Fifty Year Anniversary of WWE DVD Review - PT 5 Brand Extension & PG Era

Like many WWE fans, I like to go back and watch wrestling DVD’s. Some are PPV, Collection and documentary about superstars / promotions. So I thought would check out the 50 year anniversary of the WWE DVD. Here is fifth and final of our review.

PT 5 (Brand Extension & PG Era)

In this final part of this series, WWE runs down why they split the brands into the Brand Extension. Also, they really thought Brock Lensar was the next big thing and how he came into a fortune.
At this time around 2001 you had WCW, ECW out of business which they speak on but had all new guys that ultimately led to the brand extension. The original idea was to have two separate brands so WWE would have competition within the company. Vince McMahon has stated that “competition makes us better” which is so true. That is with anyone in anything.

Also the homegrown talent that once was getting older and for a couple of stars they had to leave the spotlight. Guys like Steve Austin, The Rock and Mick Foley had to leave either due to injuries or in Rock’s situation to go to Hollywood. So with the Development in place which is mostly talking about class is the 2002 OVW group with superstars like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Batista, Randy Orton, Charlie Hass and Shelton Benjamin who came out and made it. With the top four are all world champions and future Hall of Famers then the tag team of Hass and Benjamin, who dominated the Smackdown side of the tag team division for a while under the teaching of Kurt Angle.

They move into the rising of WrestleMania into the big deal it has become, they mention WrestleMania 20 and how far they have come. Also the rise of John Cena who has become the new face of the WWE for being the next guy. It started with Bruno Sammartino to Hulk Hogan to Steve Austin to now John Cena switching gears into the PG Era with the older talents, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Ric Flair, JBL, Batista, Brock Lesnar and others gone, WWE once again went through that transitional period with losing top talent and transitioning into the new era with younger talents.

Also showing light on the Hall of fame and the 113 I believe they said of inductees of the greatest superstars of all time. WWE is not just a wrestling company, but also going into films with Hulk Hogan going into the “No Holds Barred” film in 1989 all the way to the Rock being the key guy who can transition from Superstar to movie star. In 2005 it was their first movie in a horror movie called “See No Evil” and all the way to where they are now. John Cena speaks on how talented the WWE locker room.

WWE switched to HD in 2008 and changed the way Television was produced. Thing have changed where WWE used to bring just one truck with lights and the ring to know where they have fourteen trucks and two production trucks.


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