The Lowdown on ‘WWE 24’ on WWE Network – The Series Premiere Episode

January 27, 2015 by Mark D

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Last night we saw the debut episode of the brand new WWE Network series – “WWE 24”. The series promises a behind the scenes look at WWE, and the premiere episode takes a look at the showcase of the immortals – WrestleMania; WrestleMania XXX to be exact.

The show runs for just under 30 minutes and tells some of the stories going on in the WWE Universe during WrestleMania XXX weekend. The primary stories showcased were those of: The Ultimate Warrior and his return to WWE after an 18 year absence, and the story of the late Connor Michalek, a young super-fan who attended the event while battling cancer.

WWE 24 Documentary - Ultimate Warrior, Vince McMahon & Triple H

Additional stories which were highlighted were the Hall of Fame ceremony, the awesome opening segment with Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin, the ending of The Undertaker’s Streak (with possibly the most emotional look back at it to date), Triple H and his entrance preparations, and Daniel Bryan’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship victory.

WWE 24 Documentary - Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold & The Rock

The show features a phenomenal amount of backstage footage from the weekend’s events, coupled with a selection of interviews, some of which were mined from WWE’s tribute video to Connor and other footage on top. Did you spot the new interviews with Dana Warrior and her children? Those are a snippet of the interview footage that will be used on WWE’s upcoming Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe DVD/Blu-ray documentary later this year.

WWE 24 Documentary - Dana Warrior, Wife of Ultimate Warrior

Based off the trailer for the special, the draw of this show had to be the promise of backstage footage of The Undertaker following his match with Brock Lesnar (“I need some help here…”), but the footage we actually saw in the trailer was about all that we really saw post-match in this feature. However, we did get to see some pretty cool pre-match footage of The Undertaker, including an embrace with Vince McMahon moments before his match!

WWE 24 Documentary - The Undertaker Hugs Vince McMahon

A small failing of the feature in my view was that I felt that the narrative for the show wasn’t as strong as it should have been. At times it really felt that we were just randomly jumping between topics. I feel that an improvement which could have been made would be to add voiced over comments similar to how “The Mania of WrestleMania” was presented. This is a minor point and all in all this doesn’t detract too much from the show, which really was very good.

WWE 24 Documentary - Triple H Backstage in Skull

I must give kudos to WWE for their production on the show, from the opening scenes right through to the closing video package; this was a truly beautiful and moving production. If you do get a tear in your eye during the course of the show don’t try and brush it off to everyone as allergies… because it’s not — wrestling fans have feelings too.

WWE 24 Documentary - Connor Michalek Hugs Daniel Bryan

WWE 24 was really great, however for me it fell a tiny little bit short of being awesome. Still, it’s more than worthy of 30 minutes of your time today. I am looking forward to seeing the remainder of the series and the topics that will be chosen in the coming weeks.

What topics do you think will make future episodes of WWE 24? Will they have enough backstage footage on hand (as they did for WrestleMania XXX) to do those topics justice? As always we’re eager to hear your thoughts, so leave your comments below this article!

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  1. Anan says:

    Had this been an extra for the WM30 DVD/bluray, and it would make a hell of an extra feature, it possibly may have gone over 30 minutes.

    A wonderful behind the scenes look at the 30th anniversary of The Show of Shows. They covered the main things – The HOF, Warrior, WM30’s opening, HHH’s entrance, Daniel Bryan, Taker. This episode really gave a lot of time to Connor. And if I were making this documentary, I’d do the same. If there is any fan who deserves to have WWE do a documentary sorely on them, Connor’s got to be it. A really lovable kid to left the world too soon due to cancer. I respect what WWE did for him.

    I agree with the reviewer that the main draw of this feature was Taker because ever since The Streak ended, that’s been the talk of the wrestling world. Even after Sting’s long awaited debut, which is also a hot topic, people are still talking about Lesnar breaking The Streak. It was nice to see everything else this episode had. I really loved them covering what went into HHH’s entrance. But watching the crew bring out casket after casket for Taker’s entrance and seeing Taker and Vince embrace, that was the real treat for me. It was really neat to have the camera pan/zoom out to cover the entire audience after Taker lost while displaying tweets from several personalities and quotes from some online newspapers and publications.

  2. Conner says:

    I love that Cooner kid, he was so cute and special.

  3. LP1 says:

    I loved this documentary. I thought it was one of the better ones the company has done. And it being only a half hour was perfect. There really is no need for every show to be 1-2 hours. Sometimes less is more. And really, there’s only so many hours in the day and I think WWE realizes that people have busy lives and only so much time to devote to wrestling. I wouldn’t mind seeing more 30 minute specials.

    And yes there was definitely a tear coming on while watching this. Between seeing the Warrior and his family, the story of Connor and even how they presented Taker’s streak in a new light was just heart-wrenching. This was a very well put together production.

  4. Richard says:

    I thought it was excellent for being only 30 minutes, and it left us wanting more. It’s emotional to see Taker and Vince hug knowing the decision had alreafy been made to end the “Streak”.

    I think it might prove hard to go too far back with this series, but obviously going behind the scenes of Wrestlemania is always a thrill. I’d expect something similar for WM31.

    Perhaps some recent events to consider:

    Royal Rumble 2015
    RAW Reunion (Jan 19 2014)
    Survivor Series 2014 – Sting’s WWE Debut

    • David says:

      It was great seeing Undertaker behind the scenes and the embrace with Vince was touching. Undertaker is old school and a company guy and retiring with an undefeated WM streak is a selfish thing to do, so it had to end…looking back now Lesnar was the perfect guy to do it.

  5. SRB says:

    This show seems to have plenty to offer for fans who get tired of the typical stuff. It’s about time we see some stuff we technically aren’t supposed to see. I’ve always wanted to know how WWE can continue being the well-oiled machine that it is. The backstage footage is priceless in my view.

    Initially, I was against WWE releasing things that were more reality based on not in the typical stuff we’ve been seeing. However, they have put out some amazing things as of late and I hope it continues.

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