Exclusive: Official Details of WWE Best of King of the Ring DVD & Blu-ray

September 13, 2011 by Daniel Bee

WWEDVDNews.com can now exclusively reveal and confirm first official details of WWE’s planned King of the Ring themed DVD.

The following is a direct quote from WWE Home Video,
“The WWE Universe is demanding King of the Ring. In a recent DVD poll, fans rated King of the Ring content as one of their more requested topics. The very best moments of fan favorite King of The Ring tournaments are packed in a 3-DVD set with more than 8 hours of content.”

 
The working title of the DVD as of now is simply, The Best of King of the Ring.

Release date: December 13th, 2011 (US), on both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

 

We can now reveal WWE’s official synopsis for the set:

For more than 20 years, the King of the Ring has been a favorite tradition of the WWE Universe, a tournament to crown wrestling royalty. Past kings have included Randy Savage, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Edge, and Brock Lesnar.

But the King of the Ring’s popularity goes beyond the storied tournament, as for 10 years, King of the Ring was a wildly popular PPV event that produced a number of unforgettable moments including the Hell in a Cell match between Undertaker and Mankind, Stone Cold’s memorable battle with Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon for control of the WWE, Austin’s debut of his revolutionary “Austin 3:16” catchphrase, the first-ever match between Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle, as well as matches for the WWE Championship.

Now all those moments are collected in The Best of the King of the Ring, a 3-DVD set packed with more than 8 hours of amazing matches, interviews, moments, and more.

 
WWE The Best of King of the Ring (3-Disc DVD)

Catalog: WWE94981
UPC: 651191949816

WWE The Best of King of the Ring (2-Disc Blu-ray)

Catalog: WWE94982
UPC: 651191949823
 
Booker T recently revealed through Twitter that he will be hosting Best of King of the Ring.

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  1. trw says:

    I hope they put more than pay per view stuff on this. The KOTR has been going on for years before it made it onto pay per view. They had an all steel cage event (see TNA’s Lockdown event isn’t completely original). I hope they have some of that as well as when Randy Savage and Harley Race won the crown.

  2. Anonymous says:

    They should just put the entire 1993 KOTR (the first ppv) on the set. Well, at least all 3 Bret Hart matches, HBK v Crush, and Hogan v Yokozuna.

  3. Brett Mix says:

    Especially Undertaker vs HHH. One of the worst PPV Main Events I have ever seen.

  4. Brad Attitude says:

    @Anonymous: those two matches u mentioned were pretty bad.

  5. Anonymous says:

    please put the rock,undertaker,and kane vs triple h and the mcmahons for the wwe title from KOTR 00, and undertaker vs triple h for the wwe title from KOTR 02.

  6. Anonymous says:

    hope we do see kurt angle vs hulk hogan. thats a long overdue classic match that has been forgotten on dvd.

  7. TripleN says:

    Awesome DVD.. Hart vs HBK and Best Of KOR are must haves.. I find it interesting in the synopsis they advertise the first match between Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan.. a little TNA reference on a WWE DVD

  8. WWESuperFan#1 says:

    @brad
    Pretty sure they will show 2006-2010 KOR matches considering there were “Official” KOR Tournament matches.
    And they definitely won’t be showing anything from 1985-1991 since none of it was ever recorded since it was all at house shows.

    The rest of your matches look pretty good.

  9. Ricky says:

    @brad: nice match listing there.

    i too would like to see similar matches on the king of the ring set. its too bad wwe wont show stone cold vs. chris benoit & chris jericho. that match was absolutely amazing.

  10. brad attitude says:

    i hope it won’t show anything from the 2006/2008/2010 King of the Ring but will show clippings of the 1985-1991 King of the Ring thru clippings.

    i’d like to see the following matches on the upcoming KOTR set:

    Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – 1993 KOTR Finals
    Owen Hart vs. Razor Ramon – 1994 KOTR Finals
    Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley – 1997 KOTR Finals
    Kurt Angle vs. Rikishi – 2000 KOTR Finals
    Kurt Angle vs. Edge – 2001 KOTR Finals
    Brock Lesnar vs. Rob Van Dam – 2002 KOTR Finals

    Yokozuna vs. Hulk Hogan – WWE Championship, KOTR 1993
    Bret Hart vs. Diesel – Champion vs. Champion, KOTR 1994
    Owen Hart vs. 123 Kid – Semi-Finals, KOTR 1994
    Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog – WWE Championship, KOTR 1996
    Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart, British Bulldog vs. Road Warriors & Sycho Sid – KOTR 1997
    Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels – KOTR 1997
    Kaientai vs. Headbangers – KOTR 1998
    The Brood vs. Hardy Boyz – Tag Team Championship, KOTR 1999
    Eddie Guerrero vs. Val Venis – Quarter Finals, KOTR 2000
    Too Cool vs. Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boyz vs. T&A – Tag Team Championship – KOTR 2000
    Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon – Street Fight, KOTR 2001
    Kurt Angle vs. Hulk Hogan – KOTR 2002
    Ric Flair vs. Eddie Guerrero – KOTR 2002
    Trish Stratus vs. Molly Holly – Women’s Championship, KOTR 2002

  11. Dave says:

    Didn’t the poll say King of the Ring Anthology?!? and not a “Best of”.

