Update on WWE Network’s Edits, Jesse Ventura Commentary in Warrior DVD?

March 28, 2014 by Daniel Bee

In some surprising news, Jesse Ventura’s commentary has reportedly been left intact for the relevant matches in the new Ultimate Warrior DVD. As you may know, most of the time WWE mutes Ventura’s commentary for DVD releases.

WWE Ultimate Warrior The Ultimate Collection Blu-ray

Above is a first look at the Blu-ray edition of “Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection” in the flesh, courtesy of WrestlingSuperStore. The new Ultimate Warrior DVD and Blu-ray releases this coming Tuesday and you can pre-order a copy by clicking here.

WDN reader Thomas Brunette sends word that for a time today the DVD version of the Warrior set was priced at only $13.99 in the new “Legends Sale” here at WWEShop.com. The price is now back up to $19.99 as usual so it was likely just an error.

Other readers have sent word that they are finding the Warrior DVD on sale early both at Walmart stores in Canada and Hastings stores in the United States.

WrestleMania 17 was recently removed from the WWE Network. The reason for that was assumed to be for music licensing reasons, such as the use of the Limp Bizkit “My Way” theme. However, WrestleMania 17 has since been added back to the Network. “My Way” is still intact, and now the “Badstreet USA” music for Michael Hayes is in there which wasn’t before.

WrestleMania 17 on WWE Network

We recently noted how certain WCW events had been removed from the Network. Joe Young sends word that in these returning shows WWE has now added back some WCW music, undubbed, such as “A Man Called Sting”, “Steinerized”, and Johnny B. Bad’s theme. Also, the themes for Hillbilly Jim, 2 Cold Scorpio, and The Freebirds can now be heard.

WDN reader Chris suggests that one reason WWE took certain shows down and added them back with restored music relates to the themes by Michael Hayes and Jimmy Papa. Reportedly, Papa was suing WWE over using the music without contacting him nor paying him, and it seems the matter might have been resolved since WWE is now using the music again. That would cover all 11 songs from the WCW Slam Jam album (“Simply Ravishing” for Rick Rude and the aforementioned “A Man Called Sting” track for Sting as examples), 2 Cold Scorpio’s WCW theme, “Badstreet USA” and “I’m a Freebird, What Was Your Excuse”?

WDN reader Alan notes that when The Wrestling Classic aired on WWE Classics on Demand, the Huey Lewis song “Back In Time” played over the opening credits, which has now been changed to a Howard Finkel voice over for the Network version. Also edited out on all pre-1986 Junkyard Dog matches is “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen, replaced with “Grab Them Cakes”. For all pre-1988 Koko B. Ware’s matches “The Bird” by Morris Day & The Time is replaced with “Piledriver”, most noticeably at WrestleMania 3.

The Smackdown June 2002 episode that’s streaming on there (featuring John Cena’s debut) has Cena’s original theme dubbed over, however Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People”, the Smackdown theme song at the time, has been left in there untouched.

WDN reader “imdjluis” notes that while the WWF scratch logo is shown freely on the Network, a lot of the videos still have audible references to WWF edited out.

Paul Heyman revealed on Twitter this week that filming has begun for his new WWE DVD. Heyman included the photo shown below. The release is slated for August on DVD and Blu-ray, with a documentary as its main feature. Further details are forthcoming.

WWE Shooting Paul Heyman DVD Documentary

Here are runtimes of the “Scooby-Doo: WrestleMania Mystery” DVD/Blu-ray released earlier this week, which contains the new movie and 2 extra features.

Movie– 1:23:36
Behind the Scenes with Scooby-Doo and the WWE Gang– 7:33
Additional Episode: Wrestle Maniacs– 23:14

You can watch a preview of the extra entitled “Behind the Scenes with Scooby-Doo and the WWE Gang” in the video clip embedded below.

As mentioned before, there’s also a Walmart exclusive version of the Scooby-Doo DVD which contains a John Cena Rumbler figure with it. To accomodate the figure the packaging is thicker than usual for that store exclusive, as shown in the pic below.

Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery DVD with Figure - Walmart

Is “The Rise and Fall of ECW” the greatest WWE DVD ever released, or is the Bret Hart documentary set from 2005 the greatest WWE DVD ever released?

Those are the two WWE DVDs going head-to-head in the final of our March Mania tournament. Voting closes this Sunday so be sure to vote now, over here.

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  1. Cyrus Vail says:

    I hope the Heyman vs Cornette Tuxedo Match from the Great American Bash is on the dvd/bluray!

  2. Brad Attitude says:

    Ventura’s commentary on Warrior’s dvd??


  3. Dylan says:

    I think they edited My Way because when I watched it they didn’t edit out ‘Shit” in the song

    • Drrrrr says:

      The line “I will straight up leave your shit/and you’ll be the one who’s left missing me” was on the actual PPV broadcast and the 2001 DVD release.

