‘Wrestlemania 31’ DVD review

Wrestlemania 31 Blu Ray coverThe good folks at WWE Home Video Entertainment sent along a copy of the grandest spectacle of the sports calendar – Wrestlemania 31.

Click here for my review of the show itself.

The bulk of the show is included on Disc 1, which takes you from the show kick off with Aloe Blacc performing ‘America the Beautiful’ to the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match to the confrontation between The Rock and The Authority.

Disc 2 completes the show with The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt and the WWE World title match of Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns.Wrestlemania 31 -Brock beats down Reigns

The order is a bit backwards in the set as then you can go to the Wrestlemania 31 Kickoff Show and watch the Fatal 4-Way for the tag team titles featuring Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The New Day vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores and the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. It’s kinda anticlimactic to go through the show then go to the warm-up matches so hopefully WWE considers switching these show releases to be viewed in chronological order.

Next up is the big selling point for me — The Hall of Fame ceremony. Disc 2 features the full presentations and acceptance speeches from Rikishi, Larry Zbysko and Alundra Blayze (aka Madysa). Yes, pretty much all of them run on a bit, but for most of these stars, this will be the last time they’re in front of their adoring fans so it’s understandable that they want to soak it up for all it’s worth. Each speech is worth watching though as they’re filled with heartfelt reflections and appreciation from the new HOF members.

WWE Hall of Fame 2015 - The Kliq salutes Kevin NashDisc 3 completes the Hall of Fame with Connor ‘The Crusher’ Michalek, The Bushwackers, Tatsumi Fujinami, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Nash (aka Diesel). The special features in this disc are a pair of sit down interviews. Byron Saxton chats with John Cena about his match against Rusev while Booker T talks to Seth Rollins about his Wrestlemania match with Randy Orton. Really wish we could have gotten a post-Wrestlemania feature/interview with Rollins since he left the show as the big winner.

‘Wrestlemania 31’ is a fairly bare-boned production that delivers exactly what it says with the excellent bonus of the Hall of Fame ceremony. With the advent of the WWE Network, these event-only efforts may not be as worthwhile an investment as before and is strictly for collectors who want the hard copy on their shelves.

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Buy on Blu-Ray: WWE: WrestleMania 31 [Blu-ray]

Buy on DVD: WWE: WrestleMania 31