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”.
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:
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.
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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