‘History of WWE’ Documentary Not 3 Hours, Shawn Michaels DVD Confirmed

October 14, 2013 by Daniel Bee

The History of WWE - 50 Years of Sports Entertainment DVD & Blu-ray

As you know, The History of WWE – 50 Years of Sports Entertainment is on the way for DVD and Blu-ray release this November with a documentary as its main feature.

It was previously stated that this documentary portion of the set would run for approximately 3 hours. However, this will not be the case. New information reveals the following runtimes of each disc of the DVD and the length of Blu-ray exclusive content.

Disc 1: 2 hours

Disc 2: 1 hour and 28 minutes

Disc 3: 2 hours and 57 minutes

Blu-ray Exclusives: 1 hour and 15 minutes

As reported, the documentary will take up the whole of the first disc of the DVD and according to the new information will in fact have a runtime of 2 hours.

The new Triple H “Thy Kingdom Come” DVD is available to UK/Europe from today over at WWEDVD.co.uk. As you can see by the photo below, this one is back in “digipack” style fold-out packaging unlike other recent releases in the UK.

WWE Triple H Thy Kingdom Come DVD

Over the weekend we reported on a Shawn Michaels WrestleMania Matches DVD/Blu-ray planned for 2014. Since then Shawn Michaels himself confirmed the go ahead of that release, also revealing that WWE has already filmed the interview footage with him.

Tomorrow the Night of Champions 2013 DVD is released! Click here to grab yours.

WWE Night of Champions 2013 DVD

It’s been spotted early at K-Mart stores for only $10. Comparing online prices, if you are looking to buy it that way it’s $10.99 here on Amazon.com, $14.99 on WWEShop.com.

Mick Foley has revealed that one of his Tales From Wrestling Past stand-up shows (November 17th in Smithtown, New York) will be filmed by WWE for a future project, which Foley referred to as “possibly a telecast, Netflix offering, or DVD…maybe all three”. At this time there are no solid details on WWE releasing the show as a DVD but it’s a possibility.

Two lots of rare WWF DVDs are up for grabs on eBay today. This one containing 5 PPV events from 2001, and this one containing the complete Attitude Collection (12 titles).

Rare WWF DVDs Attitude Collection

A reminder that until this Friday (or earlier, at WWE’s discretion) the following titles can be purchased for just $5.99 each at WWEShop. They are all found at this link. To get the prices down to $5.99 you need to enter the promo code “WWEDVDS” at checkout.


WWE DVD Blu-Ray Sale

– nWo: The Revolution (DVD & Blu-ray)
– WrestleMania 29 (DVD & Blu-ray)
– CM Punk: Best in the World (DVD & Blu-ray)
– The Attitude Era (DVD & Blu-ray)
– Stone Cold: The Bottom Line (Blu-ray)
– The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves (DVD)
– DX: One Last Stand (DVD)
– Falls Count Anywhere (DVD)
– Superstar Collection: Shawn Michaels (DVD)
– The Rock: Most Electrifying Man (DVD)
– The John Cena Experience (DVD)
– Raw Top 100 Moments (DVD)
– Rock vs. Cena: Once in a Lifetime (DVD)
– Best of WCW Clash of the Champions (DVD)
– The True Story of WrestleMania (DVD)

New WWE DVDs on Amazon.co.uk

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  1. Spritz1999 says:

    Well, the doc. time going down makes me want to pass on this set a little more… :/ But, I am looking forward to the Michaels set, maybe even the project Mick is talking about… depends! History of WWE looked to be promising… I don’t think so anymore!

  2. thejmp187 says:

    That’s upsetting no more best of seasons for raw. Hope that changes. And its a little odd hbk has the wm matches DVD… I mean most are losses and I suppose it doesn’t matter as he was a fine wm wrestler Mr wrestlemania.. so makes sense. But I believe each interview segment will offer a very nice insight to the matches, I’m getting it for the fact he’s my favorite, the interviews, (I already have all his mania matches on the manias themselves or what not) but to have them on one disc will be pretty sweet, and the artwork, of coarse.. who doesn’t love dvd artwork ??

