You guys think the stable Right to Censor disbanded from the WWE in 2001? Oh no, Vince McMahon played us with the long con. He tucked them away at his command center and waited for the right moment to unleash their unrelenting power of censorship. Today, they have an army combing through every nook and cranny on the WWE Network.
You wonder why an edit was made to a loveable memory of your favorite match on the WWE Network, it’s because of Right to Censor. You wonder why a Pay-Per-View isn’t on the WWE Network, it’s because of Right to Censor. You wonder why you can’t see puppies, it’s because of... You get the drift.
The WWE Network would launch in 2014 and it’s arguably one of the greatest services the WWE has ever offered to customers. Fans of all ages can tune into watch their favorite wrestlers, eras, even promotions, with just a click of a button. With countless content, live events, and updated material, paying $9.99 a month is an awesome deal for a wrestling fan. We can discuss all the great things about the WWE Network but that’s not what you’re here for.
This list is all about content that is censored or will never see the light of day on the WWE Network. With the company becoming more politically correct and sensitive to adult content, you'll understand why most of these topics aren’t seen on the network. Enjoy!
15 The XFL
With the NFL tanking in the ratings, maybe it’s a good time for a group to start a new football organization. The defunct XFL’s only connection to the WWE is Vince McMahon. He created the alternative football organization in 1999 and really thought he could turn it into a profit. With eight teams and just one season, the XFL would become one of the biggest flops in sports history.
The one good thing to come out of it was Tommy Maddox, who ended up having a decent career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. McMahon notoriously got angry when sports journalist Bob Costas brought it up on his show years later. McMahon doesn’t want to talk about the XFL and you’ll never see it on the network.
14 An Independent Promotion
The WWE is a huge fish in a big pong and is considered the ambassador of professional wrestling. Just because they’re the cream of the crop doesn’t mean they support other promotions. They see them as the competition. That’s why you’ll never see another promotion have a program on the WWE Network. The best thing you’re going to get is a promotion bought out or in a contract with the WWE and they would have to follow all rules.
Certain moves, storylines, and gimmicks would be banned, and the term “independent” would be lost. If WWE really wants to be a game changer, they would lose their ego and stream shows from independent promotions that are no threat to them. Who wouldn’t want to see different events during WrestleMania weekend?
13 A Live Raw Or SmackDown
We all know the WWE puts up Raw and SmackDown Live episodes weeks after they air. What they haven’t done, is have these episodes air live. This may not be a big deal as some of the other topics on this list but the WWE will eventually have to address this issue. Television networks such as USA is stuck in a dinosaur mentality. They rely on people to watch their product at a certain time on a certain day. Streaming services and binge-watching has exploded in the past decade.
Networks may not be able to handle the decrease in viewership, leading to less money being given to them from advertisers. Rumor has it the WWE received less money in their last contract with USA because they created the WWE Network. If they aren’t making a buck at USA, expect live episodes on Monday and Tuesday night.
12 A Rated "R" Brand
We’re not talking about the Rated R Superstar Edge, he’s going to be seen on the WWE Network for an eternity, what we’re talking about is a brand focused on adult content. Since the WWE Network began, rumors have been swirling online of the company buying out a smaller organization and showcasing exclusively on the network.
Fans are already treated to NXT, but that brand is supposed to be the stepping stone to the big leagues. You’re not going to find over-the-top adult content on the show and rightfully so. What the WWE Network won’t show is a new brand akin to ECW. If the WWE used a parental lock setting, maybe we'll see content geared towards adults down the road, but until then, we'll just have to watch ECW.
11 AAA PPV Event Owned By WCW
Now you may be asking yourself why in the world would a AAA event be on the WWE Network. The Mexican company has nothing to do with the WWE, so what gives? WCW is the link to between the WWE and AAA. In 1994, WCW Executive Vice-President Eric Bischoff would secure the show so it could be broadcasted by American Pay-Per-View providers. Not only that, WCW would use their technical staff to produce the show.
