The Next WWE Home Video Planned for 2016 – ‘True Story of Royal Rumble’ DVD & Blu-Ray

September 29, 2015 by Daniel Bee

WWE Royal Rumble - Stage & Pyro

EXCLUSIVE! can now reveal another WWE DVD for 2016…

The True Story of Royal Rumble

A behind the scenes look at the event that sets the stage for WWE’s biggest stage at WrestleMania. Hear from the winners and losers, and the creator of the most intense match in WWE.

The title is showing right now on WWE’s Home Video schedule as in the works for next year, planned as a 3 disc DVD and 2 disc Blu-ray – with a documentary main feature!

One personality who is sure to show up in that documentary is WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, credited as inventing the Royal Rumble match concept. The 30-man classic is close to 30 years old, dating all the way back to January 1988 and still going strong to this day.

Expect to see some Rumble-themed extras in addition to the main portion, in a similar format to “The True Story of WrestleMania” DVD and Blu-ray released by the company in 2011.

WWE Royal Rumble - Arena Shot

Below are new shots of the Night of Champions 2015 cover artwork, including the Australian version DVD and the UK exclusive Blu-ray. You may notice a few differences between them.

Fans in the United States get the Night of Champions DVD next month on October 20th, following to fans in Australia on November 4th, and finally fans in UK/Europe on November 16th.

Click here to pre-order a copy of WWE’s Night of Champions 2015 DVD…

WWE Night of Champions 2015 DVD - Cover Artwork

Officially released TODAY is the “Timeline: The History of WCW – 1985” DVD!

Magnum T.A. is the special guest for this edition of Kayfabe Commentaries’ series. Watch the trailer below and order a copy on DVD or via instant streaming at

Before taking on the identity of WCW, Jim Crockett Promotions would get great national exposure on WTBS after buying the slot from Vince McMahon for $1 million. Their stars were now stars all over the country, and our guest for this edition was becoming the biggest babyface in the company.

Magnum TA had just arrived from Mid South and was taking the territory by storm, heading toward the US Title and becoming the #1 challenger for Flair. He’d feud with Tully, battle Flair, and help JCP begin its transition to what would become known as WCW. 1985 is the first year in our journey, so come along and join Magnum and hear about the red hot year that would propel the company into a decade and a half wild ride.

Up for grabs on eBay later today are these 2 Hell in a Cell DVD box sets (still sealed) with Undertaker and Kane busts inside, both being auctioned off together for a decent price!

$40.00Undertaker & Kane Hell in a Cell DVD/Bust Box Sets (Sealed)

WWE Hell in a Cell DVD Box Sets - Undertaker & Kane Busts

Auctions for all of these WWF/WWE/ECW DVDs are also expiring cheap today on eBay under seller name “dgtfb1964” – a few 2015 titles like “The KLIQ Rules” and “Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe”, out-of-print goodies like Invasion 2001 and “Chris Benoit: Hard Knocks”, plus some Blu-rays.

$0.99Undertaker: The Streak DVD
$0.99nWo: The Revolution DVD
$1.54CM Punk: Best in the World Blu-ray
$2.00Best PPV Matches 2009-2010 Blu-ray
$2.25Royal Rumble 2005 DVD
$2.50ECW Path of Destruction DVD
$2.76WWF Invasion 2001 DVD
$3.25Royal Rumble Anthology Vol. 1 DVD Set
$6.00Chris Benoit: Hard Knocks DVD
$6.01Bret Hart: The Dungeon Collection DVD
$6.50WrestleMania 30 DVD
$7.00The KLIQ Rules DVD
$7.50OMG! Top 50 Incidents in WCW History DVD
$11.50Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe DVD
$12.51Best of WCW Nitro Vol. 2 Blu-ray

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  1. Anan says:

