This could go a long way. The WWE Network debuted just over seven years ago and changed the way the wrestling world worked. Fans were suddenly given access to more wrestling content than they could have ever expected before and it just kept getting better. The idea worked well for a long time, but now things are changing a bit and we might not be seeing everything as it was before.
One of the bigger wrestling stories of the year has been the WWE Network moving over to NBC’s Peacock streaming service. This is quite the change for WWE, mainly because it brings the company a billion dollars over five years. That is more than enough of a reason to make the move, but what does it mean for the Network content? We are starting to see some answers and it is quite different.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Peacock is reviewing the entire WWE Network catalog to make sure that it fits under their guidelines. If content does not fit, it will be removed, which has already been the case with Roddy Piper vs. Bad News Brown from WrestleMania 6 and a Vince McMahon/John Cena segment from Survivor Series 2005. There is no word on if the content will ever be made available under different circumstances.
NBC does have the right to censor. Check out when WWE did as well:
Opinion: I have no idea how far something like this is going to go and I don’t know how well fans are going to take it. At the same time, I’m not sure how much NBC is going to care. There are certainly objectionable things on the WWE Network, but this feels like a situation where a disclaimer could solve a lot of the problems. Unfortunately that might not be the case, and it could be a long time before we see these shows in their full versions again.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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