2:07 pm PDT 03/25/2021
As the 17,000 hours of wrestling programming shifts from WWE Network to Peacock, fans have noticed some scenes are missing.
Some classic WWE episodes are being revised in their move to Peacock.
Racist moments in the history of the wrestling franchise are quietly being removed from the archive as the massive library of programming phased out of the WWE Network.
According to sources familiar with the situation, the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service is reviewing WWE’s 17,000 hours of content to make sure it aligns with Peacock’s standards and practices. WWE is also aware of any changes made.
One of the alterations has been at WrestleMania 6 in 1990, which had a fight between Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown that included Piper (a white wrestler) painting half of her face black while facing Brown (a black wrestler) . “I heard Bad News Brown, how he is talking about Harlem, and how proud he is to be from Harlem …” Piper said during the pregame interview. “Now I can stay here, and I can be black! I can be white! I don’t care … it’s what’s inside.”
As PW Insider first reported, the match is no longer included in the episode. In a 2020 interview, Brown reflected on the blackface trick. “I thought it was the stupidest thing I’d ever seen,” he said, “and I thought, ‘Let him do it … and one of these times he’ll be sorry.’
Another deleted moment was from Survivor Series 19 from 2005. Says: “Tell me you didn’t just say what. “At the time, a WWE spokesperson defended McMahon to TMZ, calling it” a flamboyant and satirical parody involving fictional characters, similar to many scripted movies and television shows. “
There are many other moments that have also caused controversy over the years.
WWE Network will begin moving to Peacock on March 18. The WWE Network was $ 9.99 per month, but Peacock is only $ 4.99 per month, so the move has been seen as a good deal for fans.
Peacock has a dedicated WWE section where fans can browse and access all PPV events in the last calendar year; Episodes from the current or most recent season of the WWE original series Steve Austin’s The Broken Skull Sessions, WWE Chronicle, and WWE icons along with new weekly episodes of NXT the day after air. Peacock continually adds content from the WWE Network and will eventually feature every WWE, WCW and ECW PPV event in history.
The company’s goal is to have all the classic content reviewed and available to stream on demand sooner. Summer festival in August.