New Release: WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania Blu-ray and DVD

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Triple H grabs the glory in WrestleMania.

Wrestling fans, take note: WWE and Vivendi released WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania on Blu-ray and DVD on March 15, 2011. The Blu-ray and DVD carry the list prices of $39.95 and $29.95, respectively.

True Story begins with a feature-length documentary about the origin, growth and spectacle of the World Wresting Entertainment organization’s extravaganza featuring the “sports entertainment” world’s most popular competitors, an annual gathering that has been going on for more than 25 years. The WrestleMania showdowns have been highlighted by top-notch wrestling matches featuring the arena’s most renowned grapplers, including Hulk Hogan, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Andrew the Giant, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena, Triple H and others.

But it’s not just wrestlers! Celebs and jocks have come out of the woodwork over the years to take part in WrestleMania. Among this bunch are such bold-faced names as Pamela Anderson (TV’s Home Improvement), Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2), Elvira, Joan Rivers (A Piece of Work), Rick Schroeder (The Champ), Jennie Garth (TV’s Beverly Hills 90210) and even Regis Philbin. Athletes, meanwhile, have included Muhammad Ali, Pete Rose, Joe Frazier, Dick Butkus, Mike Tyson, Lawrence Taylor and many more.

After the documentary comes the real juice: A compendium of the greatest fights in the history of WrestleMania. Here’s a list of the bouts that are part of included in the DVD and Blu-ray:

Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff
WrestleMania, 31st March, 1985

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage vs. Ricky ‘the Dragon’ Steamboat
WrestleMania III, 29th March, 1987

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

Retirement Match
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage
WrestleMania VII, 24th March, 1991

Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania X, 20th March, 1994

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
WrestleMania XIV, 29th March, 1998

WWE Tag Team Championship – Triangle Ladder Match
The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge / Christian
WrestleMania 2000, 2nd April, 2000

Street Fight
Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon
WrestleMania X-Seven, 1st April, 2001

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
WrestleMania X-8, 17th March, 2002

WWE Championship Match
Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
WrestleMania XIX, 30th March, 2003

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Triple H
WrestleMania 22, 2nd April, 2006

The Blu-ray edition of True Story also includes these exclusive matches:

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
CM Punk vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Jericho vs. Carlito vs. MVP vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. John Morrison
WrestleMania XXIV, 30th March, 2008

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania XXV, 5th April, 2009

WWE Championship Match
Batista vs. John Cena
WrestleMania XXVI, 28th March, 2010

Finally, there are a handful of bonus features included in both the Blu-ray and DVD editions:

  • “Gene Okerlund Interviews Liberace”
  • “Underestimating the Crowd at WrestleMania IX”
  • “Bobby Heenan’s Wild Ride”
  • “Rey Mysterio on His WrestleMania Outfits”
  • “John Cena on Making an Entrance”
  • “Edge on Facing the Undertaker at WrestleMania”
  • “Bret Hart on his Return to WrestleMania”
  • “My Favorite WrestleMania Moment”

 

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.