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WWE Chairman Vince McMahon unveils the much simpler WWE Hotline.After being plagued with crashes, slow downloads and disrupted video streaming, the WWE Network has been cancelled in order to launch a much simpler WWE Hotline.
World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that the online video-streaming service will be replaced by 1-900-CALL-WWE, a hotline via which fans can listen to pre-recorded messages from their favorite wrestlers.
WWE Home Video is a video distribution and production company that distributes WWE programming. A division of WWE formed on April 16, 1997 as WWF Home Video, it replaced a similar independent company owned by Evart Enterprises, Coliseum Video, which operated between 1985 and 1997.
Coliseum Video released videos of the two World Bodybuilding Federation events and two non-Titan videos: the music video for the New York Giants' "We're The New York Giants" and a Wayne Gretzky instructional video, Hockey My Way.
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' PPVs and shows; in return, the WWE is not permitted to use any WWF logos in new, original footage.
Much of the entertainment industry is watching the WWE Network to determine the viability of online networks. WWE had initially planned to launch a traditional cable channel and then toyed with a pay-TV channel model similar to HBO.
WWE released four Southpaw Regional Wrestling videos on its website, YouTube and the WWE Network on March 17, 2017. These Season 1 videos, which to date have received more than 2.5 million views on YouTube, feature current WWE wrestlers portraying different Southpaw Regional Wrestling characters, but they contain no actual wrestling.
In May 2017, WWE wrestler John Cena said more Southpaw Regional Wrestling videos would be on the way. In July 2017, WWE wrestler A.J. Styles confirmed that WWE recorded new videos for Season 2 of Southpaw Regional Wrestling.
There are 33 Southpaw Regional Wrestling characters, including 24 wrestlers. The videos also include mentions of two real professional wrestlers from the 1980s, Bad News Allen and Greg Valentine, but they do not appear.
Season 1 was sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken, which also appears in the videos as a sponsor of the Southpaw Regional Wrestling promotion. The in-video advertisements feature voice-overs by a Ric Flair impersonator, portrayed by Ric Flair. The use of an impersonator indicates that Southpaw may have been an outlaw wrestling promotion, as Flair himself would have been the spokesperson had Southpaw been affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance, which employed Flair at the time.
Season 2 was sponsored by Old Spice, which also appears in the videos as a sponsor of the promotion. The in-video advertisements feature voice-overs by Southpaw personnel Chett Chetterfield and Mr. Mackelroy. An additional sponsor in Season 2 is Malibu Al's Car Emporium. A.J. Styles, who disclosed his role in July 2017, portrays the titular Malibu Al and believes that "station wagons are the wave of the future" as opposed to minivans and DeLoreans, with no mention of SUVs.
"WWE Network is WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon's latest and greatest offering," Microsoft wrote in a Wednesday Xbox Wire post(Opens in a new window). "It's the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, a subscription-based service that can be accessed on PCs, tablets, and game consoles."
The network offers access to all of WWE's live pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania, plus a huge on-demand library and original programming such as Legends' House. This, of course, won't come for free. You'll need to spring for a $9.99/month subscription with a six-month commitment, and have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, to access the network.
WWE first announced the network at CES in January at what PCMag's Sascha Segan dubbed the show's "most bombastic press conference." At the time, Vince and Stephanie McMahon came on stage to detail the programming, aided by wrestlers Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and John Cena.
Home videos for professional wrestling fans have been a mainstay for decades. Home video sales still proved to be strong in late 2021 with Impact Wrestling releasing Slammiversary 2021 on VHS which sold out almost instantly. Despite streaming, some fans still wanted the physical copies that were released before future edits were made.
A big home video announcement was made in late 2021 by WWE in that DVD and Blu-ray production in North America was going to stop, with Survivor Series 2021 being the final release. After 36 years of home videos, WWE certainly made a mark.
WWE released their very first home video in 1985. With the technology at the time, videos were released on VHS cassettes/tapes and LaserDisc. At the time their home video distribution outlet was known as Coliseum Video and would have that title for more than a decade before becoming WWF/WWE Home Video. Coliseum Video featured an amazing variety of compilation and superstar profile films and although there were very few at the time, PPVs would also be released.
Many may think WrestleMania 1 was the first home video but it was the fourth, however, it does hold the distinguished honor of being the very first event released on home video. Sitting in the top spot of the Coliseum Video catalog with the reference number WF001 is the compilation tape Wrestling's Bloopers, Bleeps and Bodyslams that was hosted by Gorilla Monsoon. This is not to be confused with the 1994 video Bloopers, Bleeps and Bodyslams.
LaserDisc was a digital format of home movie viewing that began to be sold in the late 1970s to be a better alternative to VHS tapes; the concept of digital videos would later evolve to the Digital Video Disc (DVD). LDs were about the size of a vinyl record and could be printed on both sides of the disc which was needed in many cases as there was only a one-hour memory per side, meaning a standard feature film would have to be cut into two parts with each being on an individual side.
Exceptional profile videos that would later be released were featured on names like Bret Hart, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, and The Undertaker. The very first superstar to have a video released of themself was Hulk Hogan with Hulkamania which would go on to have six sequels. Hosted by Vince McMahon despite "Mean" Gene Okerlund being the noted host on the box, Hulkamania featured five WWE Championship matches of Hogan against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, "Dr. D" David Schultz, The Iron Shiek, and two bouts against Big John Studd with one being a Steel Cage match.
The first WWE PPV was released on home video in 1985 coming in the form of The Wrestling Classic. For those thinking it would be WrestleMania 1, the reason for that is the same reason why WrestleMania 1 was technically not a PPV, it was broadcasted on closed-circuit television whereas the first event actually broadcasted on Pay-Per-View was The Wrestling Classic but WWE still files WrestleMania 1 under the PPV category. As noted, WrestleMania 1 was the first event released on home video.
October 26, 1999, was the date when WWE went into the digital realm with their home video releases. Although VHS cassettes were still the main form of home video media at the time, DVDs began to become a hot commodity going into the new millennium. WWE released two DVDs for their first attempt but does specify a first and second title.
By the mid-2000s the VHS format had run its course and was on its way into extinction. DVDs were now the performed form of media for their enhanced video and sound quality. WWE still continued to regularly produce VHS tapes as well as DVDs to reach the largest audience they could for home video viewers but the end was coming near for VCR owners.
WWE did release their video games on the PSP console and started movie releases on September 27, 2005, in the United States and the United Kingdom with three titles. Those were Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story, The Monday Night War, and The Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior. WWE would only release one PPV on UMD in 2008 with WrestleMania 24 which would also be the last UMD movie title released of the 14 total.
After VHS was phased out, DVDs were the only format for home video releases for a few years. Blu-ray Disc or Blu-ray (BD) was released in 2006 meant to supersede the DVD. BDs have a blue tint on the memory side of the disc and are able to hold high-definition information. Sony was the first video game manufacturer to use Blu-ray technology with the Playstation 3; years later Microsoft would adapt to Blu-ray technology starting with Xbox One.
Going into 2022 all commercial home movie production companies release their titles on BD and DVD; WWE was in that category until they announced the seizure of their home video releases. WWE first began to produce BDs in 2008 starting with WrestleMania 24 on May 20. The historic event had a spectacular main event seeing The Undertaker challenge Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Home videos were not just a means of entertainment, they helped with actual real events in the professional wrestling world. The 2004 documentary The Rise and Fall of ECW was an incredibly successful product that sold tremendously well, so much so that it was the main factor in ECW being revived in 2005. As strong as the sales were it was not the best-selling title to be released. That honor goes to the 2006 PPV WrestleMania 22. 041b061a72