Wrestling DVD & Blu-ray Sets
The following list contains the DVD and Blu-ray sets that came out in 2011 that wrestling fans will be happy to see under the Christmas tree. In addition to the ones I listed below, the WWE made several other great sets this year. To help you in your shopping, I have created a photo gallery of every DVD the WWE released in 2011. In addition to just photos, the gallery contains links to my reviews of most of the DVDs which also include the ability to price comparison shop for the item.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin - The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time – This is the longest DVD set of the year as it clocks in at almost 10-hours and is four discs long. This is also the first Blu-ray set that the WWE will be releasing that is 3-discs long on that format.
- The True Story of WrestleMania – WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. While this year's event was not a great one, the company released this great set which takes a look back at the history of the "Showcase of Immortals" and features many classic WrestleMania bouts. Fans both young and old should enjoy this one.
- Greatest Rivalries: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart – These two men took part in the most controversial and discussed match of all-time. Old-time fans will enjoy Bret and Shawn discussing their behind-the-scenes issues. I have to warn you to avoid the DVD release of this one and only get it on Blu-ray.
- Best of WCW Monday Nitro - Wrestling was hugely popular in the '90s due to the Monday Night War between WCW and the WWE. This set features some great action from WCW Monday Nitro and will be a great stroll down memory lane for any fan that used to go crazy with their remote control on Monday nights.
- Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator – Randy Orton is the second biggest star in the WWE Universe and this is the first DVD set the company has released about him.
- Money in the Bank 2011 – If your budget won't allow you to buy a multi-disc DVD set, I highly recommend getting this single-disc DVD. This event can be considered an instant classic and is one of the best shows I have ever seen in all of my years of watching wrestling.
- Best of Jeff Hardy - Enigma Volume 2 – This is my only non-WWE DVD on this list. Just two years ago, Jeff was the biggest seller of merchandise for the WWE. Shortly after leaving the company, Jeff was arrested on drug charges and publicly battled his demons on television when he joined TNA.
Please note that all of these books contain words and themes that parents might want to keep away from their children. However, some of them contain stories of triumph, determination, and charitable activities that you may want to instill in your children. I will gladly answer any email about age appropriateness. Just like with the DVD section, all links will lead to my review of the product.
- Undisputed by Chris Jericho – Chris Jericho's first autobiography is one of the greatest wrestling biographies ever. The continuation of his story in his second autobiography lives up to the reputation his first set. If the Jericholic in your life doesn't have the first one, I recommend getting that one also as a great one-two set for them.
- The Road Warriors by Joe Laurinaitis - The Road Warriors were the most dominant tag team of the '80s and this book about them will be enjoyed by anyone that watched them during their heyday. This was a great year for wrestling autobiographies as both this book and Jericho's got 5-stars from me.
- Death Clutch by Brock Lesnar – If the wrestling fan in your life also enjoys watching Ultimate Fighting then this is the book for them. Brock Lesnar is a former WWE Champion that joined the UFC and went on to win their heavyweight championship.
- Wrestling the Hulk by Linda Hogan – Does the wrestling fan in your life also follow the world of celebrity gossip on TMZ? This book will take care of both of their hobbies as Linda Hogan dishes the dirt about being married to the Hulkster.
The long-running video game series SmackDown vs. RAW has finally come to a conclusion. On November 22, THQ releases WWE '12. Video game fans are very excited to see what this new title will be like. It will be available on Play Station 3, Nintendo Wii, and X Box 360. The links for each system lead to a price comparison engine for the particular version of the game for that system. Please note that a deluxe version of this game will also be available. The deluxe version of the game features the Rock on the cover.
Clothes and Accessories
Wrestling clothing can be found at most department stores and at specialty stores like Spencer’s and Hot Topic. As far as which wrestlers are the most popular, I would go with the following rule of thumb. Pre-teens love John Cena, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara. Once kids reach a certain age, they tend to favor CM Punk, Randy Orton, Triple H and the Undertaker. A great selection of exclusive clothing items can be found on WWE Shop.com. Around holiday time, the company usually bundles several items related to a specific wrestler together at a great savings for you.
Other Gift Ideas
- Tickets to a live event – My wresting calendar tells you when the WWE and TNA will be headed to your town. Here is a step-by-step guide to make sure you get the best ticket you can.
- WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand – This cable channel offers classic wrestling action on-demand. It is not available in all locations.
- WWE Magazine – A one-year subscription will keep the wrestling fan in your life checking their mail box all year long.
- WWE Kids Magazine – Unlike the prior magazine, this one is geared towards young children.
- Championship Belts – Replica belts are very popular. They come in a variety of quality based upon if you want to spend a few bucks or hundreds.
- Toys – WWE and TNA action figures can be found anywhere that sells toys.