WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has exclusively learned that WWE’s upcoming 2000’s-themed DVD will be tagged with a TV-14 rating and feature over 10 hours and 30 minutes of footage!
The 4-DISC SET, tentatively named “Best of The 2000’s” for now, is scheduled to hit stores in the UK first on April 24th and follow just one day later to fans in the United States on April 25th.
An early sneak peek of the new Home Video release revealed that Mick Foley will be hosting it — as the WWF Commissioner! We knew Foley would be joined by Enzo & Cass, and now we’re hearing of two more names that will stop by his messy office: Charlotte Flair and Bayley.
We can also exclusively reveal one match that’s definitely planned for the DVD compilation; a match from a certain WrestleMania Foley describes as the “greatest of all time”:
— WWE Championship No Disqualification Match
The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
WrestleMania X-Seven • April 1, 2001
Following some confusion surrounding the release, today we can unfortunately confirm that the “WrestleMania Monday” Blu-ray has indeed been cancelled in the United States.
That applies only to the Blu-ray edition and only to the US market as the 3-disc DVD version will be released worldwide, however it looks like the Blu-ray will wind up as a UK exclusive offering.
Therefore the 7 Blu-ray extras previously announced for the title will only be available in the UK.
On the subject of future WWE Blu-rays, early word is that major documentaries will see a release on both DVD and Blu-ray, while match compilations could now be produced DVD-only.
We recently broke the news of WWE’s plans to re-release “Owen – Hart of Gold” this month as a single-disc, documentary-only feature. The DVD should now be surfacing in stores.
If you can’t find a copy it can be ordered online here on Amazon.com.
Below we have a previously unseen shot of the new box art being used for the re-release:
Heads up – “The Best of RAW & SmackDown LIVE 2016” has been listed on WWEShop.com. That’s the next WWE Home Video release this year, scheduled for later this month.
Roadblock was erroneously added with UK cover art – but that won’t affect the product itself.
Check out our early photos of the new RAW/SD DVD, if you haven’t already:
EXCLUSIVE: Pre-Release Photos of WWE “Best of RAW & SmackDown LIVE 2016” DVD, 2 Weeks Early!
Something for the weekend?!
Our round-up of the best WWE DVDs up for grabs in eBay auctions this weekend finds this big list of goodies, including the tricky-to-find “Special Collector’s Edition” Trish DVD…
$60.00 – Trish Stratus: 100% Stratusfaction DVD (FYE Special Collector’s Ed.)
Not one, not two, but three chances at the big WrestleMania box set…
$36.00 – WrestleMania Anthology Box Set
$52.00 – WrestleMania Anthology Box Set
$65.00 – WrestleMania Anthology Box Set
These couple of Blu-ray lots well worth a bid…
$15.99 – Lot of 4 WWE Blu-rays (War Games, nWo, Rumbles…)
$20.00 – The Monday Night War Vol. 1 & 2 Blu-rays (Free Shipping)
The newly-released Royal Rumble Story DVD going cheap…
$4.99 – True Story of Royal Rumble DVD
And all of these rare, out-of-print WWF/WWE DVD titles too…
$1.99 – Chris Benoit: Hard Knocks DVD
$1.99 – Hollywood Hulk Hogan: Hulk Still Rules DVD
$2.99 – WWF Hardy Boyz: Leap of Faith DVD
$2.99 – WWF SummerSlam 2001 DVD
$2.99 – WWF No Mercy 2001 DVD
$3.99 – WWF Rebellion 2001 DVD
$3.99 – WWF/WWE Backlash 2002 DVD
$6.99 – WWF Lita: It Just Feels Right DVD
$15.00 – WWF Survivor Series 2001 DVD
$16.50 – WWF Judgment Day 2001 DVD
Here’s a good idea for Vin Man & his WWE Homemedia; If he’s really losing money with the Blu-rays, then why not just shut down making PPV Blu-rays first, but carry on with the Special sets e.g. Best of 2000, Superstar sets like Austin/Triple H, Sets like OMG25, etc!!!
