Last week, WrestlingDVDNetwork.com was first to update on the status of WWE DVDs in 2020, revealing a change in release strategy for the Australian market which, as of next year, will solely be Pay-Per-Views.
We’re now able to confirm that this PPV-only change will apply to WWE DVDs released in all regions, therefore as well as Australia includes the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
In recent months WWE revised their Home Video schedule for 2020; the current plan is to produce a total of 14 PPV events on DVD. This covers 12 U.S. PPVs and 2 International PPVs, such as this past Thursday’s Crown Jewel broadcast from Saudi Arabia.
We can also confirm that fans in the UK will continue to receive the ‘Big Four’ PPVs — WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and Survivor Series — on Blu-ray format alongside DVD. A Blu-ray release for WrestleMania is expected to continue in the U.S. too.
In speaking exclusively with the UK licensee since we broke the news, there appears to be scope for a small number of ‘bespoke’ or ‘premium’ titles to be added to the schedule further into 2020, so, in the UK, there could be a few further releases in addition to the 14 PPVs. A quick example given to us (but by no means confirmed yet) is a DVD that utilizes content from the WWE Network, perhaps such as a documentary or set of documentaries.
The first WWE DVD release dates for 2020 have been revealed for the UK market as shown below. Expect to see a similar list for the United States in the coming weeks, with the exception of Survivor Series which will hit U.S. stores at the end of this year, as is usual.
|UK Release Date|
|Crown Jewel 2019 (DVD)||January 6, 2020|
|Survivor Series 2019 (DVD & Blu-ray)||January 20, 2020|
|TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2019 (DVD)||February 10, 2020|
|Royal Rumble 2020 (DVD & Blu-ray)||March 16, 2020|
This month’s upcoming “Finn Bálor – For Everyone” DVD (which you could say is the last Superstar-themed WWE DVD as we know them) will be getting an extra special release in the UK.
Not only will this involve alternate cover artwork, which we’re pleased to reveal to you right now, it’s also your chance to grab a copy of this DVD signed by Finn Bálor himself!
Just 2,000 copies of the Finn Bálor DVD with this exclusive artwork will be produced and signed. It will also be available 17 days earlier than the standard release!
UK fans will be able to grab this unique offering through ‘Amazon Treasure Truck’ on November 8th, on the same day as a WWE Superstar guest appearance from a former United States champion at New Bailey, Manchester 11am-1pm.
‘Amazon Treasure Truck’ (https://amazon.co.uk/ttgo), in which you buy on Amazon and choose a collection Truck location, will be your ticket to owning this WWE DVD treasure. We hear it’s going to be priced at £20 and those that order then collect from the various Amazon Trucks will also get a free WWE goody bag which includes a copy of the WWE Kids magazine, a copy of the SummerSlam 2016, 2017 or 2018 DVD (all of which feature a Finn Bálor-winning match) and a pack of the WWE Slam Attax Universe trading cards from Topps, so it really will pay off to get involved.
We’ll have exclusive hand signed copies of @finnbalor's new DVD, 'For Everyone' on #TreasureTruckUK AND a superstar appearance from a @WWE NXT North American champion at New Bailey, Manchester on 8th November from 11am until 1pm. Sign up here > https://t.co/KAqDQL9wab pic.twitter.com/tLiU3iReX7
— Treasure Truck UK (@treasuretruckUK) November 4, 2019
As an added bonus, fans who attend the previously mentioned New Bailey, Manchester ‘Amazon Treasure Truck’ event will also get to meet a WWE Superstar who will hand them their DVD.
“Finn Bálor – For Everyone” is one of two new WWE DVD releases on the way this month; it will collect together 16 Bálor battles from both NXT and WWE, combined with a brand new interview.
Release Dates for the WWE “FINN BÁLOR – FOR EVERYONE” DVD…
– UK/Europe: November 25th. Pre-order the Finn Bálor DVD right now on Amazon.co.uk.
– USA: November 26th. Pre-order the Finn Bálor DVD right now here on Amazon.com.
– Australia: January 22nd. Your pre-order opportunity is now live over at Madman.com.au.