  3. josh says:

    Oh boy, another video set on Shawn Michaels! Is anybody else getting tired of Shawn Michaels videos? I can’t stand the guy! When is WWE going to put out some good dvd’s? I’d like to see a dvd set on WCW pay-per-views, one on Demolition, Arn Anderson, maybe one on Rick Rude and Owen Hart. What about Sting? I thought they were going to do a dvd set on Sting. When the WWE puts some good videos available for sale, then maybe I’ll be interested to pick some up.

    • Spritz1999 says:

      They will never do a Owen Hart or Sting set… Owen Hart’s wife is still being paranoid & Sting is with TNA… he has said 1,000 times he wanted nothing to do with WWE… they could use his WCW footage as they own it for a match compilation, but I don’t think it’d be any good without a doc. for Sting! I agree with Rude & Arn… maybe not so much Demolition! WCW PPVs… definitely! I am looking forward to the Michaels set though. Just because it will add more insight to the matches!

  4. Colin V. says:

    The blu-ray exclusives are a disappointment to me. WCW Nitro vol.2, and Goldberg had good exclusives, and those blu-rays were worth getting, History Of WWE….not so much (At least to me) As for the new Shawn Michaels set, I decided to pass on this one, I have most of those matches and was also disappointed that this set was making the early 2014 line up. I was hoping for the Machoman doc, and WCW ppvs, but I guess Vince wants to make us wait for the good stuff, if we even get those two sets at all.

  5. WWEHomeVideo says:

    Undertaker first 3 disc set back in 2005 Tombstone History of the Undertaker running time on DVD was 9hours and 2 mins yet that dvd was released back in 2005 and were in late 2013 the blu-ray version of wwe 50 years in sports entertainment 2 disc blu-ray running time is only 7 hours and 40 mins, it looks like WWE is taking a step back when it comes to these things, in one of the other posts someone commented that if WWE didnt mess around with the blu-ray’s in America then they would be more People buying them yet WWE decide to do this for whatever reason and thats why its not a big as it should be because of WWE, believe me Blu-ray is as big as ever and really is popular now so WWE should be optimizing the format and delivering the best content since its a better a format and yet they mess around and only release 7hrs and 40 mins worth of content for the blu-ray Comon you cant fit up 10 hours on 2 blu-ray discs, i mean austin blu-ray was 3 discs and had running time over 12hrs yet this is meant to be a big release and can only give us 7hrs, yet again they are short changing and messing around with the fans buying this, some people wont even care but a lot do because this is not good and does not give you the incentive to purchase this, there really should have been more 80’s matches on this, early 90’s even if they were repeats from dvds years ago but only blu-ray first time, but nope they dont do that, blu-ray extras are rubbish, i mean who wants to watch that mayweather big show match from WM 24 when its available already in hd on WM 24 Blu-ray and Big shows DVD, the match is nothing special..
    They really really could have done so much better with this, being disappointed is a understatement!!!

  6. thejmp187 says:

    Daniel, any way you can convince wwe to release a season 2 and 3 raw disc ??? I’d love it if we could 🙁 we were so close. Sincerely Jason

  7. victory73 says:

    So ECW which wasn’t even around 10yrs has a 3 hour doc and WWE has 2hrs. Oh okay. Easily a pass since this was the most interesting part for me.

    • anonymous says:

      My guess is that they’re doing these shorter documentaries to make it more Netflix friendly.

      Here’s a novel idea: Fill the Blu-ray and DVD space with more matches and people won’t feel as ripped off. And, there’s also a greater chance that some of those extra matches will result in attracting more buyers.

  8. Simon says:

    50 years in 120 minutes. Wow.

  9. J. S. says:

    I am complaining and not buying this. The reasons:
    Maybe it is 50 years of WWE but the first decade as Capitol Wrestling Corporation belongs to this corporation. Or does the WWE not own the rights to it? But I think there arent full length matches from that time any more.

    No match from the 60s.
    One match from the 70s.
    That is a disgrace. That alone is the reason not buying this set.

