Fantasy Concept: WWE Championship – 50th Anniversary

October 7, 2012 by Mark D

WDN Fantasy Concept

Fantasy Concept returns today to look at: WWE Championship: 50th Anniversary.

Next April will mark the 50th Anniversary of the WWE’s richest prize: the WWE Championship, and I decide this milestone should be marked with a four disc DVD and three disc Blu-ray set. The set would feature a documentary looking at the history of the championship, complimented with a selection of Championship matches from the 1970s up until the modern day.

Fantasy Concept - WWE Championship: 50th Anniversary Blu-ray

Disc One

  • Capitol Wrestling
  • Buddy Rogers
  • Bruno Sammartino
  • 20 Years Too Soon
  • All American Boy
  • Rock ‘n’ Wrestling… Runnin’ Wild
  • February 5, 1988
  • Attention!
  • 62 minutes and 2 seconds
  • The New Generation
  • Montreal
  • Attitude Era Champions
  • Undisputed
  • Raw vs. SmackDown
  • The Champ is Here
  • Best in the World?
  • Legacy

WWWF Championship Match
Pedro Morales vs. George “The Animal” Steele
Madison Square Garden • June 30, 1973

Steel Cage Match for the WWWF Championship
Bruno Sammartino vs. Stan Hansen
Madison Square Garden • August 7, 1976

Steel Cage Match for the WWWF Championship
Superstar Billy Graham vs. Bruno Sammartino
Philadelphia, PA • February 18, 1978

WWWF Championship Match
Bob Backlund vs. Ernie Ladd
Madison Square Garden • October 23, 1978

WWWF Championship and NWA Championship Unification Match
Bob Backlund vs. Harley Race
Madison Square Garden • September 22, 1980

No Disqualification Match for the WWE Championship
Hulk Hogan vs. Big John Studd
Madison Square Garden • October 22, 1984

Disc Two

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper
The Wrestling Classic • November 7, 1985

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Ornorff
The Big Event • August 28, 1986

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
The Main Event • February 5, 1988

WWE Championship Match
Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase
WrestleFest • July 31, 1988

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Macho Man Randy Savage
London, England • October 10, 1989

WWE Championship Match
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Huntsville, AL • January 7, 1991

Desert Storm Match for the WWE Championship
Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Madison Square Garden • June 3, 1991

WWE Championship Match
Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
Prime Time Wrestling • September 14, 1992

Lumberjack Match for the WWE Championship
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Owen Hart
Portland, ME • August 17, 1994

WWE Championship Match
Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania XI • April 2, 1995

WWE Championship Match
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series • November 9, 1997

WWE Championship Match
Kane vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Raw • June 29, 1998

Empty Arena Match for the WWE Championship
The Rock vs. Mankind
Half Time Heat • January 31, 1999

First Blood “End of an Era” Match for the WWE Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker
Fully Loaded • July 25, 1999

WWE Championship Match
The Rock vs. Kurt Angle
No Mercy • October 22, 2000

WWE Championship Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock
Rebellion • November 3, 2001

Undisputed WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Chris Jericho vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Raw • December 10, 2001

Disc Three

Undisputed WWE Championship Match
Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker
Judgment Day • May 19, 2002

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show
Vengeance • July 27, 2003

WWE Championship Match
John Bradshaw Layfield vs. John Cena
WrestleMania XXI • April 3, 2005

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
Rob Van Dam vs. John Cena vs. Edge
Raw • July 3, 2006

Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship
Triple H vs. Randy Orton
No Mercy • October 7, 2007

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
Edge vs. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy
Armageddon • December 14, 2008

Tables Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena vs. Sheamus
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs • December 13, 2009

Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Extreme Rules • April 29, 2012


Blu-ray Extras

WWE Championship Match
Ric Flair vs. The Undertaker
Landover, MD • February 9, 1992

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Sycho Sid
Survivor Series • November 17, 1996

No Disqualification Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs. John Cena
Bragging Rights • October 25, 2009

Undisputed WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. CM Punk
SummerSlam • August 14, 2011

WWE Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk
Survivor Series • November 20, 2011

Huge thanks to William Slack for his help with this one.

