The upcoming WWE Attitude Era DVD and Blu-ray has been brought into question by a Connecticut based newspaper (The Jornal Inquirer) given its release so soon after the upcoming U.S. Senate election, in which former WWE CEO Linda McMahon is a candidate.
The timing of the Attitude Era DVD set follows a recent move by WWE to remove risqué footage from YouTube and other video sharing sites. WWE cited the reason for the removal of the footage as an attempt to protect their corporate reputation from being mischaracterized as part of negative political agendas; following a montage of clips allegedly dating from 2002 to 2006 (notably a segment from Raw featuring H.L.A and 3 Minute Warning) on the video sharing website, Vimeo. **It should be noted this period is outside of what most fans would consider to be the actual ‘attitude era’** .
The Journal Inquirer also states:
WWE’s senior vice president for marketing and communications, Brian Flinn, acknowledged that some of the Attitude Era’s “edgier content” has been rated TV-14 by network television distributors, but said “a majority” of the programming has been rated TV-PG.
Under that rating, a program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children, and it may contain sexual situations, moderate violence, infrequent coarse language, and suggestive dialogue.
The PG-14 rating covers programs that may contain “intensely” suggestive dialogue, “strong” coarse language, and “intense” sexual situations and violence.
Brian Flinn also went on to state that The Attitude Era would be rated as TV-PG and will reflect the company’s family values marketing of recent years.
**It should also be noted that Monday Night Raw was rated at TV-PG as late as December 1998, and Smackdown was rated PG from its debut on UPN through the ‘attitude era’ duration**.
The Attitude Era is still scheduled for release on November 20, but Brian Flinn’s comments suggest we are likely looking at a TV-PG release. That’s not confirmed, and we hope to have more updates on this situation going forward.
In some slightly more positive news, announced recently in the 2013 WWE DVD schedule; The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro Vol. 2 set looks to be going into production. As confirmed by WrestlingINC.com, Diamond Dallas Page will be returning to host the February 2013 release and DDP will begin filming his segments next week. DDP himself also acknowledged that he will again be hosting on his Twitter earlier today.
WrestlingINC are also reporting that the DVD will focus on events during the 1997/98 period, and placing less focus on the dying days of Monday Nitro.
The latest WWE Studios release: Barricade, is released today exclusively in Wal-Mart stores. The set is released on both DVD and Blu-ray and is the first WWE Studios release not to feature a WWE Superstar. Below is the synopsis and trailer for the movie, which stars Eric McCormack.
After the death of his wife, a father takes his two small children to a secluded cabin in the mountains to escape and seek solace. However, when a freak winter storm cuts off all communications to the outside world, horrific events begin to occur.
We have also learned that a limited number of Edge: Ultimate Fan Edition DVD sets have again become available through Amazon for just $9.99! The set features the 2008 “Decade of Decadence” release along with a skull cap, collectable card and Edge coin. Quantities are limited, but you can pick one up, using this link.
Also thanks to WWEDVDNews reader, Jamie Gilbert; a number of WWF rarities and out of print DVDs have been listed on eBay at some great starting prices. Some of the titles listed include: No Mercy 2001, Survivor Series 2001, Backlash 2001, and WrestleMania 16. Check them out and place your bids by clicking here.
Finally, The Ultimate Warrior will be making a rare signing appearance for Big Time Wrestling in California. However, fans who plan on attending should remember not to bring your copy of The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, as apparently the Warrior will not sign the DVD, with no exceptions.
So unless you want to “FEEL THE WRATH OF THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR” (grunt, snort) it might be a good idea to bring along something else.