Hey WWE DVD fans, if you’re in the UK/Europe take advantage of the final hours of the unmissable Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale running over at WWEDVD.co.uk. 105 different WWE DVDs and Blu-rays are included this year and you can grab titles priced from only £1.99 each.
If you order 3 or more titles at once you will receive an automatic 10% additional discount across all items. There’s also some great tiered giveaways included as follows:
- Spend over £25 and you will receive a random FREE 3-disc DVD set – including WrestleMania’s from years gone by.
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Speaking of WWE Home Video UK, they’ve unveiled the official cover artwork WWE has planned for Survivor Series 2019.
The latest installment of the Survivor Series Pay-Per-View will be released on DVD to the United States on December 24th; pre-order now on Amazon.com. The UK/Europe will get it slightly later on January 20th next year, however fans across the pond will be treated to an exclusive Blu-ray edition that includes some additional extras; pre-order your Blu-ray on Amazon.co.uk.
Brock Lesnar, Rey Mysterio, Becky Lynch, Shayna Baszler, Bayley, Daniel Bryan and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt will get top billing on the cover artwork, as shown above. The artwork on the back cover will feature several shots of in-ring action from the evening which you can check out below.
– 10 Team Inter-Brand Tag Team Battle Royal
(Survivor Series Kickoff Show)
– NXT Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat Match
(Survivor Series Kickoff Show)
– Champions Triple Threat Tag Team Match
(Survivor Series Kickoff Show)
For the first time ever in head-to-head competition, Superstars from RAW, NXT and SmackDown collide in the ultimate battle of brand supremacy!
Who will have the ultimate bragging rights when RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch faces off against NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley? In a Survivor Series Triple Threat Elimination Match, Team RAW battles Team NXT and Team SmackDown.
Plus, lucha legend Rey Mysterio defends his family’s honor when he takes on the biggest test of his career, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred Match! Daniel Bryan steps into the darkness and challenges “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for his Universal Championship. Who will own the night at Survivor Series?
Grab a copy of the WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 2019 DVD (or Blu-ray)…
– United States: December 24th. Pre-order Survivor Series on DVD here on Amazon.com.
– UK/Europe: January 20th. Pre-order your copy on DVD (or Blu-ray) Amazon.co.uk.
– Australia: February 26th. Your pre-order opportunity has gone live on Madman.com.au.
You have probably seen our recent articles with the news that WWE will only focus on DVDs pertaining to Pay-Per-View events from 2020 onwards, potentially spelling the end for monthly releases based on a particular performer or topic. It’s a sad moment, albeit one that seemed to have been on the cards ever since the launch of the WWE Network, which has swung the company’s focus away from the bi-fortnightly physical compilations and more towards providing similar content on its streaming service. Nevertheless, as visitors to WrestlingDVDNetwork.com will know, there remains a large, dedicated following for wrestling content in a DVD format, and so we hope that WWE will rethink its decision in the near future, especially given the entertainment, financial success and long-term impact provided by so many WWE DVDs over the years.
The final non-PPV DVD for WWE is currently scheduled to be “WWE 24: The Best of 2019”, which will arrive at the end of the year (of course). In the meantime, though, there have still been some recent collections released that we’ve yet to review. Let’s now take a look at the newest, but possibly the last, “Unreleased” collection on the legend that is “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
Having seen “Unreleased” DVDs on Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels among others in past years, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper recently became the subject of one such collection – “Getting Rowdy: The Unreleased Matches of Roddy Piper”. And for good reason: Hot Rod was one of the biggest names in wrestling history, as well as being one of its very best talkers, if not THE best. With a back catalog of matches spanning decades (including his incredible body of work from the 1980s), and tons of memorable segments via his Piper’s Pit talk show, Roddy was an ideal candidate to be profiled on one of these sets, with the word “entertainment” being particularly key for this 2-disc release.
The one issue with these compilations is that many of the bouts are generally brief and/or uneventful from an in-ring standpoint, so to delve into each contest would be regurgitating the same points. Therefore, as I usually do with the “Unreleased” DVDs, I have picked out ten matches that especially caught my eye for various reasons, not all of which were related to the wrestling itself.
WWF All American Wrestling – February 26, 1984
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Mr. Wonderful vs. Jose Luis Rivera & S.D. Jones
After some bouts from Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, the DVD quickly brings us to Piper joining the WWF. Hot Rod just as quickly formed an alliance with Mr. Wonderful, which would play a major role in the Federation during a milestone period for the company. They demonstrated their skills in this tag bout, with the fans all over the heels in a fashion that was typical of the time, but which is sadly rarely if ever seen in modern wrestling (unless you’re a top babyface, apparently).
WWF Championship Wrestling – March 31, 1984
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. S.D. Jones
Exactly one year before the first WrestleMania, Piper competed on the weekly Championship Wrestling programme (the precursor to Superstars) against one of the era’s more famed lower-card competitors, S.D. Jones. Of course, Piper wins, and does so fairly handily, but I mention this match because it’s incredible to think of how huge the WWF’s popularity would become to go from this presentation to the inaugural ‘Mania in a 12-month span, and Hot Rod was vital to that surge in the company’s fortunes.
