UPDATE: There was a turnaround on WWE’s decision to cancel their Home Video releases. They did ultimately continue into 2022.
Some effects of the near-cancellation have been apparent – WWE DVDs in the US home market became PPV/PLE titles only (the UK would continue to get a mix of both events and compilations), while in Australia WWE DVD releases came to an end completely.
The original announcement follows below.
It’s with a very heavy heart we must pass on the news to our readers that WWE DVDs and Blu-rays will no longer be offered in the United States beginning 2022.
WWE Home Video has had a physical media presence with DVDs since 1999, dating back further with VHS since 1985 (taking into account Coliseum Video). Over the years WWF/E would release their content on physical media via several formats; VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray and even UMD.
The update sadly means 2021 will have been the last year for WWE Home Video in the home market, which includes Canada too since those releases were closely aligned with the US.
As for reasoning behind the move, while specifics haven’t been stated to us, the why is probably the obvious and in the end will boil down to revenue, coupled with the company putting less emphasis on DVD and Blu-ray in recent years and more of a focus on new content for the WWE Network and Peacock, whereby WWE content is streamed online.
The final releases
The first WWE DVDs ever released were WrestleMania 15 and one on Stone Cold Steve Austin.
As it stands now, Survivor Series 2021 will be the final US WWE DVD release, which will be available on December 28th. Drew McIntyre’s DVD is also still to come this month, which will mark the last Superstar-themed DVD release in the US, scheduled for December 14th.
Unfortunately, no more US offerings means the same for fans in Australia. Like Canada, the Australian WWE DVDs closely followed the US; WWE in the US produced assets and carried out authoring for both the domestic and Australian DVDs, which we hear will not be taken on by the Australian licensee.
Madman.com.au will be releasing the remaining PPV DVDs of 2021 though — Extreme Rules in December, Crown Jewel in February and Survivor Series, Australia’s final DVD, in March.
In the UK, however…
There is a glimmer of hope in this otherwise not-so-festive December update — the UK appears to be carrying on alone with new WWE DVD titles in 2022, until March at least.
As we’ve reported, Fremantle have new PPV DVDs scheduled beyond Survivor Series, including Day 1 and Royal Rumble. That hasn’t changed. It’s unclear what happens after those, but potentially due to better performance of WWE DVDs in the UK and Europe, we may be seeing a situation whereby WWE Home Video actually continues on in that region (at least this is the hope).
We’ve had a blast providing coverage of each and every WWE DVD in the US since April 2010. A long journey with great memories. With the support of WWE themselves at times and their media partners, it was a dream come true for us, having started out as fans and collectors. We’re not going anywhere and will keep up the news so long as there’s new releases to report on. It’ll certainly be a very different world if even the annual Home Video release of WrestleMania is no more!
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Your final two WWE DVD releases in the US and Canada:
- Drew McIntyre: The Best of WWE’s Scottish Warrior
- Survivor Series 2021
We must reiterate that it’s not the end for WWE Home Video releases in Europe as things stand now; as well as Survivor Series on DVD and Blu-ray the following PPVs have also been scheduled for release in Q1 2022, which suggests these two are exclusives to the UK and Germany:
- Day 1 2022 (DVD)
- Royal Rumble 2022 (DVD & Blu-ray)
Those are still on the way for pre-order soon via Amazon.co.uk and WWEDVD.co.uk.
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I am saddened by this news but if they find a new publisher or something like that they will come back to Australia. 1985 to 2021. But I have accepted that WWE DVDS for 2022 and 2023 and so on etc will be ordered online until Madman starts publishing again or WWE DVD AU but until then we’ll wait and see
Their releases were lazy and have sucked for years…who wants to own a Miz DVD? or Greatest PPV Matches from 2010 – 2020 with the same matches over and over – one of them being Lesnar vs. McIntyre from WM36….Ummm no thanks.
The fact that DVDs have been canceled makes me very sad, and it’s just very sad to know how this has turned out.
