumbles.

  3. Jamie says:

    Hey I am just here for some advice. I have always brought wwe DVDs not blue rays. I’m not intentionally trying to be cheap its just I have always had !y Xbox which has a DVD player. Anyway I have recently brought a load of wwe DVDs of amazon and they have quite fuzzy picture, has anyone else had that problem is it because they are DVDs or is it amazon….I font know. Any advice would be appreciated thanks

    • David says:

      Depending on if the footage on the DVDs are from pre-HD or post-HD. If the later HD content on DVD look like complete crap and can look a bit fuzzy because HD footage is not meant to be viewed on a DVD.

      All pre-HD WWE DVDs look fine because they were recorded originally on 480i videotape so no issues there. Its everything after 2008 that look like garbage on DVD.

      • Jamie says:

        Thanks for responding mate, I’m still a bit confused so for instance I got elimination chamber anthology and matches on that look fuzzy would that be because of DVD or the player or could it be something else

  4. Brandon vendetta says:

    I really hope this is the beginning of the end for WWE blu rays because I am so sick of it on this site with the constant debate over this issue I could puke.

  5. RabidHeat says:

    There’s one thing people haven’t mentioned is that the 3-disc DVDs are always presented in awesome digipaks with deluxe artwork and additional photos while the BluRay cases are generic as balls. If WWE wanted to boost BluRay sales, maybe they could reserve the deluxe artwork for the BluRays to entice the customer more and put the DVDs in the bland plastic cases?

  6. Daniel Wissert says:

    Hopefully the Ultimate Warrior Unreleased Matches DVD will be on Blu-Ray too.

  7. Travis says:

    I never understood why WWE didn’t just go the route of other studios (ex. Warner Bros.) and have print-on-demand titles for Blu-ray. Have them exclusive to the WWE.com site.

  8. RabidHeat says:

    I’ve got to be honest, I’m not actually sure it was worth producing a BluRay of Dawn of Attitude for the sake of a 58 minute round table discussion. The rest of the bonus footage was filmed on analogue tape, so… did anybody really need super hi-def footage of a close of Kane’s face?

  9. Justin says:

    Someone needs to tell Wwe to stop kissing the royal asses of the UK.

    • Andrew says:

      Do you not know how businesses work? If a product does not sell well enough, they don’t make a profit. Clearly WWE Blu-Rays are not selling well enough in America to make a profit, while they must be in the UK.

      It’s got nothing whatsoever to do with “kissing the royal asses of the UK”. You’re just being silly.

      • Jon says:

        I feel like I’m the only American on here and that doesn’t have WWE Network. I don’t have an old tv. It’s 1080 HD. I have an older computer and I’m not going to spend a bunch of money on a new computer just do the streaming. Blu-ray players are fairly cheap now and if you still have a tube tv you need to get with the times. Even if I had a region free player the shipping cost from U.K.to U.S. are really expensive. I wouldn’t waste $10 a month for WWE network anyways. The current product is crap anyways. I wouldn’t sit through an entire PPV and have to sit through a bunch of matches I don’t care about and all that garbage in between matches. I lost interest in WWE a long time ago. I only buy the DVDs if Lesnar and or Orton win. The DVD video quality is so bad. I have standard definition channels that are better quality. I cancelled my preorder for Dawn of the Attitude Era once I found out the Blu-ray was cancelled. I have most of the most of the matches on dvd already so I was just buying it for the better

    • RabidHeat says:

      Lol @ those Americans like Justin who can’t ever separate the UK with “royalty” in their minds, since it’s literally the only thing they know about the country. Probably thinks we all wear bowler hats also. Div.

  10. RICHARD W says:

    To the WWE’s mindset, if it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it and that’s what they mean here in terms of retaining DVD for the most part and ditching the Blu-Ray format with the exception of a few special events that will get that sort of treatment.

  11. RCS1988 says:

    I’m fine with DVD’s, but I wish they do something in terms of how they format the stuff. When they use current wraparound segments in between older footage, it’s formatted to wide screen meaning if you watch on a tube TV, the picture will be shrunk down. There are ways where you can keep the wraparound stuff in one format and the full screen stuff in the correct format.

