WWE DVDs & Blu-Rays Are Officially Cancelled Beginning 2024. For Real This Time.

December 5, 2023 by Daniel Bee

It might not be the biggest reveal on the Internet today, but WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has sadly been informed that at the end of 2023 WWE Home Video will be no more, worldwide.

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Yes, we’ve been here before. Going into 2022 we were in this same spot, but a last-minute decision by WWE (a deal made, we think) meant their Home Video division would continue on for another two years. Unfortunately, though, this is the end of the road — there will be no more WWE DVD or Blu-ray releases beginning 2024.

Feels like we’ve mourned the end of WWE DVDs once already, but it can’t be understated the end of WWE Home Video means the end of an era. WWF/E’s physical media presence stretches back to 1985 with Colliseum Video on VHS, and DVD releases since 1999. Over nearly four decades, the company would release their content in several different physical formats – VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray, and even UMD included.

WrestleManias, PPVs lined up on the shelf, feature-length documentaries, unreleased matches, extra features, cool artwork and packaging, store exclusives, Anthology box sets, movies, music videos, a DVD that revived a company, a few that ended in lawsuits, one that meant the return of a legend, two-disc sets, three-disc sets, four-discs set (WHAT!). There’s lots of fond memories, isn’t there?

2023 was the last year for WWE Home Video in all markets.

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Fremantle, WWE’s official licensee throughout Europe, have issued a statement today:

With great sadness we must announce that WWE have taken the decision to withdraw from the Home Video category. No licensing deals will be renewed worldwide after 2023.

This means the very last WWE Home Video release from Fremantle will be CROWN JEWEL 2023 (2-Disc DVD) on 18th December (UK) and 22nd December (GER).

WWE Home Video have been releasing VHS, DVD & Blu-ray for 36 years, the last 11 years through Fremantle in Europe, but this will come to an end on 31st December 2023 with no further WWE DVD or Blu-ray stock manufactured.

Everyone at WWE Home Video UK would like to thank all our collectors and fans for many years of support and passion.

The “Drew McIntyre: Best of WWE’s Scottish Warrior” DVD from late 2021 wound up as the last Superstar-themed release in the US (if we’re not counting the A&E documentaries on “Biography: WWE Legends Volume 3”) – McIntyre’s DVD would have been the last one if the cancellation announcement going into 2022 had stuck, too.

“American Nightmare: The Best of Cody Rhodes” from early 2023 would be the last Superstar-themed DVD release ever, a title that was exclusive to the UK and Europe.

“Best of Attitude Era Royal Rumble Matches” also from early this year was the last non-PPV/PLE release in the US. In Europe, though, that would be the new Christmas-themed DVD that Fremantle put out in stores this week.

This means Survivor Series 2023 is scheduled to be the final WWE DVD release ever in the US on December 26th, with Crown Jewel 2023 being the last one in the UK on December 18th.

Unfortunately given the timing of the cancellation it means Survivor Series 2023 will not make it to DVD nor Blu-ray in the UK and Europe.

WWE DVDs Cancelled in United States & Canada - No More Home Video Releases Beginning 2022

Your final two WWE DVD releases (for real this time) closing out the year, and regrettably closing out WWE Home Video:
 

  • Crown Jewel 2023

US release date: December 12th
UK release date: December 18th

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  • Survivor Series 2023

US release date: December 26th

 

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The WrestlingDVDNetwork.com website will be keeping the lights on – we hope the site remains a useful resource with its vast archives of DVD content listings, reviews, artwork reveals, and other pages like the WWE, ECW, TNA and AEW DVD Lists.

Just like collecting the WWE DVDs, it’s been a passion of Daniel’s, Mark’s, and the rest of the WDN team to bring you coverage of every new release since the site was created in April 2010. We don’t quite know how the site truly took off, but when WWE themselves started sending us advance copies of the Home Video releases, Fed Ex’d from Stamford, that’s when we knew we had hit the big time! 😀

We don’t expect this post is the last. Could we see a one-off WrestleMania release in the future? More of the A&E documentaries that were released by a different label? Will another wrestling company ramp up their physical media to fill the void? Time will tell, and we’ll still be here.

Thank you to WWE for the historic run, and their media partners like Silver Vision and Fremantle who in particular went the extra mile for the UK fans.

And a big, big thank you to the WDN readers for your visits and support over so many years!




