To celebrate WWE's 50th anniversary year, WWE Home Video is released a three-DVD/two-Blu-ray set titled "The History of WWE – 50 Years of Sports Entertainment" on Nov. 19 in the U.S. It drops the following day in Australia and on Dec. 2 in the U.K. and Ireland.
While technically the company is older (the name change to the WWWF was a cosmetic one only, as it was still the Capitol Wrestling Corporation behind the scenes), this has always been the accepted start date.
WrestlingDVDNews.com has released full listings for the set. Unlike some other WWE productions, the documentary on the first disc is the clear draw here, being approximately three hours long. It appears to be as close to a "warts and all" production as you can get from WWE, with low points like the 1994 steroid distribution trial, Owen Hart's death and the XFL's failure all being covered.
The matches and angles included as extras are an interesting mix of major moments in company history. Aside from one really puzzling inclusion (the 2008 Tribute to the Troops main event, which is neither the first or most notable Tribute to the Troops headliner), I can't really argue with any of them.
I'd love to add to the list, though. So if WWE decided to go all out and release a bigger set, here's what I'd include.