    • whut says:

      I’m pretty certain that most (modern) dvd/bluray players let you adjust that, so that you only get a 4:3 picture on a 4:3 (at least works for my old smaller 4:3 crt tv that’s still standing in my bedroom).

  12. Cdub9416 says:

    It is amazing to me that something in the year 2017 would be released on DVD but not blu ray. WWE and people who buy these need to come out of the stone age. I cannot believe DVDs are even still produced at all. Why not just go back VHS or Beta tapes? Great picture right? We are in the 4K era and all we get now is DVD? Says a lot about WWE’s demographic…apparently poor, behind the times, living in the past, etc. Time to leave these people in the past. They can play their DVDs with their cassettes and flip phones. We are going in reverse! Should be getting 4k instead we are in a time machine set to 2002.

    • LP1 says:

      I agree completely. I was hoping by this year we’d at least have Mania 33 on 4K-UHD. Silly me. Now it looks like we might not even get Mania 34 on blu-ray, the way things are going.

      • David says:

        I think WM34 in 4K is wishful thinking but would be interesting especially if they could implement Dolby Atmos, which would be pretty cool hearing the crowd and pyro all around you like you are right there with the crowd.

        WWE probably wouldn’t even use HDR properly so likely would never happen. I think if DVD stopped they will just use the Network as their main source like how UFC completely ditched DVD and Blu-ray and are focusing on the Fight Pass.

    • RabidHeat says:

      The gap / difference in quality between a DVD and a VHS tape is vastly wider than that between a DVD and a Blu-Ray, and you know it, so that’s a silly argument. Is Blu-Ray better than DVD? Undoubtedly. But is it anywhere near as tortuous to watch a DVD compared to VHS? Absolutely not.

      • LP1 says:

        Ok so here’s some specs to clarify this VHS vs DVD vs BD argument. VHS resolution is 333 x 480, DVD resolution is 720 x 480, BD resolution is 1920 x 1080 and for comparison sake 4K-UHD is 3840 x 2160. All of these are NTSC resolutions.

        Looking at those specs it’s clear to see that Blu-ray is much more superior to DVD than DVD is to VHS. The gap is not even close. And 4K just leaves all the rest in the dust. So this argument that the difference between VHS and DVD is greater compared to DVD and BD is completely false.

        • RabidHeat says:

          Except a DVD does not chew up, go crackly, get accidentally recorded over, require a tracking control to get rid of a fuzzy picture, or take up so much space on a shelf or have to be stored in particular conditions. So you know, there are OTHER reasons why DVD was a hell of a leap forward from VHS meaning likening it to VHS is silly. Plus, it’s DIGITAL.

          • LP1 says:

            BD cases are half the size of DVD cases, especially the big digipaks that are about the same width as a VHS tape. So you’re saving more shelf space with BD’s. The issue with tracking, the majority of the time, was not with the tape itself, but with the VCR heads that needed to be cleaned. As for accidentally recording over something, that only worked on blank VHS tapes, where you could easily break off the black tabs, not commercially manufactured tapes. Commercial tapes were not created with the black tab. Also you could’ve purchased D-VHS tapes as well, DIGITAL tapes.

            • RabidHeat says:

              True – digital tapes must have been SO easy to get hold of, because I remember seeing them all over the place, right?

            • Shane C Montgomery says:

              Why is RabidHeat such a Douchebag all of the time? Maybe someone sit on his bowler hat. Why do you give a damn about those of us who prefer BR over DVD? If it bothers you so much to read our concerns on here than simply keep your mouth shut.

    • Vincenzzzzzo says:

      I totally agree. And WWE sells their dvds with a Topps trading card and soon a stick of stale gum lmao. I hope their home video department lose more money than ever now.

  13. Guest says:

    Where do I buy a copy of the him cornette interview with savio Vega?

  14. Mike says:

    Are the UK Blu-rays region free? If not, guess I’m buying a region-free player. Plus, what are the chances that WWE goes back to putting all the content (including the “bonus features” for blu-ray) on the DVDs like they used to? If you are not going to sell blu-ray in U.S. at least give us the full content on DVD.

    • David says:

      The UK WWE Blu-rays are not region free, however Silvervision did make Summerslam 2011, Night of Champions 2011, Hell in a Cell 2011, Vengeance 2011 and Survivor Series 2011 region free. Back then well WWE were cancelling Blu-rays minute just like now.