  4. WWEFan2014 says:

    Also ECW PPV’s have been reuploaded completely uncensored.

    The great thing about the network is that PPV’s can be taken off and reuploaded with the correct things if WWE can work out deals. Hopefully one day all possible music edits could be sorted out.

  5. Rip says:

    Isn’t that nice Jesse Ventura is on the Ultimate Warrior DVD. Yet, once again Jesse is missing from the Best of the WCW Pay per Views DVD set. And Jesse is on the WWE Network. How does that happen?

    • chris says:

      He’s not edited off the Network because his lawsuit against WWE in 1994 was specifically about home video releases. WWE can leave in his commentary on everything but home video.

      He’s on the Warrior set because once a release has 4, 5, or more matches with him as the color man, WWE doesn’t bother with the editing and does whatever it is they’re required to do to not cut his commentary (I would assume they send him a check).

  6. number1jf says:

    This is off-subject, but I went to FYE today & they had the Elimination Chamber 2014 DVD on-sale for $9.99. pretty good compared to Wal-Mart’s price of $14.96.

  7. RCS1988 says:

    It’s not surprising that Jesse Ventura’s commentary is on the Warrior DVD, because it’s several matches as opposed to 2 or 3 matches. If it’s more than 3, they will leave Ventura’s commentary in and pay him, but if the DVD only had 1, 2, or 3 matches, then the commentary would be taken out.

  8. John Peterson says:

    The Heyman DVD is gonna be great.I am looking forward to it

  9. Ryan says:

    Remember that whole unedited thing? I don’t think they were completely truthful, but they weren’t lying either. I think, slowly but surely, we’ll get more and more stuff back. VooDoo Child was a step back, but Rollin’, My Way , Legs, Feel So Numb, and Ventura/Buffer are light years ahead of what we’ve been getting on DVD for the past 9 years.

    • @IMDJLUIS says:

      Definitely, plus most things they’re editing out are completely reasonable when it comes to licensing.

  10. LP1 says:

    Some other edits of note, the Piper’s Pit segment from WrestleMania V is missing several minutes in the middle of it. The part where Piper rips off Brother Love’s kilt and runs him out of the ring is gone. One second you see Piper talking to Brother Love and the next second Piper is talking to Morton Downey and Brother Love is nowhere to be seen. I believe this same edit existed in the Anthology version too. Strange.

    Speaking of Anthologies, the early Survivor Series PPVs have the gold WWF block logo in the bottom left corner of the screen just like they did on the DVD releases. The actual PPVs did not have any logo at all on the screen.

    Of course the other thing of note about the Network is how all the dates are still screwed up. On the WWE app the dates are all correct, but on a laptop and PS3(and maybe other devices) the dates are all still off by 1 day.

  11. BeDmAn says:

    Jimmy Hart recently reached an agreement with WWE so they can use WcW themes he composed without having to dub over. Jimmy Hart is also supposed to release the whole WcW themes catalog he composed on iTunes and/or on CD (still to be confirmed).

    • chris says:

      Actually, some of the music he did for WCW is edited out on the Network when it never was previously. Most notably is DDP’s “Self Hi Five” theme. Pretty much any WCW song Hart did that is a knock-off of a popular song has been dubbed over even though they were left intact on Classics On Demand (Raven, Shane Douglas, Jeff Jarrett).

      Hart’s music that is completely originally is included on the Network, but that’s nothing new as WWE used them on COD as well.

  12. Mongoose Wizard says:

    I’ll be completely happy when these 4 theme songs make a return. stings Seek and Destroy, DDP and Chris Jericho WCW theme, and Undertaker Kid Rock American Bad Ass theme. But what we have received this far is pretty amazing! 🙂

  13. @IMDJLUIS says:

    It’s very odd that WrestleMania 14 would have the scratch logo unblurred, but the audio track still edits out the WWF letters. I picture a Final Cut Pro session with the mutes made in the audio, and a “blur” effect track to cover up the scratch logo that can both be easily removed. But the way they keep taking down and re-uploading videos to restore original music, this seems like the route they will continue to go, which is pretty cool that they are making this effort, even though I’m sure they don’t think it matters a whole lot to people, but maybe there is a person or 2 that feels that it is, and that is why this is happening.

  14. Milan in Austin says:

    I viewed the NWA PPV Chi-Town Rumble ’89 last night and was pleasantly surprised to hear “Badstreet USA” as Michael Hayes entrance theme. I also viewed Spring Stampede 1994 (excellent PPV!) 9 days after the Network launched. Sting had generic entrance music. However at the conclusion of his match with Rick Rude, “A Man Called Sting” was broadcast. I’m glad The Network staff is putting effort into restoring original content of PPV broadcasts.

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