Late last year we confirmed WWE’s intentions to release a new DVD and Blu-ray compilation on the United States Championship when it appeared on the 2016 WWE Home Video Schedule; initially found listed in the same slot as a Shane McMahon DVD (later scrapped).
As we begin the year, “The U.S. Championship – A Legacy of Greatness” is still on the way – right now the company has it scheduled for April 2016 as a worldwide Home Video offering.
Today we can reveal that the format of the DVD set will present NWA-era Championship matches from the ’70s and ’80s, WCW-era Championship matches from the ’90s and new millennium, and finally WWE-era Championship matches running through to the present day.
Disc 1 of the DVD will contain NWA material, Disc 2 WCW material, and Disc 3 WWE material. Between that will be video packages giving a history of the title. The current plan for the Blu-ray exclusive content is to compile a mix of all three eras with a series of extra matches.
We’re hearing that the finalized content listing is not far away…
If you’re a WWE DVD collector in the UK you may have noticed release times speeding up as of late – recent 3 disc sets “Owen: Hart of Gold” and “Best PPV Matches 2015” are two instances of titles that were in fact released to the UK a day before even the United States got them!
FremantleMedia’s efforts to make the UK WWE DVDs and Blu-rays available as soon as possible will also extend to the PPV releases in 2016. One such example is the Royal Rumble, due for release on March 1st to the United States, and just 3 weeks later on March 21st to UK fans.
A representative of the UK licensee for WWE Home Entertainment shared these comments:
PPV releases are even sooner than ever this year.
Where possible since taking over the WWE license we have tried to reduce the wait time for all releases, resulting in most 3 disc sets now being released day and date with the United States. PPV’s have always been slower to release primarily due to regionalisation factors and we will be taking measures to reduce these delays and ensure PPV titles will now be out as quickly as possible, whilst actually increasing the amount of regionalised titles in EU countries in 2016 (starting in Germany and France).
However, day and date [for PPV releases] with the U.S remains impossible due to the time it takes for BBFC classification.
For the first time Royal Rumble will be available before WrestleMania takes place with many other titles coming out 1-4 weeks earlier than ever before!
The next PPV title to hit the UK will be Survivor Series 2015, available on both DVD and Blu-ray formats this coming Monday. You can pre-order a copy now at Amazon.co.uk.
Kayfabe Commentaries have confirmed “Timeline: The History of WWE – 1998” to be their next DVD on the way in 2016. Vince Russo joins the team for this new addition to the series.
Look for it on DVD and On Demand February 2nd at KayfabeCommentaries.com.
In February we will head back to the “Timeline: The History of WWE” series when Vince Russo takes you back to the blockbuster year 1998. Ever wonder what was happening behind the scenes as The Rock, Mankind, and Steve Austin were taking the world by storm? Well Russo will fill you in, week by week as only the Timeline series can!
DEALS: WWE’s $5 DVD sale has been and gone (leaving the Owen Hart Blu-ray and other titles sold out) but there’s a few potential deals to be had today on eBay at these links:
There’s also decent prices on these rare WWF/WWE DVDs expiring on eBay tomorrow – including WrestleMania 17 and the tricky-to-find RAW Homecoming DVD!
$5.50 – WWF Invasion 2001 DVD
$6.61 – WWF Vengeance 2001 DVD
$9.05 – WWF Unforgiven 1998 DVD
$10.49 – WWF Undertaker: This Is My Yard DVD
$14.49 – WWF Rock Bottom 1998 DVD
$14.59 – WWF WrestleMania 17 DVD
$15.50 – WWF King of the Ring 2001 DVD
$23.75 – RAW Homecoming 2005 DVD