      I would have thought the partnership with WWE and Warner Home Video would be beneficial but I think they are just as bad as all their other distributors/publishers. They need company’s like Freemantle that actually listen to their fans.

    • whut says:

      if you only buy the bluray for the content, you could also just buy the release, “clone” the bluray onto a harddrive and reburn it to a blank bluray (might likely be less complicated and cheaper than buying region free player).

      (and unlike with dvds (pal vs. ntsc), there are no technical differences between bluray of different regions)

    • Timothy Thorpe says:

      I got mine off of ebay for only $135, so they aren’t that expensive.

  15. BAS says:

    Plus, IDK about you guys but I’ve never had playback and freezing issues on a Blu-Ray disc but DVDs tend to do that. If Blu-Ray discs really don’t freeze or have playback issues, then that would be why some complain about no option for that format. Look back on the Undertaker 21-1 DVD, that was a bummer when that Blu-Ray was cancelled because of the freeze issues disc 5 had during the CM Punk match.

    • David says:

      Blu-rays are practically impossible to scratch unless you really try due to the anti-scratch coating. Sometimes i get Blu-rays that become loose during shipping with the disc floating around, however it leaves some light marks which are very easy to wipe off and looks brand new.

      If DVDs become loose and float around, good chance they end up scratched up and difficult to fix.

      • RabidHeat says:

        The easiest solution I’ve found for this is to not be so lazy and put the DVD back in the case immediately after viewing.

        • Shane C Montgomery says:

          What does that have to do with a DVD not playing at all the very first time you take it out of the sealed case? What lazy thing am I doing there?

          • Shane C Montgomery says:

            And I do not leave my DVDs in the player after watching it.

          • RabidHeat says:

            I don’t know, but I’ve never had that issue with my hundreds of WWE DVDs, so naturally I doubt your credibility on that point.

            • Shane C Montgomery says:

              Why would I make that up, and I am happy you have never had the same problems I have had. But I am not making stuff up here. By the way do you want to swap disc, you send me your good disks and I will send you mine that will not play, sure you can get them to work.

    • Shane C Montgomery says:

      I bought 1997 Dawn of the Attitude and disc #2 does not play. Also, one of the disc on the Undertaker coffin box set does not play at all. Every BR I have plays fine. It is a gamble with any DVD.

    • RabidHeat says:

      I’ve literally never had freezing issues with a WWE DVD and I own hundreds. Movies yes; WWE never. Just wanted to put across my experience.

  16. BAS says:

    1997 I don’t care much about, NXT on the other hand is a bit of a bummer because of extras. It’s not so much the sound and picture quality with me as it is the Blu-Ray offers more content. Blu-Ray extras are not always worth it but in some instances you can’t pass up the Blu-Ray. If there’s an NXT greatest matches vol. 2 and they include those extra matches, that might make up for it.

  17. SCSA says:

    If Blu-Rays are really gone slow in the market as said, then it can only be due to the fact that some people don’t have a system that already plays a Blu-Ray like a ‘PS3/PS4’ or can’t afford to buy a an individual Blu-Ray Player☹️

    If WWE Blu-Rays completely stopped, I would be very disappointed & only purchase the most wanted DVD sets. I must say I was very happy to have the recent ‘Dawn of the Attitude’ on Blu-Ray whilst in the UK!
    If they are stopped, then I hope they at least keep em running in the UK!

  18. Timothy Thorpe says:

    Looks like Amazon UK gets my business from now on as far as blu rays go.

  19. Luis says:

    I’m not too disappointed by this decision. When/if they release a Vol. 2 to NXT’s Greatest Matches, I do hope that is on Blu-Ray to go with Vol. 1. But as far as documentaries, they’ll still be on iTunes in 1080p, so that’s a decent replacement, just no extras. But it looks like WWE is starting to put the matches from some of the past DVDs as Collections on the Network, and they’ll be in 720p, so I’m ok with this.

  20. Ryan says:

    they really need to release limited edition runs on wweshop. how hard would it be? Maybe they don’t wanna waste time on something that will only make them a million dollars a year. to them that isn’t a whole lot of money but they are a company that produces video content. You would think they would be doing everything to sell that video content.

  21. Musick says:

    This bums me out. I only buy the blu rays but they are so damn expensive. Especially at FYE. No wonder no one wants to buy them.

