A note from WDN founder Daniel Bee:
I recently sat down with “TheDVDFreak” on YouTube to talk about the end of WWE DVDs in 2024. The 1-hour discussion is in the video above, if you would like to check it out or save it for later.
Other topics covered are:
- What happened going into 2022 with the almost-cancellation
- Vince McMahon himself was apparently a big advocate of Home Video
- Some of the more controversial WWE DVD subjects over the years like Owen Hart
- Why there were always less Blu-rays
- Fremantle and Silver Vision going the extra mile for fans in the UK
- Most-wanted DVDs and cancelled ones that never happened
- WWE’s support (and occasional disagreement) with WrestlingDVDNetwork.com
- How WDN came to be, and its future
As a new year update, we should confirm there are still no signs of new WWE DVDs as we near the end of January (we didn’t expect there would be, but some speculated whether or not it was definitely the end in the US market).
We have had access to an internal schedule while running the website — as you can see in the screenshot below the release list ends at Survivor Series 2023 and hasn’t been updated since. The schedule would list the US titles on the way under the Warner Bros. label and it’s the first time the schedule hasn’t updated since Warner’s distribution of WWE started back in 2015.
We reached out to Warner Bros. for a statement – there isn’t one to share unfortunately, because the response that came back stated that they don’t ordinarily comment on deals.
As expected, sadly with the end of the WWE DVDs and Blu-rays this appears to have resulted in layoffs both within WWE and at their partners. One higher-up involved with WWE Home Video (known later as Home Entertainment as a division in WWE) departed from the company in September of last year having been employed by WWF/WWE since the late ’90s.
Given that September 2023 timeframe, one could speculate the decision for WWE DVDs to come to an end may have been known about internally for a while.
A fan has started a petition to bring back WWE DVDs, which has garnered 450 signatures so far.
You can view or sign this petition at the link below.
We leave you with two quick website updates.
As you may know, we have a WWE DVD List page on the site as a reference of all the titles released over the years. The plan is to keep the 2023-released ones on our WWE DVD Release Dates page, while there are no plans for any new releases.
We had a WWE Network Updates page on the site for many years, it listed new content uploads to the Network/Peacock streaming services, but it stopped working in recent months. Pleased to report it’s back online this week!