News on Batista DVD, Edits to Royal Rumble 2014, What’s on WWE Network?

February 24, 2014 by Daniel Bee

Tomorrow, Royal Rumble 2014 releases on DVD and Blu-ray!

You can get hold of your copy now from $16.99 at, or from $17.94 over at

WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Logo

Below is the official trailer. This comes courtesy of who will be releasing the Royal Rumble 2014 DVD/Blu-ray to fans in the UK and Europe this April.

Early word from those who found early copies of the DVD is that the crowd reactions are not noticeably edited and certainly not heavily edited as many would have predicted. One edit that is confirmed is Kane can no longer be seen too early, during JBL’s intro.

WWE Royal Rumble 2014 DVD Photos

Earlier this month the news came out of WWE possibly releasing a new Batista DVD this year. You may recall Dave Bautista himself posted up photos hinting at the project, like the one shown below with a WWE camera crew.

We can now confirm that it is indeed going ahead and will be released on Tuesday, June 10th. Both DVD and Blu-ray editions are planned for the set.

WWE Filming New Batista DVD

As mentioned previously, the 1970’s AWA movie “The Wrestler” was re-released on DVD this month. That’s in stock here on for only $9.95.

With thanks to WDN reader Derek Stubinski, here’s a first look at the DVD in the flesh.

The Wrestler AWA Movie DVD

During last night’s pay-per-view event, it was mentioned that the WWE Network will have available “50 documentaries from WWE Home Video”. By our count there are at least 60 of the documentaries in existence that they could choose from.

The Network launched today and at the time of writing the DVD/Blu-ray documentaries are not there to watch. The first “Beyond the Ring” program is however the Greatest Rivalries: Shawn vs. Bret sit-down interview.

WWE Network App - Schedule

A note of interest regarding WrestleMania 17 on the Network is that the Limp Bizkit “My Way” theme song is intact. Back when the event was re-released in the WrestleMania Anthology box set the track was not kept on there and was instead dubbed over with generic music.

If you’re after a physical copy of the original print WWF WrestleMania 17 DVD, there’s one up for grabs here on today with a current bid of $39.00.

WWF WrestleMania 17 DVD

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  1. AJ says:

    It’s fun watching the early RAWs and seeing the promos that aired at the point in time, that the 20th Anniversary set didn’t offer. Still having major problems with the on-demand content on my Roku, but I don’t have concerns for WrestleMania

  2. Alan says:

    The frame rate problem is prevalent via my Roku 2 as well. Also, the On Demand aspect is a disaster so far. 99.5% not working. I was able to watch Over the Edge 1999 after trying throughout various times of the day/night. For those wondering, all references to Owen Hart have been removed with the exception of a still at the beginning of the show dedicating the show to Owen Hart. The live stream works like a charm and loads in less than 5 seconds. Also of note, The Big Event is NOT the full show but the crappy Coliseum Video cut version. The 24/7 version WAS the full show however. Not sure why they didn’t use the full, complete version. Yesterday’s airing on the live stream of WrestleMania 1 aired in its entirety without the WWF logo in the bottom left of the screen as was seen in the Anthology release. I did notice they dubbed “Grab Them Cakes” over “Another One Bites The Dust” during JYD’s entrance. All the dates I’ve seen for the PPVs have been correct. Hang in there with the On Demand stuff folks. I’m sure they’ll release an updated version of the Network soon that addresses the errors/buffering issues. Problems aside, I love the Network so far, and it was cool to see an old episode of ECW TV from September 1993 from the “NWA Eastern” days with Paul E. sitting in on commentary with Joey Styles. Main event on said episode was a Steel Cage match for the TV Title between TV Champ Superfly Snuka against Terry Funk.

  3. LP1 says:

    Another note about the Network. All of the dates listed for shows are wrong across the board. WWE, WCW, ECW, PPVs, TV shows, etc. Every date listed is 1 day earlier. For example, WrestleMania 1 took place on March 31, 1985, but the Network has it listed as March 30, 1985. And it’s like that for every show on the Network. 1 day off. lol. No idea why.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone noticed any film-like video quality issues with the WWE Network? I can’t get it myself, but I know of one person who claims the Network looks as bad as Classics on Demand did between 2010 and early 2012. To refresh the memory of anyone who’s forgotten, it was during that period that all the videos looked like they suffered from a frame-rate problem or to put another way, like they were in PAL.

  5. Jordan says:

    I got my copy of The Wrestler in the mail the other day and put it on last night… it is the single worst video quality I’ve ever seen on a DVD. I assumed the video would likely not be remastered or touched up very much (if at all) – this was the case. But, what I didn’t expect, was that the video would look like someone screen captured a 240p video on YouTube and copied it to a DVD. Huge disappointment. It’s nearly impossible to watch.

  6. Roaster says:

    What about WM27 with triple H’s entrance? The Metallica intro was awesome and they completely destroyed it on the DVD. I subscribed to the network this morning and its awesome so far but I haven’t checked that out. Does anyone know?

    • carse says:

      Triple H’s entrance is the dvd version. Royal Rumble 2002 is missing Kid Rock but Undertaker has Limp Bizkit music in it. So maybe they only got permission for that.

  7. Erik G. says:

    So is this the last release for the quarter? Usually there are four non-ppv releases in Q2-Q4. I see that there is one more open date on June 24th, is that for a one disc like Music of WWE? That would be cool if we got one every quarter.

  8. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    I heard about the issues with WWE Network this morning, which is to be expected on launch day. But I came home from work and ordered it within 5 minutes with no problem. Liking what I see so far and it will only get better. Love it.