  22. Scott says:

    No more blu-rays is very disappointing. Why can’t WWE just make their blu-rays limited edition available only through WWEShop like they did with the Judgment Day and Vengeance 2002 DVD? At least then the people who really want blu-ray would still be able to get them.

  23. Nigel Hopkins says:

    Let the tears hit the floor …

  24. Ryan says:

    So basically they are only going to cater to the lazy, older fans who are too cheap to buy Blu-Ray players. Instead of cancelling Blu-Rays they should only release stuff on Blu-Ray and force the cheap and lazy “fans” to join 2017. I won’t be buying DVD’s ever.

    • Indyfan says:

      Quit your crying. You will buy the dvds anyway.

      It has more to do with blu ray versions not even being available to begin with.

      When checking HMV or Best buy for a set that is on both blu ray and dvd, the dvd quantity is like 12 in stock. Blu ray is 2 in stock on releases day. Once the fans buy up the 2 in stock most other fans will have to choice but to buy the dvd.

      I have never seen it where the blu ray quantity is the same as dvd.

      • David says:

        HMV is bankrupt and Best Buy stopped carrying WWE DVDs and Blu-rays for years now. Walmart stopped carrying Blu-rays and carry only DVD and even that quantities are slim – probably 4-5 copies.

        I had no issues getting WWE Blu-rays on Amazon.ca, always got them on release day. Retail stores are cutting space and removing DVD/Blu-ray shelves.

        For me if WWE stops releasing Blu-rays, i won’t just settle with an inferior 20+ year dated format like other people here…I would just stop buying or worst case I would rather import from the UK because at least Freemantle in the UK listen to their fans unlike Warner and WWE in the US.

        • Indyfan says:

          I’m the same as you. I haven’t gotten a blu ray from HMV since it closed. Now I only get through amazon.ca. And best buy and Walmart do carry the dvds and blu rays. But like I said..dvds were plentiful, blu rays..online only and if it’s there..it’s 2 in Stock. The fact is wwe only sent out limited blu rays.

          Not everyone..especially parents are going to order wrestling dvds/bluray ray through amazon. Plus there is zero publicity for sets being released. Most people don’t even know a set is coming out

          • Ryan says:

            I should have figured someone said make a comment like yours. There’s always one person who has to say something stupid about how I should “stop crying” and I’ll buy the DVD anyway. I literally only buy Blu-Ray when I do buy something even if that means I have to go to Amazon to get it.

            • Indyfan says:

              Did you figure..id say it again.

              Quit your crying

              The only thing good about blu rays was more extras.

              • LP1 says:

                “The only thing good about blu-rays was more extras.” And way better audio and video quality and much more durable discs that won’t scratch and an easier to control interface and being able to fit the content of two DVDs onto one BD and the cases are slimmer to save shelf space and I can go on.

                • indyfan says:

                  I actually don’t care about better audio for a wrestling match. Picture …its men in tights. I really don’t need to see pores on mens backs or faces. The scratch thing yeah you are right about that. You know that if you do scratch a blu ray its more likely to be finished than a a dvd. The readable content is closer to the surface. readable content on a dvd is farther away from the surface which is why dvds can be read through some scratches. Im pretty careful with all my dvds/blu rays.

                  • LP1 says:

                    The difference is scratching a DVD is fairly easy. There’s a chance you can scratch it just by taking it out of the case. For a blu-ray, unless you’re carving your name in it with a knife, it’s not so easy to scratch.

    • RabidHeat says:

      Lol, then you won’t be buying any more wrestling home video products from now on if no more Blu-Rays are made? I guess you might disappear from the site soon then, so we’ll see…

  25. SRB says:

    I’m confused… People come on here all the time saying, “Blu rays sell great!” and “Blu ray consistently sells more than DVD.” Yet, this article mentions this is truly not the case and has been confirmed by retailers. I wonder if lack of retailer support means something other than them not selling great in the past.

    • Indyfan says:

      it appears that way because the dvd stock is 3 times as more than the blu ray stock . So the blu ray is always sold out. Everyone else has no choice but to buy the dvds.

      • SRB says:

        Thats kind of my point. We hear that wrestling blu rays arent selling well, but im also hearing they sell out. It cant be both.