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  1. Eric S Osborn says:

    Very Disappointed WWE stop doing DVD

  2. SAbrina says:

    Oh boy no one thinks of the ones that cant stream …
    We had cruddy internet and still miss out not everyone stream this world nuts anyways

  3. Andy says:

    I think WWE should take a page from The Beatles or Paul McCartney Archive Collection who release their previous albums as a collector package with a 100 page book, and reproduced memorabilia. WWE could make a hardcover book covering the particular PPV, include a reproduced arena program including card, stickers, etc. and of course the PPV on blu ray. The discs could include the pre show, a month of weekly shows leading up to the PPV, aftermath, and retrospectives etc. They could start rereleasing previous PPVS starting with Mania. Cap the release at 3,000 and charge $100 a release.

    • RabidHeat says:

      Only issue with that is there are millions more Beatles/McCartney fans than there are people who even watch any form of wrestling.

  4. Steven Jackson says:

    The world is changing and I can see why WWE want to stop producing home videos. Nevertheless I’m very sad that they are discontinuing their home video distribution after so many years.

    It’s been amazing reading the WDN website since it’s inception and I’ll continue to support this brand going forward, in whatever form it takes!

    • DDT says:

      the reason they want to stop doing them are annoying. we can all only allude to them as mentioning them decreases the chance they will ever produce any as a special edition…
      the less educated think its sales. wwe needs to remember that many people used to watch wcw and then tna not because they were always better but because they did nt approve of the way wwe conducted there buisness. things like getting rid of something that fans enjoy and is making money (it would be freemantle that were cancelling wwe not wwe cancelling freemantle if not) for there own reasons.

  5. DDT says:

    people who think sales are the reason i think are wrong check the uk dvd sales charts and you will see that wwe has realeases that sell in the top ten and top twenty. If it is nt worth putting them out then every company that sell dvds or blu rays could decide the same. no the reason that they doing this is because they want people to stream for strategic reasons. dvds-blu rays give people alternative options to streaming.

  6. Houston Kiker says:

    I’ll just record off my pc and burn my own WWE dvds simple as that.

  7. David says:

    This is was a long time coming as their releases last few years were utter garbage, but what can WWE really expect in sales when all they released were mediocre PPVs and constant re-releases that are easily accessible (Best of Attitude Era Royal Rumbles for example). There was no effort whatsoever.

    • BAE says:

      I see your point because I’ve thought the same thing, but something to also consider is why did the lackluster effort start to begin with? Maybe the last few sets they released where they actually put effort into them didn’t sell enough and maybe they thought what’s the point in putting in the effort anymore? I love physical media as much as anyone on here but it also didn’t change there were quite a few people who popped up on here from time to time to call upcoming releases “pointless” because of the Network/Peacock. Obviously WWE didn’t listen to their comments, but safe to say in the end, they ruled more in favor of streaming for one reason or another.

      • BAS says:

        Doing this to correct my name on here, don’t even know how that happened lmao

      • DDT says:

        Hi BAS i suspect they discovered that the sales were the same what ever effort they put in to them. i dont think there is anything people can do but cancel wwe network subscribtions and say they not paying for them untill we get our dvds back.

  8. Peter says:

    Sucks, but hard to blame WWE for this. The days of Finding Nemo selling 38 million DVDs are long gone, when something like Frozen II can’t even crack like what 5 million copies?

    It’s really only a matter of time before physical copies of music, movies, etc. are all a thing of the past, or something retro only for collectors. So in this vein, I can see some form of WWE home video releases returning somewhere down the line. As something higher priced, in smaller quantities – something for collectors. But that’s it.

    Kinda sucks they didn’t at least announce WM 40 as the last ever physical release, it would have some small symbolic meaning as the first 40 years of WWE with WM would all be on home video.

  9. Dustin says:

    People are going to regret embracing digital so much when more and more content gets censored

    Not to mention how you truly don’t own any content digitally

    But I feel really bad for the fans in rural areas who don’t have access to decent high speed internet

    I just hope bootleggers will pick up the slack, I enjoy the convenience of streaming, but I like my content uncensored

    • whut says:

      Honestly it just comes down to price, doesn’t it?

      For the *majority* of people, this is why they prefer streaming services over physical copies.

      Does the convenience play into it? Yes. But if a Netflix in itself cost 50, 80 or even 100 bucks, a lot of people would not have active subsciptions.

  10. RDC says:

    End of an era.

    • Dustin says:

      People are going to regret embracing digital so much when more and more content gets censored

      Not to mention how you truly don’t own any content digitally

      But I feel really bad for the fans in rural areas who don’t have access to decent high speed internet

      I just hope bootleggers will pick up the slack, I enjoy the convenience of streaming, but I like my content uncensored

      • whut says:

        Honestly it just comes down to price, does it?