Would this set interest you? It’s great to hear your feedback, so please use the comments section below or tweet me @_MarkD_

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  1. mr love says:

    oh jesus give me Shawn Michaels free with this Blue ray Disc

    with love from Misha Armaan Rohit

    from India

  2. Spritz1999 says:

    GREAT concept, I’d love to see more RAW title defences on here, I know there isn’t a lot, but some more would be cool to see! Just because they are not often released. 🙂

  3. Scsa says:

    Good concept, but why don’t you or the WWE ever think about putting in the WM6 multi-title match-up for both the IC & WWF Championship between The Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan??!!? I’ve been waiting for that match to come out on Blu-Ray ever since the start of wrestling Blu-rays!!

    It’s like nobody wants it!

  4. Nate says:

    Where are the wwe championship elimination chamber and hell in a call matches, there have been some good ones.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very nice! One suggestion for a future fantasy concept (not sure if this is out in real life, doubt it): The History of the WWE Tag Team Titles

  6. This is great! good job great read

  7. JoMo says:


  8. Marty says:

    Mark, as usual, a fine effort! It can be argued which matches should be used, should be replaced, should be used instead, etc. but I generally like the layout. What would sell me the most is the doc. A championship that’s been around for 50 years has a story that needs to be told. I think you have the chapter layout perfectly done.

  9. DrewD says:

    I’m with the anonymous guy, cut the Austin/Kane title change and put on the Austin/Undertaker title change from June 1999 Raw.

  10. Anonymous says:

    i would put the stone cold steve austion vs undertaker from raw from the atittude era

  11. mason says:

    when do you guys at dvd news think you will get the attitude era dvd cover

  12. CrimeDawg says:

    That would be an awesome DVD. Really like most of the matches. Wonder if there is any stuff out there from Bruno’s first run as champ.
    Also agree the In Your House Final Four would be a great choice.

  13. Supersonic says:

    Not bad at all, some repeats but enough stuff not on DVD (or HD not on blu ray yet.)

  14. Mongoose Wizard says:

    YES Mick is awesome! I sent him a tweet about his Boiler Room Brawl match with Big Show at Backlash 1999 for his new DVD/Blu Ray and he replyed back! Look it up on Twitter! 🙂 THANK YOU MICK!

  15. Marcelo says:

    I tried finding a record of a ric flair vs undertaker match from 1992 but I couldn’t find anything?

  16. miz4life says:

    Bob Backlund Vs Harley Race is an instant Sell for me, hope its on Best of MSG. Like to See Miz title win on there too.

  17. This looks great. Love the plain/simple cover. Quite the match listing too.
    This one got me excited.

  18. Mongoose Wizard says:

    I agree with Brad that’s a match we all have been wanting to see for a long while now! It is definately a classic!

  19. Brad Attitude says:

    Great concept although I’d replace the iron man match from Bragging Rights 2009 and throw in the iron man match from Judgment Day 2000 featuring Triple H vs. The Rock 🙂

    • Mark D says:

      I agree, I did try and get the Rock/HHH iron man on here – it’s just would you like that 1 match or 5 others?

      Plus the reason I decided to go for the Orton/Cena Iron Man was because typically the blu-ray extras are mainly HD footage and as that match has never been released in HD, I thought it would be a nice addition.

      • Brad Attitude says:

        Fans have long wanted to see the Iron Man match from Judgment Day 2000. I think in this case, it would be easy to choose that over 5 random matches. But if it were the 2009 iron man match, then I think its split 50/50.

  20. wrestlingfan says:

    I would like to see one on the western heritage title from wcw

  21. Anonymous says:

    Looks good. The only potential problem I see is, and this may be a stupid question, but are all of those WWWF matches on disc one on tape?

  22. Anonymous says:

    i would replaced the hogan vs mr wonderful big event match with the match they had at maple leaf gardens in 1985 or their snme match from october of 1986.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
    Rob Van Dam vs. John Cena vs. Edge
    Raw • July 3, 2006

    If I see this damn match on another set….

  24. Marco says:

    Like the concept, but hate the cover and choice of matches.

  25. KarlKayfabian says:

    Some glaring omissions, imo:

    Final Four

    1st Six-Pack Challenge

    Sid vs Bret (RAW)

    Austin vs Taker(RAW)

    Triple H vs Big Show (RAW)

    Triple H. vs Rock (Ironman)

    Vince vs Triple H (Smackdown)

  26. KarlKayfabian says:

    Though I do love the concept.

