The WWE is a multi media machine. They own and access so much wrestling footage that they could put out one original DVD a month for several years. 2012 was a year of several popular releases. But of the mountain of DVDs, here is a list of the top five DVDs of 2012.
The antithesis to superhero John Cena is this man, CM Punk. The straight edge superstar, both in real life and on television, was the subject of the most anticipated DVD of 2012. And when it was finally released, it delivered the knockout punch that fans hoped for. Recalling his rise through the independent wrestling scene, and through the political world of World Wrestling Entertainment, fans get a glimpse into why CM Punk calls himself the "best in the world." The matches included on this two and three disc set include bouts from Ohio Valley Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling and of course, World Wrestling Entertainment. Even if you are not a CM Punk fan, this DVD was interesting, captivating, and done perfectly. It was the best release of 2012.
The Attitude Era DVD is full of hard hitting action and exciting recaps from the era that turned the WWE into a billion dollar company. As Jim Ross might call it, this DVD is a pure "slobberknocker." And you'll hear a lot of Good Ole JR on this DVD, alongside his broadcast partner Jerry "the King" Lawler. In addition, fans will be treated to a healthy can of whoop-ass by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, a People's Eyebrow from The Rock, and a whole lot of immature shenanigans from Degeneration X. The Attitude Era brings long time wrestling fans back to a classic moment in time, when the WWE could do no wrong.
The Clash of the Champions was an event that ran on basic cable for close to ten years. It was produced by the now defunct World Championship Wrestling organization. The Clash of the Champions events were a precursor to the popular Monday Night shows. In the early 90s, most wrestling shows on free TV were filled with one sided competitions, and designed to sell pay per views. But the Clash of the Champions changed all that. The Clash was like a free pay per view event, with headlining matches like Ric Flair versus Sting and Hulk Hogan versus Vader. This DVD hosts a variety of classic matches from older fans will enjoy, and new fans will love to discover.
Wrestlemania 28 broke all kinds of records for World Wrestling Entertainment, and that is thanks to the two men in the main event. John Cena battled Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in one of the biggest main events in Wrestlemania history. Although the match wasn't the greatest athletic competition, the big feel to the match more than made up for it. Wrestlemania 28 also featured a Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and The Undertaker, refereed by Shawn Michaels. This bout was undoubtedly the match of the night. And of course, this DVD was the birth of Daniel Bryan, whose 18 second loss to Sheamus did more good in the long run for the superstar.
Perhaps the most dominating and popular wrestlers in the history of the WWE, the Undertaker has the one honor that no other superstar has. The Undertaker has the streak. Since his debut at Wrestlemania 7, the Undertaker has gone undefeated at the annual event. This DVD covers all the Undertaker's various characters through the years, as well as his opponents. His adversaries range from inept, like Nathan Jones, to legends, like Nature Boy Ric Flair. The four disc set is a must-have for any wrestling fan.
If this year is anything like last year, wrestling fans worldwide are in for a very entertaining year.