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WWE: The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment [Blu-ray]
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.