  27. KarlKayfabian says:

    Waaaaaay too many repeats.

  28. Dave says:

    Looks like a nice collection of matches and a documentary would be pretty awesome.

    I would also include Diesel vs. Bret Hart from King of the Ring 1994…surprised this match has yet to be released on DVD (other than the Tagged Classics in the UK). I thought this was their best match together, but their RR 95 and SSeries 95 matches were also really good, but the KOTR match was a rare gem.

  29. Steven says:

    Good concept and I hope WWE will do one last set on Shawn Michaels because he deserves it and he had some 5 star matches when he was champion in 1996, against Bulldog, Mick Foley, Goldust in a ladder match its on YouTube last I saw it, and many other classics.

  30. james says:

    How the hell did WWE not think of/promote this? I don’t think I’ve ever heard WWE even talk about the 50th anniversary on TV. Which is wierd since they love patting themselves on the back so much with their statistics. Mark, this is incredible!

  31. Hot Rod says:

    I love these, Mark D does a phenomenal job with these.

  32. Scsa says:

    It would interest me if only if SILVERVISION were to still stay available in the UK.

    Your match listings look great, though I don’t understand why nobody has ever put up the WWF/IC title match yet from WM6 between Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior 🙁
    That match needs to come out on Blu-Ray!

  33. Steven Jackson says:

    Amazing collection of rare and well-known matches with a great looking documentary. I would have replaced the John Cena vs. JBL WM 21 match with their I Quit match at Judgment Day 2005 as I feel that is way superior, but great collection nonetheless.

  34. Waz says:

    ThaT would be awesome would love to see it, also view my YouTube

  35. john rega says:

    I want on blu-ray

  36. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    Even though WWE released the History of the WWE Championship previously, I think a 50th anniversary edition is fitting. Like this concept shows, with the added documentary on the history, and an entirely new match listing….this would be a great release, I think. I really like the match listing here. Each disc seems jam packed.

    • Dave says:

      I hope WWE will continue with the “History of” titles sets in those booklet style cases to compliment with the WWE, World and IC title sets.

      The US one would be a nice addition since it does have a rich history like the IC title.

  37. Harry Faversham says:

    A United States Championship DVD would be quite welcome. I would say tag titles too but I don’t really see them releasing a set on one that is retired. Makes no sense to me why they retired the titles with the most history by the way (Women’s and World Tag Titles) and kept the versions that really don’t have much crewdibility (Divas, WWE Tag Titles). I would also say that they really need to improve their belt designs, stop making them look so gimmicky and make them look like a championship that people would work hard every night to have possession of. Simple but effective.

    Its rare for me but I’m not too keen on this fantasy concept. I don’t think a set about the belt should feature rare and random matches but just the true defining moments and that is kind of what the set they released was. So I would be in favour of just an update to that set. But keep up the good fantasy work Mark, My faves so far were your Rick Rude, nWo and Bret Unreleased concepts. We are lucky that 2 of those are actually happening. Maybe they are watching you.

    • Vincenzzzzzo says:

      I agree about the championship designs. My favorite WWE title design was when Brock Lesnar had the WWE Undisputed Championship back in 2002-2003. Awesome design. I really don’t like how the title today says “CHAMP” on it. Cheapens the meaning, it in my opinion.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you as far as the US title history. I’d like to see the history of the Tag Team title And the Million Dollar Man Bruno Samartino and Jerry Lawler DVD sets. I’d like to see the Fantasy Concept’s for those. I think part of the resion the US Title has not been done. Might be because of Chris Benoit. He was a big part of the the US title’s comeback in the last 10 years.

  38. Markus says:

    I would prefer some DVD-Sets about the other Titles. The WWE Title has a History set and I think it’s enough. But I would buy it because I don’t own the other set. 😀

  39. Anonymous says:

    I will definitely be giving this one a miss.

    • RabidHeat says:

      It’s not real, dude.

      I wouldn’t buy this though, the last History of the WWE Championship was good enough. And quite frankly, not much worthy of note to do with the title has happened since, lol.