    I feel the real reason WWE probably have stopped doing Anthologies, like it or not is cost…don’t really want to get stereotypical but majority of wrestling fans don’t swim in money and probably can’t afford a $45-$50 set…i doubt the complete Anthologies of WM, RR and SS sold well because the costs were like $150+, and their majority of their target market can’t afford that.

    Which is why i could see WWE not releasing the remaining Survivor Series volumes, they cost a bit more than their average 3 Disc DVD set, but not really by much.

    In Canada, 3 Disc DVDs cost about $25-$30, while individual anthology volumes go for about $40-$55.

  12. SRB says:

    @DB and Anonymous… 100% agree.

  13. SCSA says:

    It does say the best of the TOURNAMENTS in that statement..

  14. SCSA says:

    The following is a direct quote from WWE Home Video,
    “The WWE Universe is demanding King of the Ring. In a recent DVD poll, fans rated King of the Ring content as one of their more requested topics. The very best moments of fan favorite King of The Ring tournaments are packed in a 3-DVD set with more than 8 hours of content.”

    Does this mean it is a tournament DVD?

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’ve always felt that repeats aren’t really an issue for me. I think if they are an important part of the story being told then they should be included regardless of whether the match has been included on some other DVD somewhere. The problem is that there are too many pointless DVDs out there, like the OMG DVD. If they only made meaningful DVDs and only covered a concept once then significant matches probably wouldnt become so overplayed. The superstar profiles used to really mean a lot and felt definitive. Now because they’ve put quantity over quality they are all watered down. They have been trying too hard to innovate I think. All they really needed to do was release their back catalogue of pay per views and stop messing around with revisionist versions of everything. Stick with the primary source I say. History can speak for itself, but I guess there’s no money in that.

  16. Simon says:

    @SRB: My personal opinion is that every KOTR final match should be included as a minimum, and then other matches from the PPV can be sprinkled across the set. I think to truly be ‘The Best Of’, some matches will be repeats, but hopefully those in charge won’t load this up with repeats.

  17. SRB says:

    @Simon. No disrespect taken at all, but i and others have been confused. since the second this DVD was announced people have been trying to figure out if it’s tournament matches ONLY or a random mix of the matches that took place at KOTR over the years in general. If Yoko/Hogan was on there obviously that would be a mix since it was a title bout and not a tournament bout. Frankly, if it’s a best of the KOTR, i really wouldnt want matches like Angle/Shane or Taker/Mankind as these were just released on the OMG set. I’d prefer mostly tournament matches to hold the majority of the discs.

  18. CJ says:

    Why would anyone want a PPV anthology? Most KOTR PPVs sucked outside of 2 or 3 matches, especially from 95 on.

  19. Simon says:

    @SRB: Personally, I’m astounded that any hardcore wrestling fan could forget there were other matches on the card! Some of the KOTR undercard matches are among the most famous in WWE history: Undertaker/Mankind for obvious reasons, Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (1993) and Steve Austin vs. Kane (1998) for historic reasons, and for pure match quality, try Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog (1996) and Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon (2001). I’m not criticising in the slightest, honestly shocked that fans could forget these matches took place.

  20. SRB says:

    @Simon… It never did say that. What im saying is that I forgot the event itself had other matches to it other than tournament matches. The synopsis reminded me that KOTR was not just a tournament but that other matches took place outside of the bracket tournament. Is that ok?

  21. Simon says:

    @SRB: When did this ever say it was going to be footage of just tournament matches?

  22. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    Well, looks like I still need to order all the King of the Ring DVDs so I can have the entire collection. I would have liked to see a KotR Anthology instead, but.

  23. SRB says:

    I completely forgot about all the matches that have been contested that weren’t part of the actual tournament itself. If Mankind/Undertaker or STSA/McMahons is on this set I’m going to snap. Both are mentioned in the synopsis.

  24. bw says:

    I want the ppv anthology

  25. Anonymous says:

    If this is the ‘best’ of the King of The Ring I think it needs to have Bret’s 1993 performance in its entirety. But quite frankly it would just make more sense to do 2 5 disc sets for the ppv. Doing it in this format only makes sense to me if they inlude footage from tournaments before and after the ppv ran.

  26. Steve says:

    surprised this is being released on bluray since most king of the ring related footage is from the standard-def era

  27. alvaro says:

    hope they include khama vs Hbk, sid and tatanka vs diesel and bigelow and bret vs the king kiss my foot match all from 1995 as it was my first ever ppv i watch.

  28. X-23 says:

    I hope Bret Hart’s three matches in 1993 are included!

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