• Peacock Removes Another Old WWF Segment
The Attitude Era ended 20 years ago on April 1, 2001, at WWF WrestleMania X-Seven.
Fans still like to watch that era on the WWE Network, but now they’ll have to deal with some popular segments of that era being cut off.
As we have noted before, Peacock is removing WWE content that’s considered offensive in 2021. These changes are being made to the normal version of the WWE Network is well (which is still available in other countries).
The popular DX’s parody of The Nation segment was recently removed from the WWE Network.
This segment was likely removed because of X-Pac portraying Mark Henry by using a blackface.
Peacock has now removed another old WWF segment from the November 24, 1997 episode of RAW, where Goldust was wearing a black paint on his face.
Other edits that were noticed by fans on the WWE Network were Roddy Piper vs. Bad News Brown being cut off from WrestleMania 6 because of Piper painting half of his body black (Piper’s promos leading up to this match have been removed as well, due to the same reason) and Vince McMahon’s backstage segment with John Cena from Survivor Series 2005, where Vince called Cena the N-word in front of Booker T.
NBCUniversal and WWE issued the following statements regarding this:
NBCUniversal: “Like with other shows on the Peacock platform, (we are) reviewing WWE content to ensure it aligns with Peacock’s standards and practices.”
WWE: “Peacock and WWE are reviewing all past content to ensure it fits our 2021 standards.”
These changes (edited footage) will be made on all versions of the WWE Network on all platforms.
WWE signed a 5-year deal with Peacock, which is worth a total of $1 billion.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 18, 2018) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2018, we lost Old School WWF Legend “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino at the age of 82 due to heart problems.
During his 2 reigns as the WWWF World Heavyweight Champion, Bruno held the belt for 11 years combined, a record that still stands and it’s safe to say that it will never be duplicated.
Bruno wrestled for Vince McMahon Sr.’s WWWF (later WWF) from 1959 until 1981, and later as a part-timer for Vince McMahon Jr.’s World Wrestling Federation from 1984 till 1987.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 by his close personal friend Arnold Schwarzenegger.
† REST IN PEACE BRUNO SAMMARTINO
October 6, 1935 – April 18, 2018