WWE Home Video

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WWE Home Video
Formerly called
  • WWF Home Video (1997-2002)
Type Subsidiary
Industry Biography, tape library
Founded 1997
Headquarters Stamford, Connecticut United States
Parent WWE

WWE Home Video is a video distribution and production company that distributes WWE programming. A division of WWE formed in 1997 as WWF Home Video, it replaced a similar independent company owned by Evart Enterprises, Coliseum Video,[1] which operated between 1985 and 1997.

WWE Home Video will cease operations at the end of December 31, 2014 when Warner Home Video will take over distribution of WWE titles.[2] The new deal will also see future DVD releases of the former World Championship Wrestling which both were previously owned by its parent Time Warner (although WCW sold its assets to the WWF in 2001).

History[edit]

Coliseum Video[edit]

The Coliseum Video logo.

VHS cassettes released by Coliseum generally fell into several categories:

  • "Best-of" volumes highlighting classic matches, both recent and from the company's earlier years. Many of these releases included title changes that had happened since production of the previous volume was completed.
  • Wrestler profiles, which encompassed the WWF careers of company wrestlers, both current and former.
  • Theme videos, which showcased match types. Each of the WWF's three major men's titles – the Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental Championship and Tag Team Championship – had a volume dedicated to the title as it progressed from champion to champion, along with classic matches contested for the championship. A handful of these volumes also showcased bloopers and comedy moments, rather than strictly wrestling matches.
  • Pay-per-view events.

Coliseum Video also released videos on the two World Bodybuilding Federation events.

Coliseum Video also released two non-wrestling videos: One on the New York Giants & one on Wayne Gretzky.

WWF/WWE Home Video[edit]

The logos for WWE Home Video from 1997 to 2014.

Upon the folding of Coliseum Video, videos that were being or had been released by Coliseum Video were re-released with new packaging and the WWF Home Video[3][4] name and logo in 1997. When the WWF became WWE in 2002, the name of the home video subsidiary changed as well. Content released by WWE Home Video[5] continues to release the same content as Coliseum did, and also releases content produced exclusively for home entertainment such as swimsuit videos and retrospectives documentaries. Content from the World Wrestling Federation's "Attitude Era" (1998–2002), however, had to be edited due to the lawsuit that caused the WWF to become WWE. All WWF "scratch" logos and references to the initials WWF had to be blurred or edited out. However, the words "World Wrestling Federation" were not edited, and the old WWF logo was not blurred. In addition, the UK exclusive WWE Tagged Classics did not have any edits or censoring of the WWF initials. Some of the early WWE home video releases were also not edited such as (The Rock Just Bring It). Some of the Videos/DVD's in question were just renamed with the WWE logo.

In 2012, the WWE and the World Wide Fund came to an agreement which allowed WWE to use the Scratch logo in past photos and videos, thus ending the blurring on 'Attitude Era' PPV's and shows.[citation needed]

In late 2012 WWE announced [6] that FremantleMedia would be handling all future WWE DVD, Blu-ray and digital releases in Europe. Their official UK website launched in January 2013 along with their initial releases - Night Of Champions 2012, Hell In A Cell 2012, Top 100 RAW Moments and The Attitude Era, all of which were issued on DVD and Blu-ray.

Expansion of the video library[edit]

With the expansion of the WWE Video Library, content has also been released from the vast library archives, including classic WWF, AWA, WCW, ECW, WCCW, and NWA content.

DVD format[edit]

Content has been released exclusively in the DVD and UMD format since mid-2005. WrestleMania XXIV is the company's first show, and the first sports related event, to be released on Blu-ray Disc, being released in stores on May 20, 2008 as a 2-disc set.

Takeover by Warner Home Video[edit]

On November 19, 2014, WWE and Warner Bros. (the former corporate sibling of WCW) announced a multi-year deal for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to distribute WWE titles in the home video market. The deal came as a result of the success the two had with Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, as well as an upcoming Flintstones crossover and a sequel to the Scooby-Doo crossover. Additionally, despite remaining top-sellers, WWE Home Video releases had been in a decline in recent years due to streaming media services such as WWE's own WWE Network. The Warner deal will take effect January 1, 2015, Retaining the WWE Home Video banner.[2]

List of Releases[edit]

The following is a complete list of WWE Home Video releases on DVD.

