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The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment (2013)

Various , World Wrestling  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: World Wrestling
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: WWE
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The History of WWE celebrates 50 years of sports entertainment by chronicling the evolution of WWE from small, regional promotion into a worldwide phenomenon. With new interviews from several key personalities past and present, get the inside story behind each era of WWE as well as all your favorite moments and Superstars.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History of the WWE October 8, 2013
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Bruno Sammartino
The Northeast
Stars of the 70s
Titan Takeover
First WrestleMania
Saturday Night's Main Event
WrestleMania III
PPV Expansion
Steroid Trial
New Generation
Monday Night RAW
Monday Night War
Attitude Era
Tragedy in Kansas City
Brand Extension
WrestleMania Stadiums
Hall of Fame
WWE Studios
Securing the Future
50 Years


WWE Championship Match
Bruno Sammartino vs. "Superstar" Billy Graham
Baltimore, MD * April 30, 1977

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
WrestleMania III * March 29, 1987

Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble * January 24, 1988

First Episode of Raw
Koko B. Ware vs. Yokozuna
RAW * January 11, 1993

King of the Ring Finals
Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
King of the Ring * June 23, 1996


WWE Championship Match
Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series * November 9, 1997

Tyson and Austin!
RAW * January 19, 1998

WWE Championship Match
Triple H vs. The Rock
SmackDown * August 26, 1999

Mr. McMahon Announces the Purchase of WCW
RAW * March 26, 2001

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
WrestleMania X8 * March 17, 2002

Battle of the Billionaires - Hair vs. Hair Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga
WrestleMania 23 * April 1, 2007

6-Man Tag Team Match
John Cena, Batista, & Rey Mysterio vs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars History of the WWE was a missed opportunity November 22, 2013
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"The History of the WWE" is a three-disc set consisting of a two-hour documentary (Disc 1) and fourteen matches or highlights from WWE programming (Discs 2 and 3). The video and audio quality of the matches and television highlights are consistent with other WWE DVDs and constrained by the eras in which they were originally recorded.

The documentary is a linear history of the WWE, from the early 1960s to the present day. For a long-time WWE fan, the highlight of the documentary is the first twenty minutes. It reviews an era that has not been mined by previous WWE DVD releases. There are chapters on Jess McMahaon and Vince McMahon, Sr. building the company, Bruno Sammartino's reign as champion, and the company's dominance in the northeast United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Highlights of these sections are interviews with key figures--Sammartino, Jimmy Valiant, Larry Zybsko and Bob Backlund,--who have not appeared on previous releases. These interviews and clips of archival footage make me hopeful we'll see future releases with these wrestlers and that era. After this too-brief overview of the first twenty five years of the company, the documentary focuses on the Wrestlemania era. However, this material has been extensively reviewed in previous DVD releases (e.g., "The Monday Night War", "The History of Wrestlemania" and "McMahon"), and although there are some new interviews, including Vince Russo, there's little novel insight in this documentary.

A major weakness of the documentary is its perspective: It is an autobiography from the company and too often reflects the WWE corporate line. Much of the last thirty minutes plays like a standard public relations piece. Few from outside the WWE's family are interviewed and criticisms and critiques are mild, at best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Half A Century Of Sports Entertainment November 29, 2013
When the name "wrestling" is said in the general public, the number one word association with that is World Wrestling Entertainment as it's had a 50 year history full of ups & downs as far as expansion & making history in more ways than one so here's WWE telling their own story about their history. You'll hear from various superstars & other personalities throughout the presentation such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, NBC executive Dick Ebersol, Bruno Sammartino, James J. Dillion, The Blackjacks (Mulligan & Lanza), Captain Lou Albano, George Steele, Ken Patera, Chief Jay Strongbow, Fabulous Moolah, Jimmy Valant, Ivan Koloff, Mr. Fuji, Arnold Skaaland, Harley Race, Pat Patterson, Stan Hansen, Rocky Johnson, Mike Tyson, Triple H, Mad Dog Vachon, Sgt. Slaughter, Larry Zbyszko, Paul Bearer, Bob Backlund, Tony Chimel, Ernie Ladd, Ric Flair, Don Muraco, Linda McMahon, Jack & Gerald Brisco, Gene Okerland, Hulk Hogan, Freddie Blassie, Roddy Piper, The Rock, Bret Hart, S.D. Jones, Jake Roberts, Bobby Heenan, Koko B. Ware, John Cena, Honky Tonk Man, Jim Duggan, Greg Valentine, Trish Stratus, Stephanie McMahon, Undertaker, Jim Ross, Steve Austin, Howard Finkel, Eric Bischoff, Lex Luger, Dallas Page, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Kevin Nash, Dusty Rhodes, Shawn Michaels, Vince Russo, Road Warrior Animal, Chris Jericho, Big Show, timekeeper Mark Yeaton, WWE superfans Rich Achberger & John Guck, Michael Hayes, book publisher Judith Regan, Mick Foley, Batista, Randy Orton, Edge, Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, Senational Sherri, Kid Rock, Ozzy Ozbourne, Sean Combs, and Jimmy Snuka with Vince McMahon speaking through archival news footage. Additional DVD extras include the face off between Mike Tyson & Steve Austin, C.M. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars 50 years of the wwe but wasn't enough for me
wasn't as good as I thought it could have been. This is a three dvd set of fifty years of the wwe, and other then the first dvd which told me alot that I didn't know which I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by milton g
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas present.
I bought this for my husband who has been a lifelong fan of professional wrestling. He watched every bit of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan Mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd
It was excellent as expected . The ending got a little boring seemed like a commercial for the new network
Published 2 months ago by Michael Monte
5.0 out of 5 stars WWE 50 Years
I enjoyed it very much...And it brought back alot of Good moments,I was part of the 90 thousand plus at the "Silver Dome"
Published 2 months ago by james davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good gift
This was a gift for my son who has Down Syndrome. He is an avid wrestling fan and had asked for this specific DVD. He was very happy to get it Christmas morning.
Published 2 months ago by Jazel
2.0 out of 5 stars New and old Fan, Father and daughter
Expected the history to include all the WWE and WWF wrestling stars of the past 50 years. Not just the McMahon journey of the company. Very few stars were in it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Al Hersey
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