A development of sorts… not sure it means anything yet, hoping to give an update soon.
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A pesar de qué soy un coleccionista que se focalizaba más en las ediciones limitadas y que cada vez estaba comprando menos DVDs, si la calidad hubieras subido hubiera estado feliz gastando mi dinero en esta tecnología pasada de moda, pero la calidad no estaba ahí, Sobre todo para un coleccionista.
Si! Si! Si! Si! Si! Si!
Despite the fact that I am a collector who focused more on limited editions and who was buying fewer and fewer DVDs, if the quality had gone up I would have been happy to spend my money on this old-fashioned technology, but the quality was not there, especially for a collector.
To be honest, I haven’t bought a wrestling DVD or blu-ray for a couple of years. The product has been pretty bad the last few years too. Living in the EU, Brexit has also made it more difficult to collect DVDs. If I order from wwedvd.co.uk now, I will have to pay custom fees, which will make it even more expensive.
I still have a huge collection of wrestling DVDs and blu-rays, and I still watch all the older titles. 🙂
The only DVDs WWE have been releasing regularly were the PPVs which are garbage anyways and couple match compilations from matches released on 100 other sets.
Don’t know why people want to own crappy current PPVs. “OMG, I have to drive to my Walmart and buy Survivor Series 2021”.
Their releases were lazy and have sucked for years…who wants to own a Miz DVD? or Greatest PPV Matches from 2010 – 2020 with the same matches over and over – one of them being Lesnar vs. McIntyre from WM36….ummm no thanks.
WWE getting out the DVD market is no big loss, especially with their half ass releases and stale product. Lot more wrestling out there to follow.
Hi if you dont want to buy anymore that fair enough but by simply ordering them from Germany you would be a hundred per cent confident of no-fees if you are EU based.
You know, you hit rock bottom when the appearently final superstar release ever is for a former 3MB’er! Granted.. could have been worse, since it could have been: “What does anybody NOT want: The Rise and Fall and Rise again of the Roman Empire… with Head at the table”!
Oh ffs, will you DROP with the 3MB’er joke you keep trotting out? Everybody is a “former” something. It was 7 years ago. Move on.
-lol- uhm.. mmmkay.. Get some Sugar-daddy for your blood pressure, son.. 😉
what have you done that is so amazing you get to b**ch and look down on Drews Mcintyre hard work?
Surely WWEDVD.co.uk or WWE Home Video UK will be commenting on this soon?
Why would they?
They have realeases to promote that they want people to buy. Negativity reduces sales of products. If we want WWE dvds to continue in UK then maybe we should promote this months realeases on social media and pre-order day 1 the first uk only realease as soon as we can.
But if it was positive news i.e. that releases are continuing in the UK, it would be more worthwhile commenting on that fact.
I hope they will continue to at least release the Big 4 PPVs on DVD / Blu-Ray here in Europe beyond next spring
well, obviously the best way to ensure that is to keep buying them, preferably not later with a lot of discount but at the initial retail price.
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I’m being too hopeful at this rate given what this announcement is clearly about, but I hope there’s a change of he as RT and that we still get the Big 4 at least. Most collector’s got to the point where that was all they collected anyway when it came to PPVs, and I’m sure those were the best selling releases of the year for that very reason too. Obviously, nothing topped the yearly sales of WrestleMania, but the idea of not getting the Big 4 at least is just going to be so strange.
Plus, WrestleMania is going to be in Texas, and that IMO would be the perfect time to induct Undertaker into the Hall of Fame, in his home state. I know they stopped including the Hall of Fame in the WrestleMania release long ago, but a WrestleMania 38 release could’ve featured his speech, had this been the case. They featured selecr matches from Stand and Deliver in the last WrestleMania release, so this hypothetical could’ve worked. Sadly not happening as we can see. 🙁
*change of heart
I have no idea what happened there, but again, I’m typing this from my phone.
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We all better hope that they at least make ”WRESTLEMANIA part 38” a U.S. d.v.d release.