With WCW technically owning the show, although AAA produced the script, the WWE now owns the material. It would be the first non-US-based wrestling promotion to show an event on US PPV television. The card featured Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Konnan, and Tito Santana. The show received great reviews but you won’t find it on the WWE Network anytime soon.
10 Chyna Specials
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have said Chyna will eventually be in the WWE Hall of Fame but until that happens, don’t expect to see any Chyna specials or content on the network. After being trained by Killer Kowalski, she would make her wrestling debut in 1995. It didn’t take long for the WWE to sign her and before you knew it, she was a member of D-Generation X. As the first woman to win the Intercontinental Championship, she will always be considered a pioneer for the ladies.
Things would spin out of control for her after the falling out between Triple H. She would leave the company by 2001 and although she performed for other promotions, she could never find that momentum she once had in the WWE. Chyna would eventually turn to adult entertainment, which was a big "no no" for the WWE. Even with her passing, content of the trailblazer seems unlikely.
9 NJPW Hosting WWE Wrestlers
New Japan Pro Wrestling is arguably the best product to go up against the WWE today. If we were to make a Star Wars analogy, Vince McMahon is the Emperor, Triple H is Darth Vader, and IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, is Luke Skywalker while Kenny Omega is Han Solo. Things have really picked up for NJPW this decade but did you know that they would have a working relationship with the WWE from the 1970s to the early 1990s? The two companies would borrow talent and hold events in each promotion's respected nation.
The WWE Network will showcase NJPW wrestlers if they wrestled in the country and on a WWE program, however, you won’t find any content of the WWE co-hosting at an NJPW event. For example, WWE, NJPW, and All Japan Pro Wrestling would host an event in Japan called the Wrestling Summit in 1990. Fans watched Jimmy Sunka and Tito Santana defeating Kenta Kobashi and Masanobu Fuchi, Bret Hart versus Tiger Mask, and Hulk Hogan versus Stan Hansen, but you won’t find that on the WWE Network.
8 One Night With Sid At Sin
At six foot nine inches tall, over 300 pounds, and 41 years old, there was no point for Sid Vicious to climb to the top rope and attempt a big boot kick on his opponent. At the Pay-Per-View Sin, WCW and Jim Laurinaitis convinced the big fella to attempt the maneuver during the fatal four-way main event featuring Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, and Road Warrior Animal. The move would turn out horribly for Sid and he would fracture his leg.
The attempt is one of the most horrific accidents ever seen in a wrestling ring. It’s been seen and documented in countless articles, videos, and content over the years. However, there is one place where you won't not see the actual break. WWE decided to edit out the part where you see Sid’s leg snap in two. Just watch the event and you can see the post-edit for yourself.
7 WCW's Collision In Korea
Antoni Inoki versus Ric Flair, The Steiner Brothers versus Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki, and Road Warrior Hawk versus Tadao Yasuda. Sounds like a decent card for a cross-over event between WCW and NJPW so what why isn’t it on the WWE Network? Known as the Pyongyang International Sports and Culture Festival for Peace, this two-day event was actually performed in North Korea in 1995. It would be considered a WCW PPV and was aired in North America several months after taking place.
There are different reports on attendance numbers but most agree over 150,000 would attend on separate days. Numbers also include 160,000 on the first day and 190,000 on the second. Regardless, the event is regarded as the highest attendance for a wrestling event in the history of the industry. Why the WWE Network doesn’t have it, we don’t know, maybe because North Korea has always been a hot button and controversial nation.
6 WWE Diva Search
You’re never going to see the full series of the WWE Diva Search series on the network. The competition’s purpose was to find extremely hot women and turn them into Divas. In 2003, the inaugural winner would be Jaime Koeppe but would only be involved in a photo shoot for WWE Magazine. Some famous winners over the years include Christy Hemme, Ashley Massaro, and Eve Torres. Other famous Divas spotted in the search are Maryse, Nikki Bella and Maria Kanellis.
