In April 2010 I had just created WWEDVDNews.com, with the idea that everything newsworthy on the WWE DVD & Blu-ray topic should be accessible to fans all in one place. Two years on I’m proud to say the site is still around, thriving, and that I’m still passionate about it!
Just like this time last year (well, that’s flown by), I’d like to sincerely thank all of the readers, and the site team too. It really is appreciated. If you’ve ever emailed me via this site for anything you probably were already personally thanked!
So, on the “birthday” of the site I thought it might be fun to look back over the past two years and tell you my personal highlights of running the site.
– In April 2010 the site was created and the first article went live. The Twitter account was started from the beginning, and was at zero followers (now 4,700+).
– July 2010 was very significant for the site. WWE began sending an advance copy of their DVD releases, we had our first exclusive cover reveal, and launched the Facebook account.
– In August I was lucky enough to publish what we believe was the first review of Chris Jericho’s Breaking the Code DVD, and evidenced by Twitter it was read by Y2J himself!
– In October, WWE shared their full year DVD schedule for 2011, and we began gradually revealing plans from it. In the same month WWEDVDNews formed a relationship with Silver Vision. We started an “insert petition” after Wrestling’s Highest Flyers was released.
– A month later I had the privilege of meeting with a WWE employee working in the Home Video field, whilst attending a Smackdown taping.
– We continued in the same vain throughout 2011, and on numerous occasions we were giving away 3 DVDs every week to say thanks!
– We had the opportunity to communicate with WWE directly to discuss the latest plans and give them feedback based on what the WWEDVDNews readers were saying!
– In my own WWE DVD collecting, this time last year I finally found a “Special Collector’s Edition” of the Trish Stratus DVD after eight years of it eluding me.
– August 2011 saw a new feature on the website – eBay Watch – in which Aaron finds great deals and rarities so you don’t have to!
– TNA DVDs got some love too with a new section on the site. TNA themselves were involved with it on occasion. Chris wrote reviews and still does.
– At the end of the year we launched our sister site Wrestling-News.net for readers to click over to when they’ve had their DVD fix. Around this time Stone Cold thanked us for reviewing his new WWE DVD, which Shaun scored 10/10.
– December saw the launch of our e-mail subscription service for loyal fans of the site, and the start of Roger’s “Digital Digest” posts. Call that last one future proofing.
Thank you for visiting WWEDVDNews!
– Daniel Bee