    Definitely agree that the documentary is the main selling point. I remember the True Story of WM had extras where a talent told a story. For example, one of them was Edge telling what his favorite WM match was, him vs Taker at WM24. I can see some of the extras for The True Royal Rumble Story being various Rumble match talent from over the years commenting on their favorite Royal Rumble match. They’ll probably be some matches, no doubt. I can’t see all of the following being included in its entirety (hope I’m wrong on that) but I’d like to see the following matches:
    Taker vs Bret Hart: 1996
    Taker vs HBK: 1998
    Rockers vs Orient Express: 1991
    30 Man Royal Rumble matches: 1988 (the first one has to be there), 1992 (best Rumble ever, should include the awesome pre-match comments and Flair’s post-Rumble win interview), 1994 (the first double elimination, replicated later in 2005), 1998 (3 Faces of Foley, Austin’s win), 2001 (Kane’s record), 2003 (another great Rumble), 2008 (great Rumble match from MSG), 2009, 2015

  2. MikeS_87 says:

    The doc will be the main selling point and it has the potential to be really good so fingers crossed on that one. I’m intrigued to see how they’ll choose the match listing for this what with the network and the anthology release. I hope they don’t fill the set with nothing but rumble matches because a lot of them aren’t that great and whilst the rumble is a fun match to watch the first time round, they don’t hold up to repeat viewings too well in my opinion. I’m hoping they pick 3-4 rumble matches and then a handful of other matches from the shows history. The 88 rumble will probably be on here because it was the first one. The 1992 match because it was the best rumble ever (and will probably never be topped). It wasn’t a great match but I’m thinking the 1995 rumble will be included because it was fairly short (clocking in at under 40 minutes), has HBK going “coast to coast” to win it and is a nice little snapshot of some of the whacky characters from the New Generation era. The 2001 match because it was possibly the best rumble from the attitude era? And as others have mentioned, the 08 rumble to be a Blu-Ray exclusive.

  3. attitude.era.4life says:

    wonder how they will handle the amazing 2004 Rumble match..a all time top 10 favorite show for me..

    I’ve always find the ending of the fantastic 1992 rumble match soooo ridilicious funny:

    here we have the match where it is totally every man for himself..friend of foe, like Hogan also states in his promos for every years rumble.

    But, when Sid throws the Hulkster out at the end of ’92, what does the Cry-baby’Mania do: He assists Ric Flair winning from outside, -after- the Hulkster was eliminated.

    Never really understood that booking, cos not in the Hulkster spirit for all the children to learn. 😉

    • MikeS_87 says:

      The 04 match will undoubtedly be ignored as though it never happened. I always found it hilarious that WWE edited the crowd reaction at the end of the 92 rumble. When it broadcast live they booed Hogan out of the building but on the VHS and DVD releases they dubbed in massive cheers when he played his part in “helping” Flair win!

      • attitude.era.4life says:

        did’nt know bout that crowd reaction edit.. thanks for info.. well, I could have told myself that it was done that make Hogan look like a hero rather than a crybaby.. gonna take notice of the crowd next time I watch the match to see that out-of sync visual reaction compared to the audio reaction.. -lol

  4. Joe Young says:

    Hopefully, they include the 2008 Royal Rumble match in its entirety in widescreen this time.

  5. Brad Attitude says:

    Good luck at talking about the 2004 Royal Rumble Match and eventual winner.

  6. me says:

    I see a lot of comments with people thinking they will just show a bunch of Rumbles on the extras. That’s not the case. Here are some things they could show that haven’t been shown before:

    Winner gets #1, loser gets #30
    HHH vs Duke Droese
    Royal Rumble 1996 pre show

    10 Tag Team Royal Rumble
    June 15, 1998

    Corporate Rumble
    January 11, 1999

    5 man Royal Rumble
    Participants: Undertaker, Rock, Big Show, Kane, Mankind
    September 16, 1999

    Lumberjack match with the other 27 participants as lumberjacks
    Rock vs Kane vs Big Show
    January 20, 2000

    Fatal four way for the #30 spot
    Kane vs Rikishi vs Undertaker vs Rock
    January 11, 2001

    Over the top rope elimination match
    Rikishi vs Christian vs Lance Storm
    January 17, 2002

