Earlier this week, we told you about two racist moments from past WWE programming that were edited out of the Peacock versions of the shows they happened on.
When news of the changes to WrestleMania VI and 2005’s Survivor Series spread, fans wondered what else would be modified as WWE Network’s archives are transferred over to the NBCUniversal streamer.
Could be a lot, as a new report indicates Peacock isn’t simply pulling well-known examples like Roddy Piper’s blackface or Vince McMahon’s use of a slur. The Hollywood Reporter’s sources tell them “the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service is reviewing all 17,000 hours of WWE content to ensure it aligns with Peacock’s standards and practices. WWE is also being made aware of any edits.”
Other than the two obvious edits they’ve made thus far, we don’t yet have a clear definition of what’s unacceptable to Peacock. Things we brought up in our initial post like D-X’s Nation of Domination skits are sure to go, and decades of racist & stereotypical depictions of non-Americans & persons of color (the Mexicools riding lawn mowers to the ring) will probably follow. There’s a lot of sexist and risqué material that will be scrutinized, not to mention things that check all of those boxes (say goodbye to Kai En Tai’s Yamaguchi-san telling Val Venis “I choppy choppy your pee pee”).
What else? We’ll see as Peacock’s editors make their way through a lot of footage. THR’s story reiterates the goal is to have the WWE Network library in its new U.S. home by SummerSlam in August.