Superstar documentaries/Compilations[edit]

1998

  • D-Generation X
  • Three Faces of Foley
  • The Undertaker: The Phenom
  • Austin 3:16 Uncensored

1999

  • The Rock: Know Your Role
  • Hell Yeah: The Stone Cold Saga Continues

2000

  • Kurt Angle: It´s True, It´s True
  • The Rock: The People's Champ
  • Mick Foley : Hard Knocks & Cheap Pops

2001

  • The Undertaker: This Is My Yard
  • Hardy Boyz: Leap of Faith
  • Lita: It Just Feels Right

2002

  • Austin vs. McMahon
  • Triple H: That Damn Good
  • The Rock: Just Bring It
  • nWo – Back In Black
  • Hulk Still Rules
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin: What?

2003

  • Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain
  • Trish Stratus: 100% Stratusfaction Guaranteed
  • From The Vault : Shawn Michaels
  • Rey Mysterio: 619
  • Ric Flair : The Ultimate Collection

2004

  • 'Cause Stone Cold Said So
  • Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story
  • The Stone Cold Truth
  • The Undertaker : He Buries Them Alive
  • John Cena: Word Life
  • Shawn Michaels : Boyhood Dream
  • Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story
  • Mick Foley : Greatest Hits and Misses

2005

2006

  • 20 Years Too Soon: The "Superstar" Billy Graham Story
  • Brian Pillman: Loose Cannon||
  • American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story
  • The New & Improved DX
  • Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology
  • McMahon
  • Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story

2007

  • The Undertaker: 15-0
  • Rey Mysterio : The Biggest Little Man
  • Ric Flair and The 4 Horsemen
  • John Cena: My Life
  • The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak & Triumph

2008

  • Viva La Raza: The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero
  • Edge: A Decade of Decadence
  • The Twisted, Disturbed Life of Kane
  • The Rock: The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment
  • The Legacy of Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection
  • Twist of Fate: The Matt & Jeff Hardy Story
  • Triple H: King of Kings – There Is Only One
  • The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect

2009

  • Batista: I Walk Alone
  • Hulk Hogan: Unreleased Collector's Series
  • Macho Madness: The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection
  • Jeff Hardy: My Life, My Rules

2010

  • WWE Legends of Wrestling Roddy Piper & Terry Funk
  • WWE Legends of Wrestling Hulk Hogan & Bob Backlund
  • WWE Legends of Wrestling André the Giant & The Iron Sheik
  • WWE Legends of Wrestling Jerry "The King" Lawler & Junkyard Dog
  • WWE Legends of Wrestling Ric Flair & Sgt. Slaughter
  • WWE Legends of Wrestling Heat Seekers
  • Big Show: A Giant's World
  • Undertaker's Deadliest Matches
  • Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
  • Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho
  • The John Cena Experience
  • Shawn Michaels : My Journey
  • Hart & Soul: The Hart Family Anthology
  • John Morrison: Rock Star
  • Ricky Steamboat: The Life Story of the Dragon

2011

  • DX: One Last Stand
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time
  • Rey Mysterio: Life of a Masked Man
  • Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator
  • Greatest Rivalries - Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart

2012

  • WWE Superstar Collection - Daniel Bryan
  • WWE Superstar Collection - John Cena
  • WWE Superstar Collection - Kofi Kingston
  • WWE Superstar Collection - Randy Orton
  • WWE Superstar Collection - Rey Mysterio
  • WWE Superstar Collection - Shawn Michaels
  • WWE Superstar Collection - Sheamus
  • WWE Superstar Collection - Zack Ryder
  • The Rock vs John Cena: Once in a Lifetime
  • You Think You Know Me : The Story of Edge
  • The Undertaker: 20-0: The Streak
  • CM Punk: Best in the World
  • nWo: The Revolution
  • The Rock: The Epic Journey of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

2013

  • For All Mankind: The Life & Career of Mick Foley
  • Bret Hitman Hart - The Dungeon Collection
  • Triple H : Thy Kingdom Come
  • Goldberg: The Ultimate Collection