    The cameraman thinks he’s going to win the Royal Rumble
    January 17, 2002

    Battle royal with the winner picking their number in the Rumble
    Participants: Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Kane and Batista
    January 13, 2003

    Mini Royal Rumble
    Participants: Chuck Palumbo, Nunzio, Johnny Stamboli
    January 15, 2004

    15 Man Royal Rumble where the winner faces the World Champion at No Way Out
    January 29, 2004

    Battle royal (if anyone other than Big Show wins they are in the Rumble)
    Participants: Big Show, Lance Cade, Rob Conway, Gregory Helms
    January 23, 2006

    Mini Royal Rumble
    January 14, 2008

    7 man Royal Rumble
    January 31, 2011

    And of course there are plenty of interviews, qualifying matches and the times the wrestlers would draw the numbers that could be shown. Maybe they will shoot some behind the scenes footage at the 2016 Royal Rumble also.

    • Brad Attitude says:

      too bad the 2001 Ladder Match between Benoit and Jericho and the WWE Championship Match with Benoit and Angle in 2003 won’t be on it because they were very good matches that would’ve been considered to be added on the set.

    • T-RAV says:

      I wonder if WWE has house show footage from when these events occurred.

      January 17, 1994
      Madison Square Garden
      30-man Royal Rumble (Winner: Owen Hart)

      May 9, 1994
      Castle Hall (Osaka, Japan)
      18-man Royal Rumble (Winner: The Undertaker)

  7. me says:

    GREAT NEWS. The Rumble and battle royals in general are matches I have always been a huge fan of. If anyone is wondering, btw, the extras can be composed mostly of qualifying matches and some of the Rumbles that didn’t air on PPV. There actually have been quite a lot of them. This is going to be so good so I can’t wait for this. Hopefully they do actually put those extras I want and not just a bunch of the PPV Rumbles, although some of those are worthy, too.

  8. David says:

    The documentary could easily be a Network special during Royal Royal season, but pretty cool nonetheless.

    I could see the following matches included as extras

    – Royal Rumble match 1988 (first ever event)
    – Royal Rumble match 1992 (first ever for WWF Championship)
    – Royal Rumble match 1999 (Vince wins)
    – Royal Rumble match 2008 (first in HD)
    – Royal Rumble match 2011 (first and only 40 man rumble)

    Plus there tons of undercard matches they could choose.

    But for me the documentary will be the selling point as I already have the complete anthology, the matches and extras are just a bonus.

  9. Anan says:

    Yes! Been looking to a follow up to The True Story of Wrestlemania for quite some time. I hope the Rumble edition sells well enough for WWE to release a True Story set on Summerslam, Survivor Series, RAW, and Smackdown at some point.

    Pat Patterson should definitely be interviewed for the doc. As for Rumble participants, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ric Flair, HBK, Austin, Bret Hart/Lex Luger, Cena, HHH, and I’d like to see Taker interviewed too. He did win the match in 2007. Kane and Roman Reigns would be nice to hear from as Reigns eventually in 2014 if I’m not mistaken broke the Rumble record Kane held since 2001. It’s definitely an accomplishment of both men’s careers. Some surprise entrants would be nice. Bubba Ray, DDP, Booker T, Kevin Nash, Road Dogg all got huge pops when they were surprise entrants so it’d be nice to hear from them.

  10. RK Morton says:

    That Royal Rumble feature intrigues me, but not so confident in the three-disc edition. Like the True Story of Wrestlemania, the matches included will be easy to find on other releases. Passed on the Mania release until I found a one-disc version at Wal-Mart, and this will likely be the case for the Rumble edition as well.

  11. Timothy Thorpe says:

    The Rumble is one of my favorite PPV’s. It will be interesting to see what the matches could be. I can’t wait for this one.

  12. LP1 says:

    I highly doubt we’re going to get the “true story” of the Royal Rumble. We’re going to get WWE’s revisionist history of the truth. The true story is Vince McMahon was doing everything he can to sabotage Jim Crockett Promotions’ expansion into the PPV market. When the NWA’s Bunkhouse Stampede PPV was announced, Vince decided to combat them head-to-head on USA Network. When thinking of ideas for what the show would be, he decided to use Pat Patterson’s Royal Rumble idea that was created at a house show in 1987, which didn’t do well at all that night.

