Pre-Production Notes on WWE Bringing Back 9 Classic Mania DVDs, New RKO Mini-Documentary?

October 31, 2016 by Daniel Bee

WWE Bringing Back Classic Mania DVDs - WrestleMania 17

A recent buzz in the WWE DVD collecting community has been the news that WWE is set to re-release several classic WrestleMania DVDs soon, including WrestleMania 17 in 2017.

We hear that the nine titles, WrestleMania 16 through 24, are in pre-production right now with their artwork being reproduced from the designs that featured on the original DVDs.

Taking one such example, we can probably expect to see the same cover for WrestleMania 18 as shown in the photo below of the 2002 version, with of course some minor alterations made, such as adding the current WWE logo. It is also our understanding that the new, re-released titles will for the most part contain the same content on the discs as when the events were still on sale.

The update should be further confirmation that the frustrating edits plaguing the “Attitude Era” events in the Anthology box set (Mania’s 16, 17 & 18 among them) should be a non-factor here.

All signs point to a UK re-release in the first quarter of 2017.

WWE Bringing Back Classic Mania DVDs - WrestleMania 18

Following on from last week’s cover reveal for the new “Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2016” DVD, below we have a new shot of the box art to give you a closer look!

This title will be the first 3 disc set that WWE puts out in 2017. It’s scheduled for release on January 16th to fans in the United Kingdom, following on January 17th to fans in the United States.

WWE Best PPV Matches 2016 DVD - New Box Art

The next 3 disc DVD set of this year will be “Randy Orton – RKO Outta Nowhere”.

It’s coming two weeks tomorrow, with a Blu-ray edition too! Grab your copy from

Although the format of this one is a match compilation, latest word is that the segments with Orton in between the matches are presented “documentary-style”, rather than just sit-down comments, and combine to form a mini-documentary on milestones and matches in his career.

WWE 'Randy Orton: RKO Outta Nowhere' DVD & Blu-ray - Logo

The DVD of last night’s Hell in a Cell 2016 PPV event will officially hits stores on November 29th. If you’re in the UK or Europe you’ll get the DVD (and an exclusive Blu-ray) in early January.

Clash of Champions 2016 is the next PPV DVD on the way — out tomorrow!

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Kayfabe Commentaries‘ next release is brand new; the debuting “SUPERCARD” series!

The first DVD in the series features a re-experience of WrestleMania 2 with King Kong Bundy – “from his entrance into the company all the way through the angles that led up to this huge SUPERCARD in 1986”. It’s coming November 15th, same day as RKO.

Kayfabe Commentaries 'Supercard' DVD - King Kong Bundy Interviewed

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RARE STUFF: Look out for most of the RAREST WWE DVDs in existence on eBay this week!

We’re talking WrestleMania 16, WrestleMania 17, WrestleMania 18, RAW Homecoming, Best of WWF 2001, and the Collector’s Trish Stratus DVD all up for grabs in the next few days.

WWF Best of WWF 2001 Viewers' Choice DVD - Rare

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  1. josh says:

    Ok, what gets me is why are they re releasing the original mania’s 16-24 and not 1-15? I think if they’re going to release the original 16-24, why wouldn’t they release the originals 1-15?

  2. David says:

    I think WWE should really start cutting the PPV DVD releases besides the big events (RR, WM, SS and SSeries). I don’t see how the “B” or “C” level PPV event sell well enough for WWE to continue producing them. I am sure sales are practically non-existent. UFC is more popular than WWE and they stopped releasing PPV event DVDs for over a year now and are more focused on the Fight Pass. WWE should start doing the same and have these Network PPVs stay as Network exclusives, especially the non-big 4. Eventhough Network is streaming the quality is way better than some crap downscaled 1080i compressed HD footage on DVD format.

    • Brad Attitude says:

      UFC still produce and sell their ppv DVDs where I’m from but have removed the bonus content and only have the fights only. They also stopped produced the yearly Best Of’s only bluesy after 2013 and only do it for DVDs now only.