  9. LP1 says:

    Spent several hours on the WWE Network this morning. It looks like all of the original commentary(including Jesse Ventura) is left in tact. For some odd reason Royal Rumble 2011, Insurrextion 2000, The Great American Bash 1991, ECW Massacre On 34th Street and Royal Rumble 2014 are nowhere to be found even though they were listed on as part of the PPVs that will be on the Network. The live channel on the Network streams just fine. It looks like you’re watching a regular cable TV channel. The on demand aspect on the other hand is a mess. Constant buffering and then the video just shuts down completely. I’m just gonna chalk that one up to first day bugs that need to be worked out. If it’s still happening a week from now then they have some serious work to do. Also the first episode of the WrestleMania Rewind series is awesome. This could easily be a DVD documentary. Well worth checking out.

    • LP1 says:

      A couple of other notes. Kid Rock’s performance from Mania 25 is included in full. Also a lot of the themes that were edited on DVDs(Demolition, Jive Soul Bro, Koko B. Ware’s 1990 theme, Hercules and many others) are all in tact. The DX Band performing the National Anthem at Mania 14 is still edited out. The original theme song for the early Royal Rumbles is also there. The Big Event is the edited 2 hour Coliseum Video version, not the full 2 hour, 40 minute version that was show on Classics On Demand.

      • LP1 says:

        I keep forgetting stuff. The WWF intros (The Recognized Symbol Of Excellence, What The World Is Watching, For Over 50 years, etc.) are there on some PPVs, but missing on others. No rhyme or reason as to why. Just random.

        • Erik G. says:

          That’s why the network concept is arguably too broad. The DVD/Blu-rays are more focused and that’s why they are still valid.

  10. isrs4life says:

    I am about the only one here so far looking forward to the new Batista dvd set.
    It will almost complete my collection of dvd sets for now.

  11. SRB says:

    Another set on an over-hyped freak who can’t wrestle! While we are still missing even one disc sets on Rick Rude, Owen Hart, Sabu, and JBL, we are getting repeated sets from wrestlers who couldn’t be more undeserving. Please don’t forget to include all of his botched Batista Bombs and him forfeiting the title twice, less than 24 hours after winning it, because of injuries.

  12. NickP says:

    I won’t judge the Batista set until its contents are released, but what could this set really offer that the first set did not.

    The Definitive Barry Horowitz Collection 180 Seconds: The 3 Minute Warning Story
    The Essential Headbangers collection
    The Rise and Fall of the Hulkamania Tour
    The Total Divas vs WWE Divas Anthology

    These sets would’ve been better choices.

    • SRB says:

      You’re forgetting a set of Repo Man matches where he never makes it to the ring. And the best of Max Moon. Rumored for this year is “Mr. Summerslam” the sequel to Mr. Wrestlemania.

    • Erik G. says:

      I’d buy the Horowitz one. Headbangers weren’t that bad, either.

    • Marty says:

      Some others to consider:

      Overthrow: The Ultimate Berzerker Collection
      Planning For The Future: The Aurora Rose McMahon-Levesque Story
      The Natalya Story (includes a one-hour chapter on the farting gimmick, some great detail on the Great Khali partnership (and how Tyson Kidd feels about it), and her enthusiasm about Total Divas being the greatest thing of her career; extras include every fart incident that happened, repeated with both different sounds and slow motion, Total Divas moments such as being told she won’t be at WrestleMania, and maybe a two-minute match where she jobs to, I dunno, Aksana.)
      Wardrobe Malfunction: The greatest male ass moments in WWE history. Includes an extra entitled: “Female ass moments too” that when played, shows a blank screen which says, “Haha, we got you!”

      Okay, maybe Batista’s set would be better than a few of those. Not the Berzerker one though.

  13. Bill says:

    Yeah they might want to reconsider that Batista DVD

    • Charlie Brick says:

      This is incredibly, incredibly true. Batista was about as exciting as women’s golf. “The Animal”? Oh please. Like a guy with a beast-like attitude would rock a 3 piece suit! He was more like “the rich republican” with the way he dressed. He sucked. He made the ultimate warrior look like Bret Hart.

  14. josh m says:

    Batistas return has sucked so bad I really have no desire to see this.

  15. ALK says:

    Interesting. So is Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin” intact when Taker used it as his entrance?

    • shittydick says:

      they said unedited so if it’s not than we complain

    • Daniel Bee says:

      Rollin’ is on the Network’s PPVs. 🙂 It’s not all licensed music in though, one of the first PPVs I looked at was Armageddon 2000 and noticed the Sweet Home Alabama song has been replaced. One of many examples I bet.

      • SRB says:

        I never understand why people care about music entrances when it comes to wrestling. If you want to hear that crappy Limp Bizkit song, pull it up on YouTube. Who cares if they cut it? It couldn’t have less to do with the actual match.

        • LP1 says:

          People care because music is a big part of the WWE presentation. And certain theme songs resonate with fans more than others. Imagine watching the Sandman do his classic entrance without Enter Sandman playing. It’s ridiculous. And there’s many other examples of original theme songs being very important to the overall presentation.

        • Daniel Bee says:

          C’mon SRB, that Rock/Austin promo vid with My Way playing is like the greatest ever! The song really added to the event as a whole too, for me.

  16. Simon says:

    BS!!! I never like Batista.. but now he just came back and now we’ll have another set on him.. What a load of c*** sorry, c’mon what’s gonna be new on this set

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