It sucks. I bought DVDs for things like Unreleased matches, documentaries or matches of old school wrestlers as I like mid 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. Screw this I ain’t buying an original WWE DVD again unless they go back to what I want. Bye bye getting business from me you crappy Wrestling organization.
hi can this site look in to is wwedvd.co.uk closing down? there is no pre-orders available other than for the last three 2019 titles. Hell in a call, fin balor and wwe 24. I believe the first 2020 title is crown jewel and they still have nt offered that. I think we should campaign an NXT title in 2020 if there is scope for the odd bespoke. If you campaign for to many diff realease non will be.
Crown Jewel isn’t available for pre order in the states via Amazon, if that helps. I think your site is in good shape.
I know. I’ve been looking for it. I know it’s coming out but when. I really want that event. I’ve been doing pretty well at collecting all the ppv events from the past few years. So yeah I really want that one.
For the longest time, I had been hoping for another CM Punk release. The last one ended when he just started to be on fire. There are so many great matches and promos between his pipebomb and his departure worth of being released. But with the new release plans and especially not knowing if he ever returns, this is going to remain wishful thinking. Even if WWE had continued to release Superstar-themed DVDs, there would have never been another CM Punk release as long as they had the relationship they had over the last few years
Well, he came back kinda.
When wwe survior series 2019 dvd is nxt taker with both wargames matches are they going to be on the survior series 2019 dvd? I think its a ripoff and a loss for fans that are not able to get the wwe network.If the ppv dvds are going to be the only thing released please go back to the extras added on dvd in 2003.
I actually thought myself, that it would be a great idea to add the Takeovers to ALL Big 4 Blu-Rays as a Bonus Disc. Just like it was done with the previous 2 Wrestlemania Releases. Problem is, that the upcoming Takeover is supposed to be the last one, that is going to take place on the same weekend as the Big 4 PPVs
I’d rather have the compilation DVD’s than the PPV’s – I hope they hear the backlash and change their minds.
Not even best of raw and smackdown for the year either? This is ridiculously depressing
Daniel, could you please let us know when Crown Jewel 2019 is going to come out on DVD in United States? I hope that’s not rude to ask. I really want that event. I liked it. I especially like the decent ending as well
One of the first releases next year in the states I suspect, just like the UK. We should have a date for you fairly soon.
Ty Daniel I appreciate it bro.
you just dont know how lousy thatb the other dvd sets wont ever be released in 2020
I don’t disagree with you man. Just making the best of what we’re getting. I know that it blows that they are phasing out the dvds. I hope that WWE could release digital media for the fans who can not get WWE network. It’s an idea not much faith in WWE actually giving us choices but you can dream can’t you?
No more variety in what we can buy? I’ll still buy all four main ppv’s and some of the lesser ppv’s but for the most part, the thrill is gone.
great news regarding the Fremantle blurays of the “big four”. of course ironically, the 2017 cutback from releasing pretty much all of the shows to only releasing these four made it more likely for me to get “all of them”.
(while I had previously been very picky about which “b-shows” I wanted to fork over my money for, I can easily justify paying for each one of the “classic” shows)
Question: is there any indication as to whether the Best PPV Matches and Best of Raw/SD sets are definitey not happening next year? They are normally two of the first-announced releases for the new year, so I’m guessing not. If so, then that’s my connection to the current product completely done with. I usually always buy those as summary of the entire year so that I don’t have to buy endless God-awful PPVs.
I agree. The Big 4 Blu-Rays together with Best of PPVs Matches and Best of Raw & Smackdown are the perfect combination to cover up an entire year. I already stopped buying PPVs not named Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summer Slam and Survivor Series in 2001
To be honest I don’t really think much of note has happened at Summerslam for years (probably since Bryan’s victory and Orton’s cash-in 2013) and Survivor Series hasn’t really felt like a big PPV in years either. It’s just the Rumble and Mania for me.
My thoughts exactly. The fun is over now.
I am very disappointed that they do not even try out, how a Takeover Event released on its own, would sell. Based on that you can still decide whether to continue or not. After all, those are WWE PPVs as well. It befuddles me that all monthly PPVs are still being released, but such highly praised events, which are loved by so many people, are not.