    • LP1 says:

      Blu-rays do sell better than DVD’s when it comes to movies and TV series. Wrestling on the other hand is not selling better on blu-ray because the average wrestling fan is known to be cheap. Not all fans, but most of them. Studies have been done over the years on wrestling fans, based on income, education, race, age, etc. and the results showed that most fans have a low income, thus why major sponsors have never had ads on WWE television and other wrestling companies as well.

      • LP1 says:

        And by major sponsors I mean sponsors that appeal to high end clientele. Car companies, beer companies, etc.

      • David says:

        Wrestling is a niche product and i have heard about the average wrestling fan being cheap, which unfortunately is true, just by reading comments on here.

        Even to this day fans still say “i don’t see the difference in quality with DVD and Blu-ray”. Thats just laughable…either get a better tv and not the cheap $500 Vizio crap or get your eyes checked.

        • Indyfan says:

          It’s not that I don’t see a difference…it’s that I don’t need to see sweat beads on men’s bodies. Dvd quality is good enough for me.

          I ll buy whatever comes out. I’d rather dvds than no physical products

        • RabidHeat says:

          I haven’t seen anybody say they can’t see the difference in quality. I have seen people say the difference doesn’t bother them, and if that’s how they feel, they are entitled to that opinion.

          • LP1 says:

            I have. There was even a girl posting comments on here a few years ago arguing that not only does she not see a difference, but she swore that DVD quality was better than blu-ray. This is why I’m against drinking while pregnant.

            • RabidHeat says:

              I’d rather hear a remark such as hers than the bullsh*t sexist comment you just made any day. Drinking while pregnant? Haha yeah, really something to laugh at, that is. Phewl.

              • LP1 says:

                In what way is that a sexist comment? Drinking while pregnant causes birth defects and could cause brain damage to the baby. Explain how that’s sexist in any way.

                • RabidHeat says:

                  It’s sexist because your stupid joke was implying that was the girl in question’s reason for her comments about DVD quality. Zeroing in on something uniquely feminine such as pregnancy just because she was a girl, to get a cheap laugh, when her opinions on this might in fact be shared by males on here. How is it funny to imply that somebody has “brain damage” because they have a different view on DVD quality? What a funny guy you are.

                  • LP1 says:

                    Where to begin with this one? First off, I never implied that SHE was drinking while pregnant. Second, that comment I made has nothing to do with her being a woman. The comment would fit just as well with a man. Also, opinions are fine, but they’re not facts. Someone saying that DVD picture quality is better than Blu-ray picture quality is stating something that is factually false. There is no debating that. Whether a man or woman says it, doesn’t matter.

      • SRB says:

        Studies have been done on wrestling fans? Thats pretty hilarious.

      • RabidHeat says:

        It doesn’t mean they’re cheapskates, maybe they save their money for BluRays of movies because at least everyone in the household watches those? I have a wife and child who aren’t interested in wrestling, and most of my money goes on them, so forgive me if I save a bit of money when I occasionally purchase something as part of my own hobby by getting the DVD version. I do have every right to do so, as it’s my life.

        • Foley Is Good says:

          I also have sometimes went with dvd if the Blu-ray extras weren’t that important to me. WWE 50 for example I didn’t care about Mayweather vs Big Show and already had Micheals vs Undertaker on Blu-ray.

        • Indyfan says:

          Right on!!! fuck these basement dwellers still living in their parents basements. Some of us have families of our own.

          Buy whatever makes you happy.

          Lol at these babies crying over canceled blu rays.

          Be happy that physical media still exists in some format. Soon enough it will only be WWE Network

          • LP1 says:

            Why be happy that physical media still exists in some form? Even if it goes away completely you can still purchase digital download releases and own them forever. Plus digitial downloads are in HD.

            • SRB says:

              But a digital download is not a physical copy, right?

              • LP1 says:

                Does it matter? You still own it. And you can watch it whenever you want. It’s not like Netflix or Hulu or even the WWE Network where you pay a monthly fee, but don’t own it.

                • SRB says:

                  It matters to people who want a physical copy, which a download is not. Thats the argument. Others want physical discs with physical cases and physical artwork. To a fan who has been collecting forever, theres nothing great about a hard drive of files.

