Peacock and WWE have both issued statements in response to the companies editing out controversial moments on the WWE Network.
NBC Universal acquired the rights to the WWE Network for their Peacock streaming service in the United States in a billion-dollar deal. Following that, the streaming service has been editing out some of WWE’s more controversial content. It then appeared that the edits being made by Peacock have also occurred on the WWE Network still available to the rest of the world.
Notably, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper’s WrestleMania VI match with Bad News Brown has been edited from that show. As well as an interview with Piper. Piper painted half his body black for the match against African-American Brown. Fans have also noticed that the moment featuring Vince McMahon has been cut. McMahon – playing a villainous, out-of-touch character – uses the ‘N’ word when speaking to John Cena. That moment no longer appears on the Survivor Series from 2005.
Peacock and WWE have both issued short statements in relation to the editing of content. Peacock said they were “reviewing WWE content to ensure it aligns with Peacock’s standards and practices.” This is in line with what the streaming service does for all film and television content.
WWE’s statement then read:
“Peacock and WWE are reviewing all past content to ensure it fits our 2021 standards.”
WrestleMania 37 will only be available on the Peacock streaming service in the United States. The original WWE Network will shut down in the US on the 4th of April.