As previously announced, WWE will be releasing “The Best of RAW & Smackdown 2014” on February 3rd to the United States (pre-order), February 4th to Australia (via WWEDVD.com.au), and lastly February 9th to UK/Europe (via WWEDVD.co.uk).
The title will be released on DVD format only, following the recent cancellation of the Blu-ray edition, and this unfortunately applies worldwide. We can reveal that the following 7 Blu-ray exclusives were planned for that version should it have gone ahead.
— Piper’s Pit with the Shield
RAW • January 6, 2014
— Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Antonio Cesaro
SmackDown • January 31, 2014
— The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
RAW • March 3, 2014
— The Ultimate Warrior Speaks to the WWE Universe
RAW • April 7, 2014
— Chris Jericho Interrupts The Authority
RAW • July 28, 2014
— Last Man Standing Match
Roman Reigns vs. Kane
RAW • August 4, 2014
— Hulk Hogan Celebrates His Birthday
RAW • August 11, 2014
The UK’s WWE Home Video distributor issued this apology for the Blu-ray cancellation:
Hi everybody. We just wanted to address some of the feedback we’ve had regarding the lack of Blu-ray for The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2014.
We’re always pushing to deliver the best possible products for our UK fans. While in the US last year only three of WWE’s PPVs were made available on Blu-ray, we released all 12 of them, meaning UK fans had a total of 13 Blu-ray exclusives! And we’ll be doing exactly the same in 2015, making sure we bring you as much HD content as possible.
However, when WWE decides not to release a Blu-ray in the US, it means there are significantly bigger costs for us here. Unfortunately, in the cases of both Best PPV Matches and The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2014 (which are both 2-Disc Sets, with twice the cost of a PPV), low demand in previous years has meant Blu-ray isn’t a viable option. Though Blu-ray is also our preferred format, DVD is still the most popular format in not just the UK, but around the world.
Please accept our apologies – as WWE fans we’re also hugely disappointed about this and always endeavour to produce the very best content.
Here’s a closer look at the planned cover artwork for TLC 2014!
Fans in the United States get the DVD next month. Pictured here are the UK versions (including an exclusive Blu-ray edition) which are to be released over at WWEDVD.co.uk in March.
Below, watch a “Timeline: The History of ECW – 1999” sneak peek trailer! Be sure to get your hands on the full length version via KayfabeCommentaries.com on January 8th.
Find out if you’re a winner of the WDN Christmas Giveaway (and how to enter our brand new giveaway for “True Giants” on DVD and Blu-ray) by clicking here.
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$9.50 – WWE/WWF nWo: Back in Black DVD
$12.99 – WWF WrestleMania 18 DVD (Free Shipping)
$15.00 – WWF SummerSlam 2000 DVD (Sealed)
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