  3. Richard Wierzbowski says:

    So I’m just trying to figure all this out now…they’re only releasing the RAW PPVs on DVDs but not the Smackdown ones? Makes no sense at all. Why not just bundle them instead?

  4. Alex says:

    So the US won’t be getting the hell in a cell DVD?

  5. MaXiMuS says:

    I have all the WM DVDs from WM 15 to WM 32 all have been released in single DVD in the UK but damn i want a single DVD edition of 1 to 14 just as they released it in the US to complete my collection

    • Rabid Heat says:

      I just think Tagged Classics are the way to go for WM 1-14 in the UK. Half the shelf space taken up. I personally wouldn’t go out of my way to get single-disc editions just so that they look visually right next to the later DVD releases, as I’m always going to need that shelf-space for future releases. Plus, the new single-disc releases will probably have music edits whereas the Tagged Classics keep all of the music from the VHS releases intact.

      • yowhat! says:

        two downsides though: picture quality and major match edits.

        afaik Tagged Classics were taken from the mastertapes that Silvervision had. which btw also led to “1992 Year in Review” not being released – while 1993/1994/1995/1996 were – because the tape was in such a horrible condition.

        the Anthology releases however had a better quality, I assume because either they were either recorded on actual (16mm) film or were at least significantly restored for the release.

        also the earlier releases (afair up until the beginning of the nineties) were cut down in length to fit the cheaper two hour vhs tapes. for example WrestleMania III’s vhs tape run two hours, the dvd about three. and btw, the music isn’t totally unedited on those either. for example, Ricky Steamboat’s entrance theme can never be heard on the vhs tape (and therefore not on the Tagged Classics release either).

        essentially it comes down to there not being a “definite” commercially available version of those events. the best choice would probably to get the WrestleMania Collection vhs set (afaik the only set that has the complete, unaltered events) or a bootleg and insert the edited audio parts while using the Anthology dvds as the image source.

        • David says:

          I read the master copy Silver Vision had for Tuesday in Texas was in terrible condition and practically destroyed so they couldn’t release that.

        • RabidHeat says:

          Oh yeah, I absolutely agree, it comes down to what you want specifically from which versions. For me, the positives of the Tagged Classics outweigh the negatives. I’m much less likely to watch the full matches from the very early Manias anyway as I find them quite boring by and large, so the missing matches don’t bother me so much. I’m aware the original VHSes had some music edits, but the are certainly more changes in that regard on the Anthology versions (I can’t be doing with Demolition’s theme not being present, for example!). But yeah, I can see why some may prefer the Anthology versions for different reasons – better picture quality and more matches. It’s just personal preference. The picture quality of the SV doesn’t bother me as I grew up with them on VHS anyway.

      • MaXiMuS says:

        i would prefer to have single disc dvd to have real poster on the cover not an awful cover with the tagged classics DVD ;(

  6. ALK says:

    Meh, WM17’s not the same without Limp Bizkit’s My Way or Rollin’ which it probably won’t have…

  7. MrZ says:

    When you say the Wrestlemania DVDs are expected in the U.K. does that mean only in the U.K.? I was hoping for a USA release.

    • Daniel Bee says:

      Looking like UK only for these (unless something changes or they get scheduled at some point).

    • Robin Persaud says:

      MrZ, you can purchase the UK only releases and watch them on your computer using VLC. You can also use MakeMKV to rip the disc and save to your home network (so you can watch via your PS3/PS4/XB1/PCs. This is what I do and it works great for me! (I have the SummerSlam The Complete Anthology “cooler” set, purchased from seller in Australia).

  8. Dave says:

    They should release all the PPVs imo. For Europeans like myself; we were very lucky getting the Tagged Classics and our collections more complete as we have them all except 4 (Wrestling Classic, The Big Event, Tuesday In Texas and Over The Edge 1999).

    Also the new Roman Reigns & John Cena’s Iconic Matches are available on Amazon UK for £4.99

    • yowhat! says:

      but as I pointed out in my other comment in this topic, the Tagged Classics aren’t unedited (and in some ways, a lot more edited than the Network versions).

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