On the heels of Peacock removing controversial WWE content from their service, WWE is doing the same on the standalone version of the WWE Network. The standalone version will continue to exist for fans outside of the United States.
At WrestleMania VI, Roddy Piper was shown with half of his face and body painted black for his match with Bad News Brown. The pre-match interview and the entire match have been removed from the WWE Network. It was up just 24 hours ago so it looks like WWE is going to mirror whatever Peacock deems to be inappropriate since they are aiming to be a family-friendly streaming service.
Prior to his death, Brown told RF Video that the blackface idea was not his idea. Brown said that it was something brought to him by management and Vince McMahon thought it was a great idea.
Prior to his death, Piper also did an interview about the match and said that he was thinking about Nelson Mandela and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” when he came up with the idea to paint himself black. Piper said that Brown did not object to it. “I’m not a racist,” Piper said.
It will be interesting to see how much gets removed from the standalone WWE Network and the version on Peacock. On the standalone version, WWE has also removed the Survivor Series 2005 segment where Vince McMahon says the N-word. That segment has also been removed from the Peacock version.
As you can see in the tweet below, there’s a lot of content from the Attitude Era that could be disappearing soon.
Even the 90s "Attitude Era". I vividly remember the Nation of Domination having a scripted race war with DX (Blackface was used). Also, Goldust came to the ring in blackface one time. It was a blackface bonanza! pic.twitter.com/PKbWiB4tl8
— Jameer Pond💁🏿♂️ (@jameerpond) August 10, 2020