There’s a lot that can be said about the DVD vs. Blu Ray problem. I see the arguments about quality, but it’s more than that. I still mainly get the DVDs. The only Blu Rays I own right now are Bret & Shawn, Austin, War Games, Heyman, Bischoff. Everything else is DVD. A lot of it has to do with price & content. The Blu Ray releases of the past did contain some pretty nice extras to entice the purchase; however, at that time, the price was outrageous. Blu Ray sets in my area were priced $30-$40. Nowadays, the Blu Ray sets are usually $25-$30, but the extras are crap…mostly stuff that are PPV matches and if you have the PPVs, there is no need for it. The Doc presentations themselves have been very lackluster over the last few years which is probably due to the focus on Network content. IMO, there is no need to spend extra money on Blu Ray when the DVD is just fine, especially when you are talking about saving $10 or more. Also, the artwork is generally nicer.
That’s true actually, they always produce an epic digipak with more photos and artwork, as opposed to one measly inlay in an ugly blue plastic cover. BluRays actually a “cheaper” look to them, I find. And yeah, I’m good to forego the 14-minute Raw talking segment between a talent and a McMahon as an extra, if it saves me £10.
To be fair, those who vilify people who buy DVDs as people who need to get with the times could equally be criticised by people who believe that physical media is a thing of the past and everybody should move on to streaming / WWE Network / Netflix, etc.
Maybe one reason WWE Blu-rays are not selling well in the US is because they are limited to where you can buy them. FYE, Best Buy and Amazon/Shop WWE.com the main places to buy them, putting them in Walmart, Kmart and others might increase sales. The casual fan can not buy something he cannot see and thus does not know exists.
Bottom line is at the end of the day, WWE is a business & the purpose of their business is to make money. Clearly WWE wasn’t making enough or possibly losing money on the Blu-Ray releases to justify continuing them. Use your heads, they wouldn’t stop making them if they were bring in a profit just because. Weather that’s their own fault for the questionable extras they put on it or the fact that most viewers still haven’t upgraded to that technology (I don’t have a Blu-Ray player & don’t see the need to get one still), it is what it is at the end of the day…a business move.
Even if they made blu-rays with no extras at all, it’s still better than a dvd in every way. Video quality, audio quality, can fit more on a single disc, the discs themselves are more durable and more resistant to scratches than dvd. If we’re going by the bottom line, it’s this, home media overall has been dropping drastically year after year for the last few years. WWE just released their quarterly numbers again and you can see that home media is at a point where, even with just producing dvds, they are on the verge if barely breaking even any more. Cutting down on a blu-rays is the first step to eventually cutting down altogether. Same thing happened with WWE Magazine. It got to the point where they were losing money year after year and they ended up dropping the monthly magazine. Now they only release special edition magazines every few months, and even those magazines aren’t produced in-house anymore. They license those special editions to another company that produces them. If history is any indication, the same fate awaits home media as well.
I will Always Believe that Ultimate Warrior deserves a new Blu-ray of Unreleased Material, including Unreleased Matches, Appearances, and never before seen footage.
One Warrior Nation!
Areu ttolling? Ultimate Watrior got bluray sets in 2014 and 2015 full of matches.
I know this match is a repeat, but it’s the “best” of the 2000s, not a “rare/unreleased” matches set. Is anybody honestly gonna deny that this Rock/Austin match is one of the best matches of the 2000s? Imagine the equal amount of complaints if it was left off. They’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t on that one.
That is very disappointing! I will still get the DVD, it is better than nothing
Unfortunately, not for me. It’s not the same quality. When I had the 1994 Royal Rumble on DVD, I remember the quality… now comparing it with the 94 Rumble on the True story of the Royal Rumble blu-ray set, its smashing!
3 discs can fit up to 8-9 hours so how can 4 discs be just a little over 10 hours?
And until I see what matches are on “The Best of the 2000s”, I’m not buying into the hype just yet!
I would have 2nd with you there, but since it’s not a blu-ray, it’s a no for me too!
I don’t mind DVDs, blurays exclusives matches in recent years have been pretty poor.
This is complete bull crap…very disappointed…way to go WWE…best for business my butt…
If WWE is going to back to using 20 year old technology, might as well release on VHS, BETA and Laser Disc, and maybe VCDs too if they want to go backwards. Whats the point of WWE going HD when their main physical format is basically Standard Definition. HD on cable isn’t even comparable to Blu-ray quality due to limited bandwidth for cable companies.
Pretty sad that indy companies like Evolve Wrestling and PWG have been been releasing only Blu-rays the last 2 years. Evolve completely moved away from DVDs and are only producing on Blu-ray.
Ah well, might as well stick to the Network since the quality is better than crappy DVD any day.
Makes sense that would be on it, but I really hope we get some great gems and not re-released matches since it’s The Best of 2000’s and there’s plenty of content that can be used.
