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Nostalgic element of WWE ENDING after 36 years

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The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) universe is witnessing the end of an era, as the company announces the cessation of its home video distribution in Europe, a tradition that has been a part of the wrestling world for 36 years.

This decision marks a significant shift in the way WWE content is consumed and distributed, reflecting the changing landscape of media consumption in the digital age.

WWE Home Video: The End of an Era in Home Entertainment

Since the launch of the WWE Network in 2014, the relevance of physical media like DVDs and Blu-rays has been on a steady decline.

The vast array of content available on WWE’s streaming service has rendered these physical formats less critical to fans. Despite continuing to distribute DVDs and Blu-rays in the years following the WWE Network’s inception, their significance has diminished, mirroring the broader trend of media consumption shifting towards streaming services.

This change was confirmed by WWE Home Video on Twitter, stating that the company would not renew any licensing deals after 2023. This decision also concludes WWE’s 11-year partnership with Freemantle in the UK, which has been licensing the company’s DVDs and Blu-rays.

The last WWE Home Video release from Freemantle will be “CROWN JEWEL 2023,” set to be available in December 2023.

The Impact on Collectors and Fans

For collectors and enthusiasts of physical media, this news comes as a significant blow. WWE Home Video has been a staple in the collections of many wrestling fans, offering VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray formats for over three decades.

The decision not to manufacture any further DVD or Blu-Ray stock after December 31st, 2023, marks the end of a nostalgic and cherished aspect of fan culture.

WWE Home Video UK expressed gratitude towards collectors and fans for their support and passion over the years.

This sentiment reflects the deep connection many fans have with physical media as a tangible piece of wrestling history.

The Future of WWE Home Video

While the announcement specifically addresses the end of WWE’s home video distribution in the UK, the general future of WWE VHS, DVDs, and Blu-rays remains uncertain.

Reports from WrestlingDVDNetwork suggest that WWE Home Video will cease releasing new products worldwide as of 2024. This development indicates a broader strategy shift within the company, focusing more on digital and streaming platforms.

A statement from a company higher-up sheds light on this decision, noting that the home video business has been in decline and will no longer be a focus for the company’s time and resources.

This move aligns with the broader industry trend of digital transformation and the declining relevance of physical media in entertainment.

FAQs

  • What is changing in WWE’s home video distribution? The company is ending its home video distribution in Europe, including DVDs and Blu-Rays.
  • Why is WWE ending this tradition? The decline in the relevance of physical media and the shift towards digital and streaming platforms are the primary reasons.
  • Will there be any more DVDs or Blu-Rays after 2023? The last WWE Home Video release will be “CROWN JEWEL 2023,” with no further stock manufactured after December 31st, 2023.
  • How long has WWE been distributing home videos? The company has been releasing home videos for 36 years.
  • What does this mean for WWE fans? Fans will need to shift towards digital platforms like the Network or Peacock for content, though the sentimental value of physical collections will remain a cherished memory.
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