I’m in the UK but I’m not holding out much hope for beyond April. Just because the UK is slightly behind America and elsewhere with this timeline-wise doesn’t mean it’s not coming very soon. The whole world is going the way of streaming.
I hold out a bit of hope but agree. it depends if this is a WWE edict because they want to end DVDS or if it is up to freemantle. If it is up to freemantle is a bit of hope if the sales are making them a return. We need more information. I will buy the remaining dvds through to march. But I reiterate while AEW and Impact eg still realeasing some dvds I would think it best support them if you can.
Definitely. I think what hasn’t been addressed fully yet also is that even if DVDs continue in the UK and Europe for a while, they will almost certainly just be PPVs that they can slap on a disc without much thought or editing. They aren’t going to continue to create new content for DVD or keep paying somebody to create cover artwork for superstar compilations that are only released for Region 2.
“Just because the UK is slightly behind America and elsewhere with this timeline-wise doesn’t mean it’s not coming very soon.”
on the other hand, the United States didn’t have any non-WrestleMania blu-ray releases since when, 2015? (someone correct me, if I’m wrong)
that would already make it 6 years of releases in a format for which the same could be said (= “it’s probably gonna end real soon”).
Our last non WrestleMania blu-ray release was Kevin Owens in 2017, along with Royal Rumble that year being the last non WrestleMania PPV blu-ray. A lot of Blu-rays that were planned here ended up being canceled, but you guys were still fortunate enough to get them. We were supposed to have SummerSlam 2011, but that was canceled and you guys got almost every event on Blu-ray going forward until 2017. Best of Raw/Smackdown and Best PPV Matches of the Year for 2013 was planned but canceled and you guys still got that. WrestleMania Monday, Dawn of the Attitude, NXT From Secret to Sensation were planned for Blu-ray here as well, only to be canceled but you guys still got that too. Select B-level PPVs were released here, we got every WrestleMania from 24 to present day, only got Survivor Series on Blu-ray twice (2010,2012) got almosy every SummerSlam from 2010-2016, with 2011 being the odd one out. Every Royal Rumble from 2010-2017 as well. If I’m not mistaken, I think SummerSlam 2017 was planned but canceled for Blu-ray here, but I could be wrong.
The only B-level PPVs we got on Blu-ray are as follows
– Hell in a Cell 2010
– Bragging Rights 2010
– Elimination Chamber 2011, 2013
– Extreme Rules 2011
– Over the Limit 2011
– Payback 2013
– Money in the Bank 2013
Thank god for eBay bootleggers
Man this is crazy. What-ever reason for this will be VERY in-excusable. Even though the up-coming ”DAY-1” and ”ROYAL RUMBLE” d.v.d ‘s will be inter-national releases, could that still be it ? So glad i have a REGION-FREE d.v.d player.
If I may suggest something, I understand this is the end of the road for WWE DVDs, but I hope this opens the door for you guys to start posting other DVD news from other promotions. It doesn’t have to completely stop just because WWE is about to.
BAS is right AEW and IMPACT both still realeasing DVDS. Pro-wrestling guerilla still do Blu rays. Support them. in uk Highspots.co.uk and wrestlingstore uk best places to try for non-wwe dvds. obviously ebay. If all wrestling dvds ended tommorow I would still buy old ones that I dont have.
I own almost every WWF/WWE DVD and Blu Ray ever released, including variants and some incredibly rare ones. I stopped buying WWE DVDs earlier this year (I think Backlash was my last one). The quality of product just isn’t worth spending money on anymore and this is coming from someone who has bought well over 99% of them. If they aren’t worth it to ME anymore, I can’t imagine they’re worth it to too many others either.