                  • LP1 says:

                    I’m also a fan that has been collecting forever. Going back to the 80s with Coliseum Video. From VHS to DVD to BD to digital, I’ve always kept up with the times. As technology advanced, I adjusted my collecting accordingly. I’m more about content and quality. If there are people that are more about cases and artwork than content and quality, then more power to them. Whatever makes them happy.

      • whut says:

        @ LP1

        “Blu-rays do sell better than DVD’s when it comes to movies and TV series.”

        unfortunately, that statement is not even accurate either.

        the sales are the reason that there are a lot of tv shows that are only released on dvd (besides download and streaming of course), even despite some having bluray releases of earlier seasons (for example, the first six season of “Archer” were available on bluray. however, the seventh season release was cancelled and instead got a dvd release only).

        • LP1 says:

          Nothing is 100% across the board. Obviously there are some shows that will not sell as well compared to other shows, but for the most part movies and TV shows do generally sell better on blu-ray.

  26. laprasking says:

    Saw one anime company announce they would go Blu Ray only from 2019, no longer making DVDs from then on and even offering free Blu Ray players on its shop for orders over $300. Maybe they should consider that route to adapt their fans over to Blu Ray….

  27. Nick M says:

    I really wanna take my chances still in the hopes of a blu ray cuz those NXT extras sold this set for me…..

  28. Indyfan says:

    Weird. I actually don’t care. If they release blu ray I get those if it’s only dvd it’s no big deal. It will actually be easier for me since canada rarely has the blu rays in store. I have to buy them on amazon.

  29. Paul says:

    So how long before DVDs are cancelled due to lack of sales?

    • David says:

      Probably never as DVD seem to cater to the same group that probably still have their VCR hooked up watching on those 300lbs tube tvs.

  30. KurtK26 says:

    So the last blu ray they put out was on Kevin Owens? No wonder they’re ditching the format. Seriously though, I don’t want to have to buy DVDs anymore in 2017 unless it’s an older release. Even now, I only buy a random historical one about once a year.

  31. Jammer says:

    I know in Canada the problem really lies on that our Walmart stores just won’t carry WWE Blu Rays. I would love to buy WWE blu ray for everything if I could, but when all they put out are the DVD versions you have to get what you can. Plus with the WWE Network out now, I am shocked the WWE even released DVDs in general for fans to buy.

    • Stephen Parry says:

      It does make you wonder about the future of WWE Blu-rays and DVDs. There’ll always be a minority of collectors, who like physical media on their shelves, but there are others who will stick with the WWE Network.

      I enjoy owning certain products on Blu-ray, e.g. WWE UNRELEASED: 1986-1995. But as far as PPVs are concerned, I’m happy to just watch them on the WWE Network; I have no desire to own specific PPV events.

      I’ve read about sales of Blu-rays being down here in the UK. Again, there’ll always be a minority that likes to collect and own things, but we are shifting towards a digital world. I own very few films or TV shows on DVD, what with Amazon Prime and Netflix being accessible. Other than obscure releases by smaller distributors, I can enjoy, say, PLANET OF THE APES via a streaming service.

  32. captainplanet says:

    If sales were that bad, I can’t entirely blame them for cancelling. Freakin’ frustrating though, and it does back up the ‘cheap wrestling fan’ stereotype that continuously affects the ad rates they get on television.

  33. Mark Markson says:

    Sucks. Especially with the NXT release, since footage on that is in HD.

    It would be interesting to look at some sales figures for WWE blu-rays. A company like PWG release all their shows on blu-ray. But do their releases sell more copies than WWE blu-rays?

    I wonder if WWE did some crowdfunding, if that would work? You let fans pay for the production of blu-rays. Then you can give people some benefits. Like handnumbered steelbooks, and perhaps have wrestlers sign them.

    A steelbook blu-ray of No Mercy, limited to 500 copies, and signed by Lesnar and Strowman. I’d like to crowdfund that. A cool thing to have on your blu-ray shelf. 🙂 And who knows… If you get tired of it, maybe you can put it on eBay and sell it for more than what you paid.

    • Patrick R says:

      WWE’s business doesn’t make sense. They’ll stop producing Events & compilations on Blu-ray due to costs and supposed lack of sales. But then they will give you access to their entire library for $9.99. Let’s not forget they still give away the first month for FREE in the US (not Canada). Just release everything on Blu-ray and charge a fair price. People (us) that are collectors will still buy. I have the Network but still want to own all of the releases on physical media. Why do they like to make it difficult for us?

