WrestlingDVDNetwork.com is pleased to confirm WWE DVDs and Blu-rays will continue on next year!
We have been informed that a full slate of 2023 releases have been scheduled for both the US and the UK, presumably meaning WWE and their Home Video partners Warner Bros. and Fremantle have reached agreements to make another full year of titles possible.
This feels significant due to the late-2021 announcement that WWE’s Home Video releases would cease to exist going into 2022 — for a period, this was true, however a very last-minute turnaround on this decision meant (lucky for us) the DVDs were kept alive (unfortunately that luck didn’t extend to Australia as the region has lost all new releases since that uncertainty). Now, though, it’s clear the continuation was not limited to just one year.
The non-PLE/PPV standard releases (like Ruthless Aggression Vol. 2 earlier this year) will continue in 2023 as exclusives to the UK and Europe, however in an interesting twist the word right now is that North America also will receive a non-PLE title early in the year, filling the slot WWE Day 1 previously took. For those unaware, the Day 1 live event has reportedly been canceled.
In recent weeks we’ve noted a positive sign for WWE DVD performance in the UK. Sales of “SummerSlam 1992 – 30th Anniversary Edition” exceeded all expectations and the Blu-ray edition quickly became Fremantle’s best-selling WWE Blu-ray ever. WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has received data on the top 5 selling titles for Fremantle so far this year (combined DVD/Blu-ray formats where applicable), as below, which has SummerSlam ’92 behind only WrestleMania 38, and it’s worth noting that ’92 has been available for significantly less time.
#1 – WrestleMania 38
#2 – SummerSlam 1992 – 30th Anniversary Edition
#3 – Royal Rumble 2022
#4 – SummerSlam 2022
#5 – Clash at the Castle
Similarly, that nostalgia in the UK surrounding the 30th anniversary and their recent Clash at the Castle stadium show has led to the Clash at the Castle Home Video release also performing very well — this title has only been available for a few weeks but has managed to crack the top 5, and with numbers sold already extremely close to SummerSlam 2022.
Perhaps these successes have played a role in this welcomed update on WWE DVDs continuing.
Speaking of Fremantle, the WWE Home Video UK social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter posted the following today, gauging interest on the most-wanted Superstar release for 2023, an opportunity for you to have your say:
Which WWE Superstar do you want to see get their own DVD set in 2023? Tell us 👇
— WWE Home Video UK (@WWEHomeVideoUK) November 16, 2022
WWE DVDs still to be released in the US this year are the PLEs Crown Jewel and Survivor Series.
“Undertaker: The Complete WrestleMania Collection”, a UK exclusive 6-disc DVD set, was officially released this week. In the US, Extreme Rules 2022 was the latest WWE DVD to hit stores, with a free Finn Bálor sticker found with this one.
Thanks to Devin for sharing the pics below of the US version Extreme Rules 2022 DVD out now. Extreme Rules will be following to fans in the UK later this month.
I want to see WWE do a Triple H Unreleased Matches dvd set 3 discs 9 hours of house-show a matches, matches that took place when RAW and Smackdown off the air, overseas matches in other country, dark segments. Matches from his IFW days and very rare matches he had in WCW, 2 matches per year. from 1992 to 2015 With HHH being interviewed by Jim Ross where HHH is giving brand new stories about his career.
Hulk Hogan’s Rock N Wrestling deserves a long overdue DVD release. Volumes 1-3 and DVD titles. Especially seasons 1 and 2 with all 26 episodes.
Ultimate Warrior Unreleased Matches
Ultimate Warrior vs Vader
Ultimate Warrior vs Ric Flair
Ultimate Warrior vs Doink
Ultimate Warrior vs Big Bossman
Ultimate Warrior vs Sgt Slaughter (Cage Match)
Ultimate Warrior vs Sid Justice
Ultimate Warrior vs Bad News Brown
Hey I don’t know if this is relevant here or even something that I should bring up here. Simply because I don’t want to get anyone in trouble. Not that I think this community would , especially since superstar collections have stopped being released. On Etsy check out Wrestling Collections. This guy makes excellent quality handmade blurays of superstars,championships etc. I got Nick Bockwinkel,Rick Rude, and Sid Vicious. I’m getting Harley Race and Barry Windham tomorrow. Anyway I just thought I would give collectors heads up. I thought it was a great find.
One thing is for sure: there will be a XXth release of RAW-celebration, when the 30th anniv. show is coming next year. Let’s just hope that show and release will be so much better than the abysmal 25th anniv. celebration.
I think you’re right but thats def a superstar tease…
what would you want on a 30th RAW that hasnt already been done?
Well.. since everything exciting has already been released on the previous countless releases.. there is nothing much more left than the Katie Vick storyline, Vince’s rectal examination of JR and the boring product that has been going on for the past 5-10 years. Yeaaah, the 30th anniv. celebration might actually be worse than the 25th, if something new material from the past were to be put on. 😉
The fact that dvds and blu rays are still alive in the states is good enough for me. Great news.
Though technically would be releases under Lionsgate, I wonder if this points to a possibility of the new latest A&E biographies and the new Rivals show getting released too.
They need to release Raw Best of Seasons 3 and 4 DVD set. 4 disc set. You know, of 1995 and 1996. And a Best of WCW Monday Nitro DVD collection of volumes 1, 2 and 3 as a 9 disc DVD collection.
Looks like all me theories have been officially put to rest. My theory was that maybe the announcement last year may have been a mistake due to the fact that since Australia isn’t getting releases anymore, maybe people assumed the announcement applied to the US as well, since if it affects us, maybe it affects other territories too. I even thought what if this was the last year of home video releases before they pulled the plug altogether into ’23. And of course the usual, what if they changed their minds last minute.
I even thought of the possibility what if it meant no more special feature releases since and PPV only going forward since it was PPV only for us but the UK still got special feature DVDs. I thought this based on special feature DVDs went from 3 disc sets consistently with a 2 disc set on occasion, to 2 disc sets consistently and single disc on occasion, and now it seems they’re gonna be single disc going forward, or at least until they go the PPV only route and stick by the PPV only route altogether, since the only multi disc releases we’ve seen in recent times have either only been PPVs, or in the UK’s case, a reprint of an older title getting an additional disc.
I really don’t know what opinion to have at this rate, but if there’s truth to the US getting special feature releases again, then I have no clue what theories to have left besides WWE changed their minds. I just hope it means we’re finally treated to Ruthless Aggression vol. 2 in the states since it was only available elsewhere.
Please let there a Raw Best of Seasons 3 and 4 DVD (Of 1995 and 1996). And a Best of WCW Thunder with Best of WWE Live Wire and Shotgun Saturday Night DVDs. Especially Best of WCW Saturday Night DVD series as well.
Best of Livewire you say? I would not hold my hold my breath on that one.
I’m stunned that several people in reply to that Twitter post are saying they want a Demolition DVD set. If anybody thinks that it happening they must be out of their mind. Does anybody truly see them as being on Road Warriors level or even close?
honestly the only new set about a legend I could see happening would be about the British Bulldog.
(it would even fit in with the nostalgia for the early 90’s, the SummerSlam 1992 and would obviously a release that would seem to fit the UK market well)
Hope this means a possibility of Unreleased Match sets.