        For the *majority* of people, this is why they prefer streaming services over physical copies.

        Does the convenience play into it? Yes. But if a Netflix in itself cost 50, 80 or even 100 bucks, a lot of people would not have active subsciptions.

    • Damian says:

      As a collector of WWE Video’s since the 80’s, and then WWE Dvd’s, its a sad sad day. There must be so much still hidden away in the WWE vaults that now will never see the light of day. The truth is in recent years the quality of the WWE output has declined (The Mr Perfect DvD was awful as a tribute to one of the greatest in ring performers of all time). But while the quality of the product dropped, the DvD price went up. I’d personally hoped for a 3 disc Bray Wyatt tribute (but sadly it’s not to be). The death of WWE Home Video is a sad day for ALL Wrestling Fan’s, all that’s left are some great memories, and the last rites to be given by “The Undetaker”.

  11. Jumping Jack says:

    Been lurking since day one, stopped buying in 2018 but recently filled a few gaps with the Fremantle sale. Was thinking about getting back into it but seems like I was too late. Thanks to Dan and the team, felt like a family. Even enjoyed the silly arguments on here from people who really should know better.

  12. RabidHeat says:

    Will believe it when I see it. The wording of the article last year made it sound pretty damn real then too.

    • Daniel Bee says:

      That was two years ago. Time flies. In between we had a year with no issue.

      It was real though at the time of writing that last one, but the decision was turned around afterwards on their end.

      • RabidHeat says:

        That’s my point. It was real until it wasn’t. I’ll treat this as real once I see that WWE dont make yet another U-turn. Starting to think it’s a marketing ploy to get people interested again, resulting in yet another year’s reprieve.

  13. RCS1988 says:

    A missed opportunity to release 3 discs sets on various people like Andre, Bruno and unreleased sets on Warrior, Undertaker could have been huge sellers even a 2nd volume of WWE Unreleased 1986-1995 would have been huge. This is a shot in the guy and also learning that Peacock/WWE Network as decided to no longer add classic content anymore. Best bet now is finding rare stuff that people taped n other countries or off TV back in the day.

  14. Timothy J Thorpe says:

    I can’t say I’m surprised, except on the UK end. They seemed to be a step ahead of the rest of the world. Regardless, thanks for a fun ride.

  15. BAS says:

    Damn, we all knew this day would for real come, but maybe in a few more years at best. :/ highly doubt this, but I was hoping we’d still get the big 4 at least if not all the PPVs, but I like the idea of having the other shows as well since we don’t get compilations anymore and could only get the various matches we liked with the PPV releases, or for people who like to own shows they were in attendance for. Top it off, I liked watching our big 4 collections expand, even though we never got to complete Survivor Series because the other half of the anthology was canceled, except those in the UK with tagged classics didn’t have a problem with that.

  16. Patrick says:

    A very sad day. I feel physical media is still worthwhile, particularly with special releases at a higher price point. However, WWE has made their choice.

    Please keep the website around for a long time! We haven’t enjoyed it over here in the USA! Thanks for doing it all these years.

    • Daniel Bee says:

      Thanks, we’ll be here. 🙂

      • RabidHeat says:

        I am curious, if there are no new releases, what will be posted about on here? All the columns and interesting articles/reviews seemed to stop years ago and it’s been a ghost town.

        • whut says:

          Well, for the very near future: retrospective, “best of” articles, memories, people showing off their collections, etc.

          In a few months or even years? More of an issue.

  17. LP1 says:

    You can bet customizers are gonna have a field day with custom covers of future ppv’s going forward.

  18. Keenan Taylor says:

    I have every wrestlemania on DVD now my streak will be broken

  19. DDT says:

    in fact freemantle should request the AEW licence it might get wwe to change minds and if it dont it could do similair sales to wwe dvd. a strength that the AEW licence would have over wwe is that they could produce a dvd of the wembly show. that will be a good sell to uk distributors.

    • Peter says:

      Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but I doubt AEW is hot business when it comes to DVDs. The company is overall in such a state, we will be lucky if it doesn’t crumble under its own weight in the next year.

  20. DDT says:

    i had really looked forward to my survivor series 2023 blu ray. this clearly a strategy to get wwe fans to subscribe to the network in greater numbers. assuming freemantle cant get wwe to change mind, the only good that could come out of this is if freemantle request the AEW licence to replace wwe. that will depend on how well these wwe dvds have been doing in the uk. but they cant be doing that bad as you can buy them in supermarkets in every town in uk.

  21. Decky says:

    RIP WWE Home Video. We may not feel the loss immediately but i’m telling you now, this will hit us all some day.

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