    • Anonymous says:

      I had no idea PWG did Blu-ray now. That’s awesome.

      • David says:

        Yeah, been close to 2 years now. They started with All Star Weekend 11.

        Evolve ditched DVD completely for about 2 years now and are only releasing on Blu-ray.

        • SRB says:

          As someone who owns several PWG shows on Blu, the production cost is not nearly what WWE puts out. Everything from artwork paper used to menus to artwork on the discs themselves, PWG doesn’t come close. It really isn’t that expensive to take a file and put it on Blu and make some art.

  34. Steve says:

    They are F’N clueless. We now have 4K TV but let’s put out old shit DVD quality.

    • sdsdfsdf says:

      No, fans are clueless. Blame the morons who are too stupid to realize they’re buying standard definition garbage when the network is 720p and BDs are 1080p.

      They screwed it up for everyone. WWE made a business decision that sucks for the rest of us but it’s understandable.

      • David says:

        DVD quality is garbage compared to the Network, might as well stick to VHS and Beta. 720p stream is much better than DVD with 1080i footage compressed to 480i.

        • RabidHeat says:

          DVD is a zillion times better than VHS, so that’s a ridiculous statement, lol. Besides, VHS would take up two DVDs’ worth of space on a shelf, so for that alone it’s worth it. 😉 Consider yourself owned on two fronts.

          • LP1 says:

            “DVD is a zillion times better than VHS”. Nope. Refer to the other post I made with the specs on VHS, DVD, BD and 4K.

            • RabidHeat says:

              I have just watched part of a VHS, part of a DVD and part of a BluRay back to back. Now I have read all your specs, but why do MY OWN EYES tell me that VHS is still far crappier than DVD, yet I do not find DVD an offense on the eyes compared to BluRay? Long story short, your specs don’t work for me in practice, as I’m fine with DVD. And I shouldn’t have to keep repeating this, but it is MY RIGHT to decide what I buy. Stop telling me how to live my life and what choices to make.

              • LP1 says:

                At what point did I tell you how to live your life or what to buy? You’re confusing me with someone else. All I did was present stats based on incorrect information you were telling. Also, were you watching a tape of something that was copied off TV or an official manufacturer released tape recorded in SP mode?

                • RabidHeat says:

                  The latter.

                  • RabidHeat says:

                    And don’t pretend you’re not sitting in judgement of what people buy when you have already said “the average wrestling fan is known to be cheap”. Back that opinion up with one of your facts, by the way.

                    • LP1 says:

                      I’m not the one saying wrestling fans are cheap. The sponsors and advertisers are the ones saying it. Look up wrestling TV ad rates. Better yet, look at the link I posted in another comment on this thread.

                    • RabidHeat says:

                      YOU said: “the average wrestling fan is known to be cheap”. YOU said that. FACT.

                    • LP1 says:

                      Oh I see, a straw man argument. Try again.

      • RabidHeat says:

        We realise it; maybe we just don’t give an F, because wrestling isn’t our only interest in life?

  35. D.p. says:

    The NXT announcement sucks but all the extras on 1997 were already released before except the one match you saw Marlena bare back so no biggie for me on that one.

  36. Patrick R says:

    This news is brutal. I upgraded to HiDef (blu-ray) for a reason. So now WWE wants me to accept the lower quality DVD product or buy a region free modified player so that I can over pay for Blu-rays from the UK. Just brutal.

    • Preece says:

      WWE should consider letting the blu rays from the U.K. go region free. This would allow we collectors or those of us who notice the difference between 480 and 1080, to own the events. It’s a simple fix, if the product isn’t available here at least let us import it.

      • David says:

        I remember Silvervision made Summerslam 2011, Night of Champions 2011, Hell in a Cell 2011, Vengeance 2011 and Survivor Series 2011 region free which was very surprising.

        I don’t think Freemantle would be able to sell region free Blu-rays as this is likely WWE”s call due to their contract with the UK distribution.

    • RabidHeat says:

      I know. It’s truly the most brutal thing going on in the world right now. We all feel for you. Hope you can get through this.

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