Am I the only one that feels since owen literally died in the ring the cover art should have spotlights above and a ring around owen? Bahahha wwe is stupid and classless …
The original actually had scaffolding on the cover, no joke. They covered it up by the time the final cover shipped.
I can’t believe more people didn’t convert to the blu-ray format, thus non documentary WWE offerings in the states will now go DVD only. I’m still pissed that all PPV’s aren’t on blu-ray in the U.S. I don’t get the reluctance. Better quality, exclusive features, better everything.
WWE bluray exclusives the past 3 years haven’t been very good. I’ve picked up the DVD for a few recent sets and will only pick up the bluray when wwe starts putting more hidden gems and less pointless/silly matches.
Whatcha’ gonna do when DVDmania runs wild on you?! So excited about the news! But why stop here? VHS anyone???
Why can’t the Blu-Ray be store or online exclusive?
What really bugs me about this is the exclusive content. We might not ever get that now. Missing out on the biggest market in the world also makes no sense.
Why are they doing this?! Less & less blu-rays-DVD’s-perhaps no Blu-Rays again!
Not gonna get into another DVD vs Blu-ray debate, as far as why BR’s are superior in quality, because it’s been beaten to death. The problem isn’t in the debate itself, it’s that the blu-ray fans are being discarded and DVD-only fans can’t understand the frustration. The best thing blu-ray fans can do is keep letting their voices be heard. Unfortunately it’s going to be hard to let your wallets do the talking now because there won’t be much to purchase going forward. Just enjoy whatever you can get on BR at this point because physical media will inevitably be coming to an end. The transition to Digital HD will be tough for some people, but in the long run it’ll be the only option.
Ha! When Blu-Rays had come out I had sold all my DVD’s including my favourite ones such as ‘stars of the 90’s’, ‘ Shawn Michaels heartbreak and triumph’, all my Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania Anthology discs & sets depending on the WWE remaking them again on Blu-Ray!
I guess I was too over excited back then! But now if they totally stop blu-rays, then it will be a big stop for me in buying any WWE Home Media at all!
I have no problem with Austin vs. Rock from WM 17 being on this set, since now there won’t be any blurred WWF logos, or editing like that. So I welcome a lot of these attitude era re-releases on DVD sets now.
It’s so stupid their only doing DVDs. And Austin vs Rock at 17 again! How many times are they going to put this on a set.
What garbage. All because cheap ass wrestling fans won’t buy an $80 Blu Ray player. It’s 2017 and we are in the 4K TV generation yet we are watching technology from 20 years ago.
I went the extra mile and bought a region free blu ray player, so I’m prepared for this, but I don’t like the decision today.
I may have to go the region free route again and import. I loathe buying DVD’s anymore. So easy to screw up the surface of a DVD, where as the blu rays have that better coating making them harder to damage.
I agree with you. I stopped buying DVDs the day Blu-rays had come out!
That’s a bullsh** decision. I’m tired of having to buy an inferior quality product because it’s cheaper to produce. I’m sure most don’t mind playing a slight premium to get the releases on Blu-ray. I do however mind buying the release a second time on Blu-ray in R2. I guess this means that they’ll never re-release a WrestleMania Anthology set on Blu-ray. What a load of crap.
It appears wwe are giving up on blu ray format. There’s nothing like a massive company like wwe catering to all the fans. I have made the decision now to stick with the network and stop buying wwe physical media as much like yourself i do not want to buy dvds anymore
I fear that WWE is giving up on the home video concept altogether tbh. I know WDN said there’s no schedule this year because WWE wants to be flexible, but honestly, I think they’re assessing the home video market week-by-week and don’t even want to commit to be releasing titles in as far as ten months’ time. Let’s face it, home video won’t be continuing forever – what with the Network and digital downloading – so it’s just a matter of when, not if, the plug’s pulled. Judging by what I’ve seen this year, the end may come sooner than we think.
On a separate note, when I saw the words ‘Foley’ and ‘WrestleMania’, I was hoping they were finally releasing the main event from WM2000, but – joy of joys – we’re starting with a repeat.
The Owen cover in gold looks classier than the original.
There’s nothing to say the 2000 main event won’t be in the list when revealed, so the “joy of joys” remark is a bit prematurely negative.
Not that I want the WM2000 main event, however that’s exactly what I thought too when I saw Foley’s name! WM17 main events was one of my favourites, but it’s already been out a few times now!