A controversial segment featuring D-Generation X from a July 1998 episode of Monday Night Raw has been removed from the WWE Network, in an ongoing effort to align with Peacock’s standards and practices.
The segment, from July 1998, sees the group parodying the Nation of Domination. In a controversially infamous segment, members of DX would use make up to darken their skin, portraying their rivals in a satirical promo. During this time, back at the height of the ‘Attitude Era’, the two stables were feuding in the lead up to SummerSlam, which would see Triple H and The Rock battle for the Intercontinental in a Ladder Match.
The segment would be met with mixed reactions upon airing. Initially received poorly by fans, the promo was also heralded as one of the more memorable skits during that time. In a 2017 episode of WWE’s ‘Table For 3’, Ron Simmons, Mark Henry and The Godfather all revealed that they knew about the segment ahead of time, and had no problem with the promo going ahead.
D-Generation X member Billy Gunn also defended the moment in a 2017 interview with Sports Illustrated, claiming the skit was purely for comedic value:
“How can you forget it? It’s the funniest thing we ever did. DX did a lot of crazy stuff, and a lot of stuff off-script, but that was awesome.
“Most people remember me and Brian [Road Dogg] doing the dumpster match, as well as the parody against Nation of Domination. We were having some fun, everyone took it like that, and it was one of the funniest things we ever did.”
WWE and Peacock have previously announced that they will be reviewing all past content on the WWE Network, in keeping with standards in 2021. A mammoth 17,000 hours of footage is under review, with both companies taking part in the review process.
Following this strategy from Peacock, other footage removed from WWE Network includes a 1990 promo from ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, in which Piper is painted half black prior to a match against Bad News Brown. The subsequent match, which took place at WrestleMania IV, is also edited.
A segment from Survivor Series 2005 featuring WWE CEO Vince McMahon has also been removed. In a controversial backstage segment with John Cena, McMahon would drop the N-word, before strolling passed Booker T and Queen Sharmell.
WWE and Peacock are scheduled to have the entire WWE library available for on-demand viewing by late August.