Crazily enough, I recently achieved my goal of collecting all the region 1 released WWE Blu-rays, which also includes all the releases that got a steelbook, and even the video game exclusive ones such as Best of Smackdown Vs. Raw which was exclusive to the 2009 collector’s edition game on PS3, and the bonus Blu-ray disc that came with the WWE ’12 People’s Edition on PS3, which consisted of two full episodes of Raw, the night The Rock was announced as the host of WrestleMania 27, and the night after when he and Cena set the main event of 28. (Xbox 360 customers were treated to a DVD version of the same thing)
I set this goal due to the fact that Blu-rays have become scarce in the U.S. and it was quite easy for me to do since I had all the rare expensive ones out of the way already when I put the goal in place. Top it off, when WrestleMania became the only Blu-ray released in the States, the collection then became easy to keep up with. Top it off, I always got the Blu-ray edition because of best quality possible. I was never one to buy a Blu-ray solely based on whether or not the exclusive content was “worth it.”
This sucks big time but I completely understand why due to the network.If the DVDs were still selling strong I doubt this would be happening
I bet theDVDfreak is freaking out right now
I have a Question for you my Friend i am heartbroken over the news earlier in the day i will quit watching WWE Because I can’t get anymore wrestling DVD’s here in the United States of America Daniel. I want to spread the news to everybody to quit watching WWE don’t show anymore matches to everybody that has the WWE Network around the world. i want answers when you get this email from me Daniel.
I don’t think you understand what an e-mail is.
I have a Question for you my Friend, my dad is Pissed and I am Heartbroken over the news earlier in the day was the United States was going to stop selling DVD’s to us Americans in 2022, i want to know why Daniel. My dad and I have been loyal customers of you when I started collecting DVD’s years ago, why are you selling DVD’s to the foreigners and i want to know why we Americans Can’t get some DVD’s in 2022 and Beyond here in the United States of America Daniel. When you get this email back from me Daniel I want some answers.
Not sure if you are trolling but hate to break it to you as this might come as a shock…Daniel has no control over WWE DVD distribution in North America.
Jesus Christ, man, get a grip. HERP A DERP A FOREIGNERS.
WWE has ceased its own DVD business, and the Australian licencee has followed. Covid and the economic downturns have only hastened what’s been on the way.
Europe gets its assets from WWE but does its own DVD authoring, plus DVDs and Blu-rays still do well here as casual sell-through items (not that Fremantle cares much beyond the UK).
There are your answers, now can the thinly-veiled racism and grow up.
On the bright side, us collectors who’ve been buying the DVDs/BDs for years could be sitting on a gold mine, hell even the last few blurays they released in the US are reselling for sometimes close to $100.
So will there be at least some chance for WrestleMania to continue onwards as that has always been a staple when it comes to WWE DVD and Blu-Ray releases as that is their Super Bowl card? Just suggesting is all, but I had a feeling this was eventually going to happen.
Exactly what I would like to know. I have every Mania on dvd and it would suck to suddenly have no more physical copies.
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These means this WEBSITE should be OBSOLETE by Jan 1 2022. No more content now and F UK Dvd’s it’s crappy
Why is it crappy? Because they sell better in Europe than the US, because there’s more hardcore fans left here after product has sunk so low?
amazon.de (their german site) already has Royal Rumble DVD/Bluray active for pre-order.
Royal Rumble is the only bluray I am interested in still adding to collection and therefor hope will be kept in production, since I have always loved the concept, and for me it always has been the ultimate ppv-event concept from WWF/E, even greater than WM imo.
Frankly, there is nothing other that could be put out on physicals anymore,that I would care for. Ruthless Agression was a huge letdown, especially the latest 5 episodes, and is a great example of how thin and superficial the product is..and has been for several years.
Although far from perfect, I got the Undertaker doc, which was the only concept missing in my collection.
So, as I stated: I only hope for the Royal Rumble to continue on the Blu-brand..and if they descide to skip that ultimate concept too on physical, I guess I’ll survive that Under the Bottom-rope descion from WWE. ;0)
As for this awesome WDN site: I absolutely hope you continue to exist.. I have always enjoyed reading some of the old stuff from the glory days of DVD/Bluray releases. Reviews, content, commentaries on what I own or what soon would be owned, always gives an extra dimension in re-watching the good old classic stuff. And makes me some time discover some new angels or content on the old stuff. Actually.. as I read the above article, I just learned something new:
WWE Laserdiscs!?! Never knew about those.. Which releases did they also do on Laser?? 😉
… unless, regarding the laserdiscs, maybe it was similar to an April Fools day “item” like the one you WDN team did with the WM 31 VHS advertisement?!? -lol-
WrestleMania 1 was released on laserdisc. I believe rhe first few Coliseum Videos from 1985 were also released on LD.