I love NXT, but let’s look at number here. NXT’s ratings on USA Network are about 1/4 of what Raw and Smackdown get. By that you can get a pretty good estimation of what kind of audience there is for NXT DVDs. Also TakeOvers are not PPV events. They only air on the WWE Network, not cable and satellite PPV providers.
I do not know about any sales numbers, but will a “Stomping Ground” or a “Clash of Champions” DVD sell so much better than a potential Takeover DVD ? And how many people would watch NXT on USA Network, if there was no AEW at the same time ? Maybe it would be 1 Million viewers. Maybe only 500.000 watch on USA and another 500.000 watch a day later on the Network, because they are interested in AEW as well ? I am aware that if it was not for AEW, NXT would have never moved to USA. But why not give it a try ? Release the upcoming Takeover “War Games” and see how it sells. If it is not good or even decent, you can stop releasing them. By the way the Saudi Shows are also Network exclusive and not televised on any cable stations, but they will be released nevertheless
“will a “Stomping Ground” or a “Clash of Champions” DVD sell so much better than a potential Takeover DVD?”
Yes, sadly. To the casual buyer who sees them on a shelf in Walmart, anyway. And that appears to be the target audience for WWE in general, these days.
Starting with last week’s Smackdown (and hopefully continuing that tonight on Raw, carrying on into Survivor Series), NXT gets exposure on the Main Roster. Hopefully Vince continues to make them look strong, thus you get more people interested in checking out NXT, who might not have watched before = higher ratings in the so-called Wednesday Night Wars.
Andre Jobke, that is incorrect. The Saudi PPV’s do indeed air on PPV on traditional cable and satellite companies.
But how well did the NXT Best Of sets sell? If they didn’t sell well, one particular shw doesn’t stand a chance. I’m not sure how well the Best Ofs did, but I’m just saying.
What they need to do as mentioned above is release the nxt ppvs as bonus discs with the RR, WM, Summerslam and SS event releases. We already know they do it with Mania so why not the other big events too?
But how well did the NXT Best Of sets sell? If they didn’t sell well, one particular show doesn’t stand a chance. I’m not sure how well the Best Ofs did, but I’m just saying.
Sorry, didn’t mean to post that twice! Lol.
I am very interested to know as well. Furthermore, I am also very interested to know how the feedback was on the Takeover DVDs that had been added to the last 2 Wrestlemania Releases ? What was the purpose in doing that ? Was it “just” an additional gift to us fans ? Was it done to check if there is a demand for that ?
Yes, the Takeover events air on the network, but they’re technically not PPV events since they’re network only events. Unless they air through traditional PPV satellites in other regions?
I remember Elimination Chamber ’15 was a network exclusive event in the U.S. but still aired on PPV in other regions so I’m not sure if the same applies to Takeover.
I do agree though that the Takeover specials should be released.
while I do love the wwe network. I do miss the days of buying the Blu-ray’s/ DVDs. This sucks for people that still collect them. Would love it if they would do a complete undertaker set one day
Looking forward to getting Crown Jewel 2019 on DVD. Really really want that Universal title win for The Fiend as apart of my ever growing wrestling library collection. Hey we got all the event. So I’m happy. Everyone is alright, it could have been worse but it wasn’t. So I am a WWE fan, wrestling fan in general. I personally don’t care that Vince McMahon isn’t a good person, let God judge him. I’m not god and neither or any of you by the way.
Since this is the route we’re going, how about we finally get the events that never made it to DVD. (Elimination Chamber ’15, Backlash/No Mercy ’16, Crown Jewel ’18)
Because they would not sell well at this point, being so far removed from the dates that the events actually happened. You and certain collectors may want it, but Backlash 2016 is not going to sell well enough at retail level to warrant a release. It costs money to profuce these things and get them past ratings offices etc. you know.
So the US is getting crown jewel on DVD as well?
so does this mean no Best of RAW/Smackdown or NXT this year?
Well, I’m surprised at this move but now I can allocate funds for other things as a result of this but I’ll still be getting the top 4 PPVs in 2020 in addition to the Finn Balor one and that will complete my collection for the immediate future.
