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WWE and Peacock issue statements on edits to old footage

As previously noted, WWE content on Peacock is being edited. The same edits are being made on the current standalone version of the WWE Network that will be available to fans outside of the United States.

In a statement to the New York Times, NBCUniversal said that Peacock was “reviewing WWE content to ensure it aligns with Peacock’s standards and practices.”

WWE’s statement states that “Peacock and WWE are reviewing all past content to ensure it fits our 2021 standards.”

It was announced in January that Peacock acquired the rights to stream live WWE events and their library for the next 5 years in the United States. The deal is reportedly worth $1 billion. Peacock expects to have the rest of the archived content up on their service by the summer but if the recent edits are any indication, you can expect quite a bit of segments to be removed in the coming weeks and months.

Two notable segments that were removed this week by Peacock and the standalone WWE Network were the Roddy Piper vs. Bad News Brown match and pre-match interview because of Piper painting half of his face and body black.

The other segment that was removed was from the 2005 Survivor Series where Vince McMahon used the n-word in a backstage segment that included John Cena, Booker T, and Sharmell.

It’s not clear what else will be removed but presumably, Peacock will be taking a closer look at segments and matches from the Attitude Era and the Ruthless Aggression Era, since that is when the company was pushing a more adult-oriented product.


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