    • David says:

      I don’t think much footage from 60s and 70s exists, wrestling companies use to tape over shows to save money from what i understand. That time they probably never thought about home video distribution. I believe WWE started taping each program from the mid to late 70s.

      • anonymous says:

        Not entirely true. For instance, there is a significant amount of Stampede and Florida wrestling 1960s footage still in existence. It really depends on the format of the original footage.

        With that said, I don’t believe there is any pre-1970 WWWF footage and, considering the type of performers they were promoting, that’s likely a blessing.

        I realize there may be some people who’d like to see pre-1980 footage, but the likelihood of that being released is likely slim. Why? The company doesn’t think it’s profitable and the sad part is that with each passing release, they also seem to be downplaying the far more marketable 1980s and early 1990s footage.

        What I think they need to realize is that the lapsed fans they often talk about are a very significant portion of their home video market. They’re older and more likely to continue purchasing physical media like DVDs and Blu-rays than the younger audience. They’re also much less likely to buy a release with footage from the last 10 years.

        If they want to keep that physical media buying segment of their audience, or lapsed fans, they have to cater to them. That means these types of compilation releases should have very little from the last 10 years. It also means the company must make better use of all of their catalog and the various territory libraries they own.

  10. Steve says:

    More garbage and laziness by WWE home video. Does this really shock anyone though? I mean just look at the god awful match listing for this set. It’s very simple: WWE will always try and put out matches of superstars in good standing or that are somehow under contract as a way to supplement there royalties. Every time we all get excited for a release when it is announced they will always find a way to ruin it by the time it comes out. We need that HBK release about as much as we need more PG era wrestling.

    • Steve's An Idiot says:

      You’re an idiot

      • Steve says:

        Coming from a mark who doesn’t put his name to his comment. Go watch another WWE repeat match for the 19th time in your moms basement. Probably voted for Best of Saturday Morning Slam

        • Dave says:

          I mean really tho, what do you want? A bunch of never before seen dynamite kid matches for a History of the company set?? They’re obviously gonna use the most historic matches like manias and stuff. Otherwise the matches wouldn’t go with the theme of the set. How could this set not have hogan andre or rock Hogan or a cena match? What would you prefer like an attitude era blood bath with rtikishi?

          • Steve says:

            I would prefer a math from each era. There are plenty of important matches that speak to the history of the company that have not been released. How bout a match from the first WWF PPV The Wrestling Classic? How bout the tag match from the pilot episode of Smackdown!? It’s about looking outside the box. Did they ever wonder why the last year of WCW releases are the highest selling ones? HMMMMMMMM

  11. Anan says:

    The History Of WWE set is a problem because I doubt it’ll reach the potential that it has. Instead of cramming 50 years into one set, this should have just released it in separate volumes with each volume focusing on a specific era until all 50 years have been covered. Either that or have this one crammed set be 4-5 discs with each focusing on a specific era or decade. That way, either way, they’ll be room for more content because the match selection they have now sucks. Taker and HBK have been WWE’s some of the most longest performers and all they get is one match via bluray exclusive content? Where’s The End Of An Era, where’s HBK’s return at Summerslam 2002? A lot’s still missing.

    As for the documentary, I don’t know if Taker asked to be on HHH’s documentary or if they asked him to be a part of it. Either way, I sure hope he’s a part of this documentary as he is really the only name linked to the cartoonish era of the early 90’s along with every era that followed since. Of course, The Mcmahons should and will be a part of the doc.

    • anonymous says:

      Undertaker and Michaels are always more than well-represented by the company in these DVD releases. If they had something compelling to offer in the doc, I’m certain their comments will make the final cut.

      • Anan says:

        I can agree with that. But they only have one match and its a blu ray exclusive. I mean…..that’s why I said they should have released this set as separate volumes so certain names would be presented better as far as match selections go because right now in terms of match selections, Taker and HBK being a blu ray extra match isn’t representing them well IMO..