I’ve been reading this whole ordeal with Vince and Saudi Prince. Basically:
Vince is owed 300-500 million by Saudi Arabia
-Vince ordered the television feed in Saudi Arabia to cut off during the show for 40 mins
-After Vince leaves Saudi Arabia, the government (prince, whoever) decided to take the roster off the plane and hold them for a few hours as a “power play” of sorts to remind Vince who he is dealing with.
-Everyone comes home, later than normal, and the ordeal is over.
-WWE claims mechanical issues w/ the plane as the cover story, which was likely the story they fed to every “legit” news outlet that reached out for a statement (this essentially made it unworthy of a major news organization, so the story died there). Also, perhaps noting that Saudi Arabia could have TOLD the company it was a mechanical issue to avoid being blamed while making sure Vince still KNEW what really happened.
True or not, this deal was a disaster. Wouldn’t be surprised if Crown Jewel 2019 DVD gets pulled and hopefully this is probably the end of WWE and glorified house shows in Saudi Arabia which is excellent news. Also goes to show what a scummy company WWE really is. Vince messing with Saudi Arabia is such a dangerous move, especially if his superstars were basically being held hostage. They already killed a journalists with a bonesaw. They wouldn’t hesitate doing the same to Vince and his wrestlers to send a message. Even Karl Anderson’s wife tweeted she doesn’t want him ever going back there because of this whole ordeal.
That entire story screams “made up by a fan” to me, but whatever.
Every detail might not be accurate, but there was definitely some shady business going on with that flight being delayed 24 hours. Go on twitter and look at some of the tweets that were sent out by the wrestlers and their families. Karl Anderson’s wife even said she doesn’t want him going back there ever again and be held “hostage” again.
Completely agree with David. This deal was a disaster. I have heard rumors here and there about what happened, but it’s obviously hard to piece it all together without being there and knowing the truth. But, the entire thing sounds like it could have gotten very bad very quick. Pretty soon, you are going to just have talent outright refusing to make the trip, bonus or no bonus. In the future, I wouldn’t be surprised if the main event is Sin Cara vs. Heath Slater.
You blew it, Vince! Now I don’t ever need to watch WWE again. I’ll be over on TNT watching AEW!
So you’re going to stop watching WWE because they don’t release anything other than PPV DVDs? Also AEW doesn’t release anything on DVD at all. You’re logic isn’t making sense.
I cannot say I am surprised but this really sucks. I have been an collector since the beginning and I have to say that I would rather have a DVD than the network. For PPVs maybe but the documentaries on the network lacking all the extra and bells and whistles just doesn’t do it.
as mentioned in the other thread, while I’m not outright condoning it, I can absolutely see this leading to more custom dvd/blurays being created (and shared or sold online).
I guess the only way will get TV taping dark matches is Hidden Gems on the Network or if they have Sean Mooney host a Network show airing these matches. They should have started doing the Unreleased stuff years earlier.
Yeah they should have. That’s true. Tbh w/you though idk if it’d have made a difference as that would depend on why they stopped releasing these sets.
If they stopped thinking they didn’t sell well then Piper would’ve been the last one regardless of when they started releasing unreleased sets.
If they stopped bc they wanna release unreleased stuff through the Hidden Gems section of the Network from now on, they have a good reason to as it’ll still be released but via different platform is all.
I do wish more (deserving) names got unreleased sets done on them though. Austin, Rock, Taker, in addition to so many others.
Makes absolutely no sense at all, producing only ppv-discs.. especially with the quality of coherent story telling lacking so much the recent years! Oh well.. I am still hoping for the Final Ultimate release that should be the Undertaker documentary..would be the proper way for a last non-ppv release…instead of the crap that is “Best of 24..”..with ALL 4 episodes yet again just like last year, so why not call it “Complete..”! LOL at WWE
Well till that Taker career documentary or set is ever released if it ever is, at least those who have The Network will have the man himself being interviewed for over an hour as the advertising says w/Austin for the premiere of Broken Skull Sessions and maybe more interviews in the future between them to get to whatever topics not covered. We’re talking about a 30 year career and that’s just The Undertaker/WWF/E portion of it so it’ll take multiple interviews to cover everything. I’m not saying he’ll do that being the guy he is but I’m sure he’ll be open to doing more.