History Of WWE DVD Review: Steroid Trial & Owen Tragedy Covered, Classic Matches, More

WWE going public, launching SmackDown, purchasing WCW and ECW, purchasing video libraries, launching WWE Studios and moving to HD was also covered. The brand extension was also covered, and Cena credited the brand extension for getting called up. It's interesting to see how hot SmackDown was back in the day, and where it could be if they didn't spend years and years treating it as the "B" show, with the aftermath still being felt today.

The ending of the Attitude Era and the John Cena years was covered next. Paul Heyman praised Cena's work ethic, and CM Punk noted that Cena had a good message which resonated. Cena's charity work was profiled, and Cena noted that the company used to be very quiet about their charity work, but decided it would be better to mention it since they could raise more funds for the charities that way. WrestleMania expanding to stadiums and the Hall of Fame was also covered, as was the company opening the Performance Center earlier this year. Cena noted that with Vince having bought all the regional promotions, that there wasn't much of a talent pool to recruit from, which makes the Performance Center essential.

The closing 10-15 minutes seemed more like a promotional video for investors, as it featured talent discussing Vince McMahon being a mastermind and celebrities like Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Arnold Schwarzenegger putting the company over.

There are six hours of matches and segments on the DVD, while the Blu-Ray also contains the Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show match from Wrestlemania 24 and The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels bout from Wrestlemania 25. Matches are chosen more on their historical context as opposed to quality. John Cena vs. CM Punk from RAW earlier this year is the best match on the DVD set, but you do get matches that are milestones for the company and their biggest stars. You have the first Monday Night RAW match ever pitting Yokozuna vs. Koko B. Ware, the first ever televised Royal Rumble match, the entire Montreal screwjob, Steve Austin vs. Jake Roberts at King of the Ring (where Austin 3:16 was born), Bruno Sammartino losing the title to Superstar Billy Graham, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant, The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18 and more. The segments on the DVD include CM Punk's pipebomb, Vince McMahon announcing the purchase of WCW, the Mike Tyson and Steve Austin altercation on RAW and more. The Hogan - Andre match is hurt because the commentary with Jesse Ventura and Gorilla Monsoon has been removed completely, while Ventura's commentary for the Royal Rumble match was edited out with only Vince McMahon's remaining. This is due to Ventura successfully suing the company over royalties for his commentary on video releases, however in the past the company had replaced the commentary track with current talent.

Overall, the DVD is definitely worth a look, and is recommended for WWE fans to add to their collections. I give the DVD set a 3.5 / 5. Once again, you can purchase the two disc Blu-Ray set at Amazon.com for $27.99 by clicking here, or the three disc DVD collection for $22.99 at Amazon at this link.

Here is the complete listing for the DVD:

DISC 1 (Documentary)

Beginnings
Bruno Sammartino
The Northeast
Stars of the 70s
Titan Takeover
Hulkamania
First WrestleMania
Saturday Night's Main Event
WrestleMania III
PPV Expansion
Steroid Trial
New Generation
Monday Night RAW
Monday Night War
Montreal
Attitude Era
Tragedy in Kansas City
SmackDown
Expansion
Brand Extension
WrestleMania Stadiums
Hall of Fame
WWE Studios
Securing the Future
50 Years

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