        • Harry Faversham says:

          Shawn Michaels is in the Survivor Series 1997 match against Bret Hart. Considering how little space there is to represent the entire history, i.e. no Macho Man etc, its a strange complaint. Shawn Michaels has two matches and is very well represented compared to most others. I’m sure Bret wouldn’t be too thrilled to have Montreal be the only singles match to make the 50 year history of WWE. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker one of the greatest matches ever and pretty well sums up who they are in one match. I feel that’s enough seeing how much they are trying to compress into this amount of time,

          • Anan says:

            Which is exactly why in a previous comment I said the following:

            Instead of cramming 50 years into one set, this should have just released it in separate volumes with each volume focusing on a specific era until all 50 years have been covered. Either that or have this one crammed set be 4-5 discs with each focusing on a specific era or decade. That way, either way, they’ll be room for more content

            HBK had two matches. That wasn’t the problem. It’s that Taker’s only match is a blu ray exclusive rather than be part of the main content.

          • Anan says:

            Sorry for the double post. Wanted to add it wasn’t an argument or at least it wasn’t intended to be. It was me just stating my personal opinion. I’m happy Taker vs HBK I is on the set. Just wish like HBK, Taker had a match that was not a blu ray exclusive. HBK has two matches – one with Taker that’s the blu ray exclusive and the other against Bret Hart with is part of the main content. TThey have decades worth of Taker bouts so they could definitely add one to be part of the main match selection content if they really wanted to. Again, that goes back to the portion of my opinion of where I said they should released separate volumes or discs, each focusing on a particular era or decade. Think of how much more focus each decade or era would get if it was done that way instead of cramming 50 years into 2-3 discs which is impossible to do as in order to fit it all in a 2-3 disc set, you’ll be skipping a good portion of those years.

  12. Nick says:

    There seems to be an hour missing even if the doc was 2 hours. They can fit at least 4 1/2 hours onto a BR disc with disc 1 and disc 2 or disc 1 and BR exclusives. Either way it adds up to about 3 1/2 hours. Explain that.

    The HHH blu ray is 8 1/2 hours. Your numbers only add up to 7 hours 40 minutes.

    Where did this new information come from because it doesn’t look right.

  13. SRB says:

    Not only is WWE packing 50 years of history into 2 hours. They are also packing it all in with around 11 matches. Nice work.

  14. David says:

    Whats funny is that people that are complaining will still end up buying it anyways…Yeah that will show WWE! and they know this. Most of the hardcore collectors will buy anything with a WWE label stamped. If you really want to show WWE you don’t like it, then simple, don’t buy it. Maybe writing complaints to the WWE Home Video department might help, but i doubt it.

    The thing is, WWE is at its point where their most loyal and hardcore fans will buy anything they put out, so they don’t even have to try. Hell! i’m sure if WWE put out a 3 disc set on Great Khali, people will still buy it.

    But WWE to tend to give great documentaries with 90 minutes to 2+ hour lengths, so i’m going to wait and see how this turns out before blowing a gasket.

    Maybe WWE realized their fan base just have short attention spans or ADD and they will get lost once its over 2 hours.

    • Leon says:

      “Whats funny is that people that are complaining will still end up buying it anyways”

      You’ve said this a hundred times in other posts. Get over yourself. The fans can do whatever the hell they want.

      • David says:

        Well, then don’t expect any change on WWE DVDs/Blu-rays if all sheep will still purchase them. I’m just saying if people really want WWE to change their strategy for producing these sets then people will have to either stop buying them or get people to write complaints.

        If not, then well, get use to 6-7 hour DVDs.

        • anonymous says:

          The problem is that when people voice their very legitimate complaints, a person like you comes along and mocks those people by asserting they’ll no doubt buy whatever the company puts out.

          For the record, I agree with the negative criticisms, particularly the lack of matches and the fact that they continue to put out 6-7 hour releases.

          This release has nothing for me and I won’t be buying it.

          If they would have used up the other 3 hours they have at their disposal, they’re bound to have included a match or two that would have enticed me.

