EXCLUSIVE: The ‘Banned’ Owen Hart WWE DVD Resurfaces In Stores, Extras List for Payback 2016

May 11, 2016 by Daniel Bee

Remember the first cover artwork that was revealed here for the “Owen – Hart of Gold” DVD late last year?

WWE Owen: Hart of Gold DVD - Original 'Banned' Cover

You may recall that the original artwork, which featured a large heart and lightning bolt logo, shown again above, was reportedly “banned” by WWE from ever hitting shelves in a last minute move midway through October before the DVD/Blu-ray released in early December.

Despite being signed off (and the Digipaks actually produced!) rumor had it upper management were later not happy that the artwork didn’t feature a prominent image of Owen front and center. It was then completely revamped and after one more change due to sensitivity reasons surrounding Owen’s passing we had the cover that ultimately made it to the final product.

The copies of the DVD that were actually produced with the old artwork were supposedly discarded and on the release of the feature that certainly seemed to be the case as only the new one made it to stores — however in a bizarre twist over the past few weeks running WrestlingDVDNetwork.com we’ve heard that the original copies have resurfaced and are on sale!

Today we have a look at it, thanks to WDN readers “LP1” and David Lenhardt:

WWE Owen: Hart of Gold DVD - 'Banned' Cover vs. New Cover Comparison

WWE Owen: Hart of Gold DVD - 'Banned' Cover vs. New Cover Comparison


WWE Owen: Hart of Gold DVD - 'Banned' Cover vs. New Cover Comparison

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With WrestleMania now in stores, Payback 2016 is the next WWE DVD on the way. It’s incoming for release this month to the United States and follows next month to UK/Europe and Australia.

Amazon is offering the DVD for only $9.37 here (still incorrectly listed as “Extreme Rules 2016”).

We can confirm that the following Kickoff Show matches will make it as extras:

— Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

WWE United States Championship Match
Kalisto vs. Ryback

WWE Payback 2016 DVD Cover Artwork - Roman Reigns & AJ Styles

Back to WrestleMania 32, it officially hit stores across the United States yesterday.

This year’s WrestleMania is once again available as a standard 3 disc DVD, a 2 disc Blu-ray, and for the first time ever the company has also released the event as a Steelbook Blu-ray!

WWE WrestleMania 32 DVD & Blu-ray - Released To Stores

We leave you with photos of that Best Buy exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray:

WWE WrestleMania 32 Steelbook Blu-ray - Photos

WWE WrestleMania 32 Steelbook Blu-ray - Photos

WWE WrestleMania 32 Steelbook Blu-ray - Photos

WWE WrestleMania 32 Steelbook Blu-ray - Photos

Get your copy of the WWE WrestleMania 32 DVD or Blu-ray…

USA: Now! WrestleMania has landed on DVD/Blu-ray at Amazon.com and WWEShop.com.

Australia: May 18th. Pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray via Madman.com.au.

UK/Europe: June 6th. Get the DVD, Blu-ray or Collector’s box set here on Amazon.co.uk.

New WWE DVDs on Amazon.co.uk

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  1. RabidHeat says:

    Very interesting news, although it doesn’t bother me as think the final artwork was better anyway. The heart front and centre on the original packaging looks cheap.

    I guess they just didn’t chuck all the originals away after all, but rather kept them to one side and decided to make some money off them at a later date. Kind of defeats the object of having a problem with the original artwork to begin with though, if you’re just gonna release it at some point anyway.

  2. Richard W. says:

    Kmart has it available for $17.99 but if they’re not in stores, you can always go to Best Buy and have them price match the $19.99 price with Kmart’s $17.99 pricetag via this link/printout…here is the Kmart link if you guys need to print it out…http://entertainment.kmart.com/wwe-wrestlemania-32/651191954827

  3. SCSA says:

    Oh well, I already bought the Owen Hart Blu-Ray set and I’m not going to go buy it again now just to get the old design just cos it’s better!

  4. John says:

    I have always prefer the Kings of Harts picture on the spine, I am glad to see it back for people to buy

  5. Jeff Copeland says:

    Acually i saw that copy of the owen dvd and i was like….. wait..??? HUA? i did not get it it just struck me as like weird. i sorta wish if you did get that diffrent copy it came with a bonus disk of matches but o well

  6. Ruthless.Agression.Eras.4Life says:

    Content of the different covered Owen releases are the same, yes!?

    For a brief moment, I actually thought it was the extra disc “The life and death of Owen Hart” from the 10th anniversary edition of “Wrestling with Shadows”, that had its own release. Definitely banned to hell by WWE. 😉

    • LP1 says:

      Content is exactly the same. Also WWE doesn’t own the rights to that “Life And Death Of Owen Hart” documentary.

      • Ruthless.Agression.Eras.4Life says:

        Thanks for update on content. 🙂

        Yeah, I know they don’t own it.. did’nt the first split second realise it’s the WWE-Owen DVD. 🙂

        Related to that subject: was that doc ever released on its own..or is it just avaliable on the 10th anniv. of Shadows? Got that 10th, so always wondered the Owen doc had its own release ever.

  7. Eric says:

    Am I the only person that hates steelbooks? I mean, yeah, sure they look great and all, but I’m always afraid I’m going to snap the discs in half trying to get them out.

    • Huul80 says:

      I am with you on that one.

    • Jeff Copeland says:

      yea… i see that. I miss the tin case’s from wm 23 to wm 25? and 26 they came it. most of the big ppvs were in them like rumble summerslam survivor series those i miss.

    • RabidHeat says:

      Definitely. I have the Back to the Future Trilogy steelbook, but the inner circles cut out of the discs are all cracked because it’s so difficult to get the discs out. Good luck trying to get a used DVD store like CEX to buy your items off you when they look like that, even if they do play fine. Steelbooks just aren’t worth it, IMO. Often the artwork is better on the standard DVD anyway.