    Btw, the “True Story Of Survivor Series” would be a similar story with its only purpose being to go head-to-head with the already announced Starrcade ’87 on PPV. So yeah, I don’t see WWE mentioning any of that in their documentary. But maybe I’m wrong, who knows? Perhaps they will mention it, but I doubt it.

    • attitude.era says:

      By now, most folks who buy a release like this one , should know the difference between the True-Truth..and Vince’s scripted & one-dimensional “truth “.

      Lets hope at least this one is going to be god and entertaining, unikke The Monday Night War volumes.

    • Stephen says:

      WWE have never made it a secret that they put the first Rumble on USA to take viewers hip away from NWA/WCW nor have they the fact that they threatened to block providers from broadcasting Wrestlemania 4 if they didn’t show the first Survivor Series over the NWA event

      • LP1 says:

        They certainly went out of their way to ignore all of that on the Monday Night War documentary. During the first episode they were talking about the history of WWF and WCW and they mentioned how Crockett aired the very first Clash Of The Champions head to head with WrestleMania and how Vince was very upset with that, yet they didn’t mention doing the exact same thing twice to Crockett with Survivor Series and Royal Rumble months earlier.

  13. josh says:

    Somewhat interested in the true story of rumble, although that’s not exactly what I really wanted to see. I wanted to see a history/best of the battle royal and I wanted to see some of wcw’s world war 3’s with three rings and 60 competitors.

    • me says:

      WCW had an episode of Thunder in October 2000 that had a match that was basically an exact copy of the Royal Rumble. Maybe they could show that?Probably won’t happen.

  14. Vintage Simon says:

    Awesome news. I really hope the entire 2008 match is added onto the Blu-Ray extras, as it’s never been released in HD.

    The Royal Rumble is my favourite pay-per-view of the year, and I loved The True Story of WrestleMania release, so very excited about this.

  15. attitude.era.4life says:

    As a Bluray bonus I would like to have the complete ppv from 2008, since that event is the first ppv shot in HD,aswell its the only RR show not to be released on Blue.

    Als, if released,have the JBL/Jericho match uncut.

    In general,this could be one of my favorite blurays if done right, since RR always been my favorite event of the year.

    • Jake Ziegler says:

      Rumbles 88-07 are on blu-ray?

      • David says:

        All rumble events on Blu-ray would be nice…but unfortunately looks like WWE are moving away from anthologies and are doing more “Best ofs” and using the Network. Cost and sales for previous anthologies were probably not great, which is why Survivor Series never saw more volumes, specifically Vol. 3 and 4.

      • Mark Markson says:

        I think he means Rumbles from the HD era.

        I doubt I’ll buy this. I have all the events on DVD or blu-ray already (except 2015).

        The documentary will be added to the Network eventually.

      • attitude.era.4life says:

        my bad.. yep, meant, the only HD-filmed RR not to be released Blue’ish.. ,-)

  16. Tommy D says:

    Blah. All rereleased matches. Not too happy with this one.

  17. Bandit says:

    If this comes out around the Royal Rumble – the WWE Network should show the show the documentary as a special one time viewing – the night before the Royal Rumble – before or after the LIVE NXT card.

    Wonder if they throw the WWE Countdown-Top Royal Rumble Moments – thats on the WWE Network – on there as an extra.

    As for purchasing the DVD or Blu-Ray – I’ll probably wait until one of them gets really cheap – bought the Wrestlemania Blu-Ray for $5 a year after it came out.

  18. Nicolas Hébert says:

    The True Story of Wrestlemania is one of my favorite Blu-Ray! The Royal Rumble is my favorite PPV event of the year! I can’t wait to see that!

  19. John says:

    Since I already have the Royal Rumble box set and have no interest in the documentary, that is a easy pass for me

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