2014

  • Shawn Michaels: Mr. WrestleMania
  • Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection
  • Batista: The Animal Unleashed
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman
  • The Best of Sting
  • John Cena's Greatest Rivalries
  • Macho Man - The Randy Savage Story

Special documentaries/Compilations[edit]

2001

  • Eve of Destruction
  • Divas In Hedonism
  • Best of Raw Vol. 1 & 2

2002

  • Best of Wrestlemania I-XIV
  • The Best of Survivor Series 1987-1997
  • TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs
  • Global Warning Tour: Melbourne
  • Divas: Tropical Pleasure
  • Divas Undressed
  • Funniest Moments
  • Before They Were WWF Superstars
  • WWE: The Videos, Vol. 1: Ramped Up

2003

  • BloodBath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches
  • Action!
  • Hardcore
  • Divas: Desert Heat
  • Best of WWE Confidential Vol. 1
  • Raw 10th Anniversary
  • Before They Were WWE Superstars 2

2004

  • History of WrestleMania I-IX
  • The Monday Night War
  • The Rise & Fall of ECW
  • Hall of Fame 2004
  • Divas: South of the Border

2005

  • The Best of the Intercontinental Championship
  • $250,000 Diva Search
  • Tribute to the Troops
  • Viva Las Divas
  • Greatest Stars of The 80's

2006

  • The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA
  • Blood Sport: ECW's Most Violent Matches
  • The History of the WWE Championship
  • Raw Homecoming
  • Divas Do New York
  • The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers

2007

  • The Triumph & Tragedy of WCCW
  • ECW Extreme Rules
  • The Ladder Match
  • The Most Powerful Families In Wrestling

2008

  • The History of the Intercontinental Championship
  • Hell in a Cell: The Greatest Hell in a Cell Matches of All Time
  • Best of SmackDown! vs. Raw
  • The Best of Raw: 15th Anniversary
  • The Greatest Superstars of WrestleMania

2009

  • Starrcade: The Essential Collection
  • The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event
  • The Rise & Fall of WCW
  • The History of the World Heavyweight Championship
  • The Best of WWE Smackdown 10th Anniversary 1999-2009
  • Greatest Stars of The 90's
  • Allied Powers: The World's Greatest Tag Teams

2010

  • Best of Raw 2009
  • Raw The Beginning: The Best of Seasons 1 & 2
  • Best Pay Per View Matches 2009-2010
  • Satan's Prison: The Anthology Of The Elimination Chamber
  • Legendary Moments
  • Wrestling's Highest Flyers
  • Top 50 Superstars of All Time

2011

  • Smackdown: The Best of 2009-2010
  • Best of Raw 2010
  • The Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn
  • The Best of King of the Ring
  • The Greatest Cage Matches of All Time
  • The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro
  • Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2011
  • The True Story of WrestleMania
  • Biggest Knuckleheads
  • Greatest Stars Of The 21st Century
  • OMG! The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History

2012

  • The Best of Raw and Smackdown 2011
  • The Best Of WCW Clash of the Champions
  • ECW Unreleased Vol. 1
  • Falls Count Anywhere: The Greatest Street Fights and other Out of Control Matches
  • Raw 100 - The Top 100 Moments in Raw History
  • The Attitude Era
  • Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2012
  • Top 50 Greatest Finishing Moves

2013

  • The Best of Raw and Smackdown 2012
  • The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro, Vol. 2
  • The Best of In Your House
  • ECW Unreleased Vol. 2
  • War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches
  • The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History
  • The Best Of WWE At Madison Square Garden
  • Legends of Mid-South Wrestling
  • Straight to the Top: The Money In The Bank Ladder Match Anthology
  • The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment
  • Raw 20th Anniversary Collection: The 20 Greatest Episodes Uncut and Unedited
  • Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2013

2014

  • The Best of Raw and Smackdown 2013
  • WCW's Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches, Vol. 1
  • Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE
  • Best of Raw After the Show
  • Greatest Wrestling Factions
  • United We Slam: The Best of the Great American Bash
  • OMG! Vol. 2: The Top 50 Incidents in WCW History
  • The Attitude Era, Vol. 2
  • True Giants

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