Status of ‘Brand Split’ WWE PPV DVDs Revealed, New Brock Lesnar Blu-Ray No Longer Available?

August 15, 2016 by Daniel Bee

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WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has been inundated with questions regarding the status of WWE PPV DVDs with the advent of the “brand split”. Today we have an exclusive update for you.

The increased number of PPV events brought about by the “new era” and extension of 2 rosters naturally affects the Home Video release strategy we’ve been accustomed to for many years.

Focusing first on what’s in store for 2016, we’re hearing that the current, initial plan sees a DVD release scheduled for CLASH OF CHAMPIONS (a RAW-branded event replacing Night of Champions) but not for BACKLASH (the returning PPV under the SmackDown banner).

RAW PPVs may be favored in this manner as there is a belief the brand carries the bigger existing stars, however there is already some discussion of SmackDown’s TLC PPV event being released on DVD and the prospect of double pack releases in 2017 — for now both are unconfirmed.

As mentioned, the “brand split” poses a challenge to WWE Home Video and given that it came quite abruptly a firm plan of action is unfortunately a ways off. On a positive note, a source close to the situation tells us that on the whole “DVD and Blu-ray fans shouldn’t worry about missing out”.

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Over the weekend Amazon’s listings for the new “Brock Lesnar – Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat.” DVD, Blu-ray and Collector’s box set were all marked as “Currently Unavailable”. They remain that way now with no new pre-orders being taken for the products due for release this October.

You can take a look for yourself at the following links:

Brock Lesnar: Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat [DVD]
Brock Lesnar: Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat [Blu-ray]
Brock Lesnar: Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat [Collector’s Box set]

If you have pre-ordered the Brock DVD, Blu-ray or box set you might be affected, though this should only be temporary. A cancellation of the title appears to be highly unlikely but we’ll let you know.

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Back on the subject of PPVs, the next WWE DVD release on the way is Money in the Bank 2016 to the UK next Monday (also available on Blu-ray for the first time). That’s followed a day later by the Battleground 2016 DVD releasing to fans in the United States next Tuesday.

WWE Home Video UK shared the clip below, previewing the Fatal 4-Way tag match from MITB:


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  1. Anan says:

    The only ways I can see all PPV’s being released:
    1. Multi-disc pack where that month’s RAW & SD PPV’s are included.
    2. They release the PPV’s on DVD and/or BR as frequently as they have to in order to get all the PPV’s out.
    3. They change the entire scheduling of PPV’s from being brand exclusive to multi-brand shows and then release them on disc as they have been doing.

    #3 seems the unlikeliest of all the above options as since the draft just begun, they won’t change the schedule this early, I don’t think. For those who have The Network, they won’t have to worry about this and they’ll get all the PPV’s before anyone waiting for the sets get them.

  2. Timothy Thorpe says:

    I don’t think the Lesnar release will be cancelled. It’s still available at Best Buy’s website.

  3. Daniel James says:

    Is it the famous “New Era” ?

    Not Backlash in dvd ? Idem for No Mercy ? Not WWE Championship , it’s not serious,
    The Brand are not a good idea if the All Big Events 2016 aren’t realised in dvd.

    I am furious

  4. Brad Attitude says:

    Who even buys PPV dvds anymore? the match quality just isn’t up to par anymore. In fact there are more dud matches than four-five star matches.

    • Jeff Copeland says:

      i do depending if there good. this year i bought rumble wm 32 both bluray and fastlane and extreme rules on dvd. just cause i am a collector. not every ppv but the ones that catch my eye

  5. WWE PPV Collectors says:

    It will be sucks if backlash and the new PPV which are confirm later not releasing on DVD and Blurays.

  6. Tyrel Spencer says:

    WWE should have Backlash 2016 & No Mercy 2016 DVD Release on late October & late November DVD for WWE Home Video with Roadblock 2016 for early January 207 WWE DVD Release Home Video.

  7. Jeff Copeland says:

    what i do is just release raw and sd ppvs as a combo pack like tna did years ago with there ppvs. for example final resolution 2010 with turning point 2010.

    that be easy sell them for 10? so 2 ppvs for 10 bucks thats a good deal i say depending on how many raw and sd get so far raw has clash of champs and as of aug 15th sd has backlash and no mercy

  8. David says:

    Just a side note, those of us who have preordered MITB from WWE HV UK have had their copies despatched today.

  9. Richard W says:

    I think they should go with the double pack format per month of a RAW and Smackdown PPV set…for example, for the September ones, bundle up their respective PPVs to be released onto DVD a month after they happen. Then, for the October ones, release those in November and so on and so forth, if that makes any sense. This way, they won’t shortchange the fans on the PPV events and just price it in a way where it can be made affordable for all fans to buy.

