Exclusive: WWE ‘Best of RAW: After The Show’ DVD Release Date & Synopsis

January 2, 2014 by Daniel Bee

The Rock and The Miz - WWE RAW Off The Air

Recently we announced that WWE is planning a Best of RAW ‘Off The Air’ DVD.

There is now further confirmation of this title’s go ahead and a new name given to the project – “The Best of RAW: After The Show“.

The scheduled release date is April 22nd, 2014 and right now it’s planned for both DVD and Blu-ray formats. Exclusively below, read the official synopsis!

For 52 weeks a year, the WWE Universe is glued to their seats for 3 hours of pulse pounding action on Monday Night Raw. But what happens after the cameras stop rolling? Now, in this new DVD/Blu-ray set, The Best of Raw: After the Show, fans get a unique perspective of WWE’s flagship show, with never-before seen footage of Raw’s aftermath. Traditionally, Raw has continued on into the night purely for the enjoyment of the live audience. Now, no one is left in the dark as all the top Superstars in Raw history are presented in rare form.

Get a heavy dose of WWE’s most colorful Superstars- The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, DX, John Cena – and more, showing off their larger than life personalities, often times shedding their on camera personas for the sake of pure fun. From Austin beer bashes, birthday celebrations, humorous improv, crowd interaction, and dark matches sure to please the hardcore fan, these are the moments that can only happen in WWE.

WWE The Rock and John Cena - RAW Off The Air

Happy New Year to all of the WDN readers!

The WWE DVDs kicking off 2014 are TLC: Tables Ladders & Chairs 2013 on January 14th (pre-order) and The Best of RAW & Smackdown 2013 on January 28th (pre-order).

WWE TLC, The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2013 DVD Covers

It looks like there are more re-releases of WWE DVDs on the way for WrestleMania season.

The following 7 titles were added to Amazon.com this week, all listed as single-disc versions (previously 3-disc sets) with a release date of March 10th.

Greatest Stars of the 80s
Greatest Stars of the 90s
Triumph And Tragedy Of WCCW
True Story of Wrestlemania
Randy Orton: The Evolution Of A Predator
Shawn Michaels: Heartbreak And Triumph
Top 50 Superstars Of All Time

Paul Vlosich passed along his $5.00 eBay listing for 3 WWE Blu-rays!

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Also on eBay, two more chances at the RAW box set today and tomorrow:

WWE Raw 20th Anniversary Collection DVD Box Set

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Bid Now: WWE: Raw 20th Anniversary Collection – 20 Greatest Episodes

This auction for the WWF Survivor Series and SummerSlam 2001 DVDs finishes tonight:



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  1. Flynn says:

    Really hoping some, if not all of, the 20 minutes of comedy the Rock and Foley did after the 99 Raw in Boston where they won the tag titles is included here

  2. simon says:

    Anyone have any idea what the 7 single disc set are? I would have to guess that they are only the documentary?

  3. SD Jones says:

    A lot of people here seem to be missing the point of this dvd set. It doesn’t look like it’s a set of rare dark match gems. That’s more like a Before they were Superstars set. This is like all the fun stuff that happens after the show. Plus how many dark matches really mean anything? They’re usually practice sessions for upcoming matches, so like orton and cena will work darks to get ready for PPV. If they include dark matches, I hope it’s not a lot, because they will be the same matches we have seen on ppv already, just in different arenas and with no announcers. Hopefully they stick to the fun off air stuff like the Austin beer stuff and DX antics with the crowd. Plus I know a couple shows I was at last year, the Rock stayed out for like 20 minutes after the show and messed with people. That stuff is great. Looking forward to this set. Please don’t mess it up.

  4. MatchH8er says:

    Honestly, I don’t want any matches on this set. I think the in ring promos are quality enough to get me to buy this set. No more matches please!

  5. Mark D says:

    A concern I have with this DVD is the commentary. Traditionally they don’t record commentary for the dark matches and while this isn’t too bad for a random match, a whole DVD without commentary might get a little tedious. It’s a shame JR still isn’t with the company, he would have been great calling all the matches on his own (just like the Mid-South DVD).