With the women’s revolution and “PG” programming dominating the company, the WWE would rather not showcase a series that’s all about titillating poses. Some of the things shown and said during the series aren’t kid-friendly. The best you can find on the network related to this competition is Total Divas.
5 Nitro Girls PPV
We mentioned a few PPVs that will never see the light of day on the WWE Network, however, this one takes the cake. Ted Turner’s WCW tried a whole bunch of different angles, storylines, gimmicks, and content during their prime years. They had high risks that paid off but also had some that flopped horrible. For some reason, the WCW thought they could sell an event without the wrestling.
In 1999, WCW’s Nitro Girls Summer Swimsuit Calendar Special was a two-hour program that featured nothing but girls in bikinis. Fans witnessed extremely hot women dancing, laughing, and posing on a tropical location. We don’t know if this Pay-Per-View moved the rating meter but we do know it was never done again. The WWE has this program locked away somewhere and we'll never be able to see it on the WWE Network.
4 The Kat's Puppies
Stacy Carter, otherwise known as The Kat had a stellar career in the WWE, however, a bad relationship with her former husband Jerry “The King” Lawler and alleged attitude backstage are major reasons why we never hear about her when it comes to women’s wrestling. She neither has the biggest curves to be on the cover of Playboy nor the wrestling skills to be considered one of the best, but she was consistent, charismatic, and at one point had the WWE Universe eating out of her palm.
At the inaugural Armageddon event in 1999, she would be involved in an Evening Gown Pool match for the WWE Women’s Championship. She would win the match but decided to give the fans a show anyway. After the match, The Kat would pull down her bra and expose herself to millions of fans. If you go on the WWE Network today, that little moment in history is censored with a blur effect.
3 Anyone Involved In The Class Action Lawsuit
If you didn’t know, over fifty former WWE wrestlers filed a class action lawsuit against the WWE in 2016. We would call them employees but the WWE saves a buck by listing them as contractors, one of the many points raised in the 214-page suit. The plaintiffs claim the WWE ignored the health of their wrestlers and should be held accountable for “long-term neurological injuries.”
They also claim the WWE concealed information about the health risks of the occupation. The suit also brings up CTE, a neurological disease that has been found in many wrestlers. Some of the wrestlers in the lawsuit include of course, CM Punk along with Road Warrior Animal, Kamala, Marty Jannetty, Chavo Guerrero and the Hebner brothers. Don’t expect any of these guys in any new content of the WWE anytime soon.
2 The Death Of Owen Hart
Coming from the legendary Hart family, it was in Owen’s blood to wrestle and entertain millions of fans. Known as a prankster, he would quickly earn the respect and admiration of his peers. Although wrestling royalty, Owen paid his dues way and is considered a pioneer of the Cruiserweights. Sadly, he would die from a freak accident in 1999 at Over the Edge.
He was supposed to be lowered in a harness and grapple line but somehow unattached himself and fell 78 feet to his death. You can watch the Pay-Per-View on the network but the WWE has done extensive editing around the incident. The WWE would have a delay so fans didn’t see the incident happen but they witnessed a lot more than what’s seen on the network now.
1 Chris Ben....
The wrestling industry would take a huge blow in 2007 when news began circulating that Benoit was involved in a double murder-suicide. Eventually, it would come out that Benoit wasn’t a victim, and in fact, killed his wife and son before ending his own life. The WWE would be exposed to a lot of criticism, especially about steroid abuse days, weeks, and months after the event.
Famous wrestlers both retired and still in the business would go on countless news programs to discuss their thoughts on the situation. Benoit wasn’t just any run of the mill wrestler, he was a champion and guaranteed WWE Hall of Famer. The WWE would have to separate themselves from anything that has to do with Benoit. That means no DVD specials, no tributes, and certainly no new content featuring Benoit.