LP1: thanx for info on the laserdiscs releases.. I had my bet on it would be a WM at least, just like WWE did their first DVD and Bluray with XV and 24, but I was not sure obviously. Laserdiscs never appealed to me, which is likely the main reason why the knowledge of WWE releases on those giant platinium plates went under the radar for me. 😉
How are you doing my friend i have a question for you buddy i want to know why i can’t get anymore DVD’s here in the United States, i just wanted to continue in 2022, and Beyond here in the United States
Simple…it’s 2021 (almost 2022) and DVDs are not cost effective any more, especially wrestling DVDs as it’s a niche product.
Wow. I definitely didn’t see this coming… said nobody. If you’ve been paying attention, this was only a matter of time until it happened. It sucks, but everything evolves with time.
It’s no surprise. Every year their releases have been become lazier and lazier. Only a matter of time they pull the plug on the home video department.
I think 2016 was the last great year of releases like Attitude era vol 3, Eric Bischoff doc, Scott Hall doc, Dudleys, History of Hardcore title, History of US title, True Story of Royal Rumble, among others.
I won’t miss it because my interest in WWE the last few years have been at an all time low. NXT was what kept me but Vince, Dunn and Pritchard got their fingerprints all over and gutted that entire brand…I watched the first couple episodes and it was awful. Now there is really no reason for me to even get invested in WWE anymore. Even if I missed anything, just by reading and looking at highlights it’s still putrid and it’s amazing people still investing 5-6 hours week watching Vince’s garbage form of entertainment.
I’m glad AEW is there as it’s making me love professional wrestling again.
More reason to hate this company. If the UK continues to have DVDs and BluRays and we here in the United States are digital only, that is like a middle finger to wrestling fans who refuse to overpay for digtal content on a mediocre platform called Peacock.
Over pay? You’ve gotta be kidding me. Peacock is $4.99 a month. That’s even less than what the Network was originally. And if you want it without commercials then it’s still $9.99, that same price it’s been for almost 8 years with no increase.
Sorry, but this is just proof that WWE sucks. They want to shove digital content down our throats and drive up the subscription prices or put them on a digital platform that sucks, (cough Peacock).
Dude, it’s almost 2022. Everything is digital now. They’re not shoving anything done our throats. At least not any more than Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max and a million other streaming services. This is where we are in the world now. All of us commenting on this site are part of a very very very small fandom that still collects wrestling on physical media. We’re the vast minority.
I’m thankful I got a region free blu ray player. I’m going to ride this ship to the bottom of the ocean.
This is ridiculous. I know that old saying ”NOTHING LAST FOREVER” but now is not the time for this to happen.
When is the time as per your own personal criteria then? Another two years from now? Five years>
DVD is a dead format, over 20 years old and not as popular as it once was, so yes, now is the time.
Thr final VHS WWE ever released was Backlash 05.
SummerSlam 2005 was the final VHS release.
Well disappointing, but seems in line with my relationship with WWE lately. Less and less interest and quit watching it a few months ago. I guess I will stick with my DVDs and be happy that I have them.
Let’s hope they at least release Wrestlemania, I would hate to see that that end.
This is a sad day for us longtime DVD Collectors.The Irony is that my first WWE DVD was a Survivor Series and my final WWE DVD will also be a Survivor Series.At least there is still Impact,ROH,AEW,ETC DVDS still coming
Thank you for all your years of service. This is sad sad news. I hope the site still stays up for reference of the releases checklist of the past
I have to agree, thanks for all the years of updates.