    • SRB says:

      That’s a good point. I never really thought about that. A 9 hour (or 7.5 hour) set that is silent might get boring. I’d suggest a host, but I think that will really kill the spontaneous factor of such a great set. I have a feeling the set will mostly be segments like Austin beer stuff and guys joking around, which a lot was done on the mic so fans could hear what was being said. Maybe they’ll ask JR and Cole to do voice dubs for the matches. My understanding and experience is that dark matches aren’t very long though. So, I’m hoping this set reaches the 4 hour and 15 minute area lol

  6. Jake E says:

    To LP1-Yes I have read that somewhere, hopefully they will do that sort of thing for dvd/blu-rays releases.

  7. LP1 says:

    Not sure where else to post this, but yesterday the Wrestling Observer site noted that WWE sent out a memo saying that when the new WWE Network starts they will no longer edit out Chris Benoit matches and mentions. They will instead have a disclaimer at the beginning of every show he appears on.

    • SRB says:

      I’m wondering if we can expect the same on upcoming sets???

      • LP1 says:

        I’m really not sure. I don’t see why not. If they’re going to include him on the Network then there’s no reason to not include him on DVD’s. As long as they are consistent with what they do with him. Either don’t show him anywhere or show him everywhere. One or the other.

  8. Vintage Simon says:

    Still really hoping that the Michaels vs. Hart vs. Taker dark match from the 9/22/97 Raw makes the cut.

  9. SRB says:

    Some have questioned if dark matches will make it to the set:

    “From Austin beer bashes, birthday celebrations, humorous improv, crowd interaction, and dark matches sure to please the hardcore fan, these are the moments that can only happen in WWE.”

  10. Rick says:

    I might get this

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  12. captain planet says:

    Love the concept of this. Hope it includes pre-show dark matches, too. I know Lesnar worked a bunch of those early on (some of which leaked via satellite on YouTube), and there’s all kinds of neat early matches from guys who were preparing for their tv debut. And I’ve mentioned the Owen/Angle match before, if that footage exists. Lots of potential of both pre and post-Raw off-the-air moments. I don’t know if this idea has any legs in the future, so they might as well go all out on it if they can.

  13. Scott says:

    I hope this has the 5 man HIAC match from a couple years ago. If it has that match I am sold since its the only cell match I don’t have on disc.

  14. Peter says:

    I hope this will include the DX of 1997 not the PG era crap.

  15. LP1 says:

    “For 52 weeks a year, the WWE Universe is glued to their seats for 3 hours of pulse pounding action on Monday Night Raw. But what happens after the cameras stop rolling?…”

    I’m sure a lot happens “after the cameras stop rolling”, but this set will indeed show what happens while cameras are rolling, because if the cameras weren’t rolling there wouldn’t be anything to show. 😉

    Sorry, that verbiage was too funny to overlook.

  16. RCS1988 says:

    Hopfully they include dark matches & segments from the early years of RAW as well, because there were some good matches that happaned back then as well. Hopfully this doesn’t focus on just the late 90’s to present and they include stuff from the early years as well.

  17. James says:

    Something off topic but Is JBL vs Kurt Angle last man standing match on any DVD or Blu-ray??

  18. SRB says:

    The idea behind the Raw Off the Air set seems like a great one. This gives the home audience a great chance to see things they might have missed, which really is everything. I remember in 2003 when I was live at a Raw and it went off the air, SCSA came out for about fifteen minutes, which was a total surprise and was not shown on TV. This seems to be the type of stuff they are talking about and even more interesting, we’re going to get some dark matches. So, just like the Raw 20 year set, this could span a really great time period. With a set full of gems, I’m hoping WWE doesn’t miss.

  19. John Peterson says:

    Looking forward to the Best of Raw,Not on Raw set.

    When should we get the Best of Raw and Smackdown 2013 Full Content Listing? The Set comes out in 26 Days

  20. Jeff Copeland says:

    i just never got big deal about a dvd cover so wat if it spoils it a bit movie covers do it at times but seams like as of late last year or 2 people been getting all WELL DVD OMG IT HAS A SPOILER F THIS and get all prissy and go on here to complain about it. its JUST A DVD COVER so wat! I just dont get it its the internet i get people have a right to say wat they want but come on complaining over a dvd or bluray cover its just dumb and pointless to do

  21. Zombie835 says:

    To be honest I’m not a fan of those spoiler covers I know I know the DVDs come out a month or so after the ppv but I would rather have like the ppv poster or something similar like that I think it makes for a better display piece but that’s just me

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