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on 15 January 2014
This is a review of the 2 disc Blu-ray presentation of the history of the WWE. The first disc begins with a 2 hour documentary covering the humble beginnings of WWE, then known as Capitol Sports Promotions owned and operated by Vince McMahon Sr. Previously to this, we find his father Jess McMahon had been a successful boxing promoter. Fitting 50 years of wrestling into a 2 hour documentary is at best a touch over ambitious, but this in turn allows a bullet point history rather than a convoluted mish-mash. The most glaring omission comes in the fact that Vince McMahon himself is not interviewed for this release, and the reigns are handed to wife Linda, and daughter Stephanie to give an over view of past events. Many notable wrestlers and former champions are interviewed here and that gives the DVD the depth it needed. As ever with WWE releases, some more unflattering events are glossed over or omitted altogether.
The extras contain the very first Royal Rumble, which was broadcast as a telly special and had 20 participants as opposed to the usual 30. Hulk vs Andre from Wrestlemania 3 is included interestingly as the action is filmed from just one static camera that zooms in and out, along with no commentary whatsoever. This release is perfect for curious new fans, or those who enjoy a dose of wrestling nostalgia.
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on 1 July 2014
This is the DVD presentation to celebrate WWE's 50th anniversary. This 3 disc boxset is perfect for the WWE fan. From its humble beginnings as a territory owned by Vincent Jesse McMahon, to the phenomenal product you have today, owned by Vincent Kennedy McMahon. You have the narrator go through the history while stars from the past comment on their memories of the company during their era. Surprisingly you don't have an input from Vince himself, but you do have comments from The Undertaker, which is definitely a rarity. included are posthumous comments from the wrestlers that had passed away over the last 10 years, Although there was a lot of original content in the documentary, some of the clips used, (not including posthumous ones) were clearly lifted from previous DVD documentaries. Memorable moments in WWE's past are mentioned, WWE's Steroid trial scandal, The infamous Montreal Screwjob - although very little is actually mentioned. As Shawn Michaels jokes - there are lots of books and dvds that talk about it so comments from him aren't required here. Also talked about is Kansas City. May 1999. Fans will know what that alludes too.

The 2nd and 3rd discs included key matches and moments from WWE's vast history.

Bruno Sammartino's match with 'Superstar' Billy Graham,

Wrestlemania III's Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant - only this is from an arena camera and with no commentary - so you almost get the feel of actually being there.

The very first Royal Rumble Match from 1988.

A match from the very first episode of Raw - Koko B. Ware vs Yokozuna

The Birth of Austin 3:16 Stone Cold vs Jake The Snake Roberts at King of The Ring 1996

Disc 3

The Montreal Screwjob match Survivor Series - 1997

The Raw Mike Tyson and Stone Cold promo from - 1998

Triple H vs The Rock on an episode of Smackdown - 1999

Vince announces the purchase of WCW on Raw - 2001

Icon vs Icon
The Rock vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania X8 - 2002

Battle of The Billionaires Match - Hair vs Hair Match
Bobby Lashley vs Umaga at Wrestlemania 23 -.2007

A Six man tag team match from one of WWE's Tribute To Troops - 2008

CM Punk's famous Pipe-Bomb promo from 2011

Finally CM Punk vs John Cena on Raw 2013 #1 Contender's Match to Face The Rock at Wrestlemania!

All in all this is a phenomenal insight into the History of WWE, and the extra matches and promos are a terrific addition.
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on 9 December 2013
Great blu ray. So many facts about the wrestling business. Must buy for a wrestling fan. Would highly recommend this blu ray
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on 6 December 2014
Well worth a watch, some of the historic parts about Vinces Grandad & father seemed to rushed & it would've been good if the man himself could have been talking about the historic parts of the WWE that you don't know but in all fairnessLinda McMahon does a good job in his place. It's quite similar to the Blu-ray release the brought out called The true History of Wrestlemania, they will sit well together in a collection.
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on 16 June 2014
A must see for any Wrestling fan, telling the history of American Wrestling. From Vince McMahons Grandfather being a Wrestling Promoter through to recent times. Classic matches galore including Hulk vs Andre The Giant, Stone Cold vs Jake the Snake and many more.
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on 24 June 2015
Little underwhelmed with the film and the extras didn't really interest me. That being said it did give good insight into the company.
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on 5 February 2016
My son is a big fan of wrestling and he loves this DVD so I would definitely recommend for any WWE fanatics out there.
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on 16 December 2015
Well pleased with the DVD I would recommend anyone who is a WWE fan to get it excellent value for money
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on 11 January 2015
I bought this as a present for my brother. He loved it, great packaging and great delivery. Thank you
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on 22 May 2015
just brought back the good old days if you love wrestling from this area its a must
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