WWF Live – July 7, 1984
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Superfly Jimmy Snuka
Piper soon engaged in an almighty feud with Superfly Jimmy Snuka, following the unforgettable episode of Piper’s Pit which saw Hot Rod crack him in the head with a coconut. Since that has been featured so many times, this segment isn’t shown on this “Unreleased” DVD, but one of their matches from Philadelphia does appear. It’s hard to emphasize how popular Snuka was in 1984, given the historic focus on Hulk Hogan, and especially given the legal issues that plighted his legacy prior to his death. This match is a perfect example of just how over Superfly was.
WWF Live – October 8, 1989
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Ravishing Rick Rude
Over the next five years, Piper would main event the first WrestleMania, engage in major feuds with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, main event the first WrestleMania, turn babyface, retire to crack Hollywood, and return as a loveable hero to oppose some of the Federation’s most dastardly villains. One of those was Rick Rude, and Roddy found it just as easy to get under The Ravishing One’s skin as he was able to antagonise the fans in 1984 and 1985. This is one of their showdowns, and while it isn’t their best, it’s a fun example of why their feud was on fire during what was a great time to be a WWF fan.
WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 13, 1990
WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament Match
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Rick Martel
After that match, which took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we have a clash between a Scotsman who was actually Canadian and a Canadian whose Model gimmick saw him claim to travel across the globe. Got all that? Anyway, this is part of the tournament to determine the next Intercontinental Champion, and whilst neither man would go on to triumph in the competition’s entirety (Mr. Perfect did), bouts like this demonstrate the depth of talent and stardom that the WWF had in the spring of 1990.
WWF Live – March 19, 1991
WWF Intercontinental Championship Match
Mr. Perfect (C) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Just days before WrestleMania VII, Piper had the chance to alter the ‘Mania card by attempting to dethrone Mr. Perfect as the IC Champion. Since Vince Russo wasn’t booking, there was no title change, and as it turned out, an injury prevented Roddy from competing in a match at WM anyway, but it is very cool to see these two all-time greats share the ring. Perhaps this should have happened at ‘Mania instead of Perfect facing The Big Boss Man, injuries aside?
WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 29, 1992
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Sandy Beach
This basic squash bout marked Piper’s last WWF/WWE match on regular television for 11 years. His Intercontinental Title loss to Bret Hart at WrestleMania VIII was followed by occasional PPV appearances, before he surprisingly defected to WCW in 1996 to target his old nemesis Hulk Hogan, with Piper remaining a legendary babyface against the now-villainous Hulk. Their PPV bouts aren’t on the DVD, but some of Piper’s memorable promos leading up to his SuperBrawl VII clash with Hollywood are present, and are worth checking out.
WCW Monday Nitro – March 30, 1998
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Piper’s feud with Hulk Hogan never truly ended, even when the two legends later returned to their old stomping ground. Even in WCW, their hostilities didn’t conclude with their three PPV singles matches, as evidenced by this collision. To me, this is fascinating because it occurred on the same evening as the famous post-WrestleMania XIV episode of WWF RAW. Considering that Nitro still won in the ratings that night, it’s proof that while Piper and Hogan’s best in-ring days were behind them, they remained top draws for WCW.
WWE SmackDown – April 24, 2003
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Rikishi
Piper left WCW in early 2000, but even at that point, a WWE return seemed very unlikely. That all changed when he appeared at WrestleMania XIX, and shortly afterwards, he competed in his first non-PPV match for the company since 1992. He battled Rikishi in a continuation of his old rivalry with Jimmy Snuka, and while it’s nothing special, it has historic value for longtime Hot Rod fans.
WWE SmackDown – October 28, 2005
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Batista & Eddie Guerrero vs. Mr. Kennedy, Randy Orton & Cowboy Bob Orton
This is a fun showcase of various different talents, from the veterans Piper and Orton to the younger Kennedy (who seemed to be a shoo-in for future WWE prosperity at this stage), along with three headline acts in The Animal, The Legend Killer and Latino Heat. Piper and Orton bringing nostalgia to the occasion was the draw for this bout, though in hindsight it’s unfortunately more notable for being one of Eddie’s final televised bouts.
These “Unreleased” DVDs are aimed at the die-hard fans of a particular grappler more so than the usual profiles. A casual supporter might still have an interest in watching how a Mick Foley or a Steve Austin made it to the dance, but it is a grappler’s most devoted followers who are keenly interested in collecting as much footage of their favorite performers as they can. As noted, though, this looks set to be the final “Unreleased” set to hit the shelves, but the mini-series has ended on a high with this one.
The matches are far from classics given that a fair few are squashes and others are short bouts designed to pop a TV rating, but there is plenty of enjoyment to be had. Then you have the variety of Piper’s Pit segments which provide confirmation (as if we needed it) of how talented Roddy was on the microphone, and also some insight from Ronda Rousey as to how Hot Rod inspired her. Overall, then, I wouldn’t deem this to be an essential DVD to purchase, but if you do buy it, you’ll have a lot of fun reliving some hidden gems from an all-time legend.
Get rowdy with the WWE “Unreleased Matches of Roddy Piper” DVD…
– United States: RIGHT NOW! Get your copy of the new Piper DVD here on Amazon.com.
– UK/Europe: RIGHT NOW! Grab your copy of Piper Unreleased now on Amazon.co.uk.
– Australia: RIGHT NOW! Get your copy of Piper Unreleased on Madman.com.au.