    • Jeff Copeland says:

      i go with that idea. or like how they re released 2003 2004 ppvs as a combo back clash and backlash toghter like how they had backlash 03 and judgment day 03 in a pack

      • Richard W says:

        Jeff, also had another idea…why not place the monthly RAW and Live SD PPVs on one BD disc for that said month OR on one DVD and then release it 30 days after the fact? Again, September Raw and SD PPVs released in October, etc.

        • Jeff Copeland says:

          you mean like how movies have 1 or 2 movies on same disk? not at bad idea. i still prefure the double pack with with both as ppvs and you get extras GOD FORBID on the ppvs like in the day.

          like lets say if backlash is released with clash you get the preshow matches on both ppvs interviews stuff like that on the dvds like they USED TO DO!

          • Richard W says:

            Jeff, now that I thought about it, the first way would work a lot better due to time constraints and trying to fit all the extras and stuff like that onto said disc, so yes, the bundling of the monthly RAW & LIve Smackdown PPVs should work out well and selling them as a two-pack at local retailers and online and their shop, released a month later.

        • LP1 says:

          You can’t fit 2 ppvs on 1 BR disc. Especially now that PPV’s are 3 and 1/2 hours. 7 hours won’t fit on 1 BR disc. It would have to be a 2 disc BR set for that to work. As for DVDs, If they do combo packs they would need at least 3 DVD discs to fit 2 ppvs(7 and 1/2 hours). And that’s not counting any pre-show matches, which appears to be something they’re not including anymore.

          • LP1 says:

            Meant to say 7 hours, not 7 and 1/2

          • Richard W says:

            But aren’t a lot of these WWE PPVs now just under the three hour mark (right around 2:50 to be precise), with the exception of Summerslam and WM, since they get their own sets anyways?

            So I wouldn’t see why they couldn’t fit on a standard BD disc and/or/but 2 PPVs would definitely fit onto a DVD though. But if I had to choose, then just have a BD or DVD combo pack sealed together with both PPVs (One RAW, One Live Smackdown per month) on each disc and just charge a set price for them ready for release a month later and then follow said pattern.

            This [obviously] would only apply to the brand split PPV events.

            • LP1 says:

              Nope. Starting with Money In The Bank a few months ago, standard PPVs now run 3 and 1/2 hours. So they won’t fit on 1 disc.

              • Richard W says:

                I didn’t know that they were increasing the length of the other PPVs by a half-hour as I always thought the longer timed ones were left for only the Big 4 events and the other ones were standard 3-hour fares, but now I know.

  10. Zach says:

    From what I understand, Backlash is a Network exclusive PPV, which is probably why it won’t get a DVD release.

  11. LP1 says:

    I’m willing to bet, with the brand split PPVs, that the UK will still get every show(and on BR), while the US will get maybe one PPV a month on DVD. Just a hunch.

  12. Ryan Johansson says:

    I could care less if they cancelled the Brock DVD. They should cancel it and release something actually good. Like a set on Rick Rude, Kurt Angle or the European or Cruserweighy Championships.

    • Ruthless.Attitude.Eras.4Life says:

      While I totally agree with you on WWE should release sets Rude and Angle, I really do not hope they cancel the Beast..he has been the only interesting thing going on for the past some years, and the almost complete collection of the Mayor of Suplex City is on there..which means, I do not have to buy any of the boring ppv/event blurays.

    • LP1 says:

      Cancelling a DVD/BR release on Brock(one of the only legit draws that WWE has today) in order to make a DVD release on Rick Rude(who only the hardest of the hardcore fans, a very small minority, will buy) doesn’t sound like a smart decision, business-wise.

    • josh says:

      I totally agree with ryan. I don’t care about the lesnar dvd and I would like to see the cruiserweight championship, and rick rude. I also still want to see dvd/bluray sets on demolition and arn Anderson. I think cancelling the lesnar video is a very smart business decision.

      • RabidHeat says:

        Bit it wouldn’t be a “smart” business decision. While I agree that I would prefer what you have suggested, the masses disagree and will buy a Brock set over those any day of the week.

  13. Mark Markson says:

    If the UK still get PPVs on blu-ray, maybe the Smackdown PPVs can be included as a blu-ray exclusive? Although they may then have to release them as 2 disc sets.

  14. Ruthless.Attitude.Eras.4Life says:

    WWE can call it a “New Era”.. try (again) with split brand.. and bring back cool titles for their events..again (they did it already with No Way Out 2012.. then again, nobody problaly remember!)

    The fact of matter is, it is never gonna be entertaining again in the ring. Granted.. NXT is from a athletic pow interesting and even sometimes great.

    But.. story line wise, WWE overall has been a bore for at least 5 years now..and I really do not see it change to the better.

    Backlash was one of my favorite names..and events itself of the year.. I really do not see that cool name change anything at all of todays product.

    And what is the point of trying to get Smackdown brand over…when it always has been and always will be the Red that is the no. 1 brand? Latest example: appearently the unwillingness to put SD events out on physical to collectors.

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