          • SRB says:

            Agreed. If you are a fan of DVDs or even just have a few from the old days, you will notice that there was a lot more footage packed in. WWE has chosen to cut that footage for whatever reason.. And people are expected not to notice or say anything? come on.

  15. Timothy Thorpe says:

    I can’t help but feel lied to and disgusted. I’m a blu ray buyer and I feel disappointed by the length of it. Around 7:40? Not that much better in my opinion.

  16. Joe Israel says:

    I don’t understand how you anyone complain about the length of the doc without seeing it first. It is possible it will be better at a shorter length than it would be with the extra hour. Longer is not always better!

  17. Mr Disc says:

    I guess WWE has pulled the rug from under our feet once again. 🙁

  18. Anonymous says:

    I honestly don’t care at all about the documentary feature because all it’s going to be is WWE propaganda or revisionist history at best. What bothers me the most is:

    Disc 1: 2 hours
    Disc 2: 1 hour and 28 minutes
    Disc 3: 2 hours and 57 minutes

    How do the WWE apologists reconcile this in their heads?

    The fact that they can put TWICE as much on DVD 3 proves that WWE is shortchanging its customers by 90 MINUTES on the second DVD, which is to say nothing about the 1 HOUR they’re shortchanging consumers on DVD 1!

    In the old days, the company used to put on matches and fool much of the audience into believing everything they witnessed was a fair and pure athletic competition.

    We know better now.

    Today, the company finds a different way to fool their audience, but some of us still want to believe they’re giving us a fair and pure effort.

    When will some of us finally get that this type of release is far from being a fair and pure effort from the company and instead an insult to those with simple 1st grade level math skills?

  19. Mr Disc says:

    Infact i think this set would’ve sounded better if it had been called The 50 Greatest Moments In WWE History. Who knows what could’ve ended up being on the list including matches to promos and moments that were controversial etc.

  20. RabidHeat says:

    I know 2 hours is more than ample a time for a documentary in terms of watching it in one sitting, but I’m still disappointed. I wanted the most thorough documentary ever, and it’s blatantly not gonna be that. Judging by the extras run-time we could have had some more classic matches too. I don’t think I’ll be buying this after all.

  21. Mr Disc says:

    I am annoyed about this i thought at least they were gonna give the history story about their company a new longer 3 hr documentary but it seems like it’s gonna be no different to a superstar documentary everyone seems to get 2hrs 20mins at the most. Once again WWE has found another way to disappoint us collectors right before a release. And as far as that Raw 20th anniversary box set goes i will believe it when i actually see it on sale. Just for the record WWEDVD.UK doesn’t even have this title listed for pre order yet.

  22. To be honest, couldn’t see it going three hours with the content possible, would need to be far too in-depth.

    • Mr Disc says:

      Yeah because it would be wrong for WWE to give us an in-depth documentary instead of this rushed full of Raw and PPV recaps dvd/blu which i’m sure it’s bound to be. Looks like i will be scratching this one off my to buy list aswell.

  23. Brian says:

    1 hour and 28 minutes for disk 2? This is getting ridiculous! The Blu Ray extras can easily fit on disk 2.

  24. Mark D says:

    The total runtime of “The History of WWE” DVD will be 386 mins, this means it will be:

    > 20 mins longer than the 2 disc Rise & Fall of ECW
    > 1 hour and 24 mins SHORTER than Rise & Fall of WCW!

  25. a fan says:

    welp, that has decreased my interest further. a missed opportunity.

  26. Richard says:

    This is a massive disappointment.

    It seemed a given that this would be not only the longest but most thorough and extensive documentary WWE had ever produced. How could it not be?

    If the 20 year careers of stars like Austin, Rock, Foley or Triple H could run over 2 hours, how could this doc detailing the 50 year history of the largest wrestling company NOT exceed that? In fact, I felt WWE was short changing customers by not giving us a 4 hour, 2 part documentary that would be the definitive story of the company.

    But I could live with a good 3 hour doc, especially once I saw the chapter titles.

    So to hear that this will be just another 2 hour doc with several repeat matches as bonus material